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Boston’s Best Bars To Watch College Basketball

March 8, 2014 5:55 AM

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The NCAA Wilson basketball sits at the feet of a referee. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The NCAA Wilson basketball sits at the feet of a referee. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Trying to narrow down a bar for a night out with some sports-loving friends is always a challenge, no matter which particular sport happens to be on the menu for that evening. College basketball is no exception, of course, but Boston thankfully has plenty of libation options for thirsty off-court travelers out there on the town. Here are five solid bar bets to watch your favorite college basketball team hit the court.
(credit; casknflagon.com)

(credit; casknflagon.com)

Cask ‘n Flagon
62 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-4840
www.casknflagon.com

Cask ‘n Flagon is a popular, touristy bar in the Fenway Park area of Boston and as such is almost always packed, particularly on game day. However, this bar is a solid option for college basketball games, particularly if you want to view the game around a loud ‘n lively crowd of locals and out-of-towners. The atmosphere is unassuming and casual, which makes Cask ‘n Flagon a perfect place to “come as you are” to enjoy a cold ale and hot game.

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champions Bostons Best Bars To Watch College Basketball

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Champions Boston Sports Bar & Restaurant
110 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-5304
www.championsboston.com

Champions Boston Sports Bar & Restaurant is bit pricier than your average sports bar and pub, making this Back Bay joint a solid bet for sports-loving couples seeking to enjoy the game in a spacious and relaxed environment while watching the action on any of Champions’ copious televisions. This hotel bar makes the most out of its arrangement, offering friendly service for both small and large parties of college basketball fans who don’t want to miss a second of the action.

(Photo Credit: Game On)

(Photo Credit: Game On)

Game On
82 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 351-7001
www.gameonboston.com

Heading back to the Fenway area for the next bar on our list, Game On is another bar that focuses primarily upon the tourist set. It also serves as a nice bet for the sports buff due simply to its massive size and selection of TVs. Game On, like the Cask ‘n Flagon, is almost always crowded, but offers a no-frills sports bar vibe with pro and college sports making their presence known on all of the bar’s screens. Traditional bar burgers, wings and fries serve up the perfect culinary backdrop for the next college B-ball game.

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(Photo from McGreevy's/Facebook)

(Photo from McGreevy’s/Facebook)

McGreevy’s
911 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 262-0911
www.mcgreevysboston.com

It’s a tradition that this bar, owned by the famed local punk/rock heroes Dropkick Murphys, always has sports on the tube, beer on tap and burgers in the belly. That doesn’t leave much question as to why McGreevy’s is a solid bet for pro and college basketball fans. This Back Bay joint also has a reputation for its loud, boisterous clientele (consisting of both locals and tourists), making it a great place to get swept away in the excitement of the NCAA’s Final Four tournament.

(Photo from Remy's)

(Photo from Remy’s)

Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill
1265 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 236-7369
www.jerryremys.com

It’s fitting that we head back to the Fenway area of Boston for our final sports bar spot, the legendary Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill. This place is seriously huge, ensuring that parties large and small can be seated despite this joint’s popularity among first-time visitors to the city. There’s a nicely varied selection of beer from which to choose, while a bevy of delicious and supremely unhealthy burger options make the perfect accompaniment to a loud night out with friends, enjoying the finest college basketball has to offer.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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