Usually I write NBA posts with the purpose to sarcastically inform you of LeBron’s stats or pump some hope into the veins of Celtics fans, but in this article, I get to jump out of the realm of the NBA. Stay tuned to get my personal low-down on the best places to watch sports around Boston. I’m going to do this in list format (I love lists!): First, I’ll talk about the spots YOU (our readers) submitted via social media, then the places I’ve traveled to, and finally, those places that I will eventually get to (because I’m only 21 and haven’t explored everything yet. And I also like to admit that I don’t know everything).
Some things to keep in mind with places to watch sports are moderately priced drinks, good food, overall environment, TV size, location, and quality, wait time. Let’s get started!
Game On- This sports bar is on Lansdowne Street and is known as Boston’s “premier” dining and entertainment venue. It has 2 floors with full bars, 30+ HDTV’s, and a capacity of 650 guests. They’re open until 2am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and their reviews couldn’t be better. For more information, visit their website here.
The Fours – This is a chain with locations in Boston, Norwell, and Quincy. Their Boston location is known for being decked out with sport-memorabilia and decor. Sports Illustrated recognized them as “America’s #1 Sports Bar”. They’ve been praised by the Boston Globe, the Phantom Gourmet, and TV Diner. Visit their website here to learn more about their atmosphere and food.
Tony C’s (Assembly Row)- This sports bar & grill is names after Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro. This institution is family and business-oriented, with four locations. I haven’t been to this location, but I have been to the one in the Seaport District. My boyfriend and I went to watch a regular season Celtics game on a Sunday, and there was over an hour wait. Visit their website here.
Buffalo Wild Wings- Okay, so my friends Ashley, Joe, and Dustin went to the Mansfield, MA location to watch Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals (recap here). The four of us sat at a tall table near the bar, and honestly we were annoyed by this one obnoxious drunk girl who was squealing in her Kyrie Irving jersey. Secondly, we asked upwards of 5 different staff members to PLEASE change the HUGE television right next to our table to the game, but they wouldn’t change it from the soccer documentary that was playing. Talk about annoying! But will I go back? Yeah. Who doesn’t love BDubs?
Cambridge Common– Like the name implies, this college bar is Cambridge-based. I LOVE their food, and love their beer punch even more. I’ve watched my own fair share of Celtics games during my time in college undergrad there. It’s located between Harvard Square and porter Square on Massachusetts Ave. I recommend the buffalo chicken mac n cheese and the pretzel bites!
Home Plate- This close-to-home restaurant and bar is located in Taunton MA. I went just last week and sat at the Green Monster Bar and “watched”baseball (I don’t typically actually watch baseball). I love this place for the basics- pizza, wings, and beer, and its a cute Boston sports bar outside of the city. I’m sure there are plenty more home-town places like this around Boston’s suburbs!
Cask ‘n Flagon
Stats Bar & Grille
Tavern in the Square
We’d love to hear where you watch the game- comment your own personal “best places!”
Image via Tony C’s Sports Bar and Grill.