Bars, Drink, Monica Byers, New York — June 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm




NEW YORK – Woodwork is one of my favorite football bars in NYC, discovered thanks to my Brooklyn-dwelling football pal, Scott.  It’s got a fun bar staff (who actually do know their football), reasonably priced beer (with a pretty broad selection) and good eats (click here for more on that).   It’s also a more physically comfortable place than my other go-to football bar, Nevada Smiths, as it’s newer and boasts more welcoming décor.   For all of this, I’m willing to cross the bridge into Brooklyn – it must be awesome…….

Woodwork (photo by Monica Byers)

Woodwork is a relatively small establishment compared to other NYC football bars.  While that intimacy definitely is a driver of the fun and camaraderie to be found here, it also means fewer TV sets and fewer games covered.  If you’re a fan of the English Premiere League you’ll probably be fine, but it’s a bit more risky if you want to watch a match, say, in the English Football League Championship.  Though Woodwork is not a “you won’t miss a match” kind of joint they do show all the big matches – and you can’t beat the energy of this place for those.

Inside Woodwork (photo by Monica Byers)

A couple of tips if you plan a trip to Woodwork:

  1. It’s a cash-only bar, so visit the ATM before you go (though there is one onsite in case of emergency).
  2. If you’re coming for a big match, arrive early – I can’t stress this enough as the bar fills up pretty quickly.

How does it rate as a football bar?  8 on a 10-point scale.  Great bar with friendly staff and high-energy clientele, but the cash-only thing is a little bit of a pain and you’re not going to get each and every match here.  Check Woodwork’s website ( for the match schedule.

Where is it?  583 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

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