Chances are the Sounders match will dominate TV real estate on Wednesday evening, but baseball fans looking to catch game one should have luck at the following sports bars.
The former HG Lodge is now a full-on game-watching authority, as evidenced by the 20 55-inch televisions and a dozen taps. Similar to Sport near Seattle Center, several booths boast their own screens, and should the weather call for it there's a rooftop bar. The place is named for an epic homeplate slide may by Ken Griffey, Jr in 1995—you're in knowing hands here.
A rehabbed garage now lined with nine megascreens, Battery almost always draws a convivial crowd. Sustenance comes in the form of bacon- and cream cheese-topped franks from neighboring Po Dog, but best of all is the fried pickles. Also: shuffleboard.
The 34-year-old Sluggers just may take the cake when it comes to classic sports bars. The beers are big (think 24 oz. Coors), the walls trimmed with memorabilia, and the atmosphere pitch-perfect.
A $39 Grand Slam special includes chicken and waffles, pot roast, and for dessert apple pie a la mode. Wash it down with three accompanying beers, and get there early to snag a seat in the cozy den.
Munch Sports Grill
Eastsiders convene at this Bellevue Square bar, a graffiti-clad Vegas export that once had the unfortunate moniker Munchbar, just as much for athletics as for the extravagant build-your-own burgers. The HD screens are supposedly the largest in the Northwest.