The Astros 2018 Opening Day celebrations are right around the corner and if you’re half as excited as we are, you’ve either secured your tickets to the nearly SOLD OUT opening game or you’re already making plans to watch it with your fellow die-hard fans. So tell your boss you’re leaving work early and head Downtown to watch the reigning champs begin their pursuit of defending the World Series title!
Astros Team Store (501 Crawford)
For all the latest in official MLB gear, head to the Astros’ own Team Store in Union Station at the corner of Texas and Crawford. There, you’ll find everything you need to cheer the Astros on to victory including giant foam fingers, koozies, t-shirts, and World Series Champion gold edition jerseys and hats!
Make(her) Boutique (1201 Fannin)
Support the hometown team in locally-made threads! Stateline Designs located inside the Make(her) Boutique at GreenStreet features a great selection of Astros-inspired apparel including the “Crush City Tee” featuring the names of legends past and present, as well as lots of other options available in team colors- orange and blue.
1820 Lounge (1820 Franklin)
If large crowds aren’t your cup of tea, head over to 1820 Lounge for more relaxed vibes prior to the game. This no-frills dive bar has you covered with a wide selection behind the bar, comfy couches, classic games and pinball machines!
HTX Fan Tavern (1800 Texas)
Conveniently located across from Minute Maid Park with 3 bars, lots of TVs, plenty of standing room and a bangin’ sound system- HTX Fan Tavern is the perfect place to get pumped up before the game!
Osso & Kristalla (1515 Texas)
Step-up your pre-game at Osso & Kristalla, the modern trattoria housed inside the 500 Crawford residential complex just steps away from the Union Station entrance. Find a spot on their breezy patio and enjoy $5 Astros game day specials on select draft and bottled beer, meatball sliders, margherita pizzetta, polenta tots and more!
Street Fest (501 Crawford)
If you’re one of the lucky fans to have scored a ticket to the game, stop by the official Astros Street Fest presented by Budweiser from 1 pm-5:30 pm with live music, lawn games, inflatables and face painting for the little ones, local food truck fare and more! Make plans to arrive early and catch interviews with AJ Hinch, Jeff Lunhow and some of your 2017 World Champion Houston Astros! Note: Must have game day ticket to enter the festival.
Join the Watch Party
Biggio’s Sports Bar (1777 Walker)
Named after Astros legend and Hall-of-Famer, Craig Biggio, this 2-floor venue inside the Marriot Marquis boasts two 30-foot tall hi-def screens, leather recliners and ballpark-inspired fare like pretzels, nachos, hot dogs and more. Plus, local craft brewery, Saint Arnold will be on-hand starting at 11 am Opening Day handing out koozies, glassware and other swag. This is definitely the next best place to watch the game outside of Minute Maid Park!
Christian’s Tailgate (1012 Congress)
On game day, cheers from fans inside Christian’s Tailgate can be heard from a block away! Join in on the fun with dozens of other hardcore fans; 40+ TV’s; 30+ beers on tap; plus, all your favorite pub fare like hot wings, tacos and their award-winning burgers!
La Cantina by La Calle (909 Franklin)
Watch the game from the comfort of your own bar stool or booth inside Downtown’s newest sports bar, La Cantina! Grab a seat and a margarita at the bar and if you get hungry, just walk through the adjoining door over to sister concept La Calle, for your fix of tasty tacos, delicious tortas and authentic elote!
MKT Bar (1001 Austin)
Get the best of both worlds at MKT Bar- watch the game live on their 120 inch projection screen and savor delicious game day-inspired fare! Specials include a $9 “Batter Up” Banh Mi with Zaatar Fries, $7 “Bases Loaded” Frito Pie with Haig’s Chili and MKT Queso, $4.50 “Colt 45” Local Brew Pints and a $5 “Orange Crush” Mimosa. Save the best for last with a $7 “Grand Slam Sundae” which includes a snickerdoodle cookie topped with chocolate and vanilla Butterfinger crunch gelato, caramel, peanuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top!
Get Around Downtown
Transportation to and from Minute Maid Park or other game day hot spots in Downtown Houston is easy with FREE rides on Downtown’s Circulator, Greenlink. The Orange Route which runs Monday-Friday from 6:30 pm-midnight, Saturday from 9 am-midnight, and Sunday from 9 am-6 pm, has a stop conveniently located across from Minute Maid Park near Crawford and Texas and picks up riders every 10 minutes.
With 50+ stations spread throughout Houston and 15 in Downtown alone, Houston BCycle is a convenient transportation option when attending Astros games. The two closest bike share stations are Crawford Island 4 blocks south of Minute Maid Park (925 Crawford Street) and Rusk & St. Emanuel (736 St. Emanuel) just a few blocks east of the stadium.