The build-up to the highly anticipated date between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on August 26 has been a circus, but it’s almost time to put all that way in favor of stepping into the ring. On that date, the two most famous fighters in the world will step into Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena for what some call a super fight and others call a scam. Regardless, millions of fans will be tuning in from every corner of the country, from house parties to bars, to watch the boxers face off.
What fun would this spectacle be without some fun atmosphere and yelling? The Mayweather-McGregor fight should be an event you don’t want to miss, and we’ve collected the best bars showing boxing on Saturday. From New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to Houston, and Miami to San Francisco, these are the bars to hit up if you want to watch the fight on that date.
New York City
Paddy’s Of Park Slope ($80 open bar)
273 13th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
If you’re looking for a more intimate watch party in New York City, Paddy’s Of Park Slope is an interesting option. With only 65 tickets available, an $80 price tag seems steep at first, until you get to the fine print. $80 will get you an open bar from 8 PM until the end of the night, including all beer, premium wine and liquors. To get in on this deal, you’ll have to buy tickets by emailing the bar at firstname.lastname@example.org
After your 5th drink, anything that happens in the fight will seem exciting, so it’s a win/win. With the price of drinks at most spots in the NYC area, $80 is light change and you won’t be worried about the bar trying to cram to capacity. Plenty of elbow room available.
Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails ($10 cover)
367 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
On the other hand, Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails is a great cheap option if you’re not looking to spend too much. The Kips Bay bar will have a $10 entry fee on fight night, which will also get you a free draft beer at the bar.
They will be showing the fight on a projection screen and four large TV’s. Handcraft will give you a great homely vibe and excellent comfort food so you can watch the fight while you get your grub on. Definitely beats spending $100 to stay home and order the fight on PPV.
Tom’s Urban: Los Angeles ($25 cover)
1011 S Figueroa Street B101
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Tom’s Urban offers an interesting viewing experience for the fight that you can’t get anywhere else. With 75 big screens availability, there are plenty of good seats in the house. There are three different packages you can buy to get into the venue.
For $25 you get your foot in the door and can sit in the main dining area on the first floor. For $45 you get a seat at the sports deck area or at the bar top on the first floor. The third option is the most intriguing as $55 gets you a seat of your choosing on the top floor that includes a drink ticket and access to an unlimited taco bar. The taco bar includes two kinds of tacos, beans, rice, salad, chips and salsa. The buffet opens at 5:30 PM PT and will stay open until the start of the fight.
Sycamore Tavern ($20 cover)
7038 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
If you’re looking for more of a traditional sports bar feel for the fight, Sycamore Tavern is a great option. Admission is $20, and will get you access to 40 screens and a diverse food and drink menu. Sycamore Tavern claims to be “Sunset Blvd’s best UFC spot” and are sure to bring an authentic fight experience for an affordable price.
Grooves of Houston ($10 cover)
2300 Pierce Street
Houston, TX 77003
If you’re in Houston and looking for a cheap option to watch the fight, Grooves of Houston is just for you. With just a $10 regular admission ticket price, Grooves will allow you to keep your cash so that you can spend on plenty of good food and drinks.
The fight will be shown across their 10 large flat screen TV’s as well as two large projectors. You can also buy different VIP packages for up to $200 that will insure you get the perfect seat.
Live Oak Lounge and Grill ($25 cover)
2533 Southmore Boulevard
Houston, TX 77004
If you’re looking for more of a party feel when you watch the fight, Live Oak Lounge and Grill in Houston will hold you down. General admission is $25 which lands on the more affordable side with most bars charging $40 and up for entry.
The kitchen will be open all night and they will be providing drink specials as well as hookah if you’re into that kind of thing. Sections are available to reserve and seats will be filled fast so get in early!
Rockit Bar & Grill ($20 cover)
22 W Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Chicago is no different from any other city on this list, all the bar owners are looking to run up the numbers for this fight. Good thing for you, we found you an affordable and fun option: Rockit Bar & Grill will be showing the fight with full surround sound for just $20.
Enjoy some food off of Chef Mike Sheerin’s menu or one of their signature cocktails; Rockit will also have $6 Bud Lights and $7 Jameson drink specials also available for the fight.
The Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant ($25 online, $30 at the door)
661 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
If you’re looking for a more traditional underdog rooting fight experience, the Kerryman might be the choice for you. Most in attendance will be rooting for McGregor by association which should make for an entertaining time itself.
Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door. You’re going to wanna get there before 9:30 to make sure you get a spot. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy some contemporary Irish recipes prepared by Chef Damian Moloney!
Finnegan’s Way (Free Admission)
1344 Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Finnegans of Miami Beach has a few things going for them when it comes to viewing parties. For one, they are located right on the beach, so if the fight starts to bore you, you can enjoy a quiet night on the sand. Another sticking point is the fact that there is no cover charge to get in. This will be a rarity on fight night as most bars and venues will look to cash in upon your arrival. Finnegans will show the fight on big screens throughout the space and are offering food and drink specials all night long, before during and after the fight.
River Yacht Club ($30)
401 Southwest 3rd Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
If you want to be on a different type of water, River Yacht Club has you near the Miami River. A spot for some Heat players, like Hassan Whiteside, RYC will upscale your viewing experience just a bit, in case you wanna feel as money as Mayweather and McGregor. Worst case, you have fun with their drink specials while you watch the two fighters rake in millions.
The Holy Cow ($15-$25 cover)
1535 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
If you’re looking for a 360 inch Jumbotron to watch the fight, then The Holy Cow is for you. With a cover running from $15-$25 they are much cheaper than other options in the Bay Area.
According to the ticket site they’ll be serving tacos, burritos, nachos, tortas and “much more.” There will be a live DJ during the preliminary cards and if the main event is as bad as some boxing experts are predicting, you could always just make your way to the dance floor and try to turn the night around.
Bar San Pancho ($20 cover)
3198 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
It’s clear that everyone will be trying to cash in on this fight, including local bars. Many Bay Area bars and restaurants are promoting $40-$50 admission fees. With that kind of price tag, you might as well call up some buddies and buy the fight at home.
If you’re looking to head out, however, Bar San Pancho will be a nice spot for you to grab a drink, something to eat, and watch the fight for a reasonable price. Admission is $20 and this cantina boasts some delectable wings, nachos and crispy tacos as well as tasty margaritas and shot and beer specials. Just the right way to watch a beat down.