Boston is one of the best sports cities in the country. With teams like the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots to follow, thousands of fans pile in the bars each and every night to support their local teams. With over 1,000 local establishments to choose from, sports fan are in bar heaven when looking for a place to watch a game in Boston. Here is WhereToWatch.com’s top ten list of the best sports bars in Boston. Feel free to let us know if we missed your favorite bar, but you can’t deny that these ten bars are a sports fan’s dream. Let us know if your bar didn’t make it and we’ll check it out to see if it has what it takes to make our top ten next year.
10. Stats Bar & Grille
Stats Bar & Grille is located in South Boston and has a wide variety of food on its menu ranging from pizza to panini’s. Stats has twenty-two flat screens, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, and has large group of supporters of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and New England Patriots. If you happen to find yourself in Stats, you won’t be disappointed by their good looking wait staff who’ll gladly serve you up one of their many beers on tap. The prices are pretty reasonable at Stats as well. Happy hour is Monday-Thursday from 5pm to 7pm which includes $5.00 appetizers which are normally between $ 9.00-$13.00. And they always run a beer of the month special for $3.00. Cocktails average around $7.00 a piece, which is cheap compared to other sports bars in the downtown Boston area. Trivia is big at Stats, and each Tuesday they give $100 to the winning trivia team along with gift certificates to 2nd, and 3rd places. Their grand prize at the end of summer is a booze cruise trip all expenses paid for the winning team.
Location: South Boston
9. Champions Sports Bar
Champions Sports Bar is located in the “Back Bay” neighborhood of Boston on the second floor of the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Don’t be deceived by the hotel location as it is right in the middle of the Copley Square Shops and is very convenient for the local sports enthusiasts or tourists. Champions is home to Boston’s largest TV screen (12 x 24 feet) to catch any of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, or Patriots action. Only blocks away from legendary Fenway Park, it’s a great bar to hang out at before, during and after a Red Sox game. With thirty-six beers on tap and over eighty flat screens to watch pretty much any type of game on, it’s a can’t miss sports bar in Boston. Champions also has private party rooms available via reservation for the game watching party of your choosing, Besides the local Boston professional teams, Champions also is a great place to catch Boston college sports.
Location: Back Bay Neighborhood
8. CBS Scene
Located just a stone’s throw away from Gillette Stadium, CBS Scene is the perfect bar to check out before, during, or after a Patriots game. CBS Scene has over 145 TVs and, despite their obvious CBS affiliation, subsribes to ESPN Game Plan/Full Court, major golf tournaments, and all Euro Cup 2012 games. It is very much Boston Sport themed (especially Patriots) with Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins games always on. With over twenty-two beers on draft and a LED lit bar with ever-changing colors and state of the art audiovisual system, the experience at CBS is well worth the visit. Being owned by CBS, you can guarantee that CBS programming is available at all times, which means there will never be a want for having your favorite March Madness game on. With several private rooms, they can also cater to your private event or watch party needs.
Cityside, located in Brighton, just outside of Boston near Boston College, is a great sports bar to catch pretty much any game at since they subscribe to all major sports television packages. Since Cityside is near Boston College, Friday and Saturday night poses more of a college age atmosphere when sun goes down and a Red Sox game just happens to be on. Cityside has eighteen different beers to choose from and a full bar to consume any drink you can imagine. Appetizers range from $8.00-$10.00 and their sixteen different sandwiches and burgers range between $10.00-$12.00. The average price of the typical main course entree is around $15.00. One perk of Cityside is that they have a zero cost room fee charge when reserving a room for a viewing party or fantasy draft, that can hold up to 190 people!
6. Sidebar Boston
Any bar that offers fifteen cent wings and seven dollar pitchers of Bud or Bud Light all day is a great place to watch a game at or just chill after a hard days work on the job! At fifteen cents, they are normally purchased in increments of 15, 30, 50 or 100 wings which happens to be just $15.00! Some of their food specials include half off pizzas and burgers during certain days of the week. Located within five minutes of all T-lines in Boston, it’s the perfect place for any Boston sports fan to watch a game at! Sidebar has no fees to rent the bar out for a viewing party which can accommodate up to 120 people. With thirteen Flat screens to catch any of Boston’s four professional teams in action along with its fifteen cent wings and seven dollar pitchers, Sidebar makes our top ten!
