All eyes will be on the 6 Nations which start next Saturday Feb 2nd, as Northern Hemisphere international rugby takes centre stage for the next few weeks. In what promises to be a closely fought tournament, extra scrutiny will be on the performance of individual players from the 4 “home nations”, as they vie for a spot on Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions squad, for the Australia tour in June.
BBC America are once again showing a key game each week, meaning you can watch from the comfort of your sofa or pretty much any pub. Why not choose one of the pubs which support GEORGE such as The Churchill, Tavern 29, Arctica, Cock & Bull and Jones Wood Foundry.
Over my 12 yrs in NY some pubs have garnered a reputation for being go to bars for rugby fans. I recommend you always ring in advance, to check they’re showing your game and ask whether there’s a, ‘cover charge’ which is sometimes required depending on who holds the broadcast rights. Its often $10-$20 and that does not include breakfast or a pint.
So in no particular order here are 10 Rugby pubs in Manhattan.
1. The Red Lion, Bleeker & Thompson, 212.260.9797
2. Baker Street, 63rd & 1st, 212.688.9663
3. Kinsale Tavern, 94th & 3rd 212.348.4370
4. Mr Dennehy’s, Carmine & 7th, 212.414.1223
5. Patrick Kavanagh’s, 42nd & 3rd, 212.889.4304
6. Slane, Macdougal & Bleeker, 212.505.0079
7. The Parlour, 86th & Broadway, 212.580.8923
8. Beckett’s, Stone St\Pearl St, 212.269.1001
9. Brass Monkey, Little West 12th & 10th Ave, 212.675.6686
10. The Australian, 38th bet 5th&6th, 212.869.8601
BBC America 6 Nations Schedule
2nd Feb: England v Scotland – 11am ET
9th Feb: France v Wales – Noon ET
23rd Feb: England v France – Noon ET
9th March: Ireland v France – Noon ET
16th March: Wales v England – 1pm ET
We’re interested to hear from you if we’ve missed your favourite or you have other recommendations in the other 4 Boroughs or beyond. Contact us:
Richard Sexton MBE is a British Expat in NY with Knight Frank. He is the Vice President of St George’s Society and Lead Ambassador for GEORGE. He also founded the Captain’s Knock Rugby Legends which celebrates its 5th Anniversary on Feb 27th at NYAC with Martin Johnson, Warren Gatland, Gavin Hastings, Jeremy Guscott, Paul Wallace, Dan Lyle, Nigel Melville and other special guests from USA Rugby. @richsexton