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Where to Root for Non-New York Baseball Teams

By Paul DeBenedetto | August 1, 2014 1:54pm | Updated on August 1, 2014 2:23pm
  Whatever your favorite team, there's a bar in New York for you.  Wear a Mets or Yankees hat at these bars at your own risk.
Non-New York Baseball Bars
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NEW YORK CITY — Root, root, root for the away team.

While New York might have its own long, storied baseball history, you can also find fans representing other teams from the Amerian League West to the National League East.

But you don't have to make like Elaine Benes and show up to Yankee Stadium in your Orioles hat — there's no shortage of out-of-town team friendly bars to catch a game in.

If you have a baseball team bar that we haven't listed here, please tell us about it in the comments.

The Atlanta Braves
While Foley's, at 18 W. 33rd St., once renamed it's bar Chippers after retiring Braves legend Chipper Jones, it was a temporary move. And while all baseball fans are welcome at Foley's, the Watering Hole, an Atlanta Falcons bar at 106 E. 19th St., might be more up your alley if you're a fan.

The Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Sun called the Horsebox, at 218 Ave. A, "the best Orioles bar in New York City."

The Boston Red Sox
If you miss Fenway Park, there are any number of places in the city where you're welcome to watch the Sox — as long as it's not in the Bronx. Be sure to check out the Riviera Cafe, at 225 W. 4th St. Or head to the popular Professor Thom's, at 219 Second Ave., where rooting against the Yankees is a full-time job and a sign proudly proclaims "Behind Enemy Lines Since 2005."

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The Chicago Cubs and White Sox
While there's no bar that roots solely for the White Sox, the bartenders at Canal Bar, 270 3rd Ave. in Gowanus, will put on both Cubs and Sox games. It's certainly a better option than Kelly's, at 12 Ave. A, a Cubs bar in which fans are greeted by a famous 2006 photo of former Cubs catcher Michael Barrett punching then-White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski in the face.

The Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians
Phebe's, at 359 Bowery, is a bar for die hard Cincinnati Bengals fans, but during baseball season a few stragglers with Reds gear will pop in to catch a game, a bartender said. Likewise, Buckeyes and Browns bar Manny's, at 1770 2nd Ave., will put on the Cleveland Indians game if asked.

The Detroit Tigers
Mercury Bar East, at 493 3rd Ave., is known by most folks as a Michigan State bar. But it's also the place to go for anything Detroit, including the Tigers. "We definitely take kindly to Detroit Teams in general," one bartender said. "We always have the games on.

The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers
If you support the Lone Star State but don't want to feel lonesome, grab some friends and head to one of Lobo's two Brooklyn locations for some authentic queso and flatscreen TVs. You can also get barbecue and games at LoneStar Bar and Grill, at 8703 5th Ave. in Bay Ridge, or Bed-Stuy's Beast of Bourbon at 708 Myrtle Ave.

The Milwaukee Brewers
Some teams have gotten so much unexpected popularity that their New York supporters have even been written up in their hometown paper. Kettle of Fish, at 59 Christopher St., was once home to beat poets like Jack Kerouac. When the place was bought by Milwaukee native Patrick Daley in the 1980s, it became a haven for Packers and Brewers fans, even getting its own writeup in Madison Magazine.

The Minnesota Twins
There may not be an official Minnesota Twins bar in the city, but some of the team's fans hit up Vikings bar Bar None, at 98 3rd Ave., the last time the team was in the playoffs.

The Philadelphia Phillies
For the Philly Phanatics in New York, check out Shorty's at one of its three Manhattan locations, where red-and-white clad customers can be found drinking Yuengling and chowing down on cheesesteaks. The owners are so dedicated, they even ship their bread in from Philly to give the sandwiches an "authentic" taste.

The Pittsburgh Pirates
Reservoir Bar, at 70 University Place, is a Pittsburgh Steelers bar, but the owners don't mind turning on the Pirates game either.

The San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's
The Bay Area is well-represented. San Francisco Giants fans can always be found at Finnerty's, 221 2nd Ave., where lucky supporters once lined up around the block to get a glimpse at the 2012 World Series trophy. Fans from across the Bay, meanwhile, can cross the river to watch a game at Park Slope's Pacific Standard, 82 4th Ave., where the owners are Berkeley grads and A's fans.

The Seattle Mariners
Seahawks bar Carlow East, at 1254 Lexington Ave., makes a good spot to check out the Mariners in a Seattle-friendly environment.

The St. Louis Cardinals
To have a surefire good time, check out online fan groups, where supporters meet up to form their own bar nights. For example, St. Louis Cardinals fans have met up at Foley's.

The Toronto Blue Jays
While not technically a Toronto Blue Jays bar, Candian-themed dive bar the Ontario, at 559 Grand St., is a good spot for people homesick for the land of the maple leaf. And sure, they may not have a television, but why let that stop you? Bring your walkman, crack open a Molson and enjoy the game.