Location: Downtown Area
5. The Four’s
Conveniently located within walking distance to the TD Garden, the Fours is the perfect spot to watch the Bruins or Celtics, before, during, or after a game. With forty-two flat screens and subscriptions to all the major sports packages including ESPN Game Plan and Full Court. The Fours is the only sports bar on our list that has two other nearby locations, with its 166 Canal St. location being highlighted by us. The Fours has twenty-two beers to choose from and a lot of customers recommend the Bobby Orr steak tips with cheese if you’re hungry. Chosen as the number one sports bar in America by Sports Illustrated back in 2005, The Fours has been a fan favorite since opening in 1976.
Location: 166 Canal St (between Traverse St & Causeway St)
4. Bleacher Bar
Being located right behind center field at legendary Fenway Park, makes Bleacher Bar a must see! I recommend arriving very early on game day of a Sox game if you plan to get a table near the centerfield window so you can watch B.P or the game. Although small on space, the atmosphere in the bar is great especially if you are a Red Sox fan. The bar is located below the bleachers at Fenway, so with the entrance on the outside of the Stadium, you do not need a game ticket to get in. Although I didn’t eat when I was there, based on customer favorites, I would recommend the pretzel sticks with cheese. Beer averages between $5.00-$6.00 dollars which beats the ballpark price. During football season, Bleacher Bar is an official home of the Buffalo Bills Backers of Fenway. All flatscreens during the NFL season are on the Bills game, so Patriot fans should find another location in Boston if the games conflict.
Location: Fenway Area
3. Scoreboard Bar & Grill
With 35 HD TV’s (including a 85’ Plasma screen and surround sound) and a half million dollar renovation just completed, Scoreboard Bar & Grill is THE place to catch the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins in action. Scoreboard also has MLB Extra Innings and ESPN Game Plan and Full Court. Happy Hour at Scoreboard is from 4pm-6pm everyday that includes half-off appetizers. Scoreboard has a large following of Big Ten Alum, as Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn St. alumni all have viewing parties here during football and basketball season. Other colleges that have viewing parties at Scoreboard include, Boston College, Boston University, and Notre Dame. They also offer a Scoreboard Scorecard that gives customers discounts on certain days of the week.
2. Game On!
With 90 large flatscreens and great surround sound turned up for a Red Sox game, Game On! is definitely a great pre-game, during, or post-game Red Sox bar. I ate here 3 hours before opening pitch and it was fairly easy to get a seat. But by about 90 minutes prior to game time, the place was packed and had about a thirty minute wait. My wife and I had two burgers with fries and four tall draft beers and our bill was around $40.00. Given the location right behind (actually connected to) Fenway Park, the food and beer prices are a little higher than a typical bar, but the atmosphere is great! A lot of customers recommend the Big Nachos appetizer which tastes better once you add the spicy chicken. Game On! also has VIP skyboxes available for rent that include leather couches, private coolers, and flat screen televisions for viewing parties. Although Game On! shows all Boston Sports teams, they also are an Ohio St. alum watch party bar.
Location: Fenway Area
1. Cask ‘n Flagon
“The Cask” is probably the most famous bar around Fenway Park and one bar that every sports fan needs to check out prior to a Red Sox game. The Cask was rated the number two baseball sports bar in America by ESPN back in 2007. This was my final stop prior to heading into Fenway, and the biggest factor that separates this bar from all others is the friendly staff and great service. We arrived about 90 minutes before opening pitch and waited maybe 10 minutes for a table, but once we were seated our drinks were brought to us very quickly and our server was excellent. One positive review by most male patrons is the young and attractive waitresses that serve at The Cask. Beers and drinks are little more on the pricey side at a $15.00-18.00 a pitcher with shots going around $10.00-$11.00. Food is excellent and burgers run between $10-$12.00 with entrees going around $13.00-$15.00. Countless flat screens around the Cask make it a must stop before any Red Sox game! Cask ‘n Flagon is an official watch party stop for the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, Patriots, and New England Revolution fans. College viewing parties include Harvard, Boston U, and Boston College.
Location: Fenway Area
Honorable mention update: Getting a TON of feedback that we whiffed on Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar outside of Fenway. We’ve never been there, but it looks awesome. In fact, some have even made the case that it’s the best sports bar in Boston. Two 6′ x 11′ screens, TV’s everywhere, and an upscale look. From the looks of it, Jerry Remy’s is definitely worthy. Don’t hate us JR lovers, next time we’re up there, we’ll definitely be checking it out!
By: Craig Emmert