Boston’s Best Bars To Watch College Basketball

March 14, 2013 6:00 AM

Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers dunks the ball in the first half against New Mexico State Aggies in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Rose Garden Arena on March 15, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The college basketball tournament in March is like a fever: it possesses sports fan with a collegiate obsession which simply knows no bounds, and desperately must be fed, lest it consume them with a fiery vengeance. Whether it’s a friendly wager over some personalized brackets or just getting together with friends at home or out on the town enjoying some down home college basketball, here are some great places to visit in the Boston area where the game is always on and the times are always fun!
(Photo Credit: Game On)

(Photo Credit: Game On)

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

Sure, it may seem cliche to head down to the Fenway neighborhood to get down with some tournament action––it’s always crowded with tourists, eager to savor a taste of Boston –– yet, Game On makes it all worth it with a great, pumping sound system and plenty of televisions to ensure that not a single, magical moment is missed. Quick, satisfying food and the opportunity to join an “All Stars” club with VIP status are just a couple of the amenities made available to Game On patrons. This is a reliable choice for viewing shenanigans at a joint where the elbows of friends, fans and tourists alike will rub together in the spirit of sports celebration!

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(Photo Credit: The Crossing)

(Photo Credit: The Crossing)

The Crossing
1592 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 487-4851

Divey and homey in the best possible way, The Crossing provides a low-stress, high-fun sort of atmosphere perfectly situated to a boisterous night of college ball. Cheap chicken wings, stick-to-your-ribs quesadillas, clubs and even calamari can be paired with a ridiculous amount of beer options, including cheap buckets and shot specials, to create an experience which, although it might not be memorable (for various, inebriated reasons), is sure to be exciting and affordable. The Crossing isn’t exactly a date destination, but more a place to bring your best buds. In other words, don’t dress to impress, but come to hang in out in a low key, relaxed atmosphere.

(Photo Credit: Greatest Bar)

(Photo Credit: Greatest Bar)

The Greatest Bar
262 Friend St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 367-0544

Space is the name of the game here at The Greatest Bar: space to play, eat, drink and rock the hell out to some classic collegiate action. The Greatest Bar specializes in catering to sports fans, featuring four levels of barroom floor to gather as many friends as humanly possible to catch any game on one of the copious high definition televisions located on premises. Snack food and burgers only sweeten the pot for a bar where everyone might not know each others’ names, yet a good time is still virtually guaranteed, particularly if this tournament celebration involves a large group.

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The Four’s
166 Canal St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-4455

The Four’s on Canal St. is a place upon which many local Bostonians and visitors alike can agree is a no-brainer home run. Whether it’s pre-gaming a major sporting event, a night out on the town or meeting up for the college basketball tournament with the crew, almost everything on The Four’s menu bleeds sports colors, whether it’s the Bobby Orr Steak and Cheese or the Robert Parrish Portabello Burger. Heck, Sport Illustrated even bestowed upon The Four’s the title of “Best Sports Bar In America!” – a glowing recommendation for a cityside landmark definitely deserving of a first time visits for tourists, and a return visit for locals.



Brighton Beer Garden
386 Market St.
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 562-6000

Heading over to Brighton for one final bar, this Beer Garden on Market St., located between Bennett St. and Henshaw, is a booze hound’s paradise; an oasis in the desert of uninspired, so-so bars with limited drink selections. Instead, the Brighton Beer Garden features a cornucopia of brew options, foreign and domestic, from draughts to bottled beers and imports, a different one for every day of the month and more. It’s simply an essential part of the tournament experience for many sports fans, a means of gathering best friends over a couple brews for a fantastically good time.

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

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