Where to Eat & Watch the Big Game


My husband is a Notre Dame alumnus, so we take football seriously in this house. The Super Bowl is coming, and we’re always looking for places to watch the game. While we have our local favorites, it’s always nice to find a unique, hidden refuge with a solid beer (or cocktail) list, food menu and hefty TV count. If you head to Huntington, Patchogue, Babylon, or any of the island’s happenin’ towns, there’s always a solid turnout for the sports events – especially this one. Some of my go-tos include Rust & Gold in Huntington, Changing Times in East Northport, Crabtree’s in Huntington, and Croxley’s Ale House.

What qualifies a good bar? I hear this question often. In my opinion, it’s a combination of elements. Solid staff, memorable food, drink specials and a comfortable atmosphere. Whether we’re with friends and family (or just us two), it’s important that our experience is a positive one.

Rust & Gold in Huntington Village is groovy. Seriously, the vibes are reminiscent of my time in Williamsburg and the people are equally as memorable. Good drink list, beer list (the El Sully is our go-to), snacks and games. Although my personal preference is the dip with a side of Jenga, they truly offer something for everyone. Wings, Burgers, Apps – the list is endless. Also, did I mention the huge projector screen? I imagine that’s going to come in handy for everyone watching the game… or the halftime show.

Changing Times in East Northport is a classic Long Island sports bar. Everything from the menu, to the staff, to the crowd – it’s all old school. There’s something so comforting about the atmosphere that I always seem to end up here. Their wings are awesome, and so is most of their bar food.  (Think apps and burgers.) They have stellar specials and a crazy number of TVs, making this spot perfect for watching the big game.

Crabtree’s isn’t a sports bar, but it’s a great bar. A different (but cozy) place to watch a game and have a fabulous meal and cocktail. I personally opt for the specials, but their seasonal menus are awesome. The “Green with Envy” may be my favorite cocktail on Long Island – bold statement, but true to heart. Pro tip – they offer daily happy hour.

Last but not least, Croxley’s Ale House. Most of you are familiar with this place. Although my personal preference is the Franklin Square location, Long Islanders have their own neighborhood favorite. Reliable, relaxed – Croxley’s never disappoints. Order some drinks, wings and enjoy the game with friends.

Whether you prefer your neighborhood spot or trying something new, there are options for everyone this super bowl season. Chat with friends, peruse reviews, choose a spot and enjoy the big game!