If your cable package doesn’t include FS1, the channel broadcasting the American League Championship Series this season—finding yourself the right place to quaff and cheer will be more important than ever. And while every sports bar has its share of TVs, drink specials and unruly drunks, they’re not all created equal. Some are tried-and-true, longtime Astros hangouts, others the bar top equivalent of bandwagon fans—football rooms papered over by ‘Stros drag. Herewith, our up-to-the-minute guide to the town’s best places for ‘Stros, Stroh’s, Dome Faux’m and more.
Not a sports bar, of course, but during the postseason the stadium has free events for the whole family, although tickets are required and available here. In addition to screening the game on the stadium’s videoboard and on the Crawford Street plaza, there will be live music, food trucks, face painting, and more.
The city’s self-described “oldest sports bar,” this Montrose area hangout opened its doors the same year the Colt .45s became the Astros and moved into the Dome (1965). From that day to this, this no-frills neighborhood gem has been a perennial pilgrimage site for ‘Stro celebrations and commiserations alike.
As befits a Cajun establishment, this Heights bar is hugely fond of Louisiana sports teams. But it’s also a good place to catch Astros baseball, and not only because ‘Stros star-in-the-making Alex Bregman was “one of the most dynamic players in LSU history,” per the school’s website. With a spacious patio, crawfish by the boatload, and a happy hour that will take you from the pregame to postgame and beyond (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays), this place geaux Streaux bigtime.
“Watch and listen to all the MLB postseason games” announces a recent tweet from this Westheimer area establishment. And why not, as Nick's has been satisfying sports lovers with its Italian-heavy menu and 40 TV screens since 1993. Besides, it’s the quintessential cozy neighborhood sports bar, and the kitchen’s open till the wee hours—perfect for those extra-inning games.
Long considered one of the best places to catch a game, the Downtown location of Lucky's is just across the street from Minute Maid Park (and will have a Jumbotron set up in time for this week’s games). Don’t want to fight the crowds and pandemonium around the stadium? They have locations in the Heights and Katy too.
Game 1 of the ALDS is on Thursday afternoon, you’ll recall, which just happens to coincide with this Washington Ave. staple’s Draft Day, in which pints of 18 beers on tap are just $4. Otherwise, you’ll find more than 400 beers and 200 whiskies, i.e., plenty of ways to celebrate perfect catches and Springer Dingers alike.
Win or lose, if the Astros are playing, Shock Top and ZiegenBock pints are only $3. The flagship location of this venerable pie shop is in Pearland, but you’ll find worthy satellites in League City, Missouri City and Cinco Ranch too.
Often pigeonholed as just a place to catch live music or a serious game of trivia, this Montrose establishment is also a haven for ‘Stros-loving craft beer mavens, with 40 of them on tap at any one time. Plus, happy hour starts at 3 and so does the game (at least on Thursday), which means $5 frozen vodka Red Bulls, $6 appetizers, and plenty of MLB-tuned TVs.
Located just outside Beltway 8, F&H is a perfect destination bar, particularly if you and your friends like to travel in packs. (The buffet platters are very group-friendly.) The large beer list, meanwhile, is stocked with local favorites, lesser known brews, and—for the less venturesome—national brands.
This is the place for Missouri City–area residents who want to catch a game without driving into town. It's a comfortable spot to lounge in, with plenty of big-screen TVs. Best of all, there's a $3, 16-ounce draft special running during the Astros' run in the ALDS.
Midtown is the place to be when sports are on, and this spot has—count 'em—66 TVs on which to watch them. Mondays bring $3 drafts and 50 cent wings, and on Tuesdays, it's $3 drafts and $2 tacos. Check out the Beer Vault, home to literally hundreds of craft beers.
Any brewery that makes a beer called Dome Faux'm is a brewery where we want to watch the Astros take on the enemy. Slide down this evening, when, rumor is, Bun B will be in the house.
This bar on the UH campus will have the Astros playing on all of their TVs, including the huge outdoor projector on the rooftop itself, the perfect place to take in the game with the skyline as your backdrop.
Normally, this Heights establishment is closed Mondays to recover from the weekend hangover, but this is anything but an average week. Today and tomorrow Ladybird’s will be hosting a viewing party for orange-and-blue-lovers everywhere until midnight. The family owned operation is known for its spacious patio as well as hosting a number of food trucks and pop-up series on any given night.
An away game is no excuse for forgetting to wear your Astros pride on your sleeve, literally. Located on Main Street downtown, Casa Blanca is offering drink deals for anyone donning Astros gear. With an extensive back bar, you’ll be sure to benefit from their $5 wells and $4 Astros shots.
The Astros may have left town on a fiery streak only to have a cold front move into their place. But you can still enjoy the patio spaces provided by any of this stalwart's seven locations, where larger parties can be comfortably accommodated. With daily drink specials and deals aplenty no matter how long the Astros take to clinch the series, an outpost of this self-proclaimed “sports watching headquarters” is usually just a short Uber ride away, no matter where you are.
With locations in some of the hottest parts of town, on any night of the week you're sure to find a crowd guzzling drinks, chowing down food, and watching all sorts of sports on a plethora of televisions. Who says you can’t tailgate for a baseball game?
What’s your favorite place to watch the ‘Stros? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!