Brooklyn’s best bars for the Big Game

Mark Swadorski from Carrol Gardens enjoys a beer and the Big Game back in 2011 at the now-shuttered Angry Wade’s.
Brooklyn Paper file photo

It’s that time of year again, and unless you’ve got a February wedding or an allergic aversion to football, you’re probably going to be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday night. The Los Angeles Rams are taking on the upstart Cincinnati Bengals — and, while a New York team might not be involved, the game should still be a spectacle to behold. 

Almost every restaurant with a television will be showing the game, but there’s a few Brooklyn watering holes that will bring a little extra to the table — like Joe Burrow against the Chiefs.   

Union Grounds

While this Smith Street bar may be small, it more than makes up for its size with 12 televisions and high quality food. Union Grounds boasts indoor and outdoor seating and eight beers on tap, as well as the usual assortment of bar snacks. It’s a local favorite that should have a fun atmosphere come game time. 

270 Smith St., (347) 763-1935, uniongroundsbk.com

Rhythm and Booze

Located in Windsor Terrace on 10th Avenue, Rhythm and Booze sports fourteen TVs and a friendly staff. Free WiFi and a jukebox complement the great dinner menu, which includes daily specials and a highly-rated Angus burger. Just like Union Grounds, its fairly small size should provide an excitable environment for the Big Game.

1674 10th Ave., (718) 788-9699, rhythmandboozebrooklyn.com


Another Brooklyn classic, Clara’s pairs multiple TVs with a pool table, jukebox, and a massive projector screen. This spacious bar has more than enough room to fit large parties and allow for your own space to watch the Super Bowl. In case those entertainments alone weren’t enough to convince you, Clara’s serves a mean fried jalapeño popper (as well as other bar classics) and rocks booth seating to boot.

53 Wilson Ave., (347) 295-1338, clarasbrooklyn.com

Floyd, NY

In this northern Brooklyn sports bar, you’ll have dozens of TVs to catch the big game — and you’ll also have Bocce Ball to keep you entertained in case the game turns into a blowout!  

131 Atlantic Ave., (718) 858-5810,floydny.com

Black Forest Brooklyn

If you’re looking for a party, Black Forest Brooklyn is the place to be on Sunday night. Black Forest has two locations, one on Fort Greene and one on Smith Street, and both boast 12-foot HDTVs visible from the entire restaurant. Reservations are required for indoor seating, and a $29 per person purchase will buy your group a Super Bowl platter loaded with wings, burgers, and Black Forest’s signature schnitzel. Those giant screens may have been meant for soccer, but Super Bowl Sunday is an exception Black Forest is willing to make. 

Fort Greene: 733 Fulton St., (718) 935-0300; Smith Street: 181 Smith St., (718) 522-1806; blackforestbrooklyn.com


E-sporting venues might not be the first location that comes to your mind when you think of the Super Bowl, but BrookLAN wants to change that this year. The largest e-sports bar in New York is opening its doors for a Madden tournament and Super Bowl watch party on Sunday, opening their kitchen and bar as well as more than 20 screens for public use. The tournament requires a ticket purchase, but if gaming isn’t your speed, pop in and watch others duke it out before watching the Big Game. 

339 Troutman St., brooklan.com