Score at Boston's Top Spots to Watch Your Favorite Sports
By Jessica Polizzotti
Boston Local Expert
Meet here to indulge in a day of sports, and pub grub with friends or solo, because Boston is a sports town and any fan can easily make a friend. Whether it's a big screen to watch a game, or the enticement of some of sensational food, you'll find just what you want at these Boston sports bars.
When the New England Patriots are in town and tickets in are not on the itinerary, do the next best thing and drive to Foxboro where you CBS Scene sits looking over Gillette Stadium.
Want to actually watch the Red Sox play at Fenway without forking over a fortune for tickets in? Arrive at opening to the Bleacher Bar and you'll find yourself seated just beyond centerfield with a view through their windows of all the action.
When you want to view through the eyes of a sports announcer, head to Jerry Remy's a location near Fenway let's you be close to the baseball scene or enjoy prime viewing of Boston Harbor and their giant screens at Liberty Wharf.
Wherever you end up you are sure to be surrounded by Boston fans, so taunt gently because Bostonians take their sports quite seriously.
Ward 8 is not your typical sports bar, but it's certainly one to have on your radar. Set on the outskirts of Boston's North End just blocks from the TD Garden, you'll find Celtics fans who prefer an old fashioned to a Bud Light at the bar of Ward 8 on game night. With an impressive craft cocktail section and plenty of TVs just down the street from the big game, you can be close to the action while watching with friends in the comfort of Ward 8. You'll also find yourself satisfyingly filled from their main course selections like rib eye, ginger miso salmon and mac n' cheese. As well as plenty of snack for sharing like the pork lettuce cups, fry sampler and maple chili duck wings. Come for dinner, stay for drinks and enjoy this off the map bar for watching sports. (617-823-4478)
CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar
CBS Scene is a refreshing take on the Sports Bar. Set outside Gillette Stadium among the shops, dining and entertaining options of Patriot Place, CBS Scene is more of a fancy sports bar than your local dive. With the Stadium just outside your reach, you can imagine the excitement that surrounds CBS scene on game day. Although basic bar food is served, the food goes beyond the basic. CBS scene serves everything from burgers to high priced filets. Enjoying your meal is not too hard here, even the entree salad does not disappoint. The bar is social and lively, more so on game days and is filled with screens for game viewing. (5082032200)
Champions is a sleek, chic sports bar within the Copley Marriott Hotel, making it a dream for guests who want to stay on site and enjoy a big game. High ceilings a circular bar, lined thirty six 46" TV's allow for excellent viewing and listening as the acoustics are impressive for a sports bar. Featuring 36+ beers on tap, and an impressive cocktail list, you can bring your lady and still enjoy the sports bar environment. A menu filled with all-American classics allows for no-fuss dining but goes beyond the typical pub grub. Champions may be within a hotel, but it draws many visitors looking for a great place to watch a game. (6179275304)
The Cask ' Flagon is a welcoming place, with lots of room to enjoy the big game, and an outdoor patio to savor a little sunshine on a nice afternoon. Serving standard sports bar favorites, it never hurts to indulge in a a few of the menu items. Basic burgers get beefed up with special toppings while pizzas and salads attempt to be a bit fancy. Probably not the place to get healthy, enjoy their fried favorites and save your serving of greens for later in the day. When you'd prefer a cold beer to a plate of goodies, Cask n' Flagon has plenty of room on it's corner of Lansdowne Street. ((617) 536-4840)
Game On Fenway
Game On! Is a great place to catch a game, especially if you want, but can't be there. Giant screens make viewing your favorite sporting events easy because they're hanging everywhere. The scene is active, social, and young, making for prime mingling and making friends. Enjoy the beer, but don't shy away from their standard pub grub, which compliments the beer selection nicely. Score a table when arriving early on Red Sox home game days, or find yourself waiting in the long line that weaves around the block until after the first pitch is thrown, Game On! has been a Fenway area go-to since it opened and shows no signs of slowing down. (617-351-7001)
Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill
Jerry Remy's, with two locations, one near Fenway and one on the Waterfront with outdoor seating, allows guest the opportunity to eat drink and be merry while enjoying the big game. The Seaport location has the largest screen around, making this a perfect place to watch a game away from the traffic surrounding the stadium. Good food tops off this sport fan's oasis with a pub menu that does a bit beyond the basics. Either location draws a crowd, so be sure to arrive early. Jerry Remy's is also a great place to meet locals, from after work to late night Jerry Remy's is jammin', especially on warm nights on the waterfrony. (6172367369)
The Greatest Bar
The Greatest Bar is one of the greatest places to watch a game. A lively crowd and many screens on multiple floors allow guests to spread out to enjoy. Basic pub fare is served here and allows for a good snack or meal to accompany your beer and viewing. The Greatest Bar is often jam packed with locals waiting to head into the Garden or after a game well into the evening. It's proximity to TD garden makes it the perfect place to hang when tickets are not on your radar. A social place, be ready to make new friends. ((617) 367-0544)
The Baseball Tavern is the quintessential Boston Sports bar near Fenway Park. Here, you can walk in fresh from a hot day at the park and fit in with the fans who have been here while you were in the stands. Don't worry, you won't miss an inning as the Baseball tavern has plenty of screen to ensure you see each pitch, hit, walk and run scored. Win or loose fans here are happy to chat over an icy cold brew and bar food. Head to the roof deck in the warmer months to enjoy their replica of the Green Monster; it may not be the real thing, but it is not a bad second. The party goes until close when the staff is eagerly ushering guests to leae, and line to get in tends to be quite long on games days. (617) 867-6526)
Since 1976, The Four's has been one of the best places in the city to watch sports. With MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA packages, they're sure to be broadcasting your favorite team's game. Forty-two TVs ensure that you catch all of the action, and the walls are lined with kitschy sports memorabilia for you to enjoy between games. Drink options include draft and bottled beer, as well as various cocktails. Best of all the Four's serves reasonably priced drinks in place of the high priced speciality drinks found at most big bars. A favorite among locals who enjoy pre game bites, during game viewing, or post game fun. (617-720-4455)
The Bleacher Bar
The coolest bar in Boston for sports fans is the Bleacher Bar. Situated beneath the centerfield bleachers of Fenway Park, The Bleacher Bar is one of the most unique and best places in Boston to watch a game because you can actually see it through the windows that overlook the field. The best thing next to having a ticket yourself, the Bleacher Bar's small interior creates close quarters when the Red Sox are in town. But the bar is open year-round so sports fans can come to watch any game or just enjoy the view. The Bleacher Bar has a small menu of burger, snacks, hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, and sweets so you can spend the entire 9 innings watching the Red Sox if you wish. (617-262-2424)
About Jessica Polizzotti
Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand. Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. Although Jessica has been a world traveler since her teens, her favorite trip may always be her Italian honeymoon. Living in a city that allows her to experience a change in seasons equals an opportunity to enjoy a shift in activities. As the old New England cliché says, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”
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