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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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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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Our columnist recalls meeting the Nature Boy at Comicpalooza. Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Comicpalooza is coming to the George R. Brown Convention Center, May 24-26, so pop culture, sci-fi, comic book fans, and whatever are on high alert to get their nerd on.

The lineup of celebrity guests tops anything in the history of the event. Slated to appear are: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and James Tolkan from the Back to the Future franchise; WWE superstar John Cena; Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez from Napoleon Dynamite; Rebecca Romijn, Anson Mount, and Andrew Robinson from Star Trek; Shannen Doherty and Rose McGowan from Charmed; and the stars I’ll be lining up to meet, Creed, Oscar and David Wallace from The Office.

There will be an exhibit floor packed with merchants selling all kinds of stuff that appeals to this crowd. There will be comedy shows by the Geeks of Comedy, House Party Comedy, and live wrestling matches featuring the heroes of Texas All-Star Wrestling. There will be cooking demonstrations for kids, cosplay competition, and trivia contests.

For more information, including ticket prices, times and dates for the celebrities, etc., click on Comicpalooza.com.

I’ve been to a couple of these events. They’re huge. I promise you will see things and meet people that you don’t run into during Little League games and Junior League meetings.

An amazing true story

In fact …

Comicpalooza was the scene of one of the great snubs of my career – and trust me, I’ve been “better-dealed” a few times.

They say you should never meet your heroes because they’ll inevitably let you down. It happened to me.

A few years ago I was invited to participate in one of these pop culture festivals at the George R. Brown. They told me, just come up with something. I created a game show called “Win a Date with a Nerd” – a takeoff on the old Dating Game.

Originally the idea was to have a nerd ask questions of three really hot Hooters Girls but I couldn’t convince three Hooters Girls to waste their afternoon on something so stupid. Ultimately, I talked one attractive young woman into picking her date from three total nerds straight out of central casting. These nerds made Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard from Big Bang Theory look like Navy SEAL Team 6 — the guys who got Osama bin Laden.

The game went OK and to this day I have no idea if the date actually took place. I’d like to think it didn’t because it would upset the delicate balance of nature and the Earth might fall off its axis.

Anyway, my favorite professional wrestler Ric Flair was at the event and I met him outside the building. Because there was street construction that limited parking, organizers arranged for limos for guest participants. I was waiting for my car to take me home.

I was talking to the Nature Boy, slobbering over him pretty good, when a car pulled up and the driver yelled out my name.

Flair said, “That’s me,” hopped in the car and the driver took off. No wonder they call Flair the “dirtiest player in the game.”

Another car arrived a few minutes later, and the driver hollered, “Ric Flair.” I tried to get in the car, explaining what had happened. The driver thought I was hustling him and pulled over to wait for Naitch. No way he was letting me in that car.

I wound up calling a friend to come get me.

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