It's no secret that Boston sports teams have always had loyal fans. With all of the city's recent titles among the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics, their games are fun to experience whether you're a fan or not. But not everyone has time to go to an actual game during a weekend trip, which is why grabbing food and drinks at one of Boston's best sports bars is oftentimes your best bet. And with New England's unpredictable weather, experiencing a game at the bar is one activity you can count on no matter what time of year you visit.
With that, here are the top bars to catch a live game. Most are located near the sports venues and make for great pre-game spots as well.
While you can't beat the experience of seeing the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park, you'll get about as close to the field as possible at Bleacher Bar. Right underneath the park's centerfield bleachers on Lansdowne Street, this bar boasts a big window that makes you feel like you're right in the outfield. Before becoming a bar in 2008, the space was used as a batting cage for the visiting team, adding to the behind-the-scenes Fenway vibe you get when you have food and drinks here before a game.
Banners Kitchen & Tap, located near the TD Garden at The Hub on Causeway Street, is one of the newest additions to Boston's sports bar scene. This isn't just an average sports bar—it's home of the East Coast's biggest LED TV screen at a restaurant. Here you'll not only find an upscale bar menu and an extensive beer list, but also their "Blades & Boards" luxury dining experience, which features a menu fit for a steakhouse.
As an added bonus, the Banners Kitchen & Tap has a Topgolf Swing Suite on the second floor, where guests can play all sorts of simulation games including golf, football, hockey, baseball, soccer, and even zombie dodgeball.
Champions Boston is one of the few great sports bars that is not actually next to TD Garden or Fenway Park. Located inside the Marriott hotel in Back Bay, you might mistake it for being part of the Copley Place shopping mall, as the bar is fully visible from the walkway leading up to the shops. Along with bar food and drinks, Champions has more than 40 wall-to-wall TVs that bring in a crowd during games.
Open since 1976, The Four's Restaurant & Sports Bar across from the TD Garden is one of Boston’s oldest sports bars. Named after the jersey number of iconic Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr, this bar is filled with Boston sports memorabilia and is a popular pregame spot to eat and drink before Bruins and Celtics games.
Kings Boston-Seaport is another relatively new addition in the ever-growing Seaport neighborhood, just over the Fort Point Channel on Seaport Boulevard. This 20,000-square-foot venue offers an impressive Draft Room sports bar atmosphere for game days; you’ll feel like you’re at a stadium while watching any event on one of three 12-foot HD LED video panels and other HDTVs throughout the bar.
Other entertainment at this location includes 16 bowling lanes; 4 billiards tables; shuffleboard; darts; air hockey, and retro arcade games like Pac-Mac, Mario Kart, and NFL Blitz.
If you're looking for more of a local dive bar vibe combined with Boston sports excitement, check out The Point Boston in the Haymarket area on Hanover Street. Right on the Freedom Trail, this central location is also within close proximity to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the North End neighborhood, and Faneuil Hall. The name comes from the bar claiming to be the "Cornerstone of Olde Boston," not only thanks to its literal corner location but also because it holds the original stone laid in Boston on the first floor.
Speaking of the first floor, this is where most of the action takes place on game day, with TVs throughout and Boston sports fans enjoying beers and bar food. Upstairs, there's more of the same, but it's also a popular spot for hosting private events.
Tavern in the Square North Station is another sports bar across from the TD Garden on the West End neighborhood's Beverly Street. Open since 2014, this bar gets packed before, during, and after Boston Bruins and Celtics games, and it is also a popular spot for Sunday Football. When the weather is nice, they also have an outdoor patio to enjoy.
Boston Sports Grille, a Glynn Hospitality Group restaurant, is a modern sports bar near the TD Garden, making it another great spot for Boston Celtics and Bruins watching. In addition to having TVs "in all the right places" and lots of beer on tap, they offer a pub menu filled with different kinds of chicken wings, sandwiches, pizza, and plenty of appetizers.
The Cask 'n Flagon—or "the Cask"—is one of Boston's iconic Fenway Park sports bars, open since 1969. You'll find Red Sox fans at this drinking hole on game days, as it's located on the corner of Lansdowne Street, and many home-run balls have flown over the Green Monster wall and landed here. They have HDTVs throughout the bar and an outdoor patio to take advantage of when it's warm outside.
Much like the Cask 'n Flagon, Game On! is one of Fenway Park area's go-to bars, particularly when the Boston Red Sox are playing. This 13,000-square-foot bar has two floors with more than 30 HDTVs; the bottom floor also offers activities like cornhole, a batting cage, and ping pong tables. Despite being large in size, you'll want to make sure you arrive early if you want to get a pre-game table to eat at before heading into Fenway Park.
If you find yourself in South Boston, the best place to watch a game is Stats Bar and Grille. They have 22 flat screens playing a variety of games at once—especially key during days when both basketball and college football is on—as well as delicious bar food and drinks. You can't beat their chicken fingers and nachos!