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Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

A weekend shuffle almost became a stumble for Celtic, but they have not forsaken the prospect of taking a significant stride this week towards European football involvement beyond Christmas. In the league game that preceded the recent international break, the Scottish Premiership leaders were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hibernian, whose manager, Neil Lennon, felt that his former team tended to be leggy after a Champions League trip. On Saturday, Celtic’s performance against Dundee at Parkhead was again notably short of their best but in this instance, it was the consequence of advance planning for a Champions League expedition. Mindful of the meeting with Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, Brendan Rodgers riffled through his playing pack to make seven changes from the Hibs game but had enough in his hand to come away with a 1-0 win, thanks to an alert strike from Olivier Ntcham on the hour mark. If Ntcham was the man whose low drive from beyond the edge of the box beat Scott Bain for the winner, it was Dorus de Vries who secured Celtic’s 59th successive unbeaten domestic fixture with a trio of crucial saves in the second half. The Dutch goalkeeper had not made a first team appearance since Celtic’s 6-1 rout of Kilmarnock on Sept 24 last year. Although he kept his place despite having to pick the ball from his net seven times during a Champions League battering by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, De Vries was beaten by a strike from more than 40 yards by Souleymane Coulibaye in the Kilmarnock game and was replaced by Craig Gordon, who retained the No 1 position until rested on Saturday. The Dutch keeper had to deal with threats much closer to his line against Dundee, but his spectacular saves from Paul McGowan, Roarie Deacon and Faissal El-Bakhtaoui preserved Celtic’s long undefeated sequence and drew gratifying applause from the crowd, plus enforced appreciation from Dundee's Paul McGowan. Dorus De Vries impressed on his return to the Celtic starting line-up  Credit:  PA “I couldn’t believe the save De Vries made from me,” said McGowan, “I didn’t catch it great but I put it where I wanted it to go and he just clawed it out. He’s not even been playing, so fair play to him. “It was definitely a chance missed. I can’t remember the last team going there and having such chances with the run Celtic are on. “The gaffer wants us to play and I love it. It’s the way to play. Yes, we are going to get caught in possession now and again and you can say it’s a bit iffy at times, but it worked for us at Celtic. They might not have been at full strength, but we gave them a game and they can count themselves lucky to win.” As for Ntcham, his winner added to the confidence gained from his contribution to Celtic’s 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Brussels, when he started poorly but recovered to set up two of his team’s goals. The French midfielder praised his colleague, Scott Brown, for cajoling him into improvement. “There have been times when things have not been so good, maybe when I have not felt so comfortable, and he encourages me to keep going,” Ntcham said. That was what it was like against Anderlecht. Does he say it nicely? Well, you know what it’s like on the pitch.”. Who will win the Champions League? As Celtic draw breath before heading for Germany on Tuesday, Scotland will embark upon their search for a successor to Gordon Strachan, whose tenure as international manager came to an end on Thursday after four years. Already, however, Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out despite being amongst the early runners in the bookies’ odds. The former England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme that, despite having Scottish family connections, it was not a position which appealed to him. “At this moment in time I would be very picky and choosy about any potential managerial jobs if I was to go back in, so that makes it very difficult,” the former England manager said. “You never know what might come up, but if it is something where I could bring a lot of success then I could be interested. It's very tempting but not at this moment in time. “My parents and sister were all born in Scotland, I have heritage from there. I'm enjoying not being involved at the front end of football at the moment. David Moyes would probably be my choice for the Scotland job.” Moyes, though, has also distanced himself from the vacant position, saying that his preference would be a return to club management. Malky Mackay, meanwhile, will take charge of Scotland on an interim basis for the visit of the Netherlands to Pittodrie for a friendly on Nov 9.

Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

A weekend shuffle almost became a stumble for Celtic, but they have not forsaken the prospect of taking a significant stride this week towards European football involvement beyond Christmas. In the league game that preceded the recent international break, the Scottish Premiership leaders were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hibernian, whose manager, Neil Lennon, felt that his former team tended to be leggy after a Champions League trip. On Saturday, Celtic’s performance against Dundee at Parkhead was again notably short of their best but in this instance, it was the consequence of advance planning for a Champions League expedition. Mindful of the meeting with Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, Brendan Rodgers riffled through his playing pack to make seven changes from the Hibs game but had enough in his hand to come away with a 1-0 win, thanks to an alert strike from Olivier Ntcham on the hour mark. If Ntcham was the man whose low drive from beyond the edge of the box beat Scott Bain for the winner, it was Dorus de Vries who secured Celtic’s 59th successive unbeaten domestic fixture with a trio of crucial saves in the second half. The Dutch goalkeeper had not made a first team appearance since Celtic’s 6-1 rout of Kilmarnock on Sept 24 last year. Although he kept his place despite having to pick the ball from his net seven times during a Champions League battering by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, De Vries was beaten by a strike from more than 40 yards by Souleymane Coulibaye in the Kilmarnock game and was replaced by Craig Gordon, who retained the No 1 position until rested on Saturday. The Dutch keeper had to deal with threats much closer to his line against Dundee, but his spectacular saves from Paul McGowan, Roarie Deacon and Faissal El-Bakhtaoui preserved Celtic’s long undefeated sequence and drew gratifying applause from the crowd, plus enforced appreciation from Dundee's Paul McGowan. Dorus De Vries impressed on his return to the Celtic starting line-up  Credit:  PA “I couldn’t believe the save De Vries made from me,” said McGowan, “I didn’t catch it great but I put it where I wanted it to go and he just clawed it out. He’s not even been playing, so fair play to him. “It was definitely a chance missed. I can’t remember the last team going there and having such chances with the run Celtic are on. “The gaffer wants us to play and I love it. It’s the way to play. Yes, we are going to get caught in possession now and again and you can say it’s a bit iffy at times, but it worked for us at Celtic. They might not have been at full strength, but we gave them a game and they can count themselves lucky to win.” As for Ntcham, his winner added to the confidence gained from his contribution to Celtic’s 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Brussels, when he started poorly but recovered to set up two of his team’s goals. The French midfielder praised his colleague, Scott Brown, for cajoling him into improvement. “There have been times when things have not been so good, maybe when I have not felt so comfortable, and he encourages me to keep going,” Ntcham said. That was what it was like against Anderlecht. Does he say it nicely? Well, you know what it’s like on the pitch.”. Who will win the Champions League? As Celtic draw breath before heading for Germany on Tuesday, Scotland will embark upon their search for a successor to Gordon Strachan, whose tenure as international manager came to an end on Thursday after four years. Already, however, Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out despite being amongst the early runners in the bookies’ odds. The former England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme that, despite having Scottish family connections, it was not a position which appealed to him. “At this moment in time I would be very picky and choosy about any potential managerial jobs if I was to go back in, so that makes it very difficult,” the former England manager said. “You never know what might come up, but if it is something where I could bring a lot of success then I could be interested. It's very tempting but not at this moment in time. “My parents and sister were all born in Scotland, I have heritage from there. I'm enjoying not being involved at the front end of football at the moment. David Moyes would probably be my choice for the Scotland job.” Moyes, though, has also distanced himself from the vacant position, saying that his preference would be a return to club management. Malky Mackay, meanwhile, will take charge of Scotland on an interim basis for the visit of the Netherlands to Pittodrie for a friendly on Nov 9.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

re:bar

The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you're a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That's awesome. (Unless you're a Red Sox fan in which case it's looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You'll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don't want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

Regardless of whether it's a dramatic win or a heart wrenching loss, sometimes all you want to do is get to the nearest bar. (I did not do this after attending the Mets' brutal Game 4 World Series loss to the Royals, instead riding the subway home for an hour amid a crowd of sad people shouting f-bombs. I should have given myself an hour to cry in a bar—or at least sob into a platter of chicken fingers).

We pulled three spots nearby each MLB playoff stadium to attend either before or after the game. The idea here is that these are places you go to if you're attending the actual game, but a good amount of these places work for watching the game as well (though some are swankier or more low-key spots for afterward). In order to get the following results, we talked to data scientists at Yelp.com, who looked for bars on Yelp mentioning the team name or "baseball" in reviews. All of the businesses on the list are within 1 mile of their respective team stadium.

