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The best sports bars in Boston for every fan

The best sports bars for Boston fans cheering on the Sox, Pats, C’s, and B’s with great food and drink plus lots of TVs

By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff
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Bostonians love their sports, and we especially love our local teams, all of which have won championships this century. (Something no other city can claim.) Therefore, of all the fantastic things to do in Boston, catching one of the local teams playing a big game has got to be somewhere near the top of the list. And while Fenway Park is without a doubt one of the top Boston attractions for anyone visiting or living in the city, a trip to one of the best Irish pubs in Boston to watch a big game is its own special experience. If good beer, lively company, and lots of screens sounds like a good time, then be sure to hit one of the best sports bars Boston has to offer.

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Best sports bars in Boston

Cask 'n Flagon
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1. Cask ’n Flagon

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It’s the Citgo sign of sports bars. A legendary Fenway hangout, the Cask is housed on a busy corner in the shadow of the Green Monster. Multi-generational groups of Sox fans pack the sprawling interior alongside fair-weather college kids and curious out-of-towners. Upscale bar snacks share table space with classic fried treats, and a lengthy beer list ensures theres something for every taste. During the warmer-weather months, the sidewalk patio is a must for people-watching before or after a game.

Parlor Sports
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2. Parlor Sports

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This lilliputian sports bar, from the folks behind the adjacent Trina’s Starlite Lounge, is a dream for those who appreciate a good whisky as much as a good pass rush. The magnificent beer menu includes many a local craft brew, and classic cocktails are prepped in style. As the bar shares a kitchen with Trina’s, expect the same exquisitely prepared guilty pleasures: griddled dogs, sweet and sour pork nachos and pickle-brined fried chicken strips.

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Banners Kitchen & Tap
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3. Banners Kitchen & Tap

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This modern, state-of-the-art sports bar inside the Hub on Causeway offers a truly immersive sports bar experience. The 25,000-square foot space boasts a 39.5-foot "Dream Screen"—the largest TV screen in New England. Catch all the action while enjoying elevated tavern fare, more than 60 taps featuring many regional craft beers, and an eclectic cocktail program.

Champions
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4. Champions

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Every day, thousands of passers-by breeze through the Boston Marriott Copley Place only to stop and check out some of Champions 40-plus flat screens. The TVs line every available inch of wall space—snag a bar seat for maximum plasma overload. The beer list includes 16- and 23-ounce drafts from local craft breweries. Nachos, sliders, burgers, wings—the greasy gang’s all here. There’s even a breakfast buffet for NFL fanatics looking to make a full day of it.

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Tony C's
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5. Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill - Seaport

Bars Sports Bars Seaport District

The best sports-watching option in the buzzy Seaport features a monstrous video wall—a total of 32 plasma TVs that together create a 32-foot-long, 8-foot-high screen showing the biggest games. Food includes crowd-pleasing apps, lobster rolls, and myriad burgers and dogs, all complemented by 20 beers on draft. And you have to love a sports bar with a water view—nothing takes the sting out of a tough loss like enjoying the late-afternoon light over Boston Harbor.

Buff's Pub
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6. Buff’s Pub

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This no-frills Newton sports pub is consistently packed with a varied crowd, spanning ages, styles and drink orders. What most visitors have in common, though, is their preferred order from the pub’s limited menu: the wings. In a city packed with wings-frying bars, Buff’s stands out, consistently taking top honors from local publications for its juicy, perfectly seasoned specimens. Expect capacity crowds during big Patriots games.

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7. Bleacher Bar

Bars Sports Bars Fenway/Kenmore

If you cant nab a ticket to a game, Fenway Park’s Bleacher Bar is the next best thing. Patrons peer out through a huge garage window that looks directly on to the field. Upscale bar snacks and a solid beer list both distract customers from the screens scattered throughout.

Game On!
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8. Game On!

Bars Sports Bars Fenway/Kenmore

Sometimes you want a bit of cheese with your wine—or beer. Game On! is unabashedly unironic, an arcade of a sports bar thats connected to Fenway Park and popular with pre- and post-game crowds. Max and Leo’s artisan thin-crust pizzas, plus a wide assortment of apps, beers and burgers, keep the crowds satiated. If you tire of the always-rowdy scene upstairs, head downstairs for ping pong, batting cages, and more big screens.

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Stats
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9. Stats Bar and Grille

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While there are plenty of Southie spots where you can catch the game, Stats is uniquely devoted to the art of gorging yourself on fried food and replays. More than 20 screens are placed strategically around the space so that every vantage point has a solid view. The solid food and drink menus are mostly ignored during big games, when colorful locals come in to scream their teams on to victory.

Phoenix Landing
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10. Phoenix Landing

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Deep house music and Guinness may not seem like the most natural match, but Phoenix Landing pulls off the hybrid pub/club with aplomb. As one of New England’s most popular soccer bars, the space gets packed on weekend mornings with passionate supporters. Come here to watch a big match and you will feel the passion. Solid pub grub and proper pints help take the sting out of a tough loss.

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CBS Sporting Club
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Aleathia S.

11. CBS Sporting Club

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This sprawling sports bar is located just steps from the action at Gillette Stadium. Watch your favorite teams on the 25-ft LED TV or one of the other high-def TVs scattered around the 6000 square foot space. The sound system is state-of-the art, and there's both indoor and outdoor seating. There's an extensive bar menu as well as modern New England classics on the food menu.

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