Bring on the Cubs! The New York Mets are headed to the National League Championship Series! If you weren’t lucky enough to snag tickets to this weekend’s game at Citi Field, don’t fret; there are plenty of bars that cater to baseball fans all around the Big Apple. Read on for some of the best bars for baseball fans in New York City.
Pig ‘n’ Whistle
951 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
This Irish bar is a locals favorite whether it’s for a quick lunch or a game, drink and drama. There are three locations for this bar, but the one on Second Avenue gets the best reviews. With a dozen big screen TVs and surround sound, there’s no way you’ll miss a crack of the bat. Open until 4 a.m., with food served up to 2 a.m., you’ve got all the time you need to catch the game even when it goes into overtime.
72 E 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451
Family owned for more than 90 years, Yankee Tavern is just doors away from the House That Ruth Built. This is where you go if you’re looking to catch up on your Yankees history or your playoffs news of the day. Baseball greats like Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra and Babe Ruth used to frequent this bar, which offers cheap beer and food. Whether you skip the game at Yankee Stadium or come here for an away game, this is a great spot to talk playoffs with die-hard fans.
18 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
Located across the street from the Empire State Building and just a few avenues over from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, Foley’s is one of the best spots for sports entertainment, especially when it comes to the MLB playoffs. Foley’s prides itself on being an Irish bar “with a baseball attitude,” taking the ball and bat quite seriously, right down to the decor. Apparently home to the city’s largest collection of sports memorabilia, Foley’s combines a great atmosphere with craft beer and homemade traditional bites. They encourage fans of every team to come enjoy the games.
43 E 7th St.
New York, NY 10003
Check out your favorite team play on one of eight HD screens in this small bar. Serving American brews, Standings features happy hour every week night and even brings in free pizza on Friday nights if you show up at the right time. An all-around sports bar, Standings is where you’ll cozy up to your friends and other baseball fans to cheer on your team. If you’re looking for a more intimate feel, this place is just for you.
576 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10016
If you happen to be a Phillies fan, then Shorty’s is the spot for you. Known for its Philly cheesesteaks and sandwiches, this cafe and bar offers the best of both worlds. Although there are multiple locations in New York City, the Flatiron District location seems to be the most popular. Head here to catch the games on any of their 15 flat screen TVs. A wide variety of beer is offered, and the kitchen is open until the doors close (usually 2 or 3 a.m.)
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