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By 5 a.m., Cubs fans lined up at Wrigleyville bars, despite outrageous cover charges

C’mon, now. You knew that prices for the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years were going to be crazy.

Standing-room only tickets for Friday’s Game 3 were available at StubHub for $1,730 ... and that was the low end of the cost spectrum. Want dugout box seats behind the plate? Two of those will cost you $60,000. SeatGeek has tickets starting at $1,940.

So if you’re a Cubs fan in Chicago, maybe the better thing to do is go to a bar and watch the game.

Not necessarily.

The Chicago Tribune reported that some bars and restaurants are offering special deals during the World Series games.

According to the the Tribune, the HVAC Pub will reserve fans a table plus food for $1,250.

From that story: For $250 of that total, you get all-you-can-eat pizza and wings, plus beer, wine and well cocktails 7-11 p.m. The other $1,000 reserves a table, which also includes one bottle each of Grey Goose vodka and Mionetto prosecco, said a manager. While the table seats six, you could have it all to yourself. Since the food and drink package is per person, the table and food will set back a group of six a total of $2,500.

Four-seat tables can be found for $500 at Deuce’s and The Diamond Club, Casey Moran’s, Old Crow Smokehouse, Moe’s Cantina and John Barleycorn. That cost is on top of meal packages, which range from $200 to $250.


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It might be too late for people who hope to go Friday to the Cubby Bear, the iconic sports bar near Wrigley Field. There are various radio shows being done at the Cubby Bear, and fans were lining up at 5 a.m., and

One Twitter user compiled a list of what some of these establishments are charging:

If you click that link, you will see that one place is reportedly charging by the hour! At some places, the cover charge is $250, but you would get one drink and one appetizer.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff