QCulture: Some Great Places To Watch Sports in The Borough

Queens offers plenty of choices to sports fans looking to go out and watch the games. Whether it is football, baseball, basketball or just about any other sport, you can find a good sports bar in pretty much any part of the Borough. We selected a few of the best watering holes that you should definitely go to if you want to catch the action.

O’Neill’s Bar and Restaurant in Maspeth.

O’Neill’s Bar and Restaurant in Maspeth.

 

O’NEILL’S BAR AND RESTAURANT
64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth
(718) 672-9696
Oneillsmaspeth.com
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.

After a fire forced this bar to close down for a couple of years, it has since reopened, looking brand new and fabulous. This establishment promotes itself as combining the best of two worlds: a sports bar and a sit-down restaurant.

Deirdre O’Neill, one of the managers and the daughter of George O’Neill, the owner and founder of the eatery, said they have more than 50 televisions throughout the bar and surround sound so you will have no trouble seeing and hearing the action.

If you prefer to have a nice, relaxing dinner or are looking for a romantic spot to take your date, O’Neill’s has you covered with a quiet dining area that has a cozy feel to it.

“We cater to everyone here. You can come to wing night or buy a porterhouse steak,” Deirdre said.

They offer a “Taco Tuesday” special as well as three dollar pitchers of sangrias to accompany your delicious tacos.

Deirdre also said that O’Neill’s is known for having among the best wings in the Borough. She said they are not your typical small wings they are large and thick. The wings have won the NYC Wing Bowl contest at CitiField in the past.

43 BAR AND GRILL
43-06 43rd St., Sunnyside
(718) 361-3090
Bar43.com
Hours: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 4am

Conveniently located between the 40th and 46th Street stations on the 7 line, 43 Bar and Grill sells itself as Sunnyside’s premier sports bar.

It makes a strong case for that claim with 32 craft beers on tap and13 plasma screens showing all the games. You can even pour out your own beer with their 100-ounce table tapper.

They offer four specials, including a three-hour open bar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday (at the bar only) and a Monday night burger plus a pint of beer for $12. They also have a ladies night every Thursday, which is an open bar from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. (at the bar only) as well as $3 mixed drinks and $5 cocktails from 9 p.m. until midnight.

The aforementioned plasma TVs are hooked up to every premium sports package, allowing them to show all the leagues customers love to watch at a bar, including the NFL, which will kick off in September and the Barclays English Premier League, which will begin on Aug. 17.

Break Bar and Billiards in Astoria.

Break Bar and Billiards in Astoria.

BREAK BAR AND BILLIARDS
32-04 Broadway, Astoria
(718) 777-5400
Break-ny.com
Hours: Monday through Thursday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

“There’s so much to do here.”

That’s how Break manager Mike Cerritos describes the popular establishment that mixes your traditional sports bar with games that make it an adult playground.

Besides having all the food and drink a sports bar can offer, there are also several games you can play if you are in the mood to do more than just sit down and eat. Among the activities offered are billiards, Ping-Pong, darts, air hockey and more.

It also has a 55 foot-long-bar with 18 beers that are offered on a rotating selection.

Cerritos said among the most popular specials it offers are its trivia night, which lasts from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the free pool nights, which makes securing an empty pool table for your group of friends a premium for those nights.

They also have a five-day happy hour, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

TWIST AND SMASH’D SPORTS
34-02 Steinway St.,
Long Island City
(718) 806-1542
Twistandsmashdsports.com

Sitting right on the busy corridor that is Steinway Street is a bar that offers a television in basically every direction, a great selection of beer and food and even a bocce ball court if you feel like getting off your chair and competing.

Jesse Brownfield, the manager of Twist and Smash’d Sports, said it has about 80 beers on tap and 52, 50-inch TVs that surround the entire establishment. Any seat in the house offers a good view of a television with the games in, he said.

They have special events every day of the week, according to Brownfield, including game night every Monday and the Queens Bocce Ball league on Wednesdays. He said their events help attract new clientele and gives them a reason to spend their money at Twist and Smash’d, other than the food and drink.

Part of what makes Twist and Smash’d an attractive place for customers, according to Brownfield, it is family friendly and its convenient location makes it easy to get to by subway.

Twist and Smash’d Sports is the sister restaurant of the original Twist and Smash’d, which is on Austin Street in Forest Hills.

COBBLESTONE’S PUB
117-18 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills
(718) 263-9754
Cobblestonespub.com

Located on the busy intersection on the Forest Hills section of Queens Boulevard sits a bar that looks like a small, dingy place, but has a lot to offer on the inside.

Cobblestone’s offers a wide variety of food and drink that is sure to fit the needs of almost any person.

They offer close to 30 different types of beer, from your tradition Bud Light to craft beers like Lagunitas I.P.A, It also has a good selection sandwiches, entrees and, of course, wings and burgers.

When any New York team is playing, Cobblestone’s offers $10 pitchers of Bud Light and $15 pitchers of any of their draught beers.

They have also set up a basketball court in the back of the establishment, which is offered to customers if they feel like playing ball instead of watching it on TV.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Here is a list of other sports bars that we also recommended to watch the games:

Roosevelt Sports Bar, 133-45 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing
Miller’s Rego Park Ale House, 61-35 Junction Blvd, Rego Park
Raven’s Head Public House, 38-04 Broadway, Astoria
The Starting Gate, 59-10 Woodside Ave, Woodside
Pour House, 213-11 41st Ave., Bayside