If your answer to "baseball vs. free movie about troubled girls?" is "free movie" then go to Summerscreen tonight. The Virgin Suicides is playing at sundown (with live music at 7pm), and it will be a great time.
If it's "baseball," bring over six beers (Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale!) to your friend with the biggest TV's house, and enjoy the game.
If your friends have small TVs, here are some of my favorite places for sports-watching in public:
Floyd, on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn Heights. It's not technically a sports bar, but they have a big projection screen, and it's never crazy crowded with screamy idiots or staggering clowns. This is where I watched last year's World Series, and really enjoyed it.
Downtown Bar & Grill, on Court Street in Cobble Hill. They've got 800 different kinds of beers--bottles, draughts, barleywines--and terrific food. Plus jewel-colored flat-screen TVs on every surface, everywhere. You can't not see the game. It's almost a little weird, though, because you can be sitting at a table with your friend, but be watching different TVs--yours is behind his head, his is behind yours. And then you realize that watching the same TV with someone is kind of a preferred intimacy, but whatever! Get there early to secure a table. They've also got a great and very powerful hand-dryer!
Professor Thom's, on Second Ave in the East Village. It's a Red Sox bar, so be aware. But each booth has its own (not gigantic) flat-screen TV, which is a kind of awesome luxury. You all just gather around your own little special area, and drink fancy or unfancy beers (they've got lots), and enjoy group snacks. I recommend the nachos. The idiot factor is higher here, but if you stick to your table you'll be fine.
If you're rich, The Blue Seats in the LES is the Four Seasons of sports bars. There are, I believe, something like 60 flat-screen TVs.
There's this great little place called ESPN Zone in Times Square. Ha ha. This one was a joke. Everyone LOLs.
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From my esteemed colleagues:
Scott Stedman says:
I sorta like Mulhollands, though they have a "bill of rights" that literally must have been written by a junior financial analyst and his frat buddy friends at the tail end of a coke jag. Things like, "If you're offended by swearing, cheering, or eating meat then you lose your right to drink here" or something like that— so bad it almost ruins the bar— but the million tvs make up for it.Jonny Diamond independently agrees:
mulholland's on grand st in willburg. ok food, good beer selection, lots of TVs (not a bad angle in the house).Quoth Mark Asch:
Spike Hill (Edith: yeah!) and/or Mugs, in Williamsburg, seem likely to have sports on and hearty bar food (at the former, at least), without completely overwhelming one with a sports-bar vibe... the key, I've found, is finding a place that has the burgers and fries and whatnot, and the cable package, but advertises itself as like a bar and grill, or ale house, rather than a "sports bar" or god forbid "sports lounge" a la the abhorrent Bounce on 2nd Ave. Where else? Oh, Mullane's, in Fort Greene right by BAM, would fit the bill rather perfectly.Great teamwork!
I imagine no one in his or her right mind would try to brave Thom's tonight...