Now that the Super Bowl is officially over and done with, sports fanatics are gearing up for the next premier event: the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. The highly anticipated competition, which turns 65 this year, will be held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 14. If you can’t make it to “the six” with your woes this year and you’re looking for a place to catch the game with friends in Harlem, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of four places in the neighborhood that will have the All-Star game atmosphere minus the all-star game ticket and trip prices.
Harlem Tavern has evolved into the go-to spot to watch sporting events. The beer garden not only boasts lots of flat screen TVs so that you can catch the game from different angles, they also project games on the side of an adjacent building. The larger-than-life viewing experience makes you feel like you’re sitting courtside. Harlem Tavern also has a delicious menu that features sharable American classics like the Harlem Tavern sliders, flame grilled chicken skewers, and coconut shrimp. They have a large selection of beers on tap and some pretty tasty cocktail selections that includes the “Cîroc Celebration,” which is a mix of Cîroc red berry, St. Germaine, Pinot Grigio, cranberry and champagne and the “French 75” which includes Hennessy VS, orange liquor, Moscato, lemon juice, and champagne. Learn more about Harlem Tavern here.
Grill on the Hill
Grill on the Hill is a gem nestled in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. The sports lounge is known for having drink specials that won’t hurt your wallet, delicious food, and a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Want to throw back a few brews and chow down on some delicious wings? This bar is the place to be. They have nearly 15 beers on tap and over 22 bottled selections as well as some exotic cocktails for those of you who prefer mixed drinks. Grill on the Hill’s wings come with delectable house made sauces that include buffalo, chipotle BBQ, sweet Thai chili, garlic parmesan, and jerk. The bar, which is located on 140th Street and Amsterdam Ave., is known for its sports-themed events and drink specials. Learn more about Grill on the Hill here.
The Park 112
Don’t be fooled by its upscale appearance, The Park 112 is known for throwing some pretty turnt sports-themed viewing parties. Grab your besties and gather around the sexy bar area to sip on delicious cocktails and have tasty bites while tuning into the All-Star game. Some of the items featured on the menu include the Crispy Crab Dumplings, Jerk Chicken Spring Rolls, and Lobster Mac and Cheese. As for the drink menu, prepare to be intrigued. It features cocktails like the “Uptown Shandy,” which is a mix of the Angry Orchard Hard Cider, bourbon, pressed apple cider, and lemon and the “Black Fig Hennessy Sidecar” which includes Black fig infused Hennessy, Grand Marnier, lemon, and a vanilla sugar rim. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list to choose from. Learn more about The Park 112 here.
This year the 2016 All-Star Game falls on a Sunday; if you’ve ever been to By the Hudson (BTH) on a Sunday afternoon, you know what’s up. Every Sunday, BTH throws epic brunches that feature a delicious prix-fixe menu, with unlimited mimosas or Bellini’s, and the sounds of nostalgic hip-hop and R&B music. BTH also has an amazing bar area, with flat-screens that are game ready. One of the most popular cocktails on their menu is the “Fire Cracker” which is a mix of Tito’s Vodka, fresh basil, fresh watermelon, and cayenne pepper. Another popular drink that they serve is the “Antique BTH” which includes Bulleit Bourbon, sage leaves, agave, pear nectar, and lime juice. What better way to spend your Sunday than to have a delicious brunch followed by a fun-filled All-Star viewing experience? Learn more about BTH here.