Hockey fans, rejoice. The NHL lockout is finally over. As the players lace up their skates and the owners go back to their giant money vaults to count their windfall (just kidding, Mr. Jacobs), die hard fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they’re getting back what they so love. In fact, the long-delayed beginning of the 2013 NHL season calls for a celebration. Here are some of Boston’s best places to celebrate the end of the NHL lockout.
Credit: The Four's/Facebook)

Credit: The Four’s/Facebook)


The Four’s

166 Canal Street
Boston, MA

We know what you’re thinking: “Thanks, Captain obvious.” Well, you’re welcome. Its proximity to the TD Garden certainly makes it an obvious choice. So does the fact that The Four’s is a bar with the namesake of the greatest Bruins hockey player ever to live; one of the nation’s first sports pubs; and has been named in the past decade as the #1 Sports Bar in America by several national publications. As if you needed more reasons, there’s also the beer, dozens of TVs, and the food — like the house special, a hand cut charbroiled steak tip sandwich called “The Bobby Orr.”

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A summer version of The Gallows' Out Of Control Poutine: Fresh summer corn, sungold tomatoes, basil béchamel. (Photo Credit: The Gallows/Facebook)

Out Of Control Poutine: Summer Edition. Fresh summer corn, sungold tomatoes, basil béchamel. (Photo Credit: The Gallows/Facebook)


The Gallows

1395 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118

The Gallows is nowhere near the Garden and it’s not exactly what you’d call a sports bar. So how the heck did it make the list?
Well, The Gallows’ menu offers a glorious salute to Canada, hockey’s native country. The restaurant dedicates an entire section of its dinner menu to a delicious Canadian delicacy called poutine. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this great Canadian staple, it consists of hand cut fries smothered with gravy and cheese curd… or as we like to call it, “the 2nd-greatest Canadian invention of all time.” (Hockey is first. Bieber is 3rd. Canadian bacon & Bryan Adams round out the top 5.)

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Trina's Starlight Lounge


Trina’s Starlite Lounge

3 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0006

As owners and players fought their ways though the lockout, helpless fans were left to suffer. As we all know, getting over a major trauma like that can take some time. So, for fans who have lingering hurt feelings left over from the lockout, we give you Trina’s. Strong cocktails and some of the best comfort food around will allow you the opportunity to drown your sorrows or to continue wallowing in your misery.

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The Stanley Cup at Halftime Pizza (Photo Credit: Halftime Pizza)

The Stanley Cup at Halftime Pizza (Photo Credit: Halftime Pizza)


Halftime Pizza

115 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-4578

Fans with short memories are in for some serious sticker shock the first time they return to the Garden concession stands during a Bruins game. Fortunately, Halftime Pizza sits right across the street from the Garden. A pit stop on your way into the game for some dirt cheap slices and beers can certainly save your wallet some unwanted pain.




Bleacher Bar

82 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02228
(617) 262-2424

If you’re a former hockey fan who plans to remain eternally bitter about the lockout and is vowing to boycott the NHL, or if you just don’t give a hoot about a bunch of guys skating around on a frozen pond, why not kick off Spring Training a few weeks early in the depths of Fenway Park. The Bleacher Bar is buried under the ballpark’s bleachers on Lansdowne Street. Carved from the former away team batting cages, it offers a unique view of the legendary baseball diamond. The food and drinks are reasonably priced and there are plenty of TVs… you know… in case one of your friends still wants to watch the hockey game.