Mon-Fri, 11:30am-4am; Sat-Sun, noon-4am
5pm-7pm; $3 drafts, $7 Absolute drinks
F, M at 23rd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
From the bouncer out front to the 4,000 square foot floor plan, it’s clear that the downtown Bounce Sporting Club aims to set itself apart from other sports bars. Cast in the same mold as ESPN’s 40/40 Club, Bounce has more flat screens than a Best Buy, red leather booths, and a few black and white photos of old-time athletic clubs. The menu classes up some old standards, serving hamburgers topped with Gruyere and a fried hen egg, duck sliders, and buttermilk fried chicken tenders. It’s hard to go wrong with the food here, and the full menu is available until 11:30 p.m., with appetizers available even later. The crowd tends to be local professionals who have popped over for a chance to loosen their ties and catch a drink, but make no mistake: other than the wait staff, the scene at Bounce is decisively male. The place can get absolutely packed come game day, so make sure you’re OK with anonymous high-fiving and back slapping.
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