The “fight of the century” is a already being used to describe the upcoming boxing match between welterweights Floyd Mayweather and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2. The two men, both considered among the finest fighters of their generation, have never faced each other in the ring.
With millions of people around the world anticipating the fight, sports bars and restaurants all around Queens are hosting events for local fans.
33-08 Broadway, Astoria
This neighborhood sports bar with multiple screens over the bar is charging $25 per person to get in on Saturday. Classic finger foods are available to purchase, including favorites such as jalapeno poppers and mozzarella sticks made with panko breadcrumbs.
Katch Brewery & Grill
31-19 Newtown Ave., Astoria
Katch is the perfect place for those looking to watch the fight in a more relaxed atmosphere, with the staff looking to maintain an intimate feel. General manager Tino Tsutras tells The Courier that the brewery is not likely to be filled with people swarming the aisles on foot.
“We don’t want a crazy night,” said Tsutras. Katch will be charging a $25 cover until it’s filled to capacity, but in order to guarantee entry for the night, interested parties can make a table reservation. Reservations must spend a minimum of $100 per person, and can have up to four people.
27-01 23rd Ave., Astoria
Ladies can take advantage of the discount they will be able to receive at Rocky McBride’s for the May 2 fight. The cover charge of $40 for females includes access to a three-hour open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, but men are required to pay $60 for the same event at the sports bar. Everything on the drink menu is included in the open bar except shots, drinks on the rocks and specialty drinks.
39-17 Bell Blvd., Bayside
There are two levels of viewing parties at Beer Belly’s, but both promise to be a raucous good time. The cover charge at the main level downstairs is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and offers $4 shots of fireball cinnamon whiskey all night long. The VIP upper level will cost $75, and comes with a 4 1/2 hour open bar and buffet from 8.30 p.m.
Bourbon Street Cafe
40-12 Bell Blvd., Bayside
A $30 entrance fee will allow you to watch the fight and dine in at the Cajun-style restaurant, which was named after a street in New Orleans. The sporting event will be projected onto screens visible from each table, and guests will be able to sample the cuisine of executive chef Frank Lynch, whose specialties include BBQ braised short ribs and shrimp over cheesy grits.
Buffalo Wild Wings
107-16 71st Ave., Forest Hills
The national sports-bar chain is a mainstay for big events, so to avoid the expected crowds attendees should arrive earlier than the 9 p.m. seating time. The venue is only accepting cash payments for the $20 entry fee.
11718 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills
A $40 cover charge at the door will get boxing fans two free beers at Cobblestone’s. The extensive menu has options ranging from fish and chips to baby back ribs and sandwiches, but regulars swear by the chicken wings.
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City
Fight night at the 900-square-foot lounge has a general admission price of $25, but dinner and VIP packages are also available, with some including premium bottles of champagne for a party of eight people. DJ Three-Sixty and DJ Eric will be providing tunes for the Champagne Saturdays, an after-party at the rooftop venue on top of the Ravel Hotel which offers incredible views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline.
64-21 53rd Dr., Maspeth
The family-owned establishment, which has been in Maspeth since 1933, is charging a $25 cover fee to watch the fight in its casual dining steakhouse on Saturday. The American-style cuisine includes an appetizer menu with extensive seafood options, and entrees of burgers, steaks, and bone-in roasted garlic chicken.
Miller’s Ale House
61-35 Junction Blvd., Rego Park
Miller’s is charging $30 to watch the ringside action on screens at the national steakhouse chain. Saturday night’s special dish is a perfectly seasoned flat iron steak grilled to order for $15.99.
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