With the COVID-19 pandemic, fans aren’t allowed to attend most sporting events. If you still want to experience the thrill of watching any Boston sports team play live, perhaps chilling on your living room couch isn’t the way to watch Sunday’s action. If you want to enjoy the game with some friends, grab some drinks and still be involved in a fan environment, here are the five best sports bars in Boston you should try for next week’s Boston sports matchup.
Cask ’N Flagon
A classic in New England, Cask ’N Flagon is a go-to for sports fans throughout the Boston area. Located right outside of Fenway Park near Kenmore Square, Cask ’N Flagon is always packed with avid fans for whatever game is on that day. This sports bar is filled with screens near the bar, so you can watch the game from wherever you’re sitting. The restaurant has nearly wall-to-wall windows, letting in plenty of natural light and giving customers a view of the historic and beloved Fenway Park. Cask ’N Flagon has a wide range of food on their menu, with burgers, sandwiches, pizza and barbecue platters. They also offer 18 appetizers for those sports fans who only want a small snack with their drink. Cask ’N Flagon offers 12 consistent draft beers, almost entirely from local New England breweries. Additionally, they serve a wide variety of classic and signature cocktails for those who aren’t interested in beer. Overall, the history, location and delicious comfort food make Cask ’N Flagon a great location to watch any game in Boston. Cask ’N Flagon offers indoor and outdoor dining, in addition to curbside takeout.
Finn McCool’s Public House
Located just a couple of blocks from the New England Aquarium, Finn McCool’s Public House is an excellent place to check out if you’re in Boston’s Financial District for Sunday’s game. Finn McCool’s is one of Boston’s largest sports bars, with over 20 big screen televisions so you won’t miss a second of the action. Finn McCool’s decor ties into Boston’s Irish heritage, with warm wood and copper accents throughout the bar. Finn McCool’s offers a good selection of pub food, with appetizers such as wings and nachos to satisfy those who are looking for a snack. Finn McCool’s also offers a few menu items catered to Philly sports fans, such as their Philly sub, since their main location is in Philadelphia, PA. They offer 14 beers on draft and have a large list of cocktails and wines as well. Opening only in 2017, Finn McCool’s atmosphere and delicious food make it a great place to watch next Sunday’s game. Finn McCool’s offers indoor dining and accepts reservations for parties with six people or fewer.
Located directly across the street from Cask ’N Flagon, Game On is another great option to check out in the Fenway area. It’s known for being a bit more of a rowdy bar, as it occasionally hosts wedding receptions and bachelor parties. The bar is filled with Red Sox and Boston Sports memorabilia, including a model of the infamous scoreboard from the Green Monster in Fenway Park. They also have multiple ping pong tables for guests to use while they enjoy their dinner. Game On offers a large selection of pizzas, sandwiches and paninis, along with some uniquely flavored chicken wings, such as lemon rosemary and honey hot habanero. They also offer 14 draft beers and a wide variety of canned and bottled beers. Overall, Game On is an excellent place if you want a high energy environment to watch the game. Game On is currently offering indoor dining.
Banner’s Kitchen & Tap
Located right near TD Garden in The Hub on Causeway, Banner’s Kitchen & Tap is a more modern bar with enormous televisions to watch the game. Banner’s is a bit more upscale than the other bars on this list and boasts the largest in-restaurant LED TV screen on the East Coast. Banner’s decor feels a bit more industrial and simplistic, with plenty of natural colors and beige brickwork throughout the bar. Banner’s menu is a bit limited compared to the other locations mentioned, but their food has a more sophisticated take on bar food, offering items such as prime rib, rainbow trout and their signature Banner’s burger. For appetizers, Banner’s offers options such as nachos with beef chili on top, an epsco pretzel with beer cheese, and wings with maple sriracha and pineapple habanero sauces. If you’re looking for a more upscale place to drink and watch the game, Banner’s is an excellent choice with unique food options. Banner’s is currently offering indoor seating.
Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill
Named after Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro, Tony C’s is located in Seaport and is a great late night option for a post game celebration. Tony C’s boasts 40 television screens throughout the restaurant and a video wall, so you won’t miss a second of the game wherever you sit. The decor promotes a very modern and bright atmosphere, reminiscent of a studio you might see on ESPN. Tony C’s offers a plethora of pub food options, including parmesan truffle tots, fish and chips, and grilled steak tips. In addition to their pub food, Tony C’s offers 20 draft beers, with a majority of them being from local breweries. Additionally, Tony C’s offers nine unique cocktails, such as their Major League Mule, Comeback Mojito and Fire into First. With its ties to a Boston-born baseball legend, this lively and electric sports bar is a great place to watch the game on Sundays.
Although nothing can quite beat the intensity and thrill of being in a stadium, watching any game in a lively sports bar can still give you that dramatic experience of watching a tight matchup. Boston is packed with places to watch the game, but these are some places that stand out among the rest. Their excellent atmospheres, drink lists and variety of pub food make them a dream for any Boston sports fan.
Lara Hill is a senior Public Relations major at Emerson College from Groton, Massachusetts. She has contributed to several college publications, holding multiple editing positions and focusing mainly on sports journalism. When she is not in class or writing, she loves to sail, watch sports with her friends and family, sing with her sisters, and play with her dog, Cassie.