JamiePNation has waited almost 29 years for this day. Finally, it’s here!
The Dodgers are in the World Series!
Unfortunately, it’s probably time to face up to the sad fact that you don’t have an extra $3,000 lying around to buy yourself a seat next to Mary Hart behind home plate. Yes, my friends, most of us won’t be at the Ravine with all the pretty people or all the old timers with season tickets. We’ll be at home in front of our transistor radios, or 80 inch flat screens. And we’ll be happy.
However, I am here in my Dodger Blues to offer up an alternative solution that Vin Scully would be proud to share. Find yourself the perfect sports bar to watch all seven games. It will cost you a fraction of the price, and you won’t have to spend five hours fighting traffic. And you’ll get a real taste of the L.A. life. Better yet, why don’t you catch some real L.A. spirit and watch each game at a different sports bar. And, trust me, there are some cool bars out there. I have spent a lifetime doing research.
And because you’re part of the Nation, I’m going to give you 7 bars for 7 games. Although, it is my deepest hope that you will only need 4 of them. Choose wisely.
The Perfect L.A. Sports Bar to Watch the Dodgers Win the World Series
1. THE GREYHOUND
The Greyhound is so dedicated to the Dodgers that they serve a "blue hour" menu during every game. From first pitch to the last out, you can order several permutations of wings-by-the-pound and beer served in either a pitcher or bucket. Each order is named after an iconic Dodger player, from Fernando Valenzuela to Clayton Kershaw. The place is sure to be packed (it won the title as the best bar to watch the Dodgers by L.A. Weekly in 2015), so make sure to get there early.
The Greyhound is located at 5570 N. Figueroa Street in Highland Park. (323) 900-0300.
2. 33 TAPS
33 Taps has two locations in L.A.—one in Hollywood and one in Silver Lake—so that's double the space to catch the World Series. Both have had huge turnout for the playoffs, so expect the World Series to bring equal (if not bigger) crowds. The games will be playing with sound all week, and some giveaways and surprises are in store. Most of them are under wraps, but the Silver Lake location will be giving away some free Dodgers desserts in the classic upside-down baseball hat.
33 Taps is located at 3725 Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake and 6263 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.(323) 338-7777 for Silver Lake and (323) 962-1400 for Hollywood.
3. THE SHORT STOP
The place ain't fancy, but its Happy Hour till 10 pm and late night DJs certainly take the edge off. And did I say it’s Happy Hour until 10 pm? Not to mention the juke box, pool table, arcade games and photo booth, which may leave you with a set of lazy-eyed printouts, but also a batch of happy—albeit cloudy—memories. Just a fifteen-minute walk from Dodgers stadium, there's no better place to delight in a pre/post/entire-game night out. Make sure your 1st beer is a PBR so not to get yourself noticed, right off the bat...no pun intended. Did I mention that they have happy hour until 10 pm?
The Short Stop is located at 1455 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles (213) 482-4942
4. ARTS DISTRICT BREWING COMPANY
This brewery is a constantly-packed spot in the Arts District with a big patio, a big tap room, and plenty of games and TVs. They'll be playing each game with sound, so it'll be a great spot to drink home-grown beer while watching our home-grown team (Brooklyn years notwithstanding) battle the Houston Astros. They don't have any specific World Series specials, but the brewery regularly has a weekday daily beer special for only $5. Neal Fraser's Fritzi Coop also has a takeaway window, so this place is all about local beer, local food, and local baseball.
The Arts District Brewing Company is located at 828 Traction Avenue in the Arts District. (213) 519-5887.
5. MIKKELLER DTLA
Mikkeller hasn't been around for long, but it's built a name for itself as a beautiful and massive space to drink high-quality beer downtown. They're excited to join the Dodgers momentum and will show the games with sound on a 160-inch screen in the main room (the screen is normally tucked away in the ceiling). They'll also offer their Burger and a Beer deal for the entire duration of all World Series games. The deal, which is normally only available M-F from 5 to 7 p.m., is the Mikkeller Burger and a Mikkeller San Diego beer for $15.
Mikkeller Beer Bar is located at 330 West Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. (213) 596-9005.
6. THE WOODMAN
The Woodman in Sherman Oaks has everything you would want when watching the World Series. Multi big screen TVs on every wall, good food, a great selection of beer and booze and a very friendly staff. The open-air room allows you to feel like you’re a part of Ventura Blvd., which makes Ventura Blvd a part of the action. Often you find crowds drawn by the cheering and noise. There is always an influx of new people to socialize with. That's what we love about sports, right…bringing us all together.
The Woodman is located at 13615 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks (818) 386-9401
7. BLUE DOG BEER TAVERN
Blue Dog Beer Tavern in Sherman Oaks is a great spot for watching sports—and watching dogs. We know a good dog-watching place when we see one, and this bar has the added-bonus of screening all the World Series games while the Dodgers play. With plenty of beers on tap and exceptional burgers and nachos, it is sure to be a prime viewing experience. Plus, try to imagine something more L.A. than watching the Dodgers deep in the Valley.
Blue Dog Beer Tavern is located at 4524 Saugus Avenue in Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-2583.
I don’t know about you, but I’m already thirsty! Be sure to tell your hosts "The Nation" sent you.
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