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Where to Drink During the World Series

If you didn't get a ticket, no worries. Watch the game (and have a drink) at these bars and restaurants close to Minute Maid Park and Dodger Stadium.
L.A.'s The Mixing Room shows off their stitching skills with their Kershaw's Curveball cocktail.
L.A.'s The Mixing Room shows off their stitching skills with their Kershaw's Curveball cocktail.

After 162 games and two playoff series, the World Series is finally upon us. The teams have slowly dwindled down to the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988 and the Astros have never won. Fans all over Southern California and Texas will be on the edge of their bar seats as they closely watch this matchup of 100-win teams.

Luckily for them, there are numerous bars and restaurants within a close proximity to both Minute Made Park in Houston and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. So if you weren't one of the lucky ones to score a ticket to the games, you can still be part of the action and celebrations.

Los Angeles

Daniel Djang, cocktail blogger at Thirsty in L.A., co-founder of Art Beyond the Glass, and editor at Discover Los Angeles, suggests these bars in the area around Dodger Field.

The Button Bash is full of vintage arcade games to distract you during commercial breaks. The Button Bash is full of vintage arcade games to distract you during commercial breaks.

Button Mash

Distance to Dodger Stadium: 1 mile

From Djang: “Lively barcade that's great for groups, featuring a dozen craft beer taps, vintage arcade games, communal tables, and bites by foodie fave Starry Kitchen.”

Drink: "Modern Times Blazing World Amber paired with SK's legendary crispy tofu balls.”

General Lee's

Distance: 1 mile

From Djang: “Located in a two-level historic space in Chinatown, General Lee's boasts a beautiful neo-Tiki design, craft cocktails and curated music nights. GL books a wide range of guests, from Tiki Takeovers by Tonga Hut to hip hop DJs. The vibe can be mellow for live jazz on Tuesdays or packed during DJ events.”

Drink: "Heaven" (choice of vodka or gin, I'll have gin) with green tea cordial

Otium

Distance: 1.8 miles

From Djang: “Stunning modernist restaurant adjacent to The Broad museum, helmed by former French Laundry Chef de Cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth. Chris Amirault is one of L.A.'s best bartenders, and he features creative cocktails like the drinks inspired by the Yayoi Kusama exhibit currently on view at The Broad.The setting is sleek and stylish, with an open kitchen that guests can walk through to access the restrooms, and a sophisticated clientele for dining pre- or post-museum, L.A. Philharmonic concert, or an L.A. Opera performance.”

Drink: Cynar Julep with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Cynar, grapefruit, mint

Nestled in the hipster neighborhood of Echo Park, the Short Stop is a dive, dance party, and a short walk away to the Dodgers Stadium. Nestled in the hipster neighborhood of Echo Park, the Short Stop is a dive, dance party, and a short walk away to the Dodgers Stadium.

The Short Stop

Distance: 1 mile

From Djang: “De facto clubhouse for the Dodger Nation, The Short Stop is a popular neighborhood watering hole that hosts regular DJ nights. Lines can stretch down the street on weekends and inside it might be full of hipsters or packed with Dodger fans — depending on the promoter or game night during the season. Dive bar-ish atmosphere with mementos of its past as a policeman's hangout and random bullet holes in the front door and backbar.”

Drink: Boilermaker

Winsome

Distance: 0.7 mile

From Djang: “Great all-day restaurant in the so-called "Forgotten Edge" neighborhood that's owned by Marc Rose and Med Abrous, who also own/operate The Spare Room and Genghis Cohen. Fantastic brunch and excellent cocktails by Edwin Cruz. Casual neighborhood setting housed in a mid-century modern building, with whimsical wallpaper inspired by legendary Disney artist Phil Dike.”

Drink: Tiki Novela with La Niña Del Mezcal Primario, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Chicha Morada, lime, grapefruit, and a flaming Tiki garnish

Houston

Mike Raymond, co-owner of Reserve 101, chose these bars as the best bets for grabbing a drink and a bite to eat in the neighborhood around Minute Maid Park.

Opened in 2008 by whiskey aficionados Mike Raymond and Steve Long, Reserve 101 features 340+ whiskeys from 14 different countries. Opened in 2008 by whiskey aficionados Mike Raymond and Steve Long, Reserve 101 is dedicated to whiskeys from around the world.

Reserve 101

Distance from Minute Made Park: 8 blocks

From Raymond: “We're home to 355 whiskies from 14 countries. I’m drinking Maker’s Mark Private Select that we created to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.”

Dirt Bar

Distance: 8 blocks away

From Raymond: “Swing by and say hi to the Veronicas and take a selfie with Ace Daniels at one of the best rock dive bars in the country. Shooting Jäger with Sharma and Bermudez wondering if I will ever learn my lesson about hanging out with these two?”

Game not going your way? Drown your sorrows in El Big Bad's 70 styles of house-infused tequilas and tacos. Game not going your way? Drown your sorrows in El Big Bad's 70 styles of house-infused tequilas, fresh juice margaritas, and Mexican fare.

El Big Bad

Distance: 8 blocks away

From Raymond: “Grab tacos and sip on Margaritas made from house-infused tequila after the game from the brothers at Dirt Bar.”

The Secret Group

Distance: 8 blocks

From Raymond: “Check out some live music in EaDo. Bonus points if you ask Stabby about that time he was on Jeopardy while kicking back a few Espolons and a Topo Chico.”

Eighteen Twenty

Distance: 1 block

From Raymond: “Low-key bar around the corner from the Juice Box that’s home to the post-shift crew over at Viv and Anthony’s. Drink Lone Stars, the national beer of Texas, y’all!”

World Series Cocktail

If you don’t live anywhere near Texas or California, but you still want to be part of the action, try this World Series-themed cocktail from L.A.'s The Mixing Room. But, be aware that if you make it in a room full of Astros fans, you might end up with it poured over your head. Either that or they’ll treat you the way famed Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan treated Robin Ventura when he ventured too close to the pitcher’s mound one night. Trust us, it didn’t end well.

Kershaw’s Curveball

from The Mixing Room in L.A.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • ½ ounce egg whites
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce lemon juice

Directions: Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. The “stitching” for the ball is made with Blue Curacao thickened with corn starch and sugar.

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