The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
May 11, 2011
Yankees: Yankee Tavern
Maybe you can't be inside the stadium for the game (prices are pretty high after all), but at least here you're just a stone's throw from the action. Decorated with enough artifacts to make Red Sox Nation feel like they're in Yankee Universe, this Bronx-based bar has been family owned since 1923. If anything, knowing that it was frequented by legendary greats like Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth makes it worth visiting at least once.
Mets: Pine Restaurant of Queens
With a view of Citi Field from the front windows, this Mets-endorsing Queens restaurant and bar (attached to the LaGuardia Holiday Inn) is a great place to gather for the game and celebrate — or commiserate, depending on the outcome. Here fans of the Amazin's can wash down jumbo-sized plates of Italian red sauce fare with dirt-cheap drinks.
Other suggestions: Roosevelt Sports Bar
Red Sox: The Bleacher Bar
Located beneath the bleachers in Fenway Park's center field, this fan-welcoming spot more or less eliminates the need for flat-screens since it offers a windowed view of the outfield. It's probably about as close as one could hope to get to the Green Monster without having to buy a ticket.
Cubs: Vines on Clark
Cubs fans looking for more of an atypical sports bar experience (maybe you want a glass of wine instead of beer) pack in to this cool spot next to Wrigley Field. Better yet, you can enjoy the summer sun as you take in the game on their rooftop bar and beer garden.
White Sox: Catcher's Inn
White Sox loyalists have been known to set up camp at this watering hole not far from U.S. Cellular Field. In case someone had any questions about which Windy City team this bar backs, one needs simply to look around — the memorabilia-loaded place has a definite white-and-black theme.
Other suggestions: Schaller's Pump
Phillies: Chickie's and Pete's
Phillies pride rages on game day at this well-known and highly acclaimed local sports bar located near the stadium. And in terms of iconic baseball memorabilia it's definitely got the competition beat — inside are some original seats from the team's old home, Veteran's Stadium. (Devotees swear by the top-notch bar food and beer menu too.)
Angels: Throwbacks Sports Bar & Grill
What gives this bar the edge over others catering to fans of the Halos? How about this: For those who have tickets to the game and need a pre- and post-game spot, Throwbacks has its own bus to shuttle customers to and from the game. And even if you couldn't score a seat to watch the team in-person, the bar has a wall of TVs displaying the action (not to mention a cool, geeky beer list).
Other suggestions: Danny K's
Dodgers: Busby's West
On game days, Dodger spirit is alive and well at this popular Santa Monica sports bar. (Perhaps this place is the reason why fans are late to the game and is where they're headed to after the 7th inning.) This place is definitely more dressed-up than your typical dive, and fans can come here to munch on above-average bites (including Dodger Dogs) as they cheer their team on.
Cardinals: Ozzie's Restaurant and Sports Bar
Diamondbacks: Don & Charlie's
Those who can't make it to the All-Star game can still feel the baseball love at this favorite Scottsdale sports bar — the spot boasts an enviable memorabilia collection that includes 742 signed baseballs, 300 autographed bats, and 82 jerseys. Just try not to get distracted by the bar's famous crave-worthy burgers.
Other suggestions: TGIF's Front Row at Chase Field