The results are below:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Short Stop

The Location: 1455 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

The Basics: The most typically baseball-fan-bar of the Dodger spots, The Short Stop seems to be the go-to spot for both watching games and for pre or post game drinks (if you come afterward, there will likely be dancing, and they have 'Motown Mondays' and 'Soul Sundays' as well). The "dark, divey" spot opens at 3PM for NLDS Games 1&2 with "tons of drink specials," so maybe prepare to take an Autumn Friday and leave work early.

The Reviews: One Yelp reviewer from 9/12/2017 was extremely excited to inform people that the bar offers the "BEST TAMALES anywhere," and that he gets them there before heading to Dodger Stadium (and then comes back afterward). Others laud the $4 PBR tallboys and encourage fans to get their fill of those before paying too much for beer at the stadium. A review from 7/20/2017 assures that "Dodger bros rub elbows with hipster guys."

Melody Lounge

The Location: 939 N. Hill St. in Chinatown

The Basics: This hole-in-the-wall looking spot from the outside has big ceilings and pretty lanterns strung all over the inside, giving off a romantic vibe. Its ambience is described as "hipster," so it may not be a typical pre-game sports bar experience, but a different kind of vibe could be a nice change of pace before or after a night of stressful baseball.

The Reviews: There's a DJ at night and multiple reviewers mention just how loud the music gets—if you're looking for a spot to dance after the game, this seems like a good choice, but if you're hoping to just chill and talk, it might not be the best late night spot. A Yelp reviewer from 7/30/2017 who went before the Dodgers game says "the bar has a dark, intimate setting" with a "wide range of craft beer and mixed drinks." Multiple people bring up that it is, indeed, very dark. From 7/30/2017: "Make sure your cell phone light works so you can read the drink menu," and from 8/4/2016: "This is seriously one of the darkest bars I've ever been to in my life." So, if you need a spot that's dark enough for you to hide your tears from other customers if things go south for the Dodgers, consider Melody Lounge.

General Lee's

The Location: 475 Gin Ling Way in Chinatown

The Basics: A cocktail lounge with some not-so-cheap but not-too-expensive mixed drinks, this two-story spot is a relaxed spot that also offers a dance floor and a DJ for any after-game dancing needs.

The Reviews: A few reviewers mentioned that it didn't get too overly-crowded on weekends, though it fills up for dancing after 11. From 8/12/2017: "We spent half our time downstairs and half upstairs. The loft upstairs was a lot bigger than you would expect. SO loud too. And a bar on each floor!" From 3/11/2017: "This spot is probably the closest thing to a New York vibe you're going to get! Music is amazing with the best R&B and old school Hip Hop."

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Coach's Corner Grill

The Location: 333 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: This seems to be the real staple for pre-game drinks and food (the menu has a big selection), as it's located right across the street from Chase Field. As a result, though, you'll need to make sure you leave yourself enough time and get there early enough, as everyone going to the game is going to have the same idea as you, and a few of the reviews mention a significant wait time with food orders.

The Reviews: From 5/11/2017: "This is our staple before any baseball game. If you get there in advance, there are seats available but once you get closer to the game it is packed! They have a decent beer selection and the food is really good." From 2/14/2017: "Most of the food prices seemed jacked up a few dollars, but we split a large Philly, so we won the battle in the end." From 7/22/2017: "Service was great, food was above average, a little pricey."

Lustre Bar

The Location: 2 E. Jefferson St.

The Basics: Fans looking for a dive, seek that elsewhere. This is an all-outdoor rooftop bar located on the third floor of a hotel, so you'll get yourself some nice views of the city. It does seem to have a bit more of a date night vibe, but the rooftop pool (yes, there is apparently a pool!) and the surroundings in general give off a relaxing feel. More importantly, the bar is only open until 12 AM, so if the game goes into extras (or moves at the pace of the first few innings of the Yanks-Twins wild-card game), you'll want to find another option.

The Reviews: From 9/28/2017: "It's not pretentious, despite its ambience and location."; From 4/23/2017: "Great atmosphere, love the view and lights. I felt like I was in a commercial or something...the perfect place to just chill and drink with friends."

The Kettle Black Kitchen And Pub

The Location: 1 N 1st Street

The Basics: A much more traditional sports bar-esque spot than the aforementioned Lustre Bar, this "chill" gastropub offers a variation of craft beers and though it also serves food with tables, there's plenty of seating at the bar.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "The place is really cool. Warm and dark. In a good way." From 9/30/2017: "The atmosphere was clean and enjoyable. Football was on the TVs and the beer selection was perfect." ; "The kitchen is open late, which made our decision a lot easier. We just left Dodgers Stadium East, AKA Chase Field, looking for some places to hit up. There are about 10 different beers on the rotation."

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Top Of The Yard

The Location: 1265 First St. SE, Roof of Hampton Inn & Suites

The Basics: Located on top of The Hampton Inn, this rooftop bar has got the views...and the prices to accompany that view. You won't be getting super cheap beer here, but you will be getting a look at Nats Park—"full infield and partial outfield views." Obviously prepare to combat the crowds if you want a good spot.

The Reviews: From 8/12/2017: "Overlooks Nats Park, with views of both the river and DC. Perfect place to relax on a fall evening. Comfortable patio and cold beers!"; From 10/5/2017: "To pay $10 for a Bud Light (and wait 15 minutes to order it) and then have nowhere to sit... c'mon. The redeeming qualities include location and view (it is actually great), but it just seems way too small to handle a crowd for game day." From 7/3/2017: "Solid views, including into the ballpark. Beers are basically as expensive as they are in the stadium, though. Layout could definitely have been designed more intelligently to ensure that more patrons can actually watch the game from the roof."

The Big Stick

The Location: 20 M St. SE

The Basics: Just to get this out of the way: The 'Big Stick' apparently refers to their marquee food item, the sausages, (as well as the famed Teddy Roosevelt quote!) It's located down the street from Nats Park, offers basic pub food, and has plenty of TVs scattered around the bar.

The Reviews: From 9/19/2017: "Despite having a crazy name, this place was pretty good. Some of the items were a bit expensive but not too bad."; From 9/18/2017: "Sports bar first, restaurant second. I was at The Big Stick at sports apex time aka Nationals game in 2 hours and Redskins game on TV. It was moderately crowded but the service was manageable and the food arrived faster than expected. Most of the crowd is waiting for a game to come on TV or killing time until they can get into Nationals Park."

Scarlet Oak

The Location: 909 New Jersey Ave SE

The Basics: If you're looking to avoid stadium food, or want to have a sit-down dinner after a game, The Scarlet Oak is a popular pick. (It's also pretty popular for boozy brunches, so if you want to start your playoff pregame with multiple mimosas at 1PM—and really, who doesn't?—this is the move.)

The Reviews: From 6/15/2017: "Food, friends, fun, all a stone's throw away from Nationals park and the waterfront. What more could you want?" From 7/11/2017: "The restaurant seemed to be a popular post Nat's game destination & without the restaurant being unbearably crowded.?"

CHICAGO CUBS

Murphy's Bleachers

The Basics: One of the staples of Wrigleyville, Murphy's Bleachers is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and is filled with Cubs memorabilia. Arrive hours ahead of the game if you want a real shot at a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/10/2017: "Obviously as a Cubs fan I will be partial. The bar is your typical sports bar on non game days. Game days, expect it to be busy, loud and alive with Cubs fans." From 6/21/2017: "This place is awesome for what it's best utilized for, which is obviously during a Cubs game for libations and ball park food. When there's thousands of fans in the area you have to realize you're not going to get top notch, super efficient service at any bar you go to within a certain radius of the field." From 8/29/2017: "Big pre-game spot before a Cubs game. Located directly outside the stadium...They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style...Good environment for watching the game...It's super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside."

Lucky Dorr

The Location: 1101 W Waveland Ave

The Basics: This craft-beer brewery has a different feel to it than the other surrounding Wrigleyville bars—the vibe seems to be more low-key and intimate. But it's still in Wrigleyville, so the beers are all $10 each.

