What do men talk about when they talk about the greatest bar names in the U.S., soccer bars and stadiums, and family-friendly restaurants in NYC and beyond? Check out the Foursquare On the Pin podcast episode 6. Editor-at-large Sarah Spagnolo begins with Thrillist features editor Joe Keohane, with a quick recap of the 31 Greatest Bar Names in America. Then we get right into it—where to go to watch soccer, great places for the kids—with Foursquare CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley and his two longtime, sports-minded buddies, Will McDonough, marketing director of KickTV, and Randy Kim, managing editor at NBCSports.com. For an easy-to-use guide to everything mentioned in this episode, download the Foursquare app and save this list.
In honor of the just-published list of 31 Greatest Bar Names, Thrillist editor Joe Keohane reviews some of his favorites, from Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, in Philadelphia—named for the owner Ray, who sang Happy Birthday to anyone who entered—to Lee Harvey’s in Dallas, which owner Seth Smith says he leaves open to interpretation. All the bars are here.
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Both McDonough and Kim start off with some places they’ve visited recently: Kim starts out with a thumbs up for Littleneck, for its clams and chicken and waffles, while McDonough picks the Gowanus Yacht Club, for summertime beer and hot dogs. Other top choices for families: Kim picks the newest Brooklyn beer garden Greenwood Park in South Slope, where there’s corn hole, bocce courts, and plenty of space for the kids to run around, and Franklin Park, which Foursquare users love for its outdoor seating and awesome burgers. A tip for finding family-friendly restaurants? Search “high chair” on Foursquare, says McDonough, and you’ll discover places nearby that are great for little ones, like Kittery, in Carroll Gardens.
Dennis gives a shout out to the tacos at La Taqueria, a favorite taco spot in San Francisco’s Mission District (get more taco and burrito options here) and then the conversation quickly turns to soccer bars in NYC. On match days, find this crew at Legends NYC on W. 33rd; Banter in Williamsburg for its strong MLS presence; further afield in Prospect Heights at Woodwork; or at Bed-Stuy’s Black Swan—order the mac and cheese. To see a game in person, they pick Red Bull Arena, in Harrison, NJ (a changing neighborhood that now has its own Five Guys) and Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. Crowley gives his love to Fenway Park, where there’s not a bad seat in the house.
Where are the guys heading this summer and why are they talking about nude beaches? Download the podcast for the answers as well as the Foursquare’s Name That Trending Taste Challenge, where we ask the the trio to guess some of this month’s trending tastes (avocado toast, boxing gyms, and more).
By Sarah Spagnolo, Foursquare editor-at-large