Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to a pre-grand opening night at the new Bottomzup Bar and Grill located in the Murray Hill/Kips Bay area of Manhattan. Being that this part of town is also known as “Bro Hill” because of all the frat bars in the area I did not know what to think of another bar opening up along 3rd Avenue in the 20’s. Well, when I walked in my mind was blown! All I could see were flat screens as far as the eye could see. 45 sixty inch flat screens! Stadium-like sound system. Photos and pictures of famous athletes, teams, and sports shots placed floor to ceiling. A sushi and raw bar. In a sports bar! Full bar area with their own specialty cocktails, drink specials, and plenty of seating. 14 beers on tap and even more in bottles. Super friendly and attentive staff. No matter where you sat there was a birds eye view of any game you wanted to see. This is the ultimate football and sports watchers bar!
As a guy that has followed New York sports my whole life, and as a sports fan in general, I can truly appreciate the attention to detail and planning that went into a bar such as this. There is so much to look at here! Along with plenty to eat and drink.
It gets even better! They have a unique system set up here where one can bring a speaker device over to your table, punch in the screen number with your game on it, and listen to your event above the din of the other games and people talking in the place. We all know how loud bars can get on game day, and this is such a great idea. I tested it out and it works great. There is even a jack to plug your headset in if you want to listen in private.
Oh, is your phone about to die because you forgot to charge it before you left home? No problem as there are free phone charging stations set up all around the place! Brilliant and such a nice perk offered by the ownership. Free wifi here too!
What about the food? Pretty awesome as I sampled some delicious and fresh seafood, sushi, and clams on the half shell. Plenty of stadium and tailgating inspired sandwich, burgers, and small bite options. Tasty desserts too. You won’t go hungry here on game day and prices were quite reasonable on their menu that I looked over.
What about the drinks you ask? Top of the line here and the bartenders know how to mix a mean libation. Sure, they have a diverse selection of beer but give cocktails such as a “white cosmo” a try. This was delish! Along with a “pomegranate martini” and a “cucumber basil martini” there is something for everyone’s drink palate. Plus, for those ladies who don’t want to fill up with brews on game day their cocktail list offers many female friendly drink options.
I really had to tip my hat to the owners of Bottomzup. They have built the ultimate man cave bar in an area that really needed something a bit different than what is around here. It’s a tech savvy spot that caters to both men and women. A sports bar with class that is a step up from the all too normal frat bars that dot this part of town. I will definitely be dropping by on occasion to catch a game here when in the area. Or watch three or more at the same time!
Check out the official press release below that was sent to me for Bottomzup –
NEW GAME DAY DESTINATION RAISES THE SPORTS BAR IN MURRAY HILL
BOTTOMZUP BAR AND GRILL OFFERS STADIUM ATMOSPHERE WITH TAILGATE-INSPIRED MENU AND HIGH-TECH OFFERINGS
NEW YORK – November 6, 2013 – Bottomzup Bar and Grill has transformed the luxurious red-brick Manhattan Promenade building’s 3400 sq. ft. storefront space at 344 3rd Avenue into a game-watching destination and will introduce local diners to its innovative All-American menu on November 7th. With its distinctive regional dishes, full raw bar and sushi menu, unparalleled sports programming, and a host of accessible tech flourishes, Bottomzup seeks to elevate the sports bar concept and reinvigorate Murray Hill’s social scene.
Inspired by the great American tradition of tailgating, Bottomzup’s owners have devised an eclectic menu that gives locals a taste of what’s popular at stadiums throughout the country. New Yorkers will finally be introduced to regional favorites like Minnesota Juicy Lucy Sliders, Miami Grilled Corn on the Cob Lollipops and Kansas City Ribs. It’s a sports bar where the food comes first, with a talented team of chefs dedicated to using the most time-intensive preparations. Noticing that most sports bars offered very little in the way of light, healthy fare, Bottomzup’s owners got ahead of the curve by installing a full raw bar. They’ve also hired an in-house sushi chef who crafts signature rolls, sashimi and nigri.
Bottomzup will be open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon until 2 a.m. The bar offers daily lunch and dinner specials, including Sunday night regional football specials. The sleek 100-seat space is a haven for avid sports fans and evokes a dynamic stadium atmosphere with 24-foot ceilings. A staggering forty-five 60” flat-screen LCD televisions line the walls alongside dozens of iconic images featuring great moments in sports. The hub of Bottomzup is its sixty-foot center bar, where fans can congregate, watch the games on column-mounted screens, and choose from fourteen beers on-tap and fifteen bottled selections along with a host of wine and spirit offerings. The beer list features local favorites from the Brooklyn and Blue Point Breweries along with West Coast standouts like Palm and Blue Moon.
Bottomzup’s programming is unparalleled. Fans will have access to every major sports package including NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass.Guests will never be charged cover, even during boxing and UFC pay-per-view events. The bar will also offer drink specials and giveaways during weekly NFL games on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday nights, and College Football Saturdays.
Bottomzup provides guests with convenient tech features that are sure to surprise and impress avid sports fans. Each table has access to Sports Select wireless speaker systems, portable boxes that let serious fans to tune into the television broadcast of any game in the building. The space is also furnished with over a dozen charging stations, allowing diners to skip a trip home to charge their mobile devices. For those who want a break from the action, Bottomzup offers a Virtual DJ that allows guests to create their own playlists from a selection of thousands of music videos.
Bottomzup NYC is independently owned and operated, and although it shares a name with the prior Bottomzup location in Carle Place, Bottomzup NYC is a tech-savvy sports bar that boasts a revamped concept, including a new tailgate-inspired menu, events schedule, and modest, jersey-inspired uniforms.