America is a great and prosperous nation with many pastimes, the best of which are drinking and baseball. Therefore, we find the best way to celebrate this great nation is going to a sports bar to drink beer and watch baseball.
This year, thankfully, your Arizona Diamondbacks don't suck; in fact, they are actually good. So head to a local sports bar and root for the D-backs to continue their winning ways. Just so you know where to go, here are five places where we love to watch baseball.
Blue 32 It's not often that the words classy and sports bar are used in the same sentence, except, of course, when describing Blue 32. And even though its name has football origins, we still think Blue 32 makes for a great place to watch a baseball game, thanks to its abundance of beers. Whether you're a Diamondbacks fan or not -- God forbid -- you most likely can catch any one of 30 major-league teams on any one of the enormous flat-screens scattered throughout the bar. But if you want the seat right in front of the TV come early, as fans flock here to catch a glimpse of their teams.
Padre Murphy's Padre's is possibly our favorite place to watch a game. Despite its potentially confusing name, Padre's is 100 percent a sports bar, not a Mexican-Irish fusion place. Before you even walk inside, you'll realize this is a great place for a baseball fan, as in front of its double doors is a brick from the original Yankee Stadium. As if that wasn't proof enough, three ballpark seats are ready to greet you once you walk in the door. Add on 80-plus TVs and a large sports memorabilia collection, and Padre Murphy's is a sports fan's dream. If you do get bored in the middle of a baseball game, as we know they can be a little tedious on occasion, go gamble. Padre's has several off-track betting windows to help you pass the time.
Majerle's Does the name sound familiar? That's because Phoenix Suns legend Dan Majerle started this local bar/restaurant chain. Every sports bar has its own little niche, and Majerle's is Arizona fandom. You'll be hard-pressed to find another sports bar that celebrates AZ sports quite like it. Whether it's a playoff game or a mid-afternoon match on a Tuesday, Majerle's always seems to draw a crowd. We love coming here after a hard day's work to throw back a few brews and casually cheer with friends.
Alice Cooper'stown How could a bar with the name Cooper'stown not be a great place to watch a ballgame? The bar has a large collection of baseball and music memorabilia, too, since it is owned by Alice Cooper. At Cooper'stown, we like to experience baseball the ol' fashioned way, with a beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other. Of course, the hot dog is less a hot dog and more a feat of stomach capacity. Adam Richman's Bases Loaded Big Unit is 22 inches of hot doggy goodness and topped with all the fixin's imaginable, from jalapeños and sauerkraut to chili. We recommend splitting it, but if you think you can take it down alone, we wish you luck.
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Catch 22 This North Phoenix bar may not wow you with anything fancy, but it is a great place root for your favorite team. The theme of this place is, as indicated by the name, the number 22. Catch 22 has 22 TVs well placed around the bar and famous sports jerseys from players who wore the number, you guessed it, 22. We like to sit around the horseshoe bar, or if we're feeling lazy, lounge on one of the many couches. Catch 22 makes for a great place to hang out with two pool tables, so you can play a little 8-ball while watching the big game.