MLB playoff season is here and eight teams will compete over the next month for the right to be crowned World Series Champions. For some of the most rabid fans among us, simply tuning into Fox Sports on our couch will not cut it. Sometimes you need to feel the energy of your fellow home fans for the experience to be truly special. Fortunately, New York City is an amalgamation of people from all different fan bases. Here are some places where you can catch your beloved team alongside those who feel your passion.
SideBAR/The Horse Box
Baltimore sports fans are notoriously proud of the teams that represent the Charm City. SideBAR started as a place for Ravens fans to watch their team on Sundays, but Orioles fans have also staked their claim.
Another option is the Horse Box, which is the classic Orioles Bar in New York City. Reviews describe the establishment as “hospitable,” and you are bound to feel like you are right in the Inner Harbor. If you are of age, there are also half-priced drinks from noon to 8 p.m. every day.
SideBAR is located 118 E. 15th Street. The Horse Box is located at 218 Ave. A.
Dorian’s Red Hand
When there is a Redskins game on, the Upper East Side bar Dorian’s Red Hand turns into a haven for District of Columbia sports fans. Now that the Nationals are the number-one seed in the National League, look for those same ’Skins fans to flock to Dorian’s to watch their favorite baseball team in action.
Dorian’s Red Hand is located at 1616 Second Ave.
(San Francisco Giants)
Finnerty’s advertises itself as a place for Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks fans to root for their team in a home atmosphere. The beer selection even features Anchor Steam, a craft beer brewed in San Francisco. This bay area oasis in the East Village has two relatively large rooms and enough televisions so every pitch is visible, even when the bar is busy.
Finnerty’s is located at 221 Second Ave.
(For everyone else)
This is your classic sports bar, and is a favorite among WSN writers. Even if your town does not have its own bar in New York, you can still feel the buzz of watching your team on the national stage at Stout. It has two locations, one near Penn Station and the other in the Financial District. There are over 120 beers to choose from, so bring a few friends, try a sampler and enjoy the game.
Stout is located at 133 W. 33rd St. and 90 John St.
A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 2 print edition. Email Chris Marcotrigiano at [email protected]