The Reviews: From 9/8/2017: "Great beer and draft cocktails. Small-scale place with a classic yet modern vibe compared to the turbo places around the ballpark. Pitch perfect." From 8/24/2017: "Good news: Awesome selection of Chicago craft beers. There's several local breweries you probably haven't even heard of on their menu. Bad news: WAY overpriced. Everything is 9+ dollars for a 12 oz pour. It's like they're copying the beer pricing from inside the ballpark. Also the place is tiny and has a lovely view of a brick wall..." From 7/19/2017: "Least 'Wrigleyville' bar in Wrigleyville.. and I mean that in the best way. A fantastic selection of craft beers- both local and not. Intimate vibe and fab service. Must visit for beer lovers. Cheers!"

Stretch Bar & Grill

The Location: 3485 N Clark St

The Basics: A casual Wrigleyville pub with plenty of food options (the nachos seem to be a top choice) and $40 gallon-sized cocktails with many straws, which are probably unsafe to sell to rabid sports fans who will be looking for ways to either celebrate or drown their sorrows. (They have other, drinks, too, if, you know, gigantic jar drinks aren't really your thing).

The Reviews: From 6/7/2017: "From the couple of times I've been here, I can say this is one of my preferred Wrigleyville bars, as it's more casual than the loud party atmosphere at most of the others." From 8/13/2017: "Wasn't expecting much besides cheap booze on game day but the food was good, cheap, and huge portions. Pretty sure no one in my group finished their food."

NEW YORK YANKEES

Stan's Sports Bar

The Location: 836 River Ave.

The Basics: If you've ever been to Yankee Stadium, you've seen Stan's. You can't miss it. The bar is full of Yankees gear, and the feel inside during a Yanks game is one of a welcoming local spot, where everyone knows everyone (even if the reality is that you're crammed up against a bunch of strangers).

The Reviews: From 5/21/2017: "Best prices and selection on the block. Yankees decor everywhere. Pregame bar food. The bartenders always make you feel welcome!" From 7/8/2017: "You go to a Yankees game for the spectacle of the crowd and great entertainment. Going to Stan's is the perfect way to start off the experience. We'll be back soon!" 11/20/2017: "Drinks are still cheaper than at the Stadium, so there's usually a big throng of fans to sip some and bask in the glory of the greats. You'll be surrounded by Yankee paraphernalia, including plaques when Derek Jeter arrived. There's also a bunch of TVs so you can watch the game in case you don't want to go to the stadium. It gets packed as you get closer to game time.?"

The Dugout

The Location: 880 River Ave., Bronx, NY

The Basics: A solid pregame spot, with affordable beer and some pretty loud music. You'll be fighting through crowds, but there's also a back bar located further inside that offers some extra space.

The Reviews: From 9/4/2017: "As I expected it was crowded but not so much that you will wait long for a drink. The back bar tends to be less crowded." From 5/1/2017: "Cool bar to go to before a Yankee game for a few beers, though I don't really love the blasting dance music." From 6/14/2016: "Get your pregame on. I only have been to The Dugout on Yankee game night. This is a great space with "cheap" drinks. I typed "cheap" because the are cheap relative to what you will pay inside of the stadium."

Yankee Tavern

The Location: 72 E. 161st Street

The Basics: You come here for the history. Open since 1923, this was a favorite of classic Yankees of the past, and it pays homage to them with photos covering the entirety of the bar.

The Reviews: From 8/4/2016: "Great bar for after game drinks. Joined some friends at a very traditional Spot. The place looks and feels classic New York...the place was interesting but the characters more so!" From 5/19/2015: "The best things about it are the memorabilia and the laissez faire atmosphere."

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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The Location: 2130 E. 9th St.

The Basics: If you're looking for a nightcap after the game at a quiet spot, this is a good pick. It's more of a wine bar feel than a sports bar, and it's not blasting Top 40 music, but if you're looking for a low-key spot rather than a full-out party, then this place is worth a shot. That's also not to say that a chill wine bar doesn't know how to celebrate its sports teams: a video on its Facebook page shows it filled up after the Cavs claimed the title in 2016, and it undoubtedly would do the same should the Indians achieve the same fate this year.

The Reviews: From 9/6/2017: You wouldn't know this place existed unless you actually looked for it. I was out walking around one night by Progressive Field when I noticed a rather dark bar playing some music from speakers above their door. I will definitely be going back. It's such a low key bar but the booze is great and the help was fantastic." From 10/9/2016: "Great spot to get a drink! I found this place to be more relaxed.. quiet.. and hip than a lot of surrounding places." From 7/7/2016: "Depending on your mood, this is the place. Best non-sports bar to swing by before or after any sporting event."

Huron Point Tavern

The Location: 828 Huron Rd E.

The Basics: This pub downtown near Progressive Field specializes in Italian offerings, and while it's probably not going to be the greatest food or beer selections you've ever seen, it'll give you what you need before a game for a reasonable price. Its beer list is also well decorated with an illustration of Progressive Field, so that'll set the tone for the evening quite nicely.

The Reviews: From 6/1/2017: "This is my go to Cleveland sports bar. Not too crowded. Great service. Good stromboli."; From 4/14/2017: "A must visit when I am downtown for a sporting event. .great owner and staff...I always see people I know and grab a quick sandwich." From 4/27/2017: "This is the perfect bar to pregame, post game, or just plain watch a game at for Cleveland Sports. It has a friendly staff is hard working and friendly. It's small and dive-y but I say that in a good way."

Society Lounge

The Location: 2063 E. 4th Street

The Basics: If you're looking to class up your playoff experience, stop here before for some fancy cocktails, or afterward if the game has given you a reason to celebrate and you want to do so somewhere that's not an overly-packed and casual sports bar.

The Reviews: From 8/20/2017: "We were impressed instantly by the dark, yet sophisticated decor." From 8/27/2017: "We had stopped before Lady Gaga just to have drinks, and it has a very nice atmosphere. Long bar with seating, and then tables and chairs everywhere. There was a large piano so I am guessing later at night there would be music. The drink menu is extensive and all the drinks are made fresh." From 11/12/2016: "Really love this place! It's such a cool swanky little bar to grab drinks before or after dinner!"

BOSTON RED SOX

Tapestry

The Location: 69 Kilmarnock St

The Basics: You're not going to get a I'M-RIGHT-BY-FENWAY feel from this trendy spot. But if you're looking for a nice pre- or postgame meal in a big, pretty space, this is a good spot to try to nab a reservation at.

The Reviews: "Great ambiance and a place to pre-game before the Red Sox game. Interesting menu and drink list. Nice outdoor seating. Bar area looks fun too. Service was very good." From 8/3/2016: "The space was an interesting vibe for Fenway, one part was a little Miami the club room was dimly lit supper club."

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

The Location: 1

The Basics: Another place to key in on if you're looking to fill up on non-stadium food ahead of the game. This gastropub has a chill and relaxed vibe, but, as with anything near Fenway, you're going to have to fend off lines if you come close to game time and you want a seat.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "This place is perfect for non stadium food right across from the stadium! The atmosphere is very pub-esque, dark, chalkboards, hip and bustling. We will definitely be back!!" From 8/15/2016: "Love, love, love. Came after a Red Sox game and it was packed, but me and a friend managed to grab two seats at the bar. The Whisky/Scotch/Rye offerings are INSANE!"

Yard House

The Location: 126 Brookline Ave

The Basics: A big sports bar with a vast menu and a variety of beer options, which is really all anyone's looking for before or after a game, right?

The Reviews: From 8/7/2017: "The food is pretty consistent and tasty, and there are SO many menu items. The beer is overpriced. The restaurant is pretty big, so it's good for large groups especially before Red Sox games." From 10/3/2017: "I came here before a red sox game. It was pretty crowded before the game but they were able to seat me and my friend after only a 10 minute wait. The menu has a ton of options which can be a bit overwhelming for me." From 9/23/2017: "Impressive amount of draft selection. The patio in the back is my favorite part. It's more of a restaurant than a bar with his many tables they have. That being said the bar is huge. If you're in the Fenway area you could make worse choices."

