Best Bars to Watch the 2018 World Cup in NYC | The Soccer Republic

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Best Bars to Watch the 2018 World Cup in NYC | The Soccer Republic

The 2018 World Cup is so close we can taste it. Despite the USA not qualifying, we’re still in for another great tournament and with New York City being the cultural capital of the US there will be plenty of people looking for a great place to watch.

Here are some of our selections for where to watch the World Cup in NYC this summer:

McHales Bar – 251 West 51st St, at 8th Ave, Manhattan.

McHale’s Bar has risen through the ranks of NYC’s top soccer bars in the past year, winning one of the four ‘Best Soccer Bar NYC’ Awards from Heineken and the Daily Mail, resulting in a visit from soccer legend Andrea Pirlo. Located in the heart of Broadway, minutes from Times Square but without the big crowds, McHale’s is centrally located with great transportation options for fans of all nations, local or visiting. Spanning 2 floors McHale’s will have plenty of space for World Cup fans, but don’t let that be a reason not to show up early. This bar is home to the Borussia Dortmund NYC Supporters Club and is featured in an upcoming CBS World Cup broadcast with the Men in Blazers, so be sure to check out a game at this Manhattan Soccer Bar.

Smithfield Hall – 138 West 25th St, btwn 6th & 7th Ave, Manhattan.

Smithfield Hall has been one of the elite soccer bars in NYC for some time now, hosting supporters clubs ranging from Barcelona to Gremio, Man Utd to Portland, Bayern Munich to West Ham and much more. Located on 25th St between 6th and 7th Ave this is another prime location bar, a short but equal distance from both Herald Square and Union Square. Separated into 2 sides, Smithfield Hall will provide a great viewing environment for teams of both participating nations in any given game. As a hotbed of soccer in NYC be sure to arrive early to Smithfield Hall as games have been known to have lines down the street before kickoff. Great atmosphere in a great environment, what more could anyone want for their World Cup viewing!

Kent Ale House – 51 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

The Kent Ale House is another bar that has become a home to soccer in Brooklyn more and more over the past year. Located just off the East River, by Williamsburg in Brooklyn, this bar has access points by subway or by ferry and offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. The Kent Ale House was featured with USA fans ahead of the 2014 World Cup, but they are always more than ready to welcome fans of all nations for these tournaments. With private space in the back, outside seating and plenty of tv’s in a cozy environment this will certainly be a top place for World Cup fans in the Brooklyn area.

Bar 43 – 4306 43rd St, off Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, Queens.

Bar 43 is without doubt one of the best soccer bars in the borough of Queens. Voted ‘Best Soccer Bar in NYC’ by Heineken and the Daily Mail in both 2016 and 2017, Bar 43 has welcomed such guests through its doors as Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, Patrick Vieira and more. Located just off the 7 subway line and steps from Queens Boulevard, Bar 43 offers a great World Cup viewing location for fans from neighboring Woodside, Astoria, Jackson Heights and Long Island City. Home to fans and supporters clubs from NYCFC, Arsenal NYC and NYRB, Bar 43 has established itself as a location committed to the game of soccer. With plenty of tv’s, inside and outside, Bar 43 is a top location in Queens to watch the 2018 World Cup.

Mulligan’s – 159 1st St, Hoboken, NJ. 

Mulligan’s is one of the longest serving true soccer bars in the tri-state area. Located in the vibrant area of Hoboken, just across the Hudson River, Mulligan’s will be a top location for all 2018 World Cup games. Mulligan’s serves as the home to so many different supporters in Hoboken it would take too long to list. It has a cozy space with the walls and ceilings covered in soccer memorabilia and will provide the best atmosphere the Hoboken area has to offer for the 2018 World Cup. Located just minutes walk from the Hoboken PATH station, Mulligan’s is a great option for locals and visitors alike, just be sure to arrive early!

Carragher’s – 228 West 39th St, btwn 7th & 8th Ave, Manhattan.

Carragher’s bar is a new enough bar in the Manhattan landscape, but has proven to be a top notch venue when it comes to screening soccer games. Although named after Jamie Carragher and dedicated to the city of Liverpool, Carragher’s Bar caters to many supporters groups and all games. That said, Carragher’s will be an excellent location for any local or visiting fans wanting to watch England games as the atmosphere will undoubtedly be electric. Located just south of Times Square, its easy access without the hustle and bustle. Spanning 3 floors and an outdoor rooftop, Carragher’s will be a choice location for anyone looking to watch the 2018 World Cup in NYC.

Baker Street – 1152 1st Ave, at 63rd St, Upper Manhattan.

Baker Street has been another bar long serving the soccer community in NYC. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Baker Street has recently gone through some renovations but has still kept its commitment to showing the beautiful game. With more of a local feel, this soccer bar will certainly be a great viewing venue throughout the 2018 World Cup and will be a reliable source for anyone in that general area.

Barleycorn – 23 Park Place, btwn Broadway & Church,  Lower Manhattan.

Located in lower Manhattan, Barleycorn is the ideal location for anyone looking to watch the 2018 World Cup closer to that area and the financial district. Home to the Arsenal NYC supporters club as well as NYCFC, Barleycorn has worked to cement its place as the go-to soccer bar in lower Manhattan. Two floors, seemingly endless tv’s, big screens and a great location to many subway’s, this will be a great home for anyone in lower Manhattan looking to watch the 2018 World Cup.

Woodwork – 583 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn. 

Nestled away in Prospect Heights, just off of Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn is Woodwork, a staple of the soccer bar scene in NYC for a long time. Although the location is small, the staff and patrons are all seasoned soccer fans and create a great atmosphere. The 2018 World Cup will indeed be no different, so make this one of your stops if you’re in the surrounding area.

Other Notables:


Legends Bar – Midtown
Tir na Nog  – Midtown
Zum Schneider NYC – Lower East Side
Blind Pig – Union Square
Harlem Tavern – Harlem


Banter – Williamsburg
Paddy’s – Park Slope

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