Are you ready for some football?
The new college football season kicked off this past Labor Day weekend, and the first week of NFL action is just days away. The Patriots open their season at home this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. If you don’t have a ticket for the game, there are plenty of great sports bars in the area where you can catch the game—without the $40 parking fee, hours of traffic, and lengthy bathroom lines. