West End/North Station
This newcomer has all the likelihood of a rookie with a long and promising career. Banners accompanies a food hall, music venue, and movie theater, all part of a massive buildout attached to North Station. Situated in the former location of the Boston Garden (before it moved a few blocks over), this 25,000 square-foot restaurant and bar is so close to the action, the walls are practically rattling from the arena next door. Banner’s offers lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekend with a lengthy menu that ranges from salads, sandwiches, and burgers to more artisanal takes on New England fare. The real thrill here, however, lies the “Dream Screen,” a 39.5-foot diagonal LED television that claims to be the largest sports viewing experience in the city. With 13 additional screens and five more with live game scores and stats, the bar doesn’t let you miss a moment. And, if you want to get in on the action, Banner’s recently became the first bar in Boston to offer the virtual golfing experience TopGolf Swing Suite.