The Ainsworth

Event Space / Gastropub / Sports Bar
The Ainsworth Boasting forty hi-def flat-screen TVs and a rustic yet sophisticated dark pine décor, The Ainsworth is an expansive gastropub and sports bar that attracts a clientele of upscale sports enthusiasts and local nine-to-fivers. New York United States 40.745064 -73.992637
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The Ainsworth - Event Space | Gastropub | Sports Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review Boasting forty hi-def flat-screen TVs and a rustic yet sophisticated dark pine décor, The Ainsworth is an expansive gastropub and sports bar that attracts a clientele of upscale sports enthusiasts and local nine-to-fivers... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F, M: 23rd Street-6th Avenue; 1: 28th Street-7th Avenue and 23rd Street-7th Avenue

  • Phone:

    Inquiries: 212-741-0645; Delivery: 212-741-0405

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  • Hours:

    M–W 11am–1am, Th–F 11am–2am, Sa 10am–2:30am, Su 10am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Ainsworth Review

The Scene

Boasting forty hi-def flat-screen TVs and a rustic yet sophisticated dark pine décor, The Ainsworth is an expansive gastropub and sports bar that attracts a clientele of upscale sports enthusiasts and local nine-to-fivers.

Boasting forty hi-def flat-screen TVs and a rustic yet sophisticated dark pine décor, The Ainsworth is an expansive gastropub and sports bar that attracts a clientele of upscale sports enthusiasts and local nine-to-fivers.

While daytime sees a bustling business lunch crowd filling the chocolate leather banquettes in the various dining areas, the after-work and weekend vibe gets a bit rowdier and flirtier – especially on Sundays when a post-club crowd rolls in – as groups of well-dressed singles arrive on the scene to sip cocktails at the main bar, grab a bite to eat, or check out the action on the dance floor.

A VIP lounge used as a corporate event space for the likes of Harley Davidson, magazines, and clothing companies doubles as a high-priced party area on game days for those willing to shell out the table minimum, while University of Alabama fans – who have made the place their official game-day outpost – and other fans can enjoy the games and a few pitchers of beer at one of the many tables.

Regardless of whether the TVs are on or off, however, The Ainsworth’s lofty open space is typically full of young locals out for some lighthearted fun.

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Tip from Lucas:

On busy sports days, the bar often has table minimums that can run from $250–$500. So if you and your boys want a place to sit, be prepared to shell out some dough, and be sure to call ahead to reserve.

  • Crowd

    Corporate and midtown nine-to-fivers, singles, finance types, and sports fans, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Occasional DJs spin chill music. Otherwise, ambient music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Gastropub menu and specialty cocktails. Lunch specials M–F noon–4pm. Brunch specials Sa–Su 10am–1pm. Happy Hour M–F 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $7–$16, salads $12–$17, sandwiches $13–$15, entrées $18–$28. Brunch $12–$28. Beer $5–$9, pitchers $17–$23, wine $8–$10/glass or $32–$39/bottle, cocktails $12, champagne $150–$425/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy downtown attire, suits for the after-work crowd, jeans and polo shirts. Team jerseys allowed during games. Women mostly in dresses on Friday and Saturday nights. No shorts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the weekend club crowd, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons for sports.

  • Close By

    Rogue (757 6th Avenue) is a more low-key sports bar alternative where patrons can actually hear the TVs.

The Ainsworth User Reviews

Average rating:
Not the Average Sports Bar
Genesis T. Apr 11, 2013
I have walked passed it plenty of times not realizing what it was, but recently, a friend recommended The Ainsworth to me. A rare find and something different than the bougey clubs or dive bars, being an upscale sports bar. What I love most is the crowd.. Sometimes it's hard to find a place with the YOUNG professionals, but here it is! What was also great was the Ainsworth doesn't serve just typical "bar food." It was great to eat edamame instead of fries!
Sports Bar & Happy Hour
Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
This is the kind of sports bar your girlfriend will actually put up with being dragged to. While they have numerous televisions broadcasting the games, it's also upscale enough and had decent enough food (think not just everything thrown in a fryer) that the testosterone doesn't keep all the women out. The crowd also tends to be casual but sans sweatpants which prevents it from being a complete man cave. Plus their happy hour specials are really good for the after work crowd, and they have a huge bar which makes it easy to get a drink relatively quickly.
Not your grandpa's sports bar
Justin W. Dec 11, 2012
A favorite place to watch the games for the young professional set. cool decor with the chandeliers and enough TVs to accomodate even a lowly Bills fan. Tables can fill up quick so call ahead. If you stick around after the games you won't be disappointed when the non-sports fan crowd fills in.
Good game day location
Chelsea D. Oct 19, 2012
Great place to watch a game with an upscale, yet relaxed atmosphere. There's plenty of seating in this place, but make sure you reserve a table or come early if you want a place to sit. There's definitely a good ratio of guys/girls here during games and it makes for a great place to hang out afterward. The food and drinks are pretty standard and my experience with service has been really good. Its definitely one of my top picks for sports bars in the city.
Sunday Funday
Lauren A. Oct 1, 2012
Good spot to watch a game, or more - as the scene is pretty laid back, bar is dimly lit by rustic chandeliers, tons of flat screens and the rib grilled cheese sandwich is also notable. Reserve a table in advance.
Players Only. Tons of Game
Jimmy D. Aug 9, 2012
The Ainsworth, along with Bounce, rank as the best sports bars in midtown in my book. Terrific scene to enjoy a game and take in the sights with easily one of the best guy/girl ratio of any sports bar in the city. Tons of flat screens and the bartenders tend to accommodate game requests if it's not too crowded. Once the games are over it turns into a great spot to hang out with the music turned up and dj's every so often. Can get packed though for big games, so, arrive early if you want a table.
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