An Evening of Drinks and the Dodgers
If you need a quick update on Dodgers stats, here are four players who are absolutely crushing it this season:
Corey Seager: Batting average of .308, RBI of 72 and OBP of .365
Kenta Maeda: 16 wins, 179 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.48
Kenley Jansen: 47 saves
Joe Blanton: 28 holds
Got that? Good.
In addition to knowing about the team’s best and brightest, you may want to know your way around the area surrounding the stadium. We’ve already written about some of the best restaurants nearby. Now let’s take a look at some of the best watering holes.
The Short Stop
Part dive bar, part dance club, The Short Stop is a popular place for the Dodger masses, both before and after the game. DJs spin different music genres depending on the day, and baseball fans can enjoy daily drink specials and $3 PBR. The lounge offers several forms of entertainment, including a photo booth and a pool table. Snap a commemorative photo, or try beating a high score on one of the arcade games.
1455 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Free tacos and peanuts? Yes, please. Gold Room offers these bargain bites, along with a beer and tequila shot for only $4. Like The Short Stop, it’s a dive bar, and it gets quite crowded, so your group may be just one among the masses when you visit right before a game - avoid the pack by stopping in early. Spin a tune of your choosing on the digital jukebox while you take in an environment that has been described more than once as “hipster.” If you enjoy a dark and gritty ambiance with dirt-cheap prices, you’ll find both here. Also, did we mention free tacos?
1558 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
If you prefer your dive bars with a little more pizzazz, Thirsty Crow features a U-shaped bar and a menu of cocktails made from “fresh squeezed juices, in-house infusions, homemade shrubs, sherbets, jams, purees and fresh seasonal ingredients.” There are also more than 100 varieties of whiskey. On Wednesdays, the whiskey is only $5, and Sundays feature live jazz music from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The signature drink sharing the restaurant’s name was developed by head bartender Cooper Gillespie. According to the menu, it’s made with magic, and patrons’ glowing reviews tend to agree.
2939 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
If you’re hungry after the game, this Little Tokyo restaurant offers Asian fusion fare that can satisfy. The Far Bar menu offers fare such as the Far Bar Burger, topped with smoked gouda, grilled onions and miso mayo. Happy hour lasts from 9 p.m. to close Sunday and Monday, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Choose from drinks such as a $3 Sapporo draught, $5 well drinks or 20 percent off bottles of sake. If those choices don’t interest you, you can also choose from a range of cocktails, spirits, sake and spirits.
347 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
These popular bars are a great way to spend an hour or two after the game, but it’s important to consider how you’ll get home at the end of the night. While taking a cab is certainly an option, factors like wait time and poor service may put a damper on your evening. Instead, consider hiring an L.A. car service to chauffeur you on game day. With reliable, door-to-door service to get you from Point A to Point B, you can enjoy your evening of drink specials and fellow Dodgers fans in comfort.
*Editors note: this post was originally published on June 9, 2014, but has seen been updated to reflect more recent information.