Super Bowl Sunday is kind of a big deal, no matter which area of the United States you’re watching it from. While many folks choose to host their own Super Bowl parties at home, some instead venture out on the town and watch the big game at any number of local bars and pubs. Boston is no exception here, of course, with almost all of the city’s pubs vying for the largest slice of Super Bowl fever. Here are five of the best bars to watch the Super Bowl in 2014.
26 Chandler St.
Boston, MA 02116
www.fritzboston.comThis South End locale has proven a popular spot for Super Bowl Sunday in years past, with 2014 looking to serve as no exception to that reputation. The Fritz Lounge offers food and drink for an affordable price without sacrificing quality, making this joint a no brainer for large groups of friends seeking to enjoy the big game without breaking the bank. A mellow and laid-back atmosphere makes this traditionally gay sports bar a surprisingly cool option for Super Bowl Sunday, eschewing so many of the other flashier options available on this very busy bar evening.
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Coco’s Bar & Lounge
3171 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02130
Latin music and a warm, Caribbean feel makes Coco’s Bar & Lounge a unique place to watch the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, yet risk takers will likely feel right at home with Coco’s friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. This Egleston Square joint has been cleaned and renovated from its prior moniker as the Old Stag, sporting plenty of plasma televisions for pigskin watching and a varied menu of traditional bar favorites to fuel the fire of athletic competitions and great times.
911 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
McGreevy’s has, in a relatively short time, become a Bostonian institution – a hometown sports bar owned by none other than local punk/Irish rock heroes Dropkick Murphys and a big time tourist destination. That being said, McGreevy’s will almost be a guaranteed sellout this Super Bowl Sunday, with lines and waits reaching a formidable size. Yet there’s a reason for this level of fanaticism: McGreevy’s has become known for its rowdy crowd and crazy shenanigans, meaning that a Super Bowl party at this joint virtually guarantees fun, unpredictability and some stories the next morning.
Boston Beer Works
61 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Boston Beer Works is another large scale, touristy destination for the Big Game, yet this sports bar du jour has remained a city staple for almost every pre-game activity, no matter what the event. Whether it’s Red Sox games or any of the myriad of concerts around this Fenway Park district of the city, Boston Beer Works has enjoyed a continued level of popularity from fans across the board. As such, lines and crowds will probably be an issue here at Boston Beer Works, but if people watching is your idea of a good time, this place will deliver the goods.
82 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215
Game On is another big bar and grille type of place located in the Fenway Park district of the city, competing with Boston Beer Works for the lion’s share of tourist and foot traffic for any number of the events that often take place here in the city. Game On is filled to the brim with flashing television screens all showing the big game, while the back kitchen offers up traditional pub food (think nachos and burgers) designed to fill up bellies in preparation for the ice cold beer always flowing on any self-respecting Super Bowl Sunday.
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.