NEW YORK CITY — The Blarney Rock Pub, for decades the home bar for thousands of Syracuse University sports fans in New York City, appears to have closed.
The bar, conveniently located around the corner from Madison Square Garden, seems to have shut down over the weekend, according to several posts on Facebook and other Internet sites. The bar’s web site has been taken down and there was no answer this afternoon at the bar’s phone.
A greeter who answered the phone at the Hooter’s bar next to the Blarney Rock on West 33rd Street today confirmed it was closed. “People have been talking about it all day,” she said.
Steve Bosco, owner of Bosco’s Village Pub in Solvay and a frequent patron of the Blarney Rock, is one of several fans who saw and posted the news on Facebook. He said he’s been trying to reach acquaintences associated with the New York bar since the weekend without luck.
“It really was the New York City home away from home for everybody from Syracuse,” Bosco said. “You didn’t go to a game or tournament without going to the Blarney Rock. They were always welcoming to anyone from Syracuse.”
The biggest Orange moments at the The Blarney Rock may have come during the glory days of the Big East basketball tournament when SU was a member of that conference. That included fan celebrations at the bar following the Orange’s famous 6 overtime victory against UConn in 2009.
But it continues to be the city’s best known Syracuse fan bar. It was packed with Orange fans earlier this month when the SU basketball team played two games at the Garden and the football team played Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium in the same week. (The fans probably cried in their beers since SU lost all three games).
Even when SU left the Big East to join the ACC in 2015, the Blarney Rock maintained its standing with the Orange faithful. The ACC tourney moves to different locations from year-to-year, and was played in Brooklyn the past two seasons.
Owner Tom Dwyer told the Post-Standard in 2015 he was confident it would always welcome Orange fans.
“Whenever Syracuse is on TV, we get lots of fans,’ Dwyer said then. “We’re still the Syracuse home bar, no matter where they move the tournament.”
The Blarney Rock nearly closed in 2010 because of a proposed rail tunnel from New Jersey to be constructed in the area (the bar is also near Penn Station, which is beneath the Garden). But that project fell through and the Blarney Rock was spared.
This fall, the state unveiled plans to build a new entrance and plaza at Penn Station, and reports indicate that project would permanently close West 33rd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. The Blarney Rock is at 137 W. 33rd, between Sixth and Seventh.
The Blarney Rock opened in 1969.
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