An historic, hard-core NY Rangers Bar
The last time NYC was this excited about the New York Rangers was 1994.
After an historic regular season in which the team had its second-best record ever, and was on track to have the most points in the NHL until a late-season stumble, fans had high expectations as the team entered the playoffs.
While the team’s offensive output has been disappointing and unnerving, and the games uncomfortably close, the fact remains that the team is playing in the Eastern Conference finals, with only the arch-rival New Jersey Devils between them and playing for the Stanley Cup.
Tempest Bar was one of the few bars near MSG that was around in 1994, when there were only about 6 bars in the vicinity. Tempest was crowded when the puck first dropped in the first game of the playoffs, completely full by the time Messier made his famous guarantee and Matteau scored his Double OT goal in the semi-finals against the Devils, and utterly mobbed by the time the Rangers beat the Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Police were conducting crowd control out on 8th Avenue.
With the opening of quite a few Johnny-Come-Lately bars in the ensuing years, things won’t likely get as crowded in 2012. But if you want to once again be a part of NY Rangers history, we recommend you visit one of the only places that was part of the most glorious year for the Rangers for its current generation of fans, and has been “home” for thousands of Rangers fans every season since – Tempest Bar, the best NY Rangers bar NYC.