HOUSTON ASTROS

Neil's Bahr

The Location: 2006 Walker St.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there's a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you've certainly got plenty of options.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: "Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot."; From 7/1/2017: "Neil's Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It's also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made." From 5/7/2017: "I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews."

Lucky's Lodge

The Location: 2024 Rusk St.

The Basics: A smaller spot that's across the street from "Lucky's Pub," it doesn't seem to ever get too full, and so it's a reliable choice to stop in for a beer and a bite before or after a game. The decor gives it that distinct hunting feel it's going for.

The Reviews: From 5/25/2017: "Came in before an Astros game on Thursday night and found they had steak night! Very tasty and great service! It wasn't crowded either. Nice cozy spot to stop." From 5/8/2017: "The place never seems to be that full, but has some nice amenities, including a cigar stock that you can buy from, and two very large screen televisions-- one behind the bar, and one off to the side with some nicely upholstered chairs surrounding it." From 5/20/2017: "A real, small, romantic place to go after dinner or parting if you want to get drinks. Sometimes they will have cooks on the porch making tacos or burgers and even sometimes crawfish on certain days."

Walker Street Kitchen

The Location: 1777 Walker St.

The Basics: A warning before you venture here: I think the reason why this one popped up in Yelp's data is more because of its brunch offerings, and since the Astros are not going to be playing any more 1 PM games, it makes its place here a bit irrelevant. Plus, for anyone looking for a post-game dinner, keep in mind that it closes at 10 PM, which means the only real option here is a pregame meal. Still, it's located in the Marriott Marquis Houston, and so anyone who's traveling and staying in either that hotel or in the surrounding area should keep it in mind. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there's no shame in starting your proper postseason pregame routine with more than a few mimosas and some eggs.

The Reviews: From 7/16/2017: "The decor is beautiful, breakfast was delicious and service was quick and friendly." From 1/4/2017: "This is a southern coastal cuisine restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis right across from Biggio's sports bar. I would have to say the interior decor is pretty understated. Its nice neutral colors and the food was o.k.." From 5/31/2017: "It's a good place for brunch before the baseball game and oh did I say the staff was amazing! It has a price tag attached to it but everything or quality does."

Celtic's Brendan Rodgers declares Rangers 'title contenders' as the build-up to Old Firm derby begins

As Celtic moved five points ahead of Rangers prior to the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, Brendan Rodgers branded next Saturday’s game a contest between title contenders, despite the gap that has already opened between the pair in the table. Rangers had to come from behind to earn a point in the 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at Firhill on Friday and could not prevail despite playing against 10 men for the final quarter of the proceedings. Indeed, Pedro Caixinha’s players will go into their collision with the champions in third place after Saturday's results in the Scottish Premiership. Nevertheless, the Hoops manager cited the difference in summer transfer fees – Rangers’ outlay was an estimated £8 million, compared with Celtic’s £5.5 million, although the figures are arguable – as evidence that the Ibrox board were aiming to prise the Scottish title from the other side of Glasgow. "I’ve seen a little bit of Rangers,” Rodgers said. “Pedro obviously came in during the season and was able to assess and look at different methods in which they can try to work and play. Humbled: Neymar and company gave Celtic a harsh lesson midweek Credit: AFP “They have clearly spent money in the summer. They spent more money than us – and we are a Champions League club - so that tells you that their idea is to win the league. It’s not to finish third. Not to finish second above Aberdeen. It’s to win the league. “They have come into the season with that mentality. They have signed some good players and are playing a basic shape in terms of 4-4-2, nothing complicated, get the ball wide, crosses in the box. I’m sure they will be reasonably happy with how they have started.” Celtic’s 5-1 victory at Ibrox was widely viewed as a tactical blunder by Caixinha, who chose to deploy Rangers with a midfield diamond, through which the champions romped to establish a record victory on the ground of their arch-foes. Rodgers, though, declared that the Rangers line-up had not been novel in the circumstances, despite Caixinha’s adoption of 4-4-2 this season. Keep smiling: Pedro Caixinha arrives for the Scottish Premiership match at The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill Credit: PA “A lot of the European coaches will have different ways. I’m not sure 4-4-2 is what Pedro would purely like to play,” he said. “I think he is looking at what he’s got and how he can maximise what he gets from the players. “They played with a diamond, looking to have numbers in midfield and two front players. It’s flatter now in terms of how they are playing it, but their intention, I’m sure, is to win the league and what they have spent is a mark of that.” The Celtic boss, however, acknowledged that – having beaten Rangers in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final a week previously, the 5-1 rout had capped a deeply satisfying passage. “It was great week,” he said. “We went into the semi-final and were outstanding – our performance level in every facet was very good. At Ibrox the feeling was that we would be under severe pressure from their play and the crowd and there was no way we could go and play like we did in the semi. “For the players to go out and handle that side of it and perform like they did and actually be disappointed we only scored five made the performance outstanding.” April, the cruellest month: Celtic won 5-1 on their last visit to Ibrox Credit: Reuters So dominant were Celtic last time out at Ibrox that the home support began to make for the exits midway through the second half. “For every manager and player, it is feeling that you are working well. You are doing your job if the game is over by 65, 70 minutes,” Rodgers said. “In a 90-minute game you can take huge credit for how you are playing at that stage. If you are going to Ibrox and doing that against one of the great rivals and performing at that level, which was key for me, it was pretty special.” Celtic, of course, conceded five goals in their midweek Champions League group stage opener at home to Paris Saint-Germain but normal service was resumed with the visit of Ross County, who found themselves behind to a Tom Rogic strike after 13 minutes. The Staggies fell further behind five minutes before the break when Moussa Dembele, on his first appearance this season, placed a low right foot drive into the far corner of the net. The restart brought no relief for County as Celtic hit them on the counter from a memorable double save by Craig Gordon from Craig Curran and Alex Schalk. James Forrest netted on the rebound from a Rogic effort and scored Celtic’s fourth and his second after Oddsone Edouard’s prompt. Elsewhere, Aberdeen were held 1-1 at home to Kilmarnock, Hearts’ first victory under Craig Levein was a 2-1 win at Hamilton, while Hibs drew 2-2 with Motherwell at Easter Road and Dundee were 3-2 winners against Tayside neighbours, St Johnstone.

Celtic's Brendan Rodgers declares Rangers 'title contenders' as the build-up to Old Firm derby begins

