The New York Cosmos outreach has picked up steam in recent months; we’ve seen several bars sign up as official Cosmos pub partners. Banter Bar, at 132 Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is one of the latest, and a great home away from home. With at least twenty beers on tap at any given time, including a cask ale the last time I was there, they have something for everyone. They also offer small-plate food – from bratwurst to vegetable curry pies. Banter is within walking distance of the Marcy Ave J, M, ┬áZ , Metropolitan Ave G train station and the Lorimer St L train stations.

Viewing parties for away matches are often hosted by members of the Green Legion, of the Five Points. The Green Legion are hoping to make the viewing parties a regular occurrence, and looking for fans interested in supporting their club to make regular appearances.

There are two large projection screens and a number of smaller televisions, so Banter is great for situations where two matches of interest are occurring simultaneously. It is a true soccer destination, judging from the many scarves – including Cosmos green and white – hanging from the wall, and from their above-and-beyond effort in setting up a large laptop so German D2 club dual-supporters could catch their non-televised semifinal match alongside their Cosmos. If you’re looking for a small-pub experience dedicated to global soccer (smaller than Woodwork), Banter is a great place to check out.

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