Impromptu date ideas: Where to go with a sports nut in NYC

MeetMoi is all about introducing you to new and interesting people nearby that you can meet up with in person. This is the fourth in a series of posts to give you hints on where to take your new Intro on an impromptu date. Get more ideas here.

By Brienne Walsh

Even if you can’t name a single player on the Yankees—or have no idea who Jeremy Lin is—you can still have fun with on a date with the sports nut you just connected with on MeetMoi. We’ve put together a list of ten sports-centric spots in New York, ranging from bars to putting ranges, where even a couple with opposite interests could find something to bond over for an hour or two.

1.    The Windsor, 234 W. 4th Street, West Village: A gastro-pub with an interior designed by Ralph Lauren, the flat screen tvs showing sports of all varieties are merely backdrops in the space. Invite a Rangers fan to meet you there during the Stanley Cup finals, and then, while you enjoy a glass of sauvignon blanc, ask him to explain what’s going on in the game. If he refuses, concentrate on the food, which is delicious.

2.    Banter Bar, 132 Havermeyer Street, Williamsburg: Even a girl who doesn’t know a thing about soccer can find something to enjoy while watching a game. Because soccer player are, hands down, the hottest type of athletes. And so are some soccer fans, many of whom flock to this centrally located spot in Williamsburg to catch “football” games broadcast from Europe.

3.    Gleason’s Gym, 77 Front Street, Dumbo: Perhaps the most famous boxing gym in the city, this testosterone laden, sweaty joint is a sight every New Yorker should behold at least once. Although taking classes requires a monthly membership, watching training sessions taking place at the rings dotted around the loft space is completely free. Walk through the space with a date, and then, if you can still stomach it, enjoy an ice cream underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.

4.    Mosholu Golf Course, 3700 Jerome Avenue, The Bronx: Located at the last stop on the 4 train, playing a round of golf on this course costs as little as $20 for residents of New York City, as long as they obtain a permit before. If you’re a golfer, challenge your date to a full game. Or if you’re just a beginner, ask for an impromptu lesson at the putting range on the course.

5.    Brother Jimmy’s, 1485 Second Avenue, Upper East Side: With locations all over the city—including in Union Square, Murray Hill, and the Upper West Side—this joint serves up Southern hospitality and heaps of BBQ. Known as the place to go to watch College Basketball, this is about as classic a sports bar as you can find in New York City. Even if you could care less about who wins, it’s fun to get swept up in the excitement during a big game.

6.    The Bounce Sporting Club, 55 West 21st Street, Flatiron: Filled with 30 state-of-the-art flat screen tvs, showing all manner of sporting events, this might be the kind of place you meet a sports nut only if you’re a fan yourself. Sleek and comfortable, the restaurant is open for lunch, but the dark ambiance makes it better for cozy evening meetings.

7.    Keyspan Park, Coney Island: Home to the Brooklyn Cyclones, the city’s finest minor league baseball team, the stadium is located right off the boardwalk in Coney Island. With views of the ocean—and very cheap seats—this is the perfect place to meet a date on a summer evening.

8.    Brooklyn Boulders, 575 Degraw Street, Park Slope: One of the largest indoor climbing spaces on the East Coast, Brooklyn Boulders boasts 22,000 square feet of climbing surface. Which means that there’s plenty of room for anyone who wants to climb, even beginners who can’t make it off the ground. Let your date spot you if he’s the expert—or impress him with your ability to scale the wall without his help.

9.    The Ainsworth, 122 West 26th Street, Chelsea: Not officially a sports bar, this restaurant nevertheless has flat screen TVs that show the biggest games taking place on any given evening. The TVs are discrete enough, however, that you can ignore them if you and your date decide that you’d rather just have a glass of wine, rather than bond over the Knicks.

10.  The Courtyard, 40-18 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside: Located in an old-school Irish neighborhood, this spot is a watering hole for locals and yuppies alike. Outfitted with a grill in the backyard, the bar serves up burgers and hot dogs in warm weather, making it the perfect spot for a laid back date during the baseball season.

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