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Where football fans can watch games on Long Island

Mulcahy's in Wantagh is a well known gathering

Mulcahy's in Wantagh is a well known gathering spot for football fans on game day. Vikings fan Craig Stanley of West Hempstead cheers his team as they score a field goal in their 30-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. (Dec. 13, 2009) Photo Credit: John Dunn

Sunday on Long Island: Just like the rest of the country, there's football-watching going on in almost every bar, restaurant and living room. 

Recognizing that football, perhaps more than any other sport, is best enjoyed with a crowd, here are some Long Island spots that work to make game day extra interesting.

MEDIA OVERLOAD

MULCAHY'S: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, 516-783-7500, muls.com

You see it as soon as you walk in: 10 massive projection screens (some in hi-def) among several other monitors being watched by crowds of men and women who are busy sipping on $2 domestic beer while cheering, rooting and otherwise enjoying both the games and the always lively scene.

MCCANN'S PUB & GRILL: 5590 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-798-1496, mccannspubli.com

The 60 TVs lined up in double rows around the bar at might make you feel like you walked into an ESPN newsroom. The sports pub serves the usual bar food fare - and the game-day crowd is among the most energetic around.

NAPPER TANDY'S: 15 E. Main St. Smithtown, 631-360-0606, nappertandysirishpub.com

More than 20 television screens practically line a wall leading to a giant projection screen that's erected for NFL games. But the crowd here doesn't get by on the viewing alone. Sustenance comes by way of $5 "Jets" sliders and $8 "Giants" steak sandwiches. There's also 2-for-1 wings and deals on pitchers and buckets of beer.

CHANGING TIMES: 526B Larkfield Rd.,East Northport, 631-368-3255, thechangingtimespub.com

Don't bother counting the screens at Changing Times, because there's literally a TV everywhere you look. Expect 25-cent wings and $8.50 pitchers of beer.

TAKE IT TO YOUR TABLE

T.J. FINLEY'S: 42 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-647-4856, tjfinleys.com

Booths at this popular Bay Shore spot are equipped with their own televisions and sound, meaning it's not necessary to loiter in the bar area and hope the game you really want to see is being shown somewhere within view. Note to self for next year: Finley's Football Club, $20 membership, comes with a free order of wings every Sunday during the 17-week season.

YOGI'S ALL AMERICAN GRILL & SPORTS BAR: 1730 N. Ocean Ave., Holtsville, 631-758-2900, yogisallamerican.com

With 15 42-inch TVs plastered around the building, it's easy to catch your favorite squad playing. Here, too, you can tune into the game of your choice right at the table.

NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITES

TOOMEY'S TAVERN: 251 South Ketcham Ave., Amityville, 631-264-0564, toomeystavern.com

Far from busy Merrick Road, gridiron fans congregate at this bar near the water to enjoy the big game (once the most popular one is chosen, that is) on a big screen over the bar.

HALFTIME PUB: 232 E. Main St., Patchogue, 631-730-7717, halftimepubli.com

Football isn't the only appeal at Halftime Pub. Regulars come down to play pigskin behind the bar or shoot a little pool between breaks.

TOWNLINE BBQ3593 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack, 631-537-2271, townlinebbq.com

This cozy wood-and-brick barbecue stop engages football fanatics with 10-cent wings, $10 buckets of Pabst Blue Ribbon and $5 pitchers of Coors on every game day.

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