The GofG Guide To The Best Places To Watch The NBA Finals

by Kirby Allison · June 3, 2011

As the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat go into game 3 all tied up, we are left wondering--how will this end up? Since no one wants to watch the mayhem unfold alone in their apartment we've got your guide to some of the best destinations for NBA Final's viewing. These sports bars ares sure to provide a plethora of big screen TV's, a lively crowd and more importantly some tasty beverages so you don't miss a second of the action.

Hill Country


As a Texas gal, this destination feels like home. Located in the Flatiron district, Hill Country features typical Texas fare fit for a true Southerner. With Bluebell ice-cream on the menu-something that is generally only sold in Texas, Mav's fans can hit this bar to munch on some Central Texas style barbeque and feel like they are back in the Lone Star state.



Firefly has all you need from a good sports bar: great bar food, walls and walls of big screens and booze. Did I mention it's in Soho? There aren't many sports bars in the Soho area so we love that it's one-of-a-kind for it's area. It tends to get jam packed but you don't feel like you are in a dirty bar, it's clean and has great quick service. Every wall in this joint has 2 or more big screens so no matter which direction you are sitting, you are in the middle of the action. Mavs and Heat fans alike flock to this bar, if you are with a big group and want to sit, call ahead and reserve a table.

Village Pour House


This Lower East Side bar is your typical sports bar. The size and vast amount of seating is good for groups and allows you to easily take in all the NBA action. Their bar food will replenish the calories you burn jumping up and down screaming for your favorite team-I have been told to try the Angus beef sliders-and there is no shortage of beers on tap. It will likely be crowded with college and barely post-college fans, with lots of cheering, high fives and the occasional chest pumps.  You may walk out with some new friends.

The Blind Pig


Like all our favorite sports hot spots, The Blind Pig doesn't lack in flat-screens, the true back bone of any good sports bar. Not your typical sports bar decor, it give you the sense that you aren't at another fratty dive bar watching the game but at a cool destination bar that happens to have some nice TV's. Side note: on Saturday's and Sundays they serve an all you can drink brunch for $20 so you can fight fire with fire and drink your hangover away from last night's game winning celebration.

Manny's on Second


This Upper East Side sports joint is a mecca for fans of all sports. With 40 HD-TVs there is no shortage of gaming on display here. Their menu features typical bar food and even some salads for those of you watching your beer belly. However, you may also want to try their award winning wings! No matter who you are rooting for, you are bound to be in the middle of all the action at Manny's.

The Ainsworth


This high end sports bar gives you an escape from the beer soaked frat scene that some sports goers don't prefer. If you would rather have an upscale drinking and dining experience than bar food and tap beer, this is your destination. But, don't worry, they still have plenty of flat screens so you are still able to catch the game in style.

Hit up any of these sports bars and you are guaranteed to have a great time cheering on your team. Since we can't all have court side seats, get in the middle catch the action and get your game on.