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Bostonians and sports go together better than socks and the color red, so it’s no surprise that there are tons of great sports bars in the Boston area. Whether they’re within an earshot of Fenway Park or cross-town from the Green Monster, Beantown’s sports bars simply bring the spirit of competition alive. With beers and balls in mind, here’s a selection of six of the best sports bars in Boston.
The name says it all with The Greatest Bar: It’s a central-Boston sports bar that’s the perfect spot to watch just about any sporting event imaginable. Not only is this bar home to Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins fans, it also boasts the largest HDTV in the city. How big is it? Try a whopping 14-feet across, which is almost better than being at the game.
The Greatest Bar definitely has plenty of beer to go around, and as for the eats, the bar has all the bar-food “bases” covered from juicy burgers to thin-crust, stone-cooked pizza. Another reason the bar is considered the greatest is the fact it’s four-stories high, which means there’s that much more room for the fans.
For an upscale take on the traditional sports bar, Champions combines elegance, amazing food, and plenty of flat screens for sports fans with a more sophisticated palate. A pitch away from Fenway, Champions is the perfect place to watch baseball or any other sport with more than 40 flat screens in-house.
Champions answers the ale call with 36+ beers on tap, including many locally brewed beers. As for pre- and post-game grub, Champions has an all-American menu including upscale sandwiches and sliders as well as healthy options.
No Boston sports bar list is complete without a little Irish heritage and The Banshee caters to European sports appetites, namely soccer. Although the bar regularly airs NFL, MLB, and NBA games, it’s widely known for airing soccer and rugby matches like the Barclay’s Premier League and Gaelic Football.
The Banshee offers a range of traditional bar-food as well as Irish cuisine like its Boston-famous Cottage Pie. But it’s always best to exercise good judgement when indulging in drink. If your pre-gaming has taken you by surprise, and you’ve had too many beers at home to make it to The Banshee, then get Verizon Internet and stream the games online from the comfort of your own couch.
Located in the melting pot that is Boston’s historic West End, the bar lovingly named West End Johnnie’s combines a sports atmosphere with amazing, masterfully prepared dishes. From the live music to WEEI 93.7FM’s very own Boston Red Sox Pre-Game Live Show, Johnnie’s is the spot for baseball enthusiasts.
West End Johnnie’s has a menu that rivals most 5-star restaurants with main courses like bone-in pork chops, potato gnocchi, and one of the best clam chowders in Boston. Fantastic food aside, Johnnie’s is also a dedicated sports bar airing every Red Sox game of the season – no matter how they’re playing.
Part sports bar, part post-game nightclub, The Harp is the epitome of a good time regardless of which game is on. The bar has over 20 flat screens and a massive projection screen that airs Sunday NFL Ticket. In terms of proximity, The Harp is right next to Boston Garden, putting it at the heart of Beantown sports.
The Harp has just about every variety of beer from domestic and foreign brews to local craft beers. As for the food, the bar offers the traditional fare as well as some unique dishes like its famous Sam Adams Lager Soup, which is sure to please even the hungriest sports fans.
Don’t let the name fool you – the Waterfront Café is every bit a sports bar as the rest of the bars on the list. The café’s amazing menu is one thing, but the beer and wine selection will blow any sports fan out of the waterfront. With over 100 draft and craft beers on the menu and just as many wines, there’s a different drink for just about everyone.
When it comes to great sports and a great time, it’s game on with the Boston bars above.
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