Atmosphere is everything when it comes to viewing a sporting event. But with MLB ballparks shrinking their seating capacities, there isn't room for everybody to attend.
No matter—you're guaranteed to have a better playoff experience at these local bars.
Save some money and spend a few hours with patrons who also root for the home team. With the aid of high-definition televisions, you'll have a better perspective than the fools watching the game in person a few blocks away!
Countless venues will compete for business during the 2012 postseason. Of course, not all of them are created equal.
I've done the research so that you can reap the benefits.
Pickles Pub (520 Washington Blvd., Baltimore)
Family-owned and operated since 1988, it's "just a home run away" from Camden Yards.
Arrive in the early evening, because 105.7 The Fan regularly broadcasts live pregame shows.
The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. ET, late enough to see Baltimore Orioles extra-inning victories in their entirety.
Pickles Pub serves up a tasty drink called “The O Face,” made with blood orange vodka, fruit rum and Red Bull in a martini glass rimmed with Tang.
Yankee Tavern (72 E 161st Street, at Gerald Avenue, Bronx)
This metropolitan sports bar was designed for New York Yankees die-hards. Memorabilia honoring Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and countless others is spread throughout the place.
The $5 food specials will help curb the cost of your game-day experience.
It's right by the stadium subway stop, ideal for groups lacking a designated driver.
The Village Pourhouse (64 3rd Avenue, between 10th St & 2nd Avenue, East Village)
HD televisions and projection screens line the walls and ceilings. Great variety of beers, with 24 on the beer draft list.
Long hours (11 a.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week), so after New York's rain-delayed ALDS opener, fans had ample time for postgame celebration.
The Pourhouse understandably gets very crowded.
Cheli’s Chili Bar (47 E. Adams, Detroit)
Pretty sweet view of Comerica Park, right? Obviously, it's the place to be for excellent chili and Detroit Tigers home games if/when the team advances to the ALCS.
The bar is actually owned by former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, but that doesn't deter baseball fans from showing up.
Nemo's (1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit)
This is a nostalgic bar situated near the site of old Tigers Stadium. Newspaper clippings commemorate the greatest moments in team history.
The burgers get rave reviews.
Flannery's (1324 Washington Ave, St. Louis)
Upscale place that's committed to showing every St. Louis Cardinals game. Totally worth the extra bucks.
Well-lit, so there are no surprises when you leave with somebody new.
Ladies get one-dollar drinks on Wednesday nights.
Jack Patrick's (1000 Olive St., St. Louis)
Late-night, no-frills bar that attracts a diverse crowd. The service is very efficient.
Lots of free parking.
Holy Grail Tavern & Grille (13 W. Charlton St., Cincinnati)
Dominated by the University of Cincinnati college crowd.
All the televisions are labeled beforehand with the games they'll be showing. Therefore, you can adjust your seating accordingly.
It's simply across the street from Great American Ball Park.
Head First Sports Cafe (218 W. Third St., Cincinnati)
Tons of flat-screen TVs and all the free peanuts and popcorn you want. Entrees are well-priced too.
Past patrons agree that the waitresses are very attractive.
BlackFinn American Saloon (1620 I St. NW, Washington, D.C.)
Much less clutter than you would find in other baseball bars.
On "VIP Fridays," customers have the chance to win prizes and giveaways. Just signing up virtually guarantees that you'll get something.
McCovey's Restaurant (1444 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek)
A 44-ounce burger is offered in honor of the Hall of Famer's uniform number.
Unbeatable memorabilia (1963 NL home run champion trophy, ball signed by Satchel Paige, etc.), dozens of televisions and occasional visits from retired pro athletes.
Jake's Steaks (3301 Buchanan St., San Francisco)
Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants fans play nice with one another at this well-established venue that shows every second of their postseason contests. It offers inexpensive beer on game days as well.
Owner Jake Gillis is a transplanted Philadelphia native who has brought delicious cheesesteaks to the Bay Area.
Be warned: It transforms into a Eagles bar on Sundays.
However, provided that one of the local teams pulls off a miraculous division series comeback, Jake's will be a solid six-day-a-week destination for MLB viewing.