Boozin' at... Professor Thom's
BUT what puts this bar over the top is its clientele: Boston Red Sox fans. The founders of Professor Thom's helped convince the tired West Village haunt Riviera to become the official Red Sox bar of New York (it's been featured in the New England media often ignoring other New York/Red Sox hot spots). NESN is always on (nice to see T.C. and Eck doing the unnecessarily-titled "Granite City Electric Extra Innings Extra"), and the bar is full of passionate Red Sox fans, alongside sympathetic Mets fans.
And to top it all off, it's a block from my apartment. So when the Sox lose to the Yankees, I'll have a very short walk of shame.
(Just south of the intersection of 2nd Ave. and 14th St., on west side of 2nd Ave.)