Sports bars aren’t always the most conducive spots for a family gathering. But what happens when parents want to watch the game and don’t want to hire a babysitter? Luckily, there are a number of spots here in Boston that are family friendly, yet also provide the beer and T.V. quotient required for that all important game atmosphere. Here are five of the best places for families to watch the game.
Woody’s Grill & Tap
58 Hemenway St.
Boston, MA 02115
Woody’s Grill & Tap is located on Hemenway Street in between Norway and Burbank streets, serving up the most kid-friendly food imaginable… pizza! The pies over at Woody’s aren’t just your average greasy spoon deals, but some seriously delicious pizza goodness, with a seemingly innumerable amount of combinations available to ensure that the whole family is stuffed and happy. Of course, the bar menu and sports on the tube makes Woody’s Grill & Tap particularly recommended for sports fan parents, as well.
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Champion’s Boston Sports Bar & Restaurant
Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
Heading to the Back Bay area of Boston for our next family-friendly game spot, Champion’s Boston Sports Bar & Restaurant is a hotel bar located within the Copley Place Marriott on Huntington Avenue, and provides a relative safe haven from the often loud, boisterous and profanity-ridden atmosphere of a typical Boston sports event. In other words, families can come to Champion’s and enjoy tasty bar food, cold beer and a relaxed vibe, which nicely fits the bill for both parents and kids.
2 Center Plaza
Boston, MA 02108
The Kinsale is our next destination, located on Center Plaza right in downtown Boston. This Irish pub is open afternoons for lunch, making it a great place for the family to watch an early game, while enjoying the classic comfort food fare The Kinsale has to offer. Indeed, whether it’s classic shepherd’s pie or The Kinsale’s advanced take on tater tots (featuring truffle and parmesan), this combination of down home eats, cold beer and friendly atmosphere ensure a good time will be had by families.
1505 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122
The Blarney Stone is another notable, family-friendly option for families who want to enjoy drinks and dining, yet don’t feel like hiring a babysitter for the evening. Located on Dorchester Avenue in the Boston suburb of Dorchester, the Blarney Stone has plenty of televisions to offer alongside its traditional, comfort food dining. Cold beer and cocktails mesh well alongside buffalo chicken pizza and lamb shank, while the diverse clientele and friendly service will keep families coming back in droves.
Boston Beer Works
61 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
When the Red Sox are enjoying some rest and relaxation during the offseason, it wouldn’t be that odd of a sight to see families enjoying beer and lunch over at Boston Beer Works while watching the game on T.V. Located right on Brookline Avenue in the Fenway Park area of Boston, Beer Works is a bit of a tourist draw, but also benefits from being relatively relaxed during the day, making this a prime spot for families to grab lunch and a beer while catching that early game.
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.