As Celtic moved five points ahead of Rangers prior to the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, Brendan Rodgers branded next Saturday’s game a contest between title contenders, despite the gap that has already opened between the pair in the table. Rangers had to come from behind to earn a point in the 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at Firhill on Friday and could not prevail despite playing against 10 men for the final quarter of the proceedings. Indeed, Pedro Caixinha’s players will go into their collision with the champions in third place after Saturday's results in the Scottish Premiership. Nevertheless, the Hoops manager cited the difference in summer transfer fees – Rangers’ outlay was an estimated £8 million, compared with Celtic’s £5.5 million, although the figures are arguable – as evidence that the Ibrox board were aiming to prise the Scottish title from the other side of Glasgow. "I’ve seen a little bit of Rangers,” Rodgers said. “Pedro obviously came in during the season and was able to assess and look at different methods in which they can try to work and play. Humbled: Neymar and company gave Celtic a harsh lesson midweek Credit: AFP “They have clearly spent money in the summer. They spent more money than us – and we are a Champions League club - so that tells you that their idea is to win the league. It’s not to finish third. Not to finish second above Aberdeen. It’s to win the league. “They have come into the season with that mentality. They have signed some good players and are playing a basic shape in terms of 4-4-2, nothing complicated, get the ball wide, crosses in the box. I’m sure they will be reasonably happy with how they have started.” Celtic’s 5-1 victory at Ibrox was widely viewed as a tactical blunder by Caixinha, who chose to deploy Rangers with a midfield diamond, through which the champions romped to establish a record victory on the ground of their arch-foes. Rodgers, though, declared that the Rangers line-up had not been novel in the circumstances, despite Caixinha’s adoption of 4-4-2 this season. Keep smiling: Pedro Caixinha arrives for the Scottish Premiership match at The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill Credit: PA “A lot of the European coaches will have different ways. I’m not sure 4-4-2 is what Pedro would purely like to play,” he said. “I think he is looking at what he’s got and how he can maximise what he gets from the players. “They played with a diamond, looking to have numbers in midfield and two front players. It’s flatter now in terms of how they are playing it, but their intention, I’m sure, is to win the league and what they have spent is a mark of that.” The Celtic boss, however, acknowledged that – having beaten Rangers in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final a week previously, the 5-1 rout had capped a deeply satisfying passage. “It was great week,” he said. “We went into the semi-final and were outstanding – our performance level in every facet was very good. At Ibrox the feeling was that we would be under severe pressure from their play and the crowd and there was no way we could go and play like we did in the semi. “For the players to go out and handle that side of it and perform like they did and actually be disappointed we only scored five made the performance outstanding.” April, the cruellest month: Celtic won 5-1 on their last visit to Ibrox Credit: Reuters So dominant were Celtic last time out at Ibrox that the home support began to make for the exits midway through the second half. “For every manager and player, it is feeling that you are working well. You are doing your job if the game is over by 65, 70 minutes,” Rodgers said. “In a 90-minute game you can take huge credit for how you are playing at that stage. If you are going to Ibrox and doing that against one of the great rivals and performing at that level, which was key for me, it was pretty special.” Celtic, of course, conceded five goals in their midweek Champions League group stage opener at home to Paris Saint-Germain but normal service was resumed with the visit of Ross County, who found themselves behind to a Tom Rogic strike after 13 minutes. The Staggies fell further behind five minutes before the break when Moussa Dembele, on his first appearance this season, placed a low right foot drive into the far corner of the net. The restart brought no relief for County as Celtic hit them on the counter from a memorable double save by Craig Gordon from Craig Curran and Alex Schalk. James Forrest netted on the rebound from a Rogic effort and scored Celtic’s fourth and his second after Oddsone Edouard’s prompt. Elsewhere, Aberdeen were held 1-1 at home to Kilmarnock, Hearts’ first victory under Craig Levein was a 2-1 win at Hamilton, while Hibs drew 2-2 with Motherwell at Easter Road and Dundee were 3-2 winners against Tayside neighbours, St Johnstone.

Celtic's Brendan Rodgers declares Rangers 'title contenders' as the build-up to Old Firm derby begins

As Celtic moved five points ahead of Rangers prior to the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, Brendan Rodgers branded next Saturday’s game a contest between title contenders, despite the gap that has already opened between the pair in the table. Rangers had to come from behind to earn a point in the 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at Firhill on Friday and could not prevail despite playing against 10 men for the final quarter of the proceedings. Indeed, Pedro Caixinha’s players will go into their collision with the champions in third place after Saturday's results in the Scottish Premiership. Nevertheless, the Hoops manager cited the difference in summer transfer fees – Rangers’ outlay was an estimated £8 million, compared with Celtic’s £5.5 million, although the figures are arguable – as evidence that the Ibrox board were aiming to prise the Scottish title from the other side of Glasgow. "I’ve seen a little bit of Rangers,” Rodgers said. “Pedro obviously came in during the season and was able to assess and look at different methods in which they can try to work and play. Humbled: Neymar and company gave Celtic a harsh lesson midweek Credit: AFP “They have clearly spent money in the summer. They spent more money than us – and we are a Champions League club - so that tells you that their idea is to win the league. It’s not to finish third. Not to finish second above Aberdeen. It’s to win the league. “They have come into the season with that mentality. They have signed some good players and are playing a basic shape in terms of 4-4-2, nothing complicated, get the ball wide, crosses in the box. I’m sure they will be reasonably happy with how they have started.” Celtic’s 5-1 victory at Ibrox was widely viewed as a tactical blunder by Caixinha, who chose to deploy Rangers with a midfield diamond, through which the champions romped to establish a record victory on the ground of their arch-foes. Rodgers, though, declared that the Rangers line-up had not been novel in the circumstances, despite Caixinha’s adoption of 4-4-2 this season. Keep smiling: Pedro Caixinha arrives for the Scottish Premiership match at The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill Credit: PA “A lot of the European coaches will have different ways. I’m not sure 4-4-2 is what Pedro would purely like to play,” he said. “I think he is looking at what he’s got and how he can maximise what he gets from the players. “They played with a diamond, looking to have numbers in midfield and two front players. It’s flatter now in terms of how they are playing it, but their intention, I’m sure, is to win the league and what they have spent is a mark of that.” The Celtic boss, however, acknowledged that – having beaten Rangers in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final a week previously, the 5-1 rout had capped a deeply satisfying passage. “It was great week,” he said. “We went into the semi-final and were outstanding – our performance level in every facet was very good. At Ibrox the feeling was that we would be under severe pressure from their play and the crowd and there was no way we could go and play like we did in the semi. “For the players to go out and handle that side of it and perform like they did and actually be disappointed we only scored five made the performance outstanding.” April, the cruellest month: Celtic won 5-1 on their last visit to Ibrox Credit: Reuters So dominant were Celtic last time out at Ibrox that the home support began to make for the exits midway through the second half. “For every manager and player, it is feeling that you are working well. You are doing your job if the game is over by 65, 70 minutes,” Rodgers said. “In a 90-minute game you can take huge credit for how you are playing at that stage. If you are going to Ibrox and doing that against one of the great rivals and performing at that level, which was key for me, it was pretty special.” Celtic, of course, conceded five goals in their midweek Champions League group stage opener at home to Paris Saint-Germain but normal service was resumed with the visit of Ross County, who found themselves behind to a Tom Rogic strike after 13 minutes. The Staggies fell further behind five minutes before the break when Moussa Dembele, on his first appearance this season, placed a low right foot drive into the far corner of the net. The restart brought no relief for County as Celtic hit them on the counter from a memorable double save by Craig Gordon from Craig Curran and Alex Schalk. James Forrest netted on the rebound from a Rogic effort and scored Celtic’s fourth and his second after Oddsone Edouard’s prompt. Elsewhere, Aberdeen were held 1-1 at home to Kilmarnock, Hearts’ first victory under Craig Levein was a 2-1 win at Hamilton, while Hibs drew 2-2 with Motherwell at Easter Road and Dundee were 3-2 winners against Tayside neighbours, St Johnstone.

Celtic's Brendan Rodgers declares Rangers 'title contenders' as the build-up to Old Firm derby begins

