Best Bars Near The Garden To Watch The Bruins

May 31, 2011 12:26 PM

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BOSTON (CBS) – Since the Bruins became 2010-2011 Stanley Cup champions, getting a ticket to see them play has become pricey and somewhat difficult. So, if you’re looking for another option where you’re close to the action, check out the list below.
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The Greatest Bar

262 Friend Street
Boston, MA

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Naturally the best way to watch a big game is on a big TV. The Greatest Bar boasts a 14-foot high-definition screen; they claim it’s the biggest in Boston. Before the game, the bar gets fans amped up with a 90-minute highlight video of some the greatest moments in Boston sports. Like most others near the garden, the place is absolutely mobbed for the pre-game.

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Sports Grille Boston

132 Canal Street
Boston, MA

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The picture we found on their Facebook page pretty much says it all. We would love to see that trophy back in Boston!

The Sports Grille has more than 100 TVs, including one at every booth. Big screens line the bar and every wall.

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The Four’s Restaurant and Sports Bar

166 Canal Street
Boston, MA

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Any sports bar named after “number four, Bobby Orr…” has to be a winner. The food ranks among the highlights and 42 TV screens make it easy to see the game no matter where you are sitting or standing. Sports Illustrated once ranked The Fours #1 Sports Bar in America.

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Sullivan’s Tap

168 Canal Street
Boston, MA 02114

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If you want a clean, upscale, family-friendly environment, go somewhere else… seriously.
Sully’s has the look, smell and feel of a true dive bar. Longtime Bruins fans will tell you it’s also the best hockey bar in Boston. We mean it. These guys live and breathe hockey. They can tell you stories about the Big Bad Bruins of the ‘70s rolling in after games to grab “a drink.”

Disclaimer: Not recommended for bandwagon fans.

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Hurricane O’Reilly’s

150 Canal Street

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Hurricanes bills itself as more of a nightclub, but on game days, Bruins fans flock there. The $3 Miller High Life bottles are reason to head there. The big screens on almost every wall are reason to stick around.

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McGann’s Irish Pub

197 Portland Street
Boston, MA


Shhh… This unassuming Irish pub remains a pretty good secret among Bruins fans. It sits steps from the TD Garden and is easy enough to pass by. Once you find it, there’s a good chance you’ll be back.


Boston Beer Works

112 Canal Street
Boston, MA


The food is great and go figure, so is the beer. There are some areas here where we found it difficult to watch the game in comfort.


233 Hanover Street
Boston, MA

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You won’t find HDTVs on every wall, but this higher-end Italian joint is co-owned by Bruins legend Ray Bourque. If that’s not a guarantee the game will be on, we don’t know what is. For the sophisticated Bruins fan, Tresca has one of the most extensive wine lists around.

Grand Canal

57 Canal Street
Boston, MA

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Grand Canal is an obvious stop if you’re walking from the Haymarket Square. The main part of the bar is wide open and boasts 50 plasma screens. It also offers a strong selection of beers.

Do you know a good Bruins bar that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • JJ

    The Kinsale at Center Plaza. Great wings, great beer, validated parking.

  • timma

    the greatest bar sux A$$. !!!!!!!!!!!!!! morons for bouncers. i denied access for my “actions” in line. the only thing i did was i wasn’t under 30.

  • Al

    Johnnies is better than all of the above

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