Warmer weather brings many things to our lives, one of them being baseball season. The best place to watch a ball game is at Citizens Bank Park, but if you can’t make it to the stadium or are looking to tune in to an away game, here are the top baseball bars in Philadelphia.
Bada Bing Sports Bar and Grille
2372 Orthodox St.
Philadelphia, PA 19137
With two floors available, there’s a TV at every angle at Bada Bing Sports Bar and Grille, so you won’t miss any action of the game. During the long ball games on Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy the game and live music or a DJ simultaneously, starting at 9 p.m. This place serves food baseball-ready, like pulled pork sandwiches, jumbo buffalo wings and chicken tenders.
2013 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Bards is a small Irish pub located near Rittenhouse Square that has TVs strategically placed around the bar to watch the game on. It has a friendly staff and, although small, is cozy and relaxed. This place has great drink and food specials throughout the week, but the best special for the baseball fan is during Phillies game when Yuengling Drafts are only $3. The kitchen serves classic Irish fare, including Guinness Irish stew and shepherd’s pie.
1150 Filbert St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Located steps away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and above the Market East line in Center City, Field House is an easy bar to get to and an even greater place to watch sports. It’s roomy, with more than 35 HDTVs in five distinct sound zones for even more Phillies fans ready to watch the game. Along with supporting Philly’s local teams, Field House also only serves local drafts, with 40 brews on tap. Its kitchen serves elevated bar fare, flatbreads and sandwiches.
NBC Sports Arena
1100 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
NBC Sports Arena is part of XFINITY Live!, an entertainment destination at the Philadelphia Sports Complex. Often dubbed the “fourth stadium experience,” NBC Sports Arena, with its proximity to Citizen Bank Park, is the perfect place to pre-game before heading over to the stadium or for an after-game drink. However, the NBC Sports Arena itself features a 32-foot diagonal LED HDTV for away games or if you aren’t watching the game live in the stadium.
1345 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Perch Pub “perches” over Broad Street and, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple HDTVs, allows for great views of the street below, as well as the game. Also, there is a main projection screen in the dining room that drops down to play major sporting events. While watching the game, you can try your hand at a game of pool or darts and order one of its 14 drafts or something off of its ever-changing list of 104 bottles. The kitchen serves comfort and bar food like tacos, salmon and baked mac n’ cheese.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.