As Celtic moved five points ahead of Rangers prior to the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, Brendan Rodgers branded next Saturday’s game a contest between title contenders, despite the gap that has already opened between the pair in the table. Rangers had to come from behind to earn a point in the 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at Firhill on Friday and could not prevail despite playing against 10 men for the final quarter of the proceedings. Indeed, Pedro Caixinha’s players will go into their collision with the champions in third place after Saturday's results in the Scottish Premiership. Nevertheless, the Hoops manager cited the difference in summer transfer fees – Rangers’ outlay was an estimated £8 million, compared with Celtic’s £5.5 million, although the figures are arguable – as evidence that the Ibrox board were aiming to prise the Scottish title from the other side of Glasgow. "I’ve seen a little bit of Rangers,” Rodgers said. “Pedro obviously came in during the season and was able to assess and look at different methods in which they can try to work and play. Humbled: Neymar and company gave Celtic a harsh lesson midweek Credit: AFP “They have clearly spent money in the summer. They spent more money than us – and we are a Champions League club - so that tells you that their idea is to win the league. It’s not to finish third. Not to finish second above Aberdeen. It’s to win the league. “They have come into the season with that mentality. They have signed some good players and are playing a basic shape in terms of 4-4-2, nothing complicated, get the ball wide, crosses in the box. I’m sure they will be reasonably happy with how they have started.” Celtic’s 5-1 victory at Ibrox was widely viewed as a tactical blunder by Caixinha, who chose to deploy Rangers with a midfield diamond, through which the champions romped to establish a record victory on the ground of their arch-foes. Rodgers, though, declared that the Rangers line-up had not been novel in the circumstances, despite Caixinha’s adoption of 4-4-2 this season. Keep smiling: Pedro Caixinha arrives for the Scottish Premiership match at The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill Credit: PA “A lot of the European coaches will have different ways. I’m not sure 4-4-2 is what Pedro would purely like to play,” he said. “I think he is looking at what he’s got and how he can maximise what he gets from the players. “They played with a diamond, looking to have numbers in midfield and two front players. It’s flatter now in terms of how they are playing it, but their intention, I’m sure, is to win the league and what they have spent is a mark of that.” The Celtic boss, however, acknowledged that – having beaten Rangers in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final a week previously, the 5-1 rout had capped a deeply satisfying passage. “It was great week,” he said. “We went into the semi-final and were outstanding – our performance level in every facet was very good. At Ibrox the feeling was that we would be under severe pressure from their play and the crowd and there was no way we could go and play like we did in the semi. “For the players to go out and handle that side of it and perform like they did and actually be disappointed we only scored five made the performance outstanding.” April, the cruellest month: Celtic won 5-1 on their last visit to Ibrox Credit: Reuters So dominant were Celtic last time out at Ibrox that the home support began to make for the exits midway through the second half. “For every manager and player, it is feeling that you are working well. You are doing your job if the game is over by 65, 70 minutes,” Rodgers said. “In a 90-minute game you can take huge credit for how you are playing at that stage. If you are going to Ibrox and doing that against one of the great rivals and performing at that level, which was key for me, it was pretty special.” Celtic, of course, conceded five goals in their midweek Champions League group stage opener at home to Paris Saint-Germain but normal service was resumed with the visit of Ross County, who found themselves behind to a Tom Rogic strike after 13 minutes. The Staggies fell further behind five minutes before the break when Moussa Dembele, on his first appearance this season, placed a low right foot drive into the far corner of the net. The restart brought no relief for County as Celtic hit them on the counter from a memorable double save by Craig Gordon from Craig Curran and Alex Schalk. James Forrest netted on the rebound from a Rogic effort and scored Celtic’s fourth and his second after Oddsone Edouard’s prompt. Elsewhere, Aberdeen were held 1-1 at home to Kilmarnock, Hearts’ first victory under Craig Levein was a 2-1 win at Hamilton, while Hibs drew 2-2 with Motherwell at Easter Road and Dundee were 3-2 winners against Tayside neighbours, St Johnstone.

Neymar delivers Anthony Ralston a stinging lesson as PSG thump Celtic

As a venerable TV commercial for sherry used to proclaim, quality counts. By half-time at Parkhead against Paris St-Germain, the massed Hoops support had been reminded that, despite periodic demonstrations of defiance against opponents with bloated Euro accounts, Celtic are more frequently compelled to observe the painful reality that, in such circumstances, the odds are always heaped against them. PSG are under investigation by Uefa for suspected breaches of the Financial Fair Play rules but, until such time as the governing body decides otherwise, Unai Emery’s side have the capacity to inflict serious damage on those who  cross their paths. By way of a demonstration, not only were they three goals to the good by the midway stage of this Champions League encounter in Group B, but the spoils had been split evenly among their three attackers. Neymar was, of course, the focus of attention, by no means all of which was rhapsodic. The Brazil forward had previous at Celtic Park, of course, having suckered Scott Brown into a flick of the boot right in front of the referee during Celtic’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in a Champions League group stage tie in November 2013. When the Catalan side returned last season, Neymar was jeered from first touch to last, not that the experience troubled him, according to his own testimony on the run-up to this encounter. “Booing does not bother me, it’s boring, but that’s it,” he said. “If anybody thinks they can affect my game by booing then they are wasting their time.” Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani joined Neymar on the scoresheet Credit: afp Mikael Lustig observed of Neymar last season: “He is the greatest actor in football. He always falls very light – you hardly have to touch him.” As a consequence of the paucity of fit central defenders available to Brendan Rogers, the Celtic manager put Lustig alongside Jozo Simunovic and fielded the teenage tyro, Anthony Ralston, at right-back, placing the cadet directly in the path of a €200 million striker, thus creating a contrast of extremes. On one side was the Brazilian hyperstar, previous South American Footballer of the Year, winner in the Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores, La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League – the latter three all in 2014-15 – prior to becoming football’s most expensive player. Ralston, meanwhile, had graduated to the Celtic team after a loan spell at Queen’s Park – in the year Neymar achieved his Spanish and European treble – and got his first start against Kilmarnock in the Hoops’ 5-0 home win on August 8. As the teams lined up, the 19-year-old from the Lanarkshire town on Bellshill, was granted a particular ovation by the home support in recognition of a task against what looked like hopeless odds. Anthony Ralston had little comeback to Neymar's class Credit: reuters Ralston responded by dumping Neymar on his backside two minutes into the proceedings, but when he tried to take the ball for a walk round the Brazilian, he lit a fuse. It detonated in the form of the opening goal, a simple strike which left the Celtic defender a spectator as Neymar drew Craig Gordon from his line and curled the ball around the keeper. Some relief was afforded Ralston when Neymar wandered infield during a spell in which he set up the second PSG goal, nodding the ball down for Kylian Mbappe to stroke home from close range. After the break PSG treated their advantage like a comfy chair, sitting snugly as Celtic tried to quarry some sort of consolation. In the event, French champions took their tally to 5-0 with a late flourish, by which time whatever sweat had formed on Neymar’s brow had long since evaporated. Ralston left the pitch pondering the lesson taught by a master. Quality counts.

Neymar delivers Anthony Ralston a stinging lesson as PSG thump Celtic

As a venerable TV commercial for sherry used to proclaim, quality counts. By half-time at Parkhead against Paris St-Germain, the massed Hoops support had been reminded that, despite periodic demonstrations of defiance against opponents with bloated Euro accounts, Celtic are more frequently compelled to observe the painful reality that, in such circumstances, the odds are always heaped against them. PSG are under investigation by Uefa for suspected breaches of the Financial Fair Play rules but, until such time as the governing body decides otherwise, Unai Emery’s side have the capacity to inflict serious damage on those who  cross their paths. By way of a demonstration, not only were they three goals to the good by the midway stage of this Champions League encounter in Group B, but the spoils had been split evenly among their three attackers. Neymar was, of course, the focus of attention, by no means all of which was rhapsodic. The Brazil forward had previous at Celtic Park, of course, having suckered Scott Brown into a flick of the boot right in front of the referee during Celtic’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in a Champions League group stage tie in November 2013. When the Catalan side returned last season, Neymar was jeered from first touch to last, not that the experience troubled him, according to his own testimony on the run-up to this encounter. “Booing does not bother me, it’s boring, but that’s it,” he said. “If anybody thinks they can affect my game by booing then they are wasting their time.” Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani joined Neymar on the scoresheet Credit: afp Mikael Lustig observed of Neymar last season: “He is the greatest actor in football. He always falls very light – you hardly have to touch him.” As a consequence of the paucity of fit central defenders available to Brendan Rogers, the Celtic manager put Lustig alongside Jozo Simunovic and fielded the teenage tyro, Anthony Ralston, at right-back, placing the cadet directly in the path of a €200 million striker, thus creating a contrast of extremes. On one side was the Brazilian hyperstar, previous South American Footballer of the Year, winner in the Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores, La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League – the latter three all in 2014-15 – prior to becoming football’s most expensive player. Ralston, meanwhile, had graduated to the Celtic team after a loan spell at Queen’s Park – in the year Neymar achieved his Spanish and European treble – and got his first start against Kilmarnock in the Hoops’ 5-0 home win on August 8. As the teams lined up, the 19-year-old from the Lanarkshire town on Bellshill, was granted a particular ovation by the home support in recognition of a task against what looked like hopeless odds. Anthony Ralston had little comeback to Neymar's class Credit: reuters Ralston responded by dumping Neymar on his backside two minutes into the proceedings, but when he tried to take the ball for a walk round the Brazilian, he lit a fuse. It detonated in the form of the opening goal, a simple strike which left the Celtic defender a spectator as Neymar drew Craig Gordon from his line and curled the ball around the keeper. Some relief was afforded Ralston when Neymar wandered infield during a spell in which he set up the second PSG goal, nodding the ball down for Kylian Mbappe to stroke home from close range. After the break PSG treated their advantage like a comfy chair, sitting snugly as Celtic tried to quarry some sort of consolation. In the event, French champions took their tally to 5-0 with a late flourish, by which time whatever sweat had formed on Neymar’s brow had long since evaporated. Ralston left the pitch pondering the lesson taught by a master. Quality counts.

