With baseball season upon us, there are local bars that specialize in America’s favorite pastime. Here’s a look at a few notable joints to stroll into that will definitely be providing an atmosphere fit for the baseball enthusiast.

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Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill
1320 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33705-1654
(727) 822-4562

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This place is a monster and located right next to Tampa Bay’s coveted baseball team stadium. Some may call it the ideal sports bar as it doesn’t make any excuses of what it is trying to be. Ferg’s wants to cater to creatures from all walks of life – even pets. There modest priced menu and strategically placed flat-screens always draw a massive crowd for Tampa Bay Rays’ games. Its baseball-themed atmosphere entices fans of a number of cities to come in and bask in baseball celebrations.

Hattricks Tavern
107 S. Franklin St
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 225-4288

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Though named after a hockey term, Hattrick’s welcomes all baseball fans into its historic sports arena. HD TV’s are literally plastered in every nook and cranny available, enabling optimal viewing no matter where you park yourself. In fact, you’ll never have to worry about not seeing your game unless you get distracted by the eye-catching staff. This memorabilia-like museum serves some of the finest food one will find in a sports bar and will have the majority of the TV’s set on all the baseball action.

Blue Dog Bistro
1600 E. 8th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 242-6220

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Making camp upstairs in Centro Ybor, this New Orleans themed bar encourages all-comers to give them a shot. Boasting classic Cajun cuisine, this Bistro does offer up 35 television screens – including three 72-inch projector sized screens – and executes a festive atmosphere for any sporting event. They do have all the DirectTV sports packages, which includes MLB Extra Innings, so pulling up your game and enjoying a different type of bar grub is a worry-free scenario.

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Bobalouie’s Grille & Sports Garden
1913 East Bearss Ave
Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 971-1243

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.

This smoke-friendly joint can be considered a throwback sports bar of sorts. While it has plenty of state-of-the-art flat screens hanging all over the establishment, the rest of this dim-lit joint is made-up of tabletops and bar seating.  Regardless of which team you are rooting for the staff is always willing to pull out the remote control and put your respective team on if the other patrons sitting around you are cool with it. The projector screens are usually dedicated to the hometown Rays, yet the rest of the screens will have just about every game on with the schedule clearly marked.

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926 Providence Road
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 653-0959

Hours: Mon to Thurs, Sun – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Barnacles has plenty of TVs for your baseball viewing pleasure. This establishment is the amusement park of sports bars.  And you can bet anything that they will be primping the place for the long baseball season. Bottom line, if you’re worried about a bar not showing your respective team, by all means, walk this way and check out this watering hole.

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