For the first time in 15 years, the New York Mets have made it to the World Series, which kicks off tomorrow night in Kansas City against the Royals. Throughout the Catskills, sports bars and sports-friendly restaurants are gearing up to serve patrons beset by joy at the prospect of bringing Major League Baseball’s championship trophy back to the Empire State. If you’re looking for a spot to join fellow fans of the Amazins for food, drinks and (hopefully) celebrations, here’s a list of places showing the games. The games are all at 8 p.m. on the Fox network. Dates are Oct. 27, 28, 30 and 31, and Nov. 1, 3 and 4 (or until either side wins four in the best-of-seven series).
- The Andes Hotel: 110 Main St., Andes. 845-676-3980. This popular village gathering spot will broadcast on its 107-inch HD screen, and offer a special happy hour from 8 to 10 p.m. on game nights, including 50 cents off all drinks. Unlike your average sports bar, the farm-fresh menu includes a lot of ingredients sourced locally, like fries made from Heller’s Farm zucchini.
- Dutch’s Tavern & Grill: 205 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill. 845-794-8950. Dutch’s will fire up its 14 screens with surround sound and offer a $5 special for every game: two Coney Island hot dogs, a bag of chips and a pint of domestic beer.
- Fanatics Sports Bar & Pub: 400 Broadway, Monticello. 845-791-1103. This newish bar was designed with sports fans in mind, with 12 HD screens and “no bad seats in the house.” On the menu for the World Series: A $20 “Home Run” special of three draft beers and a burger (beef, chicken or veggie), along with traditional pub favorites like wings, as well as barbecue. Go early to take advantage of $5 appetizers and drinks at 5 p.m. daily.
- Hickory BBQ and Smokehouse: 743 Route 28, Kingston. 845-338-2424. The bar room at this long-time Route 28 stalwart is sprinkled with Mets memorabilia. The barbecue is solid and the beer list covers Bud-lovers and craft-brew devotees alike, with several selections from Kingston’s Keegan Ales. If you’re pre-gaming, the happy hour menu has $2 and $3 beers and lots of food specials from 4 to 6:30 p.m., such as pulled pork sliders for just $3.
- Hurley Mountain Inn: 106 Old Route 209, Hurley. 845-331-1780. This family-owned country inn dates back to the 19th century, and in more modern times became known as the set for the Dustin Hoffman movie Tootsie and the host of a gigantic St. Patrick’s Day celebration that involves 12,000 pounds of corned beef. The menu (PDF) is huge, running the gamut from pub food to classic diner fare. The sports bar boasts 20 screens, including four large ones and one giant, 20-foot projector.
- O’Neill’s Shire Pub: 123 Main St., Delhi. 607-746-8758. The Andes Hotel’s sister restaurant will also be broadcasting on its 107-inch HD screen, and offering a special happy hour from 8 to 10 p.m. on game nights, including 50 cents off all drinks. The craft brews on tap currently include Catskill Brewery’s Floodwatch IPA, while all cans are just $2.50. The menu is also sourced locally and includes a Black Angus burger made with beef from nearby Fieldstone Farm.
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