Batter up, belly up! Baseball season's upon us again, and if you can't catch all that swingin’, stealin’, strikin’ action live, there are definitely better places to tune in than your living room couch. Here are eight MLB sports bars that are guaranteed to satisfy everyone from Bronx Bomber boosters to city transplants who want to root for their old home team on NY soil (brave!). So ditch the couch cushions and grab some suds at these sports bars that’ll cater to all your baseball fanatic needs!
Get off the La-Z-Boy, skip stuffing your face with whatever you find in the fridge and make a trip to Foley’s instead. The W. 33rd watering hole brings all the baseball fanatics to the years with their game time grub like the “Mountain of Fries” (topped with bacon, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, $9.95) and ice cold brews, not to mention their MLB Extra Innings Sports package, which guarantees coverage of MLB baseball the way it was meant to be seen. Completing the picture is the bar’s extensive collection of baseball memorabilia, touting over 2,000 baseballs, 500 bobbleheads, game-used equipment, signed jerseys, World Series rings, stadium seats and more. From the grub to the gear, baseball fans will be like kids in a candy store at Foley’s.
Foley’s Pub and Restaurant 18 W. 33rd St. Bt. 5th & 6th Aves. (Midtown East) 212.290.0080
It ain’t easy being a Boston fan in New York territory, what with the infamously intense rivalry between the Red Sox and our hometown Yanks, but transplants from Red Sox Nation can find a safe haven in Riviera, where they can rock their Youk jerseys without worrying about confrontation. At Riviera, Boston lovers can take in a Sox game at the bar without being bombarded by Bronx Bombers, indulging in nightly specials like Monday and Wednesday’s $3 Bud drafts, and Friday and Saturday’s “Free Pizza with a Pint” special while enjoying each play-by-play on any one of the sixteen Sony HD TVs. It may not be the place where everybody knows your name, but it’s definitely where they'll know the Sox score.
Calling all Philly Phans! Wogie’s is your new home away from home. Named after Philadelphia’s own William “Wogie” Styer Hoffman, the West Village bar aims to carry on Philly traditions, loving you back with delicious PA-inspired pub grub like various versions of, of course, the Philly Cheese Steak (steak or chicken with American cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo, $9.75) or funkified fare like “Philly Spring Rolls” (grilled steak, onions and Cheez Whiz, deep-fried and served with chipotle dipping sauce, $8.25), washed down with specials like $3 Bud Lites and Yeungling. It may be a great spot of Philadelphia fans, but with fab Philly fare like this, it’ll even bring in some curious (and hungry!) NY fans too!
Wogie’s Bar and Grill 39 Greenwich Ave. @ Charles St. (West Village) 212.229.2171
The Yankee Tavern is the perfect place for—who else?—Yankees fans. Obviously geared toward our Bronx Bomber-lovin’ New Yorkers, this bar eats, drinks and breathes everything Yanks. Fans can watch all the action from Cano & co. in the same spot where their favorite all-stars like Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, and Babe Ruth once sat to buy rounds after the game. Sit back and relax watching the current game at the back of the bar on their huge flat screen TV or cozy up at the bar and spew stats and factoids with your fellow baseball fanatics. Either way, your Yankee itch will be scratched and you may even leave knowing more about the Yankees, both then and now, than you did before.
Yankee Tavern 72 E. 161st St. @ Gerard Ave. (Bronx) 718.292.6130
For our Cardinal fans living in NYC, yes, there's a baseball bar for you! Dewey’s Flatiron dedicates themselves to you oh-so-loyal St. Louis fanatics. With 17 HD TVs, sports bar snacks like cheddar cheese jalapeno poppers ($10) and the meat-tastic "Angus Steak Burger" ($15), and 24 beers on tap, how can you resist watching the game here? With passersby like Cardinals' fan Will Leitch
of popular sports blog Deadspin
, you’ll be able to not only watch the games, but chirp Cardinals banter all the while.
Dewey’s Flatiron 210 5th Ave. Bt. 25th & 26th Sts. (Flatiron) 212.696.2337
Standings was one of our fave spots to watch the Super Bowl
, but their sports love isn’t relegated only to football.—this bar loves it some baseball too! The East Village spot puts the sports in sports bar, catering to both the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, so diehard New York fans beware. Standings serves up a great selection of microbrews, happy hour specials (Wed-Thurs 5-8pm and all night Mon-Tues) and free pizza on Friday Nights for you to savor while you watch the game on the bar’s 8 flatscreens. And with sports fanatics like these, you can be sure Standings puts a premium on sports over music, so there’s no need to worry about reading captions and trying to keep up with the game!
Standings 43 E. 7th St. Bt. 2nd & 3rd Sts. (East Village) 212.420.0671
SNAP (a.k.a Sports Nightlife and Pastime) isn’t joking around when it comes to sports, offering up a bar that’s friendly to all MLB teams but tends to sway a bit in the direction of the NY Mets. This Chelsea hot spot delivers 16 giant TVs showcasing the day’s in-demand games, plus special events and sports programs. With an extensive beer, wine, cocktail and spirits menu, you’ll have plenty of options for imbibing and raising your glass up to your fave ballplayers, plus you can soak up the booze with delicious bar bites like burger sliders and buffalo wings. So slap on a backwards ball cap, cancel the date with the couch and head to SNAP to enjoy Sports Nightlife and Pastime!
SNAP 248 W. 14th St. Bt. 7th & 8th Aves. (Meatpacking District) 646.350.0539
I think the name of this place says it all: Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. Decked out in, you guessed it, Yankee's memorabilia, Mickey Mantle’s attracts fanatics from all five boroughs. The resto-bar that serves up typical all-American fare like burgers, steaks and ribs, and is home to several live sports radio broadcasts and memorabilia auctions—it’s a must for MLB historians, especially Yankee fans! Whether you want to sit back and watch the game or just bask in the atmosphere of MLB history, Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant and Bar is a definite candidate for an baseball lovers bucket list.
Mickey Mantle’s 42 Central Park S. Bt. 5th & 6th Aves. (Midtown West) 212.688.7777