There are a bevy of sports bars in the city of Boston from which to choose for anyone who wants to enjoy a cold, stiff drink, some quick food and live sports on the television. Walk any number of blocks within any number of Bostonian neighborhoods and you’re likely to find a great hometown sports bar with its own dedicated local fan base and clientele. The real trick is finding one or two which one can call their own, a personal watering hole where friendships, alcohol and sports unite for a fun afternoon or evening out in the city. Here’s are five of the very best Boston sports bars.
82A Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215
When one discusses Boston sports and Boston sports bars, a connection to the Red Sox is simply a no brainer. Bleacher Bar is located right on Landsdowne Street next to Fenway Park, and serves as a quintessential tourist/townie spot for those looking to people watch on game day. Of course, this place is busy on any given night, but when the Red Sox are actually playing at Fenway, Bleacher Bar becomes packed to the gills. When baseball season is over, however, this sports bar still remains a great place to watch any sport, no matter the season!
166 Canal St.
Boston, MA 02114
The Four’s, located on Canal Street in between Traverse and Causeway Streets, makes a lot of “best of” lists in the city for many reasons other than its “sports bar” status. But this bar and restaurant does indeed service the Boston sports fan community just fine, as evidenced by its commitment to memorabilia decor and televised sports from across the board. The Four’s names many of its sandwiches and dishes after famous Boston sports heroes, including Bobby Orr, while the location right next door to the TD Bank North Garden makes this sports bar a keen place to visit before or after a game.
26 Chandler St
Boston, MA 02116
The Fritz Lounge is a Boston joint with a little something different: breakfast! This makes Chandler Street’s Fritz Lounge a great place for sports fans to congregate in the morning for some eggs, bacon, bloody marys and televised sports, or even for third-shift folks just getting out of work. The affordable prices here at Fritz also make this place popular with those looking to get the most food and drink for their money, resulting in an eclectic clientele at any time of day. Also, there aren’t as many televisions here as one might think, resulting in a more intimate, close-knit feeling of community, which makes the Fritz Lounge something different from your average sports bar.
Battery Park Bar & Lounge
33 Batterymarch St.
Boston, MA 02110
The Battery Park Bar & Lounge is the sports bar for those with an appetite. Those who want to fill up on something other than booze and the excitement of the sports on the screen. While many sports bars in the city either offer pretzel and peanut snacks or classic comfort food, Battery Park Bar & Lounge elevates things a bit on this latter point, specializing in a wider variety of vittles, from steak tips and chicken to your classic burgers. This combination of yummy food, cold drinks and sports bar atmosphere makes Battery Park Bar & Lounge a highly recommended spot.
911 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
McGreevy’s in Boston is another famous tourist destination as it is a sports bar owned by the equally famous Boston-based rock band the Dropkick Murphys. As such, this sports bar is always a rowdy time, full of boisterous conversation in between mouthfuls of burgers and sips of ice cold beer. McGreevy’s Boylston Street location in the Back Bay makes it a popular “location” sports bar for Red Sox fans for dinner and drinks before Fenway games, while the joint’s Dropkick pedigree also makes it a second home for the band’s legions of fans.
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.