- Aug 29, 2011
All booked, no tables open. Any other bars that will show uconn???
that area generally sucks for everyone that lives in the city, why anyone would want to cross through time square is beyond meAgree that there are a lot of better options for sports bars in NYC, though I heard once that the person who owns Van Diemens is a UConn alumni or something. I only go there for official UConn events as the people, not the bar, make the atmosphere. Personally, I wish the 'official' UConn bar would be in Midtown somewhere in the triangle between Port Authority, Penn, and Grand Central with Times Square in the middle. Makes it a lot easier to get to, especially for the bum like me who commute to the suburbs.
No argument there. The only plus about finding a bar in the Penn Station to Port Authority to Grand Central area for those who live in the city is that nearly every subway lines travels through Times Square, Herald Square of Grand Central. Just need to stay away from the heavy tourist traffic and tourist prices.that area generally sucks for everyone that lives in the city, why anyone would want to cross through time square is beyond me
Van Diemans with its warts and all will still have a warm place in my heart simply due to one night back in 2014...I pretty much said Van Diemans sucks in another thread and I was going to give it a shot for the game, but an hour before tip there was a line out the door and couldn't move at all once inside. Said F it and went to Tavern on 3rd across the street which pretty much sucks too.
Oh well. I hate watching games at bars anyways so this just further cemented that fact.
that's true but u end up paying prices geared toward tourists. I've been to Van Diemens a handful of times, the food was good, the crowd got pretty brotastic toward the end of the night. Haven't been in a while so not sure if stuff has changed.No argument there. The only plus about finding a bar in the Penn Station to Port Authority to Grand Central area for those who live in the city is that nearly every subway lines travels through Times Square, Herald Square of Grand Central. Just need to stay away from the heavy tourist traffic and tourist prices.
I'm pretty involved in the NYC Alumni Chapter and I completely agree with the issues you brought up with Van D's. Honestly, the fact that we have no idea how many people will show up for a given game presents a whole bunch of issues.I have some issues with Van Diemens after yesterday.
1) Why would you take reservations for tables (ALL THE TABLES) on a day when you know the place is going to be packed? I schlepped in from CT, got there super early, got a table, got comfortable for an afternoon of drinking and eating just to be told that my table is reserved along with every other table at the bar from 6:30pm on and that I would have to battle it out with the 75 people standing behind the bar for a seat. No thanks.
2) I get it's a Rangers bar too but during the IU/Kentucky game they had 15 out of the 20 TVs locked in with the NY Rangers. I saw like 3 Rangers fans there, everyone else was UConn fans who wanted to watch the tournament.
3) One of the employees who was working upstairs, came down around 4:30pm and made a ridiculous scene yelling at the manager. He was clearly upset about the amount of people who went upstairs. It was one of the most unprofessional things I have seen at a bar.
4) Wings were fantastic.