Watch 2022’s World Cup at one of these five electric sports bars


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Jeremy Sanders, Contributor

The 2022 World Cup kicked off last month in Qatar, and it’s no secret that watching it with a lively crowd is one of the best ways to cheer on your favorite team. Odds are, living in New York City means your living room is a little too small to fit all of your football-loving friends, but luckily the city’s sports bar selection is among the largest in the world. Finding the right sports bar for you can be tricky, as some are much better for viewing large events, like the World Cup, than others. Here is a list of some local favorites that are sure to deliver a good time. 

Kelly’s Sports Bar (East Village, Manhattan)

Despite being known locally as a hotspot for hockey fans, Kelly’s Sports Bar in the East Village is a great bar to watch the World Cup. The bar has a reputation for being frequented by passionate sports fans, making it a spot with a cheerful atmosphere, along with friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. Kelly’s is the perfect bar for all you high-energy soccer fans out there.

Smithfield Hall (Chelsea, Manhattan)

A favorite of NYC soccer fans, Smithfield Hall is a great place to view the World Cup. Featuring both indoor and outdoor TVs, this spirited bar ensures a quality viewing experience no matter the weather. Often noted for its extensive craft beer list, Smithfield Hall originally opened on 28th St. in 2012, but moved to its current location on 25th a few years later. 

Mustang Harry’s (Midtown, Manhattan)

A five-minute walk from Madison Square Garden and located right next to the 28th Street Station, the rustic and energetic Mustang Harry’s is a true classic Irish Pub. Mustang Harry’s opened its doors in 1995 and has remained a haven for NYC sports fans plastered with TV screens. Weekends and big games often lead to a full house, so reservations are generally recommended. 

Triona’s (Gramercy, Manhattan)

Since opening in 2009, Triona’s has remained one of Gramercy’s top local spots. Another Irish Pub known for its beer and wings, the environment at Triona’s is never dull and ensures a fun time, day or night. If you want to enjoy the bar’s lengthy happy hour on a weekday, it runs from noon to 8 p.m., making for great deals on drinks nearly all day. Triona’s also has a second location just a few minutes from Washington Square Park. 

Peter Dillon’s Pub (Midtown, Manhattan) 

While Midtown has no shortage of good hangouts, Peter Dillon’s Pub stands out in the realm of sports bars. Just minutes from Grand Central, Peter Dillon’s is easily accessible and full of both sitting and standing room. Not only that, but it is truly in the heart of NYC. Since 2001, it has been the perfect spot for those looking to catch a break in the form of a pint on any game day.