Food & Drink

America's first cricket-themed sports bar

Dining room at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin

Quite possibly the first cricket-themed sports bar IN ALL OF THE USA, this Inman Square 100-seater from a group of friends eager to spread the sport to the masses (while offering hardcore fans a home away from home) boasts more live cricket than you can shake a "stump" at, alongside a globe-spanning lineup of popular plates from the world's most enthusiastic cricket-playing countries (you lose, Kingdom of Lesotho!). Forgot your glove? Don't worry, they've got you covered. And with enough cricket equipment, team jerseys, player pictures, and signed memorabilia to make you think you wandered into the Cricket Hall of Fame... ... be prepared to get as excited as this dude. With 20-plus bottles and eight beers on tap, settle in at the 11-seat bar with an Estaminet Belgian Ale, Casco Bay Riptide Red, or frosty pint of Kingfisher. Do you enjoy high-five-ing strangers when the Chennai Super Kings score an extra on the second day of a test match? Do you even know what that means? Will you tell us? But also, if you answered "yes" to any of it, you're going to want to grab a seat at the giant communal table that anchors the room and looks up at the 80in TV. After familiarizing yourself with the origins and rules of the sport, peruse the menu and spy the daily specials, which'll be printed on miniature bats. Maybe get the table started with a tray of potato, jerk lamb, and spiced chicken sliders, grilled lamb sausage wrapped in pastry, or this handsome plate of crisp, South Indian tomato w/ mint-cilantro chutney and puffed rice? Didn't know the US even had a national team, did you? Look at that, you've already learned something new about cricket, and you just got there. Move on to this tandoori-style chicken salad w/ mixed greens and mint-yogurt dressing... ... or this plate of cold fish w/ turmeric- and ginger-seared perch on a bed of rice salad positioned artistically next to a cricket ball, before digging into their more burly entrees like Aussie meat pies and Pakistani lamb kebabs w/ ginger, garlic, and the easy-to-pronounce zafrani garam masala. All of which you can wash down in the late innings with something from their cocktail menu, like the salty caramel vodka- and Glenfiddich-rinsed Sticky Wicket or this Hendricks gin, St. Germain, and muddled blueberry-mixed Fly Slip, which, in cricket terms, is a fielder positioned between the slips and third man. Look at that, MORE LEARNING. Finally, celebrate the big Black Caps victory with these jamuns, fried saffron dough balls soaked in rose water syrup and accompanied by Christina's ginger ice cream.

Bucket of cricket equipment at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Cricket equipment at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Tandoori-style chicken salad w/ mixed greens and mint-yogurt dressing and a cocktail at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Picture of famous cricket player at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Beer taps at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Cricket information table setting at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Cold fish w/ turmeric- and ginger-seared perch on a bed of rice salad at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Communal table at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Menu on a cricket bat at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Cricket information and bat at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
South Indian tomato with mint-cilantro chutney and puffed rice at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
South Indian tomato with mint-cilantro chutney and puffed rice at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Team USA cricket jersey at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Communal table at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
tandoori-style chicken salad w/ mixed greens and mint-yogurt dressing at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Hendricks gin, St. Germain, and muddled blueberry-mixed Fly Slip cocktail at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
cold fish w/ turmeric- and ginger-seared perch on a bed of rice salad at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Dining room at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Hendricks gin, St. Germain, and muddled blueberry-mixed Fly Slip cocktail at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Cold fish w/ turmeric- and ginger-seared perch on a bed of rice salad at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Bar at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Jamuns, fried saffron dough balls soaked in rose water syrup and accompanied by ginger ice cream at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Cricket balls at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin
Jamuns, fried saffron dough balls soaked in rose water syrup and accompanied by ginger ice cream at Hit Wicket
Dave Baldwin