Food & Drink

The Best Sports Bars in Boston

Updated On 04/04/2017 at 06:20PM EST Updated On 04/04/2017 at 06:20PM EST
Bleacher Bar

Bleacher Bar

Fenway

What better place to watch a Sox game without a ticket than inside the actual stadium? Enter Bleacher Bar next to the ticket window of Gate C and you’ll be able to look out onto the centerfield lawn from your stool. Formerly the visiting team’s batting cage, this tavern beats the heat of the bleacher seats directly above it. The three rows of seats closest to the window go quick, usually filling up hours before game time, so get there early. When it comes to food, there’s brisket, pork belly, corned beef, Cuban and club sandwiches, not to mention a variety of soups and salads.

The Harp Boston

The Harp

North Station/TDGarden

For more than 20 years, this Causeway St staple has hosted frothy fanatical hordes for every tip-off, kick-off, face-off, and walk-off worth its weight in nachos. It's got three bars, requisite bar food like pretzels, wings, burgers, and pizza, 40 beer options, dozens of TVs, a huge projection screen, and plenty of options for fantastically bad decisions.

The Baseball Tavern

Fenway

Of Boston’s big three baseball bar destinations on the 1200 block of Boylston, The Baseball Tavern is the oldest. Since 1963, this four-floor sports mecca has been a go-to for Sox fans. The basement features classic video games and bubble hockey, while the two floors above are lined with TVs. The tavern’s main attraction, however, remains its open-air rooftop bar. While you can’t see into the stadium, you can see the right-field wall and you’re sure to hear every cheer and jeer.

Sweet Caroline's

Sweet Caroline’s

Fenway

Located next to The Baseball Tavern, Sweet Caroline’s is a bit of a newcomer to the block, but its playful vibe makes it one of the most happening joints before, during, and after a Sox game. Offering entertaining distractions like large-scale Connect Four and cornhole on the front patio, Sweet Caroline's features 14 HDTVs and 20 draft beer options, including $2.50 Miller Lite pints. We don’t know why there’s a golden Buddha in the middle of the restaurant, but it fits with the Asian-fusion offerings like brisket pastrami banh mi, Thai chicken satay, Korean bulgogi skewers, and kung pao chicken quesadillas.

Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill Fenway

Tony C’s

Fenway

Across the street from Sweet Caroline’s is Tony C’s. Formerly known as Jerry Remy’s, the monstrous two-floor establishment still pays tribute to the legendary broadcaster with a plaque in the doorway, but now the Sox haven bears the name of another team personality, Tony Conigliaro. A Revere native and Red Sox outfielder, Tony C was the youngest person to ever lead the American League in homeruns for a season, and, after a series of injuries, he became beloved for his perseverance and bravery. His name shines in neon at four different locations, but the one next to Fenway is surely the best. With more than 30 comfy leather seats running along one of the longest bars in Boston, Tony C’s offers up 20 drafts, floor-to-ceiling windows, and more than 20 gigantic TVs -- not counting the three in the bathroom.

Cask 'n Flagon - Fenway

Cask ‘n Flagon

Fenway

Cask ‘n Flagon is a Boston sports institution, and the hustle and bustle of fans shuffling down Lansdowne St can sometimes be just as interesting as the game. You can feel the pulse of the stadium from your barstool while staring at one of the 60 TVs and feasting on comfort pub food. And keep your eyes out -- if someone blasts a dinger over the Green Monster, it might just land outside the bar.

Champions Boston

Champions

Back Bay

Tucked away in Back Bay on the second floor of the Copley Marriott, Champions’ semi-circle bar and 36 strategically placed TVs give sports fans a perfect panoramic view of every game being televised. The high ceilings make for a roomy atmosphere, and the menu features three dozen draft beers (including some local microbrews), and sliders, burgers, and six types of wings.

The Fours

North Station

There are plenty of bars to pick from on the streets surrounding the home of the Celtics and Bruins, but The Fours is the tops. From framed jerseys to autographed baseballs, The Fours celebrates Boston sports’ past and present like no other place in town. The lengthy food menu offers just about everything, including burgers and sandwiches named for famous local athletes. This place fills up quickly and early if there’s a home game, so plan ahead.

Stats Bar & Grille

Stats Bar & Grille

Southie

With 22 screens, a substantial menu of napkin-demanding food, and a variety of beers on tap, Stats has everything you need for days of continuous sports indulgence. If you’re a fan of all things Buffalo-sauced, there are seven different options to choose from: tenders, calamari, chicken spring rolls, chicken dip, wings, grilled chicken sandwich, and Buffalo chicken pizza.

Parlor Sports

Inman Square

For the more discerning sports appreciator, nowhere in the area is more gracious than Parlor Sports. Located at the Cambridge and Somerville town line, the bar isn’t close to any local stadiums, but that makes it all the better when it comes to parking and post-game traffic. Quaint, often slammed, but always filled with a courteous crowd, Parlor opens early on weekends and days with morning or afternoon games (otherwise it’s at 6pm). Dispelling all sports bar stereotypes, Parlor makes spectators of all teams feel at home -- you can even wear a Yankees hat here without getting in a fistfight.

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1. The Four's Restaurant and Sports Bar 166 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114 (West End)

Two levels of memorabilia, hearty meals, tasty brews, and tons of TV screens make up The Four's, a great sports bar right by TD Garden.

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2. The Harp 85 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114

Conveniently located, The Harp is a great place to stop on your way to or from TD Garden, or if you are looking for a solid spot to grab a bite or a drink in general. Looking for a DJ-fueled dance party? Just head downstairs!

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3. Cask 'n Flagon 62 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

Cask 'n Flagon is a burger bar near Fenway that is loved by sports fans and burger lovers alike. Here you can enjoy creative cocktails, a solid beer list, and some great menu options even if you don't feel like ordering a burger. Cask 'n Flagon should be at the top of your Boston bar list.

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4. Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill Seaport 250 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

Jerry Remy's Seaport incarnation is a heavy-hitting sports bar with about 5,000sqft of space, a 50ft bar, and its own 32ft video wall for epic, literally larger-than-life displays of the game.

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5. Champions 110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

If you're not entertained by the giant panorama of TVs, the 36 craft beers on tap, or the other 30 beers in bottle and cans -- try the Champions Sampler Tower -- two dozen wings, eight beef & cheddar sliders, fully loaded waffle fries, a stack of onion rings, and various sauces (it really is a tower).

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6. Stadium Sports Bar & Grill 148 State St, Boston, MA 02109

20 hi-def TVs (plus one 90" flat screen), $2 Coors Lights, and delicious foods like loaded waffle fries and chili burgers combine to make Stadium Sports Bar & Grill a solid go-to for game day.

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7. Stats Bar & Grille 77 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

If there were ever 22 different televised sporting events happening simultaneously (and you want to watch 'em all), you'd head to Stats and their 22 flatscreens. But because that might not ever happen, you should probably stop by anyway and enjoy their friendly vibe and drink fewer than 22 beers.

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8. Parlor Sports 3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Inman Square)

From the makers of Trina's Starlite Lounge in Somerville comes Parlor Sports, the... sportier, flatscreen-ier next-door hangout for dudes who desperately want to see if starting Sam Gash on their fantasy squad was a good move while towning nachos and High Lifes in a (surround) sound environment.