It’s a wonderful time to be a Mets fan.
But not everyone can afford to watch the home team play the Chicago Cubs this weekend at Citi Field. Tickets, only available at this point from second -party sellers, are selling for upwards of $11,000 for two tickets.
The next best alternative is to watch the game in Queens with some other fans, where the beers are much cheaper than at Citi Field (and the ticket cost is nothing.)
Here’s a brief roundup of some of our favorites.
Let us know some of your favorite places and we’ll add them to the story.
► McFadden's Citi Field, 36-02 126th St., Flushing
This is as close as you can get to the field without paying half a year's rent for a ticket. There's plenty of TVs and a lively crowd, and enough space to fill many eager fans. Plus the bartenders like pouring shots from the bar when the game's are going well, so there's the lively atmosphere to enjoy.
► The Pine Restaurant, 37-10 114th St, Corona
This spot inside the Holiday Inn is a popular spot for pre and post-game festivities at Citi Field, which is just across the Grand Central Parkway. One time a DNAinfo reporter saw Dwight Gooden there, so you never know.
► Yer Man’s Irish Pub, 70-26 88th St., Glendale
This old-school pub in Glendale is filled with Mets memorabilia, including seats from Shea along the bar. The bar is spacious with a large dining room in the back.
► The Cuckoo’s Nest, 61-04 Woodside Ave., Woodside
This Irish pub has ample seating, plenty of TVs, delicious food and a disco ball. Order the curry fries before watching the Mets play.
► Rogers, 203 Beach 116th St., Rockaway Park
One of the peninsula's oldest bars has what many would say is the best Guinness in the city. Try it out yourself while watching the Mets on a few of the big screened TVs behind the bar.
► Donovan’s, 57-24 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside
Believe the hype: This spot has one of the best burgers in the city AND the cozy bar is the perfect place to watch the game.
► El Rico Tinto, 76-07 37th Ave., Jackson Heights
Good food and TVs. You're set.
► O’Neill’s, 64-21 53rd Dr, Maspeth
TVs line the walls and the bars at this bar, which will be loaded with legitimate Mets fans watching the game. And the old championship squad from 1986 used to party here after games, so hopefully some of the good luck will rub off.
► Dillinger's, 46-19 30th Ave., Astoria
Wings, beers, and the Mets on TV. You don't need much else from a bar, and the fact that this one is loaded with fans is a bonus.
► The Station Bar, 39-50 61st. Street, Woodside
This place is far from fancy, and some of the drinkers may have been sitting at the bar since 1986. But it's close to the 7 and the LIRR, has TVs and the beer is cold. Plus the front of the bar has been decorated with Mets memorabilia.