Fenway Park sits in the center of Boston's bustling sports bar scene, and you'll find each and every one of those bars packed on game days. The crowds come long before the first pitch is thrown and stay well after the last run's scored, making this the place to be every April through October.
Fenway Park at sunset — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Cask 'n Flagon
Cask 'n Flagon is popular with local 20-somethings who find it to be an excellent spot to gather near Fenway Park. Around for many years, this Boston bar is a Fenway area mainstay that has amped up its appeal to the more mature crowd looking for a cold brew close to the park.
A menu that includes kids' selections and items that appeal to more refined palates make Cask 'n Flagon a hot spot for a stellar bite before a big game. Loud music inside competes with the popular sidewalk patio outside, allowing you to eat, drink, be merry and socialize with the kids before the game begins.
If tickets are not in your possession, stick around, as the Cask 'n Flagon emits out when the game begins; a seat on a bar stool in front of the TV lets you enjoy the game almost as much as if you were in the stands yourself.
At the opposite end of Landsdowne Street, you'll find three floors of nightlife that invite guests to dance (Tequila Rain), drink (all levels), bowl (Lucky Strike) and shoot some pool (Jillian's). This entertainment mecca is a playground for adults and something different from the typical sports bar after the game comes to an end.
Inside Jillian's — Photo courtesy of Jillian's
Serving food along with drinks and offering many space options for private and semi-private parties, the Jillian's complex gives you an excuse to dress a little better for your time around Fenway.
The most popular bar near the ball field, however, is the Bleacher Bar. When going to the Bleacher Bar on game day, be ready for a big crowd.
Beyond the cool name, this bar delivers cool views of the outfield from beneath the bleachers. There's no charge for entry, and the view inside the Bleacher Bar is better than what you'll find on TV.
Bleacher Bar — Photo courtesy of Joyosity
Patrons arrive before the bar opens and line up to get a table they won't desert when the game begins, because the few seats that call the wall of fenced-in windows home are tops when you're without a ticket.
You'll find a varying age crowd standing around in their Red Sox gear at the Bleacher Bar, enjoying ice cold beer and Sox talk, but most certainly avoiding using their cell phones for photographs. Bleacher Bar has a very strict policy against photography while inside their walls: break the rules, and you'll quickly be shown the door.
Check out these three bars this baseball season, and you'll see what all the fuss is about.