With the Walking Dead season finale last Sunday, it can seem like there is nothing to look forward to on Sunday nights but isolated feelings of depression and despair about Monday work woes. However, HBO is here to rescue you from boredom (or reading) with the Game of Thrones season premiere this Sunday at 9pm. Don’t own a TV? That’s fine! Brooklyn bars (and a close-to-Brooklyn-bar on the Manhattan side of the L) have got you covered if you don’t want to have to avoid spoilers Monday or and maybe play some awesome drinking games.
308 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg
For the truly GoT mad, there’ll be a pre-show before the premiere with Dothraki language lessons, interviews with the GoT “writers,” a season 3 recap to refresh your memory, plus dworfs and wildlings galore. RSVP now—for $10 you’ll get reserved seating along with a GoT beer (your choice of either the Ommegang Take the Black Stout or Fire and Blood Red Ale), plus either nachos or a hotdog. Door tickets are free, but on a first come, first serve basis. Videology’s screening room offers an 11 foot wide screen, 1080p full hi-def projector, 5.1 surround sound, and comfortable casual table seating for up to 55.
110 Bedford Ave (corner of North 11th Street), Williamsburg
Try the classic burger if you’re hungry while viewing the big HD screen of the backbar. If your stomach can take the excitement, that is.
406 3rd Ave, Gowanus
Halyards features GoT trivia at 7:30pm followed by the season premiere, which you can enjoy sipping specialty GoT cocktails for $8. Cocktails include Fire and Ice (Whiskey, Jalapeno, Agave, and Blood Orange Juice), White Walker (Vodka, Cointrea, Lemon juice, Simple Syrup), Remember the Wedding (Tequila, Orange Juice, Blood Orange Juice), and Lady Arya (Gin, Lemonade, Cucumber, Cayenne Pepper). I hear that you should study for the trivia, as the trivia hosts have been crafting their questions all week. Definitely try the toasted cheese sandwiches, and McClure’s pickles while you’re there too.
151 Meserole Street, Williamsburg
Now that the mystery of The Yellow King has been solved and there’s no more true detecting to do, The Graham is switching gears to actual kings (well, still fictional) kings. Plus, there’s free popcorn, which probably isn’t thematically accurate, but whatever.
588 Grand St, Williamsburg
Every Sunday night at 9pm, Huckleberry has drink specials, so you can cheers to every beheading and nude scene all season long. Come early to grab a great seat.
387 Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene
Do book a table here beforehand! Lola Brooklyn is showing the last episode at 7:30pm and then the premiere at 9pm. This is for serious watchers (there’s a no-talking policy during the screening on the bar’s two TVs), but it doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun (costumes are are “encouraged and rewarded”).
219 2nd Ave, East Village
A rousing epic of a show deserves an epic journey, which in our case is a trip to Professor Thoms in the fraught lands of Man-Hat-Tan. The episode will be screened for free on 22 TVs and two projectors, with the sound cranked up and conversation kept to a minimum. The themed drink menu includes mead ($10), Ommegang’s Iron Throne brew ($7) and signature cocktails with names like the Dire Wolf and the Dragon’s Egg ($12). Free Jell-O shots are handed out whenever an important character dies, and new rules are often added: During one of last season’s episodes, celebratory shots were dispensed anytime the arrogant King Joffrey got slapped. Get there early to snag a seat.