The Flatiron is a stylish sports haven, featuring a vintage aesthetic combined with subtle nods to its sports theme. Antique stools flank a bar that's bedecked with subway tiles, weathered wooden planks, and a retired home and visitors time clock. Flat-screen TVs hang from rustic wood-paneled walls, providing unobstructed views of live sporting events. In one corner of the bar, old-school arcade games, including Street Fighter II, entertain guests during commercial breaks. And in another corner, a mural of sports fans watches over patrons as they eat eclectic bar food such as bacon-wrapped slider hot dogs, root-beer floats, and burgers topped with fried eggs and bacon aioli.
Hardwood columns descend from a vaulted ceiling at Pete’s Tavern, where a menu of pub grub sates sports fans gathered beneath lambent panoplies of wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. Twelve beers, including drafts from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Redhook, gush from taps at Pete’s horseshoe-shaped full-service bar, which also irrigates arid cheering sections with signature cocktails and robust reds and whites from local wineries. Overhanging pennants celebrate the nation’s best teams and complement walls covered with photographs of legendary athletes and endangered mascots. These photographs gaze down on plates laden with house-smoked barbecue brisket sliders and eight grass-fed half-pound burgers.
Park 77 hydrates palates with drink specials and entertains patrons with beer-pong courts, arcade games, and billiards tables. The neighborhood sports bar boasts an outdoor patio and beer garden, where guests can mingle and wildlife can catch up on favorite sporting events playing on a jumbo, outdoor TV. Inside, pub fare circles the crowds, light emanating from flat-screen TVs flickers across cartoon pinup girls on pale yellow walls, and a long, wood-paneled bar pours draft selections including Guinness, Fat Tire, and Stella Artois. Within the expansive interior, heated games of pinball and skeeball set the backdrop for themed gatherings, such as College Fridays.
With its log-cabin walls and no-frills atmosphere, Cabin calls to mind the relaxed vibe found in secluded vacation spots across the United States. However, this backwoods aesthetic belies some decidedly urban amenities. Sporting 12 taplines, more than 35 whiskeys, and a bank of LCD televisions, the bar welcomes guests searching for a cozy place to converse, celebrate, or simply watch the game.
Bigger isn't always better. Just ask Ashwani Dhwan, the Sliderbar owner who prides himself on creating all-natural beef burgers that, while small, pack a serious punch. But beef isn't the only meat on the menu at this gastropub; other sliders call for housemade pulled pork, chicken and garlic patties, and balsamic-marinated portobello mushrooms. Joining this delicious lineup of snacks are barrel-poured craft beers and specialty cocktails.
Who’s Cooking?: Rafael Hernandez Sr., who has manned Double Play's grill for the last 20 years.
While You're Waiting Take in the bar's baseball memorabilia, which ranges from first baseman's gloves to actual scorecards from games played decades ago. In fact, the bar opened in 1909 across from what was then Seals Stadium, a minor-league ballpark where seals often played by balancing mitts on their noses.
Where to Sit Every seat in the house affords great views of the bar's eight high-definition televisions and 61-inch big-screen projector, which collectively tune into the day's biggest games.
What to Drink Nearly 40 beers flow from taps and bottles, while plenty of wines, vodkas, tequilas, and single-malt scotches line the bar.
When to Go Anytime between 4 p.m. and closing, when happy hour prices knock Budweiser down to $3 and PBR to $2.
Inside Tip Double Play's restaurant only serves dinner Wednesday–Friday until 9 p.m. Otherwise, food service ends at 3 p.m., so don't arrive with an empty stomach.
While You’re in the Neighborhood:
Before: Peruse the stunning photographs of natural landscapes and US cities taken by acclaimed photographer Jeff Chen Kuo Chih at Vista Point Studio & Gallery (405 Florida Street).
After: Keep the fun going by cutting a rug or two at Mighty (119 Utah Street), a dance club that regularly hosts live DJs.