A few local hot spots to enjoy the Big Game


Although the matchup for this year’s Big Game features two teams hated by most New Yorkers — Philadelphia and, once again, New England, the day is still an important event for hardcore and casual sports fans alike.

Even if they’re only keeping score on the halftime show or big budget commercials, people still look for a place to gather with a group of friends and watch on Sunday, February 4. Needless to say, Bay Ridge has great destinations where you can share your fandom with others. Here are a few of them.

Lock Yard, 9221 Fifth Avenue, is always known for its robust beer selection, tasty food and great atmosphere. This event will be no different. For the second straight year, the venue will hold its Chili Cook Off from 12 until 4 p.m. $10 will gain you entry and a lot of food. Happy hour drink specials are on for the entire day. This party has something for everyone.

Last August, Sunset Park debuted a new brewery, Five Boroughs Brewing Co., 215 47th Street. The new popular venue, co-founded by Blake Tomnitz and Kevin O’Donnell, opened to rave reviews, so a party for the big football game makes sense.  At the taproom, the game will be shown with sound on the big television. And that’s not all. There will be pitcher specials, snack food, and fun that will also include some games. The festivities start at 6 p.m.

One of Brooklyn’s longstanding watering holes, Irish Haven, 5721 Fourth Avenue, will also be a destination for locals who want to catch the action. Starting at kick-off, 6:30 p.m. $40 admission will get attendees open bar and buffet and halftime giveaways. Of course, the game will be aired on all of the bar’s televisions.

The South Brooklyn Foundry, 6903 Third Avenue, famous for its tasty, eclectic American style food, and vegetarian friendly cuisine, is bringing out the fun with its Kick-Off Big Game Sunday. Wings are just 50 cents. Guacamole and chips will be served. A two-for-one Miller High Life beer special will also be offered along with entertainment and the opportunity to watch the face-off.

Bay Ridge’s new kid on the block, the world’s famous Patsy’s Pizzeria, 8814 Third Avenue, is ready to provide great fun for the all-important game. Admission is free for its very first Big Game Party. An eight-foot premium projection screen will wow attendees. Televisions throughout the venue will also air the contest. There will be live audio from the game and a live deejay in-between. In addition, there will be 50/50 raffles, game day pools and prizes. Of course, you can enjoy the amazing food and beers on tap.

Looking to watch the game while eating a great meal and drinking plenty of beer without all the bells and whistles? Schnitzel Haus, 7319 Fifth Avenue, will continue to serve its delicious authentic German cuisine so it’s a great place to relax with friends and family and watch the game. Also, they now provide delivery via Grubhub so if you’re hosting a party at home, this is a great place to cater your event.

Lonestar Bar and Grill, 8703 Fifth Avenue, has always been a prime destination for Bay Ridge residents who are serious about their sporting events. For $60, the venue is providing an all-inclusive package. Make sure you bring your appetite to the party. It includes an open bar and all-you-can-eat food that includes lobster, shrimp, steak, chops, ribs, chicken, sausage, burgers, dogs, salads, desserts and more. The fun starts at 5 p.m.

Three Jolly Pigeons, 6802 Third Avenue, is always a great spot to drink with friends and focus on each snap. Although there are no specials planned for the evening, the atmosphere will be alive with all the televisions airing the game with the sound on, so you can hear all the commentary and potential controversial calls.

If you’re a sports fanatic who enjoys big crowds and wants several huge high-def televisions at the bar with lots of drink selections and a delicious menu, Salty Dog, 7509 Third Avenue, is where you want to go. With more than 16 flat screen TVs, there’s not a bad seat in the house to watch what promises to be an exciting game.

The Wicked Monk, 9510 Third Avenue, known for its big turnout during football Sunday, will cater to regulars, but everyone is invited to join the fun.

Skinflints, 7902 5th Avenue, a Bay Ridge fixture known for its amazing and affordable meals and drinks, is always a great place to watch the year’s biggest sporting event. With televisions both at the bar and the dining area, you won’t miss the action. For more information, call 718-745-1116.

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