Baseball season is back, but you can do better than cheap beer in a plastic cup at the game. Major League stadiums are pitching new beverage programs in 2015, serving suds from local breweries, offering unique wine options and shaking up serious craft cocktails.
If you’re looking for winning beverage options, here are our picks for the best stadium sips.
Skip the peanuts and Cracker Jacks here. The home park of the San Francisco Giants is known for edgy pregame eats and drinks at its tailgating complex, The Yard at Mission Rock, built out of shipping containers. The Courtyard by Off the Grid, located in Parking Lot A, offers snacks from permanent food truck installations like Proposition Chicken and Señor Sisig, along with wines on tap from a convenient bus. Inside the stadium, Vintage 58 features local and international wines, as well as wine-friendly fruit, cheese and meat platters.
Wine options abound at the Mets’ headquarters: Head to Zachys Wine Bar for ZIPZ Wine, a single-serve, recyclable wine-in-a-plastic-glass product which fits conveniently into cup holders at your seat. Each of the stadium’s 10 bars also list nine wines by the glass, plus imbibers can enjoy thoughtful by-the-bottle lists at Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House and the Delta 360 Club. The Acela Club, run in conjunction with New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent’s Myriad Restaurant Group, has 42 bottle choices.
You guessed it: Beer is the name of the game here. There are plenty of Coors’ namesake products available, not to mention Blue Moon Brewing Co., which has a brewery located inside the park at the corner of 22nd and Blake streets, delivering seasonal and limited-release beers to Rockies fans. Searching out Colorado’s best craft beers? You’ll also find a selection of suds from New Belgium Brewing Company, Breckenridge Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery.
Padres fans can make a play for serious wine tasting while at the game. Previously only available by the glass, wine lovers can purchase bottles from well-known California producers like Justin and Caymus from Wines at the Park, Presented by Donovan’s. Located on the main concourse near Section 104, the wood-accented tasting room sells reusable carafes and glasses for fans to take to their seats. Feel like sharing? Extra glasses are just $1 a pop.
New to Progressive Field this year are beer vending machines, offering 12 self-serve craft beer taps with pours priced by the ounce, alongside a wider selection of local suds. The stadium’s spacious Corner Bar can fit 800 fans and features some 20 Ohio beers on tap, and local cult favorite Willoughby Brewing debuts this season at the ballpark (previously, Cleveland’s own Great Lakes Brewing Company dominated draft options).
Craft cocktail fans shouldn’t miss the serious sips from Sound Bar, with drinks designed by Anu Apte, owner of iconic Seattle lounge Rob Roy. Look for cocktails that incorporate small-batch spirits from Woodinville Whiskey Company, Oola Distillery and Fremont Mischief. There’s plenty of intriguing beers to try, including a collection of cask-conditioned ales from Pacific Northwest brewers available at the Power Alley Bar inside the Mariners Hall of Fame Museum, at a counter near Section 129 and at Good Hops by Section 330.
Capitalizing on the growing craft beer scene in Tampa and neighboring St. Petersburg, Rays fans can fill their cups at Right Field Street and the Third Base Food Court, offering brews from local producers that include Big Storm Brewing, Cigar City Brewing and 3 Daughters Brewing. Cocktail fans can also expect new additions to drink menus, including a Bourbon-based concoction called Everglades Moonshine, served in a Mason jar with a candied bacon swizzle stick.
Looking for fine dining at the ballpark? Head to Yankee Stadium’s upscale restaurant, NYY Steak, located at Gate 6 on the 125 level, for dry-aged steaks and some 14 wines by the glass, including Yankees-branded bottlings. If you’re celebrating a big win, there’s a solid selection of Cognac, Port and dessert wines to splurge on, as well as single-malt Scotches and whiskies.