If you’re a Cleveland sports fan, you will be forever cautious lest your heart be broken once more. But it’s next to impossible not to believe that it is our time. With everyone healthy and some great new additions to the roster, the Cleveland Cavaliers are poised to enact their revenge on the Golden State Warriors and win the NBA Championship. With the NBA Finals kicking off tonight in California, chances are you won’t be attending Game 1 in person and thus are looking to get All In with some like-minded fans. We’ve got a couple options for you, one uptown and one downtown.
Run by a Cleveland native, Harlem bar At the Wallace will continue hosting the Cavs-watching parties that began with the Eastern Conference Finals. They’ve imported kielbasa from Cleveland for Polish boys and are offering other specials like the Delly Trey and suitable cocktails such as the Leblon James.
Downtown, the Union Square Browns Backers are hosting Finals parties at their homebase of Brother Jimmy’s. The notorious Shot Penguin is supposed to make an appearance, and there will most likely be food and drink specials. They recommend that you call 212-673-6465 and make a reservation. Be sure to tell them you’re with the U.S. Browns Backers.
Although they won’t be doing anything for Game 1, the Brooklyn Browns Backers will be hosting a viewing party for Game 2 at their new homebase, the Park Slope Ale House. They promise beer specials and plenty of Finals fervor.
Below is the complete schedule, with asterisked games only if needed. (I’m predicting Cavs in six.) All games will be broadcast by ABC. If you know of any other good spots to watch the game (and I don’t mean Warrior spots like Pacific Standard), please let us know in the comments.
Game 1: June 2, 9pm
Game 2: June 5, 8pm
Game 3: June 8, 9pm
Game 4: June 10, 9pm
Game 5: June 13, 9pm*
Game 6: June 16, 9pm*
Game 7: June 19, 9pm*
Just a quick note to let you know of a change of plans. Though we had a nice crowd at Croxley’s for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, turnout was extremely low for Game 2, and as such, we’re not going to be doing the watching parties mentioned below. Don’t let that discourage you from going to Croxley’s, though, as it’s a great spot to watch the games. Additionally, there are few other get-togethers for viewing the games around the city. The Union Square Browns Backers are hosting watching parties at their homebase of Brother Jimmy’s, and NYC Cavs are watching at American Whiskey on W. 30th Street. Meanwhile further uptown in Harlem, At the Wallace is showing the games and has imported kielbasa from Cleveland for Polish Boys and is making cocktails using LeBron’s Mix.
If you are interested in getting together at Croxley’s on Sunday, let me know in the comments or via Facebook, and if enough interest is shown, I will set something up.
As anyone who grew up in Cleveland can tell you, it’s been a long time since the city has had a champion. You have to go back to 1964, when the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship. They also came out on top in 1950, ’54, and ’55, but as those titles predate the Super Bowl, they haven’t stuck in the collective Cleveland consciousness. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 (and judging by their record thus far this season, it ain’t going to happen this year).
As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the basketball team has never won an NBA title. There was the “Miracle of Richfield” in 1976, when they made it to Eastern Conference Finals for the first time, only to lose to the Boston Celtics. The Cavs made it back to the EC Finals 16 years later, but lost to Michael Jordon and the Chicago Bulls. It wasn’t until 2007 that LeBron James led them to the NBA Finals for the first time, but they couldn’t beat the San Antonio Spurs, who swept them in four games.
As such, this year’s appearance in the NBA Finals is a very big deal. While you could stay at home on your sofa to watch the Cavs take on the Golden State Warriors, wouldn’t you prefer the camaraderie of fellow long suffering Ohioans? We’ve made Croxley’s Ale House in Williamsburg the official locale for the OhioNYC NBA Finals Watching Parties. Almost every screen in this spacious venue will be on the game, sound will be broadcasted throughout, and there will be wing and beer specials every night. So put on your best wine and gold and join us for this great moment in Cleveland sports history!
The schedule for the series is below. Please RSVP via Facebook so we can give Croxley’s a headcount.
Thursday, June 4 at 9pm
Sunday, June 7 at 8pm
Tuesday, June 9 at 9pm
Thursday, June 11 at 9pm
Sunday, June 14 at 8pm (if needed)
Tuesday, June 16 at 9pm (if needed)
Friday, June 19 at 9pm (if needed)