Opening Day of baseball season kicked off with joyous amounts of excitement in Detroit. Though the Traverse City region may be four hours away from the motor city, Tigers fanatics are not in short supply. It is difficult to make it to many games with there being such a distance, however, there are plenty of great places to watch a Tiger’s game while staying in the great north.
Peegeo’s (525 High Lake Road, Traverse City)
Peegeo’s is traditionally known as the “snowmobile bar,” but step inside and you will discover so much more. Ginormous televisions mount the walls encompassing the wraparound bar, and are scattered throughout the other seating areas as well. The beverages are extremely inexpensive, and there is always a wide variety of both domestic and craft beer on tap. For great Tiger watching food, the popcorn is always free and the employees do a tremendous job of keeping the bin overflowing. And of course, the wings at Peegeo’s must be mentioned. These wings are huge, perfectly crispy, and positively dripping in sauce. Err on the safe side when ordering these delicious buggers and get extra, your friends will gobble them down far too quickly.
7 Monks (128 S. Union Street, Traverse City)
Voted in the top 100 of America’s Best Beer Bars, how could 7 Monks escape this list? This long, narrow bar has walls lined with mirrors and televisions; you can watch the Tigers game from any angle! With 46 different beers on tap, this is a craft beer drinkers heaven. The food at 7 Monks could be a feature on its own; russet frites, beautiful, juicy brats, and pork nachos make this place ideal for snacking while watching a game.
Big Papa’s Pub and Eatery (273 US Highway South, Traverse City)
Big Papa’s has the classic “pub” feel down. From the food to the atmosphere, everything about this place indicates a great Tigers watching locale. Year-round, Big Papa’s has twelve beers on tap, many of which rotate seasonally. The pub food has a classy twist that includes pretzel bun sandwiches, portabella fries, and kabobs of many varieties. This is a family-friendly restaurant where the television can be properly viewed from literally any seat in the house. Take the virtual tour to see what you have to look forward to before stopping in to check it out!
The Hofbrau (2784 M137, Interlochen)
52 beers on draft. FIFTY TWO BEERS ON DRAFT. Shouting is necessary. Hand-tossed pizzas, ginormous steaks, and BBQ samplers make the Hofbrau a no-brainer for game day. With so many beers to try, it is impossible not to get multiple flights to sample with your good friends. The bar area is open, wide, and inviting. Massive televisions allow for optimal Tiger viewing from any seat in the lounge. If you love beer and have never been to the Hofbrau, skedaddle over there at your next opportunity.
When you can’t make it to a live game, where do you like to go to watch the Tigers? What are game-day essentials for you?