Neymar delivers Anthony Ralston a stinging lesson as PSG thump Celtic

As a venerable TV commercial for sherry used to proclaim, quality counts. By half-time at Parkhead against Paris St-Germain, the massed Hoops support had been reminded that, despite periodic demonstrations of defiance against opponents with bloated Euro accounts, Celtic are more frequently compelled to observe the painful reality that, in such circumstances, the odds are always heaped against them. PSG are under investigation by Uefa for suspected breaches of the Financial Fair Play rules but, until such time as the governing body decides otherwise, Unai Emery’s side have the capacity to inflict serious damage on those who  cross their paths. By way of a demonstration, not only were they three goals to the good by the midway stage of this Champions League encounter in Group B, but the spoils had been split evenly among their three attackers. Neymar was, of course, the focus of attention, by no means all of which was rhapsodic. The Brazil forward had previous at Celtic Park, of course, having suckered Scott Brown into a flick of the boot right in front of the referee during Celtic’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in a Champions League group stage tie in November 2013. When the Catalan side returned last season, Neymar was jeered from first touch to last, not that the experience troubled him, according to his own testimony on the run-up to this encounter. “Booing does not bother me, it’s boring, but that’s it,” he said. “If anybody thinks they can affect my game by booing then they are wasting their time.” Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani joined Neymar on the scoresheet Credit: afp Mikael Lustig observed of Neymar last season: “He is the greatest actor in football. He always falls very light – you hardly have to touch him.” As a consequence of the paucity of fit central defenders available to Brendan Rogers, the Celtic manager put Lustig alongside Jozo Simunovic and fielded the teenage tyro, Anthony Ralston, at right-back, placing the cadet directly in the path of a €200 million striker, thus creating a contrast of extremes. On one side was the Brazilian hyperstar, previous South American Footballer of the Year, winner in the Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores, La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League – the latter three all in 2014-15 – prior to becoming football’s most expensive player. Ralston, meanwhile, had graduated to the Celtic team after a loan spell at Queen’s Park – in the year Neymar achieved his Spanish and European treble – and got his first start against Kilmarnock in the Hoops’ 5-0 home win on August 8. As the teams lined up, the 19-year-old from the Lanarkshire town on Bellshill, was granted a particular ovation by the home support in recognition of a task against what looked like hopeless odds. Anthony Ralston had little comeback to Neymar's class Credit: reuters Ralston responded by dumping Neymar on his backside two minutes into the proceedings, but when he tried to take the ball for a walk round the Brazilian, he lit a fuse. It detonated in the form of the opening goal, a simple strike which left the Celtic defender a spectator as Neymar drew Craig Gordon from his line and curled the ball around the keeper. Some relief was afforded Ralston when Neymar wandered infield during a spell in which he set up the second PSG goal, nodding the ball down for Kylian Mbappe to stroke home from close range. After the break PSG treated their advantage like a comfy chair, sitting snugly as Celtic tried to quarry some sort of consolation. In the event, French champions took their tally to 5-0 with a late flourish, by which time whatever sweat had formed on Neymar’s brow had long since evaporated. Ralston left the pitch pondering the lesson taught by a master. Quality counts.

Celtic demand independent review of Rangers tax avoidance scheme to 'learn lessons and move on' 

Stewart Regan, the Scottish Football Association chief executive, finds himself squarely in the line of fire as Celtic upped the stakes in the ongoing fallout from Rangers’ use of a tax avoidance scheme – declared unlawful by the Supreme Court earlier this year – between 2001 and 2010. Celtic have accused the SFA of  “a failure in transparency, accountability and leadership” after the governing body declined to conduct a review of Rangers’ use of EBTs (Employee Benefit Trusts). By mutual agreement, the correspondence between Regan and Peter Lawwell, his Celtic counterpart, has been released. Celtic, though, have also released a statement on the club website which said: “In the light of all information that has now become available, Celtic has been in correspondence with the Scottish Football Association in pursuit of the club’s belief that an independent review should be commissioned to consider the events that led to the liquidation of Rangers Oldco and the governance issues arising from those events. “This is exactly the same position as adopted by the SPFL board on behalf of all Scotland's 42 professional clubs.  The club believes that such a review is essential if a line is to be drawn under this whole affair. On that basis, Scottish football could learn lessons and move on. Celtic have demanded a review of Rangers' EBT saga Credit: GETTY IMAGES “The club considers, however, that failure to carry out a full review of these events and issues, which have been without precedent in Scottish football, would represent a failure in transparency, accountability and leadership.  “Celtic was, therefore, disappointed to note that the Scottish Football Association board has confirmed that it does not intend to commission such a review. Throughout these processes, Celtic's consistent objective has been to establish the full facts, which is surely the least that all stakeholders in Scottish football - including the supporters of all clubs - are entitled to, and to learn the appropriate lessons. That remains our position.” The Scottish Professional Football League had previously stated that it could not hold a review because it did not exist during Rangers’ use of the EBT scheme and had no jurisdiction over the rules of the Scottish Premier League, which was responsible for league governance at the time. The SPFL did, however, suggest that the SFA could institute a review. There have also been calls to strip Rangers of titles Credit: PA On Thursday, however, the SFA declined to pursue that course of action, citing QC’s advice, although they are investigating the granting of a licence to Rangers permitting them to take part in European football in 2011, after Craig Whyte had bought the Ibrox club for £1 from Sir David Murray, in the light of evidence presented in Whyte’s recent trial for fraud, a charge of which he was ultimately acquitted, Moves to have Rangers stripped of the honours they won during their use of EBTs have been proposed for several years, with Celtic supporters prominent amongst those demanding that their arch-foes be shorn of five league titles, four Scottish Cup wins and six Scottish League Cup successes. The Rangers fan shareholder group, Club 1872, previously said that it would mount a legal challenge to the SPFL if the league should support such a course. On the field of play, Rangers were productive for the first time in a home league match this season. Having lost to Hibernian and been held to a draw by Hearts, Pedro Caixinha’s players at last gratified their supporters with a comfortable victory over Dundee after Alfredo Morelos netted his sixth goal for the club with a low shot beyond Scott Bain just before the break. Josh Windass scored Rangers’ second when he headed home a Daniel Candeias cross then set up another for Carlos Pena before Morelos got his second, although there was still time for Faisal El-Bakhtoui to net a consolation for Dundee. Carlos Pena celebrates Rangers' third goal against Dundee Credit: PA In Dingwall, Partick Thistle’s luck seemed to have changed when Blair Spital shot them into a first half lead very much against the run of play against Ross County, but the Jags were held to a draw after Alex Schalk’s late penalty kick equaliser. In the collision of Northern Irish managers at McDiarmid Park, Tommy Wright drew first blood when Rangers’ reject, Michael O’Halloran turned a Liam Craig cross over the line just after the break to put St Johnstone ahead against Neil Lennon’s Hibs. Saints’ Paul Paton was next to score, but into his own net when trying to block Anthony Stokes. Ryan Bowman opened the scoring in Motherwell in the 2-0 home victory over Kilmarnock, then was taken down for a penalty kick converted by Louis Moult. The only goalless game in the Scottish Premiership was at Murrayfield, where Aberdeen keeper, Joe Lewis, defied Aberdeen with a string of outstanding saves, including two showstoppers to deny Isma Goncalves and Ross Callachan.

