Philipp Sitter admitted to not being the biggest baseball fan.
Talking to him Tuesday night, however, you wouldn’t have known it.
“There’s nothing like being in a room with 400-500 people all cheering for your team,” said Sitter, who owns King’s Bierhaus at 2044 E. T.C. Jester Blvd.
The Astros lost Game 1 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, but it doesn’t appear that will deter patrons from frequenting their favorite bars and eating establishments to watch the rest of the best-of-seven series. Whether it’s at King’s Bierhaus, which is in the midst of “Astro-berfest” on the tail end of its annual Oktoberfest, or at Eureka Heights Brew Co. participating in Wednesday night’s Astros-themed trivia night during Game 2, there is no shortage of postseason pandemonium at area watering holes.
King’s Bierhaus is continuing its Astros tradition of offering $5 drafts as well as its signature Astro-dog – a gourmet ballpark hot dog with 13 Germanic sausages to choose from – on game nights as long as the World Series goes on.
“We fully embrace that, because it’s a huge part of the culture,” Sitter said.
At least for the away games in Washington, Sitter said he plans to beef up his wait staff on game days as he has always done during October. On game nights in the postseason, he said the bar typically brings in anywhere from 20-40 percent more customers.
That held true Tuesday night as hundreds filed in to watch the much-anticipated matchup. There was also a packed house just down the road at McIntyre’s in the Heights, where both the interior and patio spaces were “Standing Room Only” before Houston’s Gerrit Cole had hurled the first pitch.
Sitter said he aims to create a sense of unity and community at King’s Bierhaus anyway, but even more so with events like the World Series.
“You can watch the game at home, but we always encourage people to go out to your local bars and restaurants so you can get that feeling of camaraderie,” he said. “Restaurants like ours are the ones you can go to with your family and enjoy it, yet not feel like it’s too much of a bar.”
For major events or games, such as Game 6 of the American League Championship series last Saturday night or the World Cup in 2018, he said business can easily double or triple in capacity. And even though he’s not typically a huge baseball fan, Sitter admitted to getting swept up in Astros mania in recent years.
It’s inevitable in the long run, he said, because sports bond people like not many things can.
“It’s really close to a stadium feeling,” he said.