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Big Game Drinking

Five bars where you can watch Alabama and Texas battle it out for the BCS Championship Thursday night.

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The Ainsworth
122 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-741-0646
If you're looking for a place to cheer on the undefeated Crimson Tide and their Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram, you've found your spot. It's a good thing that there are 6,000 square feet and 40 flat-screens at the upmarket Ainsworth because, as Alabama's only designated New York City bar, it's going to be be packed. And if 'Bama doesn't come out with the trophy, good news: you can always take solace in the bar's miso duck spring rolls.

Stout
133 W. 33rd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-629-6191
One of several viewing options for displaced Texans, Stout's your choice if you love drinking as much as you love Colt McCoy: the bar boasts over 200 beers. Then again, we can't fault you for sticking with $4 Lone Stars all night.

Lobo
188 Fifth Ave., Park Slop, Brooklyn; 718-636-8886
The Tex-Mex spot Lobo is the Brooklyn outpost of choice for Longhorn fans. Unfortunately, the tables are already all reserved, but if you're persuasive, maybe you can talk your way into the bar? If you do, make sure to try the blood-orange margaritas.

Hill Country
30 W. 26th St., nr. Broadway; 212-255-4544
The most appropriate Longhorns bar, thematically speaking, as Hill Country is, according to Adam Platt, "designed to evoke the old 'barbecue markets' of central Texas." Make sure not to overdo it on the BBQ, though, as you'll want to stay mobile for those celebratory fist-pumps.

Standings
43 E. 7th St., at Second Ave.; 212-420-0671
If you are a man without a country as far as this game is concerned, consider the neutral Standings, the tiny East Village favorite. It made our list of the city's best football bars a few years ago, and is sure to offer a more serene viewing experience.


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