Celtic demand independent review of Rangers tax avoidance scheme to 'learn lessons and move on' 

Stewart Regan, the Scottish Football Association chief executive, finds himself squarely in the line of fire as Celtic upped the stakes in the ongoing fallout from Rangers’ use of a tax avoidance scheme – declared unlawful by the Supreme Court earlier this year – between 2001 and 2010. Celtic have accused the SFA of  “a failure in transparency, accountability and leadership” after the governing body declined to conduct a review of Rangers’ use of EBTs (Employee Benefit Trusts). By mutual agreement, the correspondence between Regan and Peter Lawwell, his Celtic counterpart, has been released. Celtic, though, have also released a statement on the club website which said: “In the light of all information that has now become available, Celtic has been in correspondence with the Scottish Football Association in pursuit of the club’s belief that an independent review should be commissioned to consider the events that led to the liquidation of Rangers Oldco and the governance issues arising from those events. “This is exactly the same position as adopted by the SPFL board on behalf of all Scotland's 42 professional clubs.  The club believes that such a review is essential if a line is to be drawn under this whole affair. On that basis, Scottish football could learn lessons and move on. Celtic have demanded a review of Rangers' EBT saga Credit: GETTY IMAGES “The club considers, however, that failure to carry out a full review of these events and issues, which have been without precedent in Scottish football, would represent a failure in transparency, accountability and leadership.  “Celtic was, therefore, disappointed to note that the Scottish Football Association board has confirmed that it does not intend to commission such a review. Throughout these processes, Celtic's consistent objective has been to establish the full facts, which is surely the least that all stakeholders in Scottish football - including the supporters of all clubs - are entitled to, and to learn the appropriate lessons. That remains our position.” The Scottish Professional Football League had previously stated that it could not hold a review because it did not exist during Rangers’ use of the EBT scheme and had no jurisdiction over the rules of the Scottish Premier League, which was responsible for league governance at the time. The SPFL did, however, suggest that the SFA could institute a review. There have also been calls to strip Rangers of titles Credit: PA On Thursday, however, the SFA declined to pursue that course of action, citing QC’s advice, although they are investigating the granting of a licence to Rangers permitting them to take part in European football in 2011, after Craig Whyte had bought the Ibrox club for £1 from Sir David Murray, in the light of evidence presented in Whyte’s recent trial for fraud, a charge of which he was ultimately acquitted, Moves to have Rangers stripped of the honours they won during their use of EBTs have been proposed for several years, with Celtic supporters prominent amongst those demanding that their arch-foes be shorn of five league titles, four Scottish Cup wins and six Scottish League Cup successes. The Rangers fan shareholder group, Club 1872, previously said that it would mount a legal challenge to the SPFL if the league should support such a course. On the field of play, Rangers were productive for the first time in a home league match this season. Having lost to Hibernian and been held to a draw by Hearts, Pedro Caixinha’s players at last gratified their supporters with a comfortable victory over Dundee after Alfredo Morelos netted his sixth goal for the club with a low shot beyond Scott Bain just before the break. Josh Windass scored Rangers’ second when he headed home a Daniel Candeias cross then set up another for Carlos Pena before Morelos got his second, although there was still time for Faisal El-Bakhtoui to net a consolation for Dundee. Carlos Pena celebrates Rangers' third goal against Dundee Credit: PA In Dingwall, Partick Thistle’s luck seemed to have changed when Blair Spital shot them into a first half lead very much against the run of play against Ross County, but the Jags were held to a draw after Alex Schalk’s late penalty kick equaliser. In the collision of Northern Irish managers at McDiarmid Park, Tommy Wright drew first blood when Rangers’ reject, Michael O’Halloran turned a Liam Craig cross over the line just after the break to put St Johnstone ahead against Neil Lennon’s Hibs. Saints’ Paul Paton was next to score, but into his own net when trying to block Anthony Stokes. Ryan Bowman opened the scoring in Motherwell in the 2-0 home victory over Kilmarnock, then was taken down for a penalty kick converted by Louis Moult. The only goalless game in the Scottish Premiership was at Murrayfield, where Aberdeen keeper, Joe Lewis, defied Aberdeen with a string of outstanding saves, including two showstoppers to deny Isma Goncalves and Ross Callachan.

Celtic demand independent review of Rangers tax avoidance scheme to 'learn lessons and move on' 

Stewart Regan, the Scottish Football Association chief executive, finds himself squarely in the line of fire as Celtic upped the stakes in the ongoing fallout from Rangers’ use of a tax avoidance scheme – declared unlawful by the Supreme Court earlier this year – between 2001 and 2010. Celtic have accused the SFA of  “a failure in transparency, accountability and leadership” after the governing body declined to conduct a review of Rangers’ use of EBTs (Employee Benefit Trusts). By mutual agreement, the correspondence between Regan and Peter Lawwell, his Celtic counterpart, has been released. Celtic, though, have also released a statement on the club website which said: “In the light of all information that has now become available, Celtic has been in correspondence with the Scottish Football Association in pursuit of the club’s belief that an independent review should be commissioned to consider the events that led to the liquidation of Rangers Oldco and the governance issues arising from those events. “This is exactly the same position as adopted by the SPFL board on behalf of all Scotland's 42 professional clubs.  The club believes that such a review is essential if a line is to be drawn under this whole affair. On that basis, Scottish football could learn lessons and move on. Celtic have demanded a review of Rangers' EBT saga Credit: GETTY IMAGES “The club considers, however, that failure to carry out a full review of these events and issues, which have been without precedent in Scottish football, would represent a failure in transparency, accountability and leadership.  “Celtic was, therefore, disappointed to note that the Scottish Football Association board has confirmed that it does not intend to commission such a review. Throughout these processes, Celtic's consistent objective has been to establish the full facts, which is surely the least that all stakeholders in Scottish football - including the supporters of all clubs - are entitled to, and to learn the appropriate lessons. That remains our position.” The Scottish Professional Football League had previously stated that it could not hold a review because it did not exist during Rangers’ use of the EBT scheme and had no jurisdiction over the rules of the Scottish Premier League, which was responsible for league governance at the time. The SPFL did, however, suggest that the SFA could institute a review. There have also been calls to strip Rangers of titles Credit: PA On Thursday, however, the SFA declined to pursue that course of action, citing QC’s advice, although they are investigating the granting of a licence to Rangers permitting them to take part in European football in 2011, after Craig Whyte had bought the Ibrox club for £1 from Sir David Murray, in the light of evidence presented in Whyte’s recent trial for fraud, a charge of which he was ultimately acquitted, Moves to have Rangers stripped of the honours they won during their use of EBTs have been proposed for several years, with Celtic supporters prominent amongst those demanding that their arch-foes be shorn of five league titles, four Scottish Cup wins and six Scottish League Cup successes. The Rangers fan shareholder group, Club 1872, previously said that it would mount a legal challenge to the SPFL if the league should support such a course. On the field of play, Rangers were productive for the first time in a home league match this season. Having lost to Hibernian and been held to a draw by Hearts, Pedro Caixinha’s players at last gratified their supporters with a comfortable victory over Dundee after Alfredo Morelos netted his sixth goal for the club with a low shot beyond Scott Bain just before the break. Josh Windass scored Rangers’ second when he headed home a Daniel Candeias cross then set up another for Carlos Pena before Morelos got his second, although there was still time for Faisal El-Bakhtoui to net a consolation for Dundee. Carlos Pena celebrates Rangers' third goal against Dundee Credit: PA In Dingwall, Partick Thistle’s luck seemed to have changed when Blair Spital shot them into a first half lead very much against the run of play against Ross County, but the Jags were held to a draw after Alex Schalk’s late penalty kick equaliser. In the collision of Northern Irish managers at McDiarmid Park, Tommy Wright drew first blood when Rangers’ reject, Michael O’Halloran turned a Liam Craig cross over the line just after the break to put St Johnstone ahead against Neil Lennon’s Hibs. Saints’ Paul Paton was next to score, but into his own net when trying to block Anthony Stokes. Ryan Bowman opened the scoring in Motherwell in the 2-0 home victory over Kilmarnock, then was taken down for a penalty kick converted by Louis Moult. The only goalless game in the Scottish Premiership was at Murrayfield, where Aberdeen keeper, Joe Lewis, defied Aberdeen with a string of outstanding saves, including two showstoppers to deny Isma Goncalves and Ross Callachan.

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