Fantasy football is a fantastic way to combine two of everyone’s favorite things: Friends and football. This year, have the perfect fantasy football draft party to kick off the season right!
How to Get Started in Fantasy Football
If you are interested in throwing a fantasy football draft party, you must first have a fantasy football league. If you are already in one, contact your commissioner and offer to host a draft party. If you aren’t in a league, it is easy enough to create one. The most popular sites for creating a league are NFL, ESPN and Yahoo. All you have to do is pick a draft date and invite your friends to play with you. Once you have a draft date set, it’s time to plan a fantasy football draft party.
How to Plan a Fantasy Football Draft Party
Just like any other kind of party, a good draft party takes some planning. You can always ask your friends for help if you don’t want to take on the job all by yourself.
Where Can I Host a Fantasy Football Draft Party?
Everyone has heard the phrase “location is key,” and it is absolutely the truth when it comes to throwing a party. The best place to have your fantasy football draft party is at The Winslow Gin House and Eatery in NYC. The Winslow has everything you need so you can focus on your friends and your draft.
The War Room
There are lots of amazing spaces at The WInslow that you can use as a war room for the draft. Depending on the size of your group and the amount of privacy that you want, you can choose from:
The Back Room: a semi-private space that seats 18-20 guests. This works great for a small league with seven to ten teams. There is also a TV if you want to use an automated presentation such as that offered by Yahoo Fantasy Sports.
Communal High Top Area: perfect for larger parties, the area has three large tables that each seat up to nine people. This is a great area, especially if your participants choose laptops over phones to draft or if you have a draft board and do a presentation style draft.
Banquette Seating Section: booth style seating for up to 20 people. Another great option for a draft party, with plenty of seating and table space.
The Nook: an independent communal high top that comfortably holds 10 to 15 guests. This is a great space for smaller groups looking for a quieter area.
Please note all of these areas have their own minimum spends, however, there is no rental fee for any of these spaces.
The best part of holding your fantasy football draft party at The Winslow is that you won’t have to take the time to do any of the food and drink preparation yourself. The Winslow has an awesome menu that will keep your guests happy. They have all of the good stuff from outstanding wings to delicious mac n cheese to the best burgers.
If it’s drinks your guests are looking for, there is definitely nowhere better to be than The Winslow. They offer over 40 types of gin as well as mixed drinks and a great variety of beer.
Fantasy Football Draft Party Tips
Before your party, one of the best things you can do is invest in a fantasy football draft kit or make your own draft board. This is a great way to keep everything organized and keep your group semi-focused on the task at hand.
Make a reservation for your draft time at The Winslow. Mid week usually works out the best if you are looking for a quieter time. There is complimentary wifi (that is fast), open bar packages, and great party food options.
Get ready for your fantasy football season and have a blast with your friends at NYC’s best gin bar, The Winslow.