Baseball season is right around the corner, and fans across Connecticut will be looking to see if the Yankees, Red Sox and Mets can rebound from disappointing seasons. For those who want to watch with fellow seamheads, the state has plenty of options. For great food, drinks and company, these bars can’t be beat when you’re in the mood to take in America’s national pastime.

Hirschbeck’s Sports Bar & Grille
882 Bridgeport Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 513-9277
www.hirschbecksportsbarandgrille.com

Hirschbeck’s is the perfect destination for fans who not only want to watch the latest games, but soak in some of the sport’s history as well. The walls are decorated with authentic artifacts, often autographed, that were acquired by owner Mark Hirschbeck. He worked as an Major League Baseball umpire for nearly three decades, then opened this bar after retiring in 2003. In addition to a great baseball atmosphere, Hirschbeck’s also offers different food and drink specials everyday, such as $5 large cheese pizzas on Monday and 25-cent wings on Wednesday evenings.

Upper Deck Sports Bar And Grill
359 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498
(860) 339-5277
www.upperdeckct.com

The Upper Deck has 32 HDTVs scattered throughout, so no matter where you stand or sit, you’ll be able to watch your game. That includes the area it’s named for, the upper deck (modeled after a baseball stadium), where you’ll especially savor one of its ice cold drafts on a warm spring or summer day. It also hosts live music and has numerous pool tables. And you’ll want to try its homemade New England clam chowder, a favorite among regulars.

Bobby V’s
225 Main St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 348-0010
www.bobbyv.com

Stamford native Bobby Valentine enjoyed a long career in the MLB first as a player, then as a manager for the Rangers, Mets and Red Sox. He also successfully managed the Chiba Lotte Marines to a championship in the Japan League, and has worked as a broadcaster and analyst for ESPN. So baseball enthusiasts will feel right at home at his sports bar, where they’ll be enveloped by vintage photographs and jerseys, and, of course, numerous screens. It also boasts an extensive menu filled with dozens of salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers – each of the latter are named for a team that figured into Valentine’s long baseball career.

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Central Cafe
24 Whiting St.
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 747-0405
www.centralcafect.com

This cozy, welcoming bar has 14 large sets for catching all the action on the diamond. If you love wings as much as baseball, this is definitely the place for you, seeing as Central Cafe has them in 64 varieties. They include unique flavors like Taco and Spicy Peanut Butter and Jelly, and for those whose wings can never be hot enough, Charles Bronson’s Death Wish. Pair them with one of several beers it serves from Berkshire Brewery. Central Cafe also has an outdoor patio that is open during warm weather months.

Harry’s Sports Grill
201 Washington Ave.
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 654-4191
www.harryssportsgrill.com

Harry’s is home to 29 plasma screens and subscribes to the MLB Extra Innings package, so no matter what game you’re interested in, it’s sure to be playing. But on the off chance it isn’t,th just notify the staff, who will be happy to accommodate you. Then dig in to its tasty quesadillas and take advantage of its daily cocktail specials. Harry’s is located inside the North Haven Holiday Inn so there is plentiful parking.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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