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Where to catch the World Series in Houston: 34 hot deals at Houston's best bars and restaurants

Where to catch the World Series in Houston: 34 hot deals at Houston's best bars and restaurants
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This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

With the Astros set to square off against the Washington Nationals in the World Series, every Houston restaurant with a TV (more or less) wants to be included in the festivities. Skim the list below to find special dishes, extended happy hours, and even free queso.

Springer dingers and Bregman bombs will reap their own rewards in form of freebies for every Astros home run. Read on to find the right deal for a perfect game day experience.

A’bouzy

This champagne-fueled restaurant in River Oaks is offering 50-cent Gulf oysters on the half shell during the games, which will be on shown on TVs in the bar and patio. When the Astros win, the restaurant's extensive champagne list will come in handy.

Axelrad

The Midtown hot spot will show all of the games on its giant outdoor screen. Dine on pizza from Luigi's next door or one of the on-site food trucks. The craft beer selection is among the city's best.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

The luxurious steakhouse feature four hot dog specials ($14-$124) featuring Texas wagyu dogs topped with classics like mustard and sauerkraut all the way to two ounces of Japanese wagyu and sauteed Maine lobster. Even better, diners who eat at B&B before the game can get a ride on the restaurant's shuttle bus (seats limited, reservations required).

Bernie's Burger Bus

All four locations are offering a deal on hot dogs: buy one, get the second for just $2. Options include a bacon-wrapped dog topped with diner's choices of: chili and green chile queso, guacamole and chipotle aioli, or white cheddar and brisket. In addition, get a pint of Texas craft beer for only $4.

Brennan’s of Houston

Watch the games on the patio at this Houston institution while dining on a special menu of $7 bar bites created by chef Joe Cervantez. Dishes include: duck fat chili cheese fries, 44 Farms chili hot dog, crab boil-spiced fried chicken wings, and a fried oyster boy. To drink, choose from two for $7 select beers, select wines for $7, or the Line-Drive Lemonade (vodka, gin, Blue Curacao, house lemonade, lemon-lime soda).

Continue reading on CultureMap to see the rest of the list.

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While many would point to their historic bullpen in 2022 and say they had nowhere to go but down, that doesn't paint the full picture. It was the starting rotation that really fell off in 2023. Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier, Hunter Brown, and Jose Urquidy all saw a spike in their ERAs from the previous season.

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