The 11 best sports bars in Boston for every fan

The best sports bars for Boston fans wanting to cheer on the Sox, Pats, C’s and B’s with great beer and awesome snacks

Of all the fantastic things to do in Boston, catching a game has got to be somewhere near the top of the list. And while Fenway is without a doubt one of the must-do Boston attractions for anyone visiting or living in the city—there is nothing like hearing Red Sox crowds roar in person—a trip to one of the best bars in Boston to watch a big game is its own special experience. If good beer, lively company, and lots of screens (showing more action than you know what to do with) sounds like a good time, then be sure to hit one of the best sports bars Boston has to offer.

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The Fours
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The Fours
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Located a slap shot’s distance from TD Garden, The Fours is unabashed in its home team loyalty. Framed Boston jerseys, signed balls and old photos of classic games pretty much wallpaper the place. The food is exactly what you want on a diet-free game day: chili, nachos, half-pound burgers and steak tips. When its crowded, many patrons stick to simple orders of domestic bottles and drafts. If forced to drag along reluctant types, remind them that Sports Illustrated once deemed The Fours the best sports bar in America.
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Cask 'n Flagon
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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.
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Tony C's
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Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill - Seaport
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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.
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Parlor Sports
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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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Champions
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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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Bleacher Bar, Bars, Boston
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Bleacher Bar
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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.
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Stats
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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.
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Sweet-spicy honey hot wings at Buff’s Pub in Boston
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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. A mostly local crowd of passionate sports fans come in for big games. What most visitors have in common is their preferred order from the pub’s limited menu: the wings. Buff’s has won many plaudits for its juicy, perfectly seasoned specimens, delighting sports fans who can't watch a game without some wing action.
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Tony C's
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Tony C’s Sports Bar and Grill - Somerville
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Sports fans looking to take a break from Assembly Rows shops fill this spacious sports bar, named after one of the city’s most beloved legends. Dozens of TVs dominate the space, matched by a state-of-the-art sound system that makes it impossible not to follow the game. (During tense moments, take a break outside on the spacious patio overlooking Mystic River.) The lengthy menu includes over-the-top options like the #25 burger: Vermont cheddar, crispy pork belly, fried egg and hoisin sauce atop a half-pounder.
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Baseball Tavern
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Baseball Tavern
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This Fenway mainstay is popular with university alumni groups, meaning you never know which rabid fan base youll encounter on a college football Saturday. During massive games, fans pack the three spacious, plasma-studded floors to drink domestics and cheer on the local teams. Family-owned and dating back to 1963, the tavern has been a key pre- and post-game gathering spot for generations of Sox fans. From the scenic rooftop deck, one can make out parts of Fenways interior.
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Game On!
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Game On!
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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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