Watch the 2012 MLB playoffs at these sports bars
The Fall Classic is back again. Here’s where to view all the MLB playoff action with a drink in hand.
Tue Oct 2 2012
Photograph: Melissa Sinclair
October is when baseball heroes are made, champions are crowned, and Alex Rodriguez strikes out in a clutch situation (it’s bound to happen at some point). This year’s playoffs, with the addition of an extra wild-card team, are sure to be as exciting as ever—though it will be tough to top last year’s classic World Series, in which the Cardinals overcame the Rangers in an electrifying seven games. Here are a few spots where you can catch every drama-fraught pitch.
Get your butt off of the couch and into the bracing autumn air (hey, the players have to do it). This outdoor multimedia venue in the courtyard behind the Eventi hotel screens sports broadcasts and films, and hosts events year-round. Pick up a draft beer ($6) or cocktail ($12) from the tiki-inspired Brighton Bar inside, then head into the plaza to watch the playoff games in HD on a huge 30-by-16-foot LED screen. 851 Avenue of the Americas between 29th and 30th Sts. Go to bigscreenplaza.com for the schedule.
Stan’s Sports Bar
This tavern is located directly across the street from the site of the original Yankee Stadium (the House That Ruth Built) and just a couple of blocks from the shiny new version (the House That George Steinbrenner’s Money Built). Hard-core Yankees fans consider Stan’s the place to pregame before heading to the stadium bleachers. The result is that suffocating crowds pack the bar before—and often during—every home game, but it’s still a worthwhile experience; Stan’s has become something of an unofficial team institution, with posters, pictures and baseball cards crowding the walls. Keep in mind that it’s open only on days when the Yankees are playing at home, from four hours before the first pitch to two hours after the last out. 836 River Ave at 158th St, Bronx (718-993-5548, stanssportsbar.com)
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Brooklynite Yankees fans should make this Williamsburg mainstay their playoff-season destination, if only for the Hometown Home Run Blast special. Every time the Yankees go yard, all patrons will be provided with a free Brooklyn Brewery beer (which traveled all of three blocks to get there). October also marks the bar’s 25th anniversary, as well as a remarkable 125 years since the location originally opened as Peter Doelger Brewing Company in 1887. Special celebrations are planned from October 18 through 20, including live music, movie screenings, and exclusive beer and wine offerings. 96 Berry St at North 8th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-9787, teddyswilliamsburg.com)
This Irish pub opposite the Empire State Building could easily lay claim to the title of Manhattan’s premier baseball bar. Watching the game is almost a secondary concern, as owner Shaun Clancy has compiled a Cooperstown-worthy memorabilia collection worth more than $1.5 million. You’ll find stadium seats from major-league ballparks (including the now-demolished Tiger Stadium in Detroit) and balls used in perfect games and no-hitters. The menu is just as sportscentric as the displays, with a beer dedicated to each major-league team, and dishes such as the grilled-chicken–based David Wright Sandwich ($11.95), named after the Mets’ slugging third baseman. 18 W 33rd St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-290-0080, foleysny.com)
Bring a few friends to this multilevel pub and watch the Fall Classic—with sound—on one of 25 screens. Order the group-friendly Bronx Bud Bomber, a bucket of five 12-ounce bottles of Bud, Bud Light, Miller High Life or Miller Lite ($18), or make use of two-for-one shots of Jameson Black Barrel ($5) available from one hour before the first pitch through the duration of every Yankees playoff game. You might not get as close to the action as you would at Yankee Stadium, but as anyone who’s ever ordered a beer there can attest, your bar tab will be a hell of a lot cheaper. 215 W 28th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-564-2172, smithfieldnyc.com)