NYC 'Game of Thrones' Bars in Danger of Getting the Ned Stark Treatment from HBO
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New York City bars that offer “Game of Thrones” viewing parties are an endangered species, much like Mereen citizens who decide to take the law into their own hands.
On the heels of another wonderful episode of the hit HBO show comes word that the network is cracking down on bars that brings fans together for a Sunday showcase.
The New York Post’ Sophia Rosenbaum and Frank Rosario report that one bar’s GoT night has hit an immovable wall.
The report states that Videology Bar & Cinema in Williamsburg had to shutter its weekly shindig after receiving a letter from HBO demanding the public show be closed.
According to the report, the letter states, “As a pay subscription service, HBO should not be made available in public establishments.”
The NY Post quotes James Leet who co-owns the Brooklyn watering hole: “We feel really bad that we’re not allowed to show it. We don’t have a choice.”
There is a bit of a good news/bad news portion to this report, because it seems the New York City area still houses bars that hold GoT viewing parties, and will remain doing so despite the fate that met Leet’s establishment.
The report lists The Bedford, Staffers at Greenpoint Heights and Professor Thom’s in the East Village as places that gladly welcome fans of the show through its doors.
In fact, the Post boasts “dozens of bars across the city continue to host ‘Game of Thrones’ nights.”
Now for the obvious and presumed bad news, because we imagine HBO officials that pore over the Internet looking for rule-breaking restaurants and diners will have a word with the now much-publicized establishments.
We should note, according to the report, that in the case of Professor Thom’s no admission is charged and free shots are even occasionally doled out throughout the show.
It’s enough to hold hope that some of these places remain hidden from the gaze of HBO officials who are as lenient as a perturbed Khalessi.
In any case, we would recommend keeping mum about your own respective soirees, because loose lips sink very entertaining Sundays at the local pub.
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