Boston's best sports bars
Watch the big game and celebrate your team’s victory (or drown your sorrows) at the top-five sports bars in the city
Depending on who you ask, Boston has the best or the worst sports fans in the country—their loyalty to their teams is borderline psychotic and has been the subject of a number of books and movies. For many people, catching a game at Fenway Park or TD Garden is one of the essential things to do in Boston. This enthusiasm spills over into the city's sports bars, many of which are within pitching distance of Fenway’s Green Monster—or in the case of the Bleacher Bar, inside the stadium itself.
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Though a casual neighborhood place at first glance, Olde Magoun’s has more than 25 beers on tap and an impressive array of small batch bourbons. Making matters even better are the six variations of mac and cheese, each served in a cast-iron skillet.
- 518 Medford Street, (at Broadway Street)
We'll cut to the chase—The Lower Depths' claim to fame is their $1 Fenway Franks. Located just steps away from the Park itself, this subterranean hangout is packed on game nights with rowdy fans taking advantage of the above-average beer selection and casual but stylish atmosphere. Sure beats paying $7.50 for a watery brew that you're just going to spill on your way back to the nosebleed section.
- 476 Commonwealth Avenue, (at Charlesgate W)
With its perfectly positioned location across the street from Fenway Park, Boston Beer Works can be overrun with baseball fans between April and September. But it's worth popping in here at any time of year, if only for the beer, made on the premises, such as the crisp Fenway Pale Ale and the hearty Boston Red. There's also a menu of above-par burgers and other munchables.
- 61 Brookline Avenue, (at Lansdowne Street)
Deep house and Guinness may not seem like the most natural match, but Phoenix Landing pulls off the hybrid pub/club marvelously. But that's not all—it's also a prime destination for watching football, baseball, basketball, soccer and more. The decor is unremarkable, but the no-frills atmosphere fits well with the gritty underground sounds that find their way through the speakers.
- 512 Massachusetts Avenue, (at Brookline Street)
A tour of Fenway Park isn't complete without a stop-off at Bleacher Bar. Featuring a full-on view from underneath the field, this annex of the oldest baseball stadium in the country has a nigh-on unbeatable cachet among the city's sports fans, despite being relatively new. Beer is the order of the day here—patrons are well catered for with an extensive menu of bottles and drafts, but the eccentric few who enjoy a cocktail with their baseball should look elsewhere.
- 82A Lansdowne Street