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Good bar/pub to watch metties

Any good ideas where to watch a full nine-inning metties game, like this saturday, 3pm, smoltz v glavine? Looking for brooklyn or queens. I've been to Donovans, and their burger is great, but I don't see myself sitting in Donovan's for three hours. (Don't really know how to qualify that).
guess for a three hour commitment, comfort is a major factor.
Here's the five tools I am seeking, in no particular order:

a) Good food
b) Good beer
c) Comfortable seating
d) Not too drunk crowd
e) Not particulalry depressing atmosphere


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  1. Pete's Waterfront Ale House, sit at the bar. Get the buffalo wings calamari. Its NUTS!

    And go Yakees!
    ; )

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    1. re: Larry Brooks

      While I absolutely love the Waterfront Ale House for the beer and food, it's not really a great place to watch sports, either "metties" (?) or "Yakees" (?) The two TVs there are quite small, lame and oddly placed in weird corners of the room, causing substantial neck and eye strain.

      1. re: Psychobabble

        Um, its a typo, I meant " Yankees".
        Agreed on the TVs. But love the food so much.

        1. re: Larry Brooks

          Yeah....I know. I just couldn't resist pointing out the mistake in that attempt to needle Mets fans. And abu, let's just call them the Mets (or for more flair, the Metropolitans). In the same 'hood I might add the Downtown Bar and Gill on Court and Amity. Very bright and sunny (thus not depressing) with good beer selection and several TVs. Haven't had the food, but it looked pretty decent when I was there.

    2. I really like Cody's in Brooklyn -- Court st., believe its between Pacific and Dean, not far from atlantic. Friendly staff, decent pub grub and I've spent many hours watching mets games there. I hope to do more of the same this season!

      1. Up this way, where bars are a little thin on the ground, when the urge to watch the Mets and have a beer hits I sometimes go to Legends on 39th Ave. That's right, the Texas BBQ place. It's really made for watching sports, and has several TVs. The food is OK (better than the beer), and the concentration is on American sports rather than the stuff that so often commands attention at the local Irish joints. The crowd, such as it is, tends towards old guys who like to talk sports, and away from the boisterous rowdy drunken noisiness of so many other places. But having said that, it may not pass your "depressing atmosphere" test.

        For other, perhaps less depressing, sports watching bars in northwest Queens I would think that Sunnyside would be the place to go.

        1. C.J.Sullivans, hard by the Bell Blvd. L.I.R.R. station, fits the bill.
          Lets Go Mets!

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          1. re: johnk

            By depressing I meant surrounded by wacko met fans. Older fellas who talk sports vs young, loud drunks is exactly what I'm looking for...

          2. I'll second the Waterfront Ale House. In Williamsburg Muggs Ale House is also a great venue. Outstanding beer selection and very good pub food. Unlike many of the bars in the neighborhood this one isn't completely infested with hipsters either. Muggs doesn't get anywhere near enough mentions on this board.

            Bedford Ave. and 11th or 12th St.

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            1. re: Bob Martinez

              How's the TV situation?
              I'm with Psychobabble, I love the Waterfront, but not for a game...

              1. re: abu applesauce

                Unless you sit at the bar at the 3-4 seats that face the TV, Muggs is no good. It's open on Saturday afternoon, but it's not good for sports. W'burg sucks for watching ballgames, unless you want to get take out and sit at the Turkey's nest with it's "eclectic" crowd.

                1. re: Silverjay

                  I love Turkey's Nest! I've had some wild times there on weekend nights. Food is limited -- pizza if you're lucky -- but a quart of beer is $3.50 And there's a lot of guys from the old neighborhood there.

                2. re: abu applesauce

                  Actually, Muggs is a lot like Waterfront in the way the TVs are laid out. There are 2 - one at either end of the bar. This really is pretty typical of the way TVs are laid out in regular bars (as opposed to sports bars which have a number of really large screens.)

                  Honestly, I prefer real bars. The "jerk quotient" is lower and the food is lots better.

                  Awhile back Jim Leff gave the food at Muggs a favorable write up. I'd link to it but that's not possible without a working search engine.

                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    Muggs is my regular pub and has a beer selection that gives you plenty of reason to avoid Brooklyn brewery swill and to your point, there is a very low jerk quotient. The food is good pub food- especially from the specials menu. But comfortable seating and sports watching aren't their forte.

                3. re: Bob Martinez

                  Actually Bob, you just gave me a great idea. Hit the Brooklyn Brewery for a tour first and head to Muggs for the game...

                  1. re: abu applesauce

                    Hopefully Mugs is open. I walked by the other day and it was closed for renovations. Said they were suppose to be open today, lets keep our fingers crossed. (It looked like they were re-staining the floors)

                  2. re: Bob Martinez

                    I love Mugs. Great prices too. I hope the "renovations" are temporary.

                    1. re: Woodside Al

                      I hope its finished by tonight, i need a Williamsburger! I have heard that the guy who owns the bar also owns the building, so I have a feeling it will be open soon...

                      1. re: Huffy

                        As I said above, check out Turkey's, it's great on Friday night. If you crave a burger, lots of places have been discussed on this board, including Dumont.

                      2. re: Woodside Al

                        Mugs is open again. The back floors have been re-stained.....everything is back to normal!

                    2. I've watched my yankees (thppht to the mets!) at 200 Fifth, just off Union in Park Slope. They have nice size tvs and decent bar food. It gets a little crazy during the big games and playoffs, but you should be able to easily get a seat for an afternoon game this early in the season.

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                      1. re: oolah

                        O Neils on 65 place in Maspeth. Great for finger food and sanwich's plus alot of tv and OTB

                        1. re: FAL

                          Here's what I did.
                          I went to Floyds, which has a huge tv, with a couple of tables and chairs. Ordered food from Waterfront, picked it up, and ate at Floyds. Being it's April, we were the only two people watching the game, so I essentially had my very own giant tv--i might as well been in someone's living room except for the fresh brooklyn lager on tap. Total winner. I think this will be my saturday routine until the weather gets too nice to justify sitting indoors for three hours during the day.
                          One side note: I had some moral/ethical qualm about the setup. Does Floyd's policy of allowing outside food "take business away" from the other bars? If Floyds didn't allow outside food, we most likely would have stayed in Waterfront to eat and would have washed down two brews apiece...Are they breaking the unwritten code of Atlantic Avenue bars that I have just created?

                          1. re: abu applesauce

                            I think the bigger issue is people bringing in Chip Shop to the bars -- stinks up the whole freakin' place!

                            1. re: abu applesauce

                              Don't think it matters, the WAH is happy you're buying their dinner and Floyd is happy you're buying their beer. Both places seem to be doing fine. No worries.