7 Places to Catch the Big Game

Football season has finally started, the baseball post-season is about to get under way and NBA and NHL will soon follow. It’s the perfect time to consider where to go to chill with friends for great food, brews and access to the game of your choice. Here’s a selection of seven places across the Island that do the trick.

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The Bench, Stony Brook

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The Bench is the seat of the action for sports fans around Stony Brook. image: thebenchbar.com

Across the street from the Long Island Rail Road station in the heart of Stony Brook Seawolves country, The Bench serves up $5 appetizers, $5 wing buckets, $10 wing baskets on NFL game days and has 16 beers on tap. Jerseys and memorabilia are on display around the bar, with 48 TV screens keeping tabs on all sorts of games. On the menu, in addition to the Bench wings and burgers, you’ll want to give the shrimp and bacon po’ boy a try. Go.

Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grille, Bay Shore

Game-day food, drink specials and 40 50-inch flat-panel HD TVs make this a go-to place for locals. A covered patio bar, with another three TVs and a couple of couches, is open every Thursday and Sunday for football games. Changing Times also has locations in East Northport and Farmingdale. Go

Croxley’s Ale House & Eatery, Farmingdale

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Craft beer pioneer Croxley has plenty of screens and seating to catch a game. image: facebook.com_croxleyalehousefarmingdale

One of six Croxley’s locations, this spot, on the corner of Main and Front streets next to the railroad tracks, has a new outdoor beer garden with a retractable roof that’s open to the public during big games. A craft beer pioneer, the bar has 69 beers on tap and 40 TVs. Another 15 TVs are outside. On game days, the bar offers 30-cent wing specials, and on Thursdays, it has a “Blitz Sweepstake,” in which one open-bar opportunity is raffled off at halftime. Go.

Diggers Ales & Eats, Riverhead

Digger O’Dells was relaunched in 2005 by husband and wife team Stephen & Chéri Wirth as Digger’s Ales N’ Eats. The 6,500-square-foot location in downtown Riverhead has a rotating selection of 16 beers on tap and 16 TVs. It’s what hometown is all about. Go

The Main Event Restaurant & Sports Bar, Farmingdale

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The Main Event in Farmingdale is a big space with a big following. image: the maineventny.com

Access to all your college and pro games via DirecTV packages and more than 80 TVs allows this sprawling 10,000-square-foot venue to accommodate groups large and small. Plus, it’s known for its fresh seafood and black angus steaks. The family-run operation also has a location in Plainview. Go.

RJ Daniels, Rockville Centre

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RJ Daniels recently renovated to improve the game-day experience. image: facebook.com/RJDanielsRVC

RJ’s recently amped up its game with new high-top seating and nine new TVs with great views of the games from all tables. The outside bar was also rebuilt. Go.

Trotters Bar & Grill, Franklin Square

To celebrate the return of football, Trotters is offering Sunday 50-cent wings, $3 Bud Light, Coors Light & Trotters Ale pints and $5 appetizer specials. Apps include mozzarella sticks, potato skins, Bavarian pretzels, cheese fries, cheese quesadillas, nachos and pulled pork sliders. Oh, did we mentioned that it’s loaded with TVs for game-day viewing? Go.

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carl corry

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