After making it all the way to the World Series last year, the New York Mets have a shot at playoff baseball for the second season in a row. They face off against the San Francisco Giants in the National League wild card game at Citi Field at 8:09pm tonight. This is do-or-die time for the Mets, as the loser of this game will hang up their cleats until next season and the winner will advance to the NLDS vs. the Chicago Cubs. It’s a home game, Mets ace Noah Syndergaard is on the mound, and the forecast calls for perfect baseball weather this evening. Now, all we can do is raise a cold glass of beer to the Amazins and hope for the best tonight. In order to help you do that, we thought we’d put together a little list of some of the best Mets/baseball hot spots around (or close to) Greenpoint!
P.J. Leahy’s (50-02 Vernon Blvd.)
We are gathering to watch the kings from Queens play tonight, so why not head up to…Queens. This gem of an Irish hideaway is located at the top of the steps off the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue 7 station in LIC and is worth the trip. I had always noticed it for its’ big neon Mets sign in the window and figured it was sort of a Mets bar. But after going in and talking to the bartender yesterday, I realize that this is like REALLY a Mets bar. They organized a field trip to a Mets game in July, and I’m told that Mets manager Terry Collins has come in a few times himself this season. The game will be on most of the 12 TVs with sound, there will be $10 pitchers of Bud/Bud Light, and there will be a Wednesday night burger special that gets you a burger and a Bud/Bud Light for ten bucks. Plus, all baseball aside, this is just an incredible Irish dive. There is an Irish hurling jersey on the wall when you walk in and the bartender I talked to was from County Monaghan. Doesn’t get much more authentic than that.
Brew Inn (924 Manhattan Ave.)
Shayz Lounge (130 Franklin St.)
Keg & Lantern Brewing Company (97 Nassau Ave.)
Mulholland’s (312 Grand St.)
Flanked on either side by sophisticated vintage clothing shops, this place sticks out in Williamsburg like a sore, buffalo sauce-covered thumb. It feels more suited to say…Milwaukee…than Williamsburg, but with its armada of nice flat screen TVs (at least 14) situated all around the bar, it’s a great place to watch a game. Other than Roebling Sports Club, this is the only other bar on this list that has the MLB Package, meaning baseball fans are coming here all throughout the season to watch the random Tuesday night games that no one else cares about. Being such a baseball den, this should bode well as far as a good Mets turnout this evening. The beers are a bit pricy (cheapest option is a $5 Budweiser), but they have 21 drafts including such solid choices as Sixpoint, Lagunitas, Allagash and Boulevard. The wings are also ridiculously good.
Roebling Sporting Club (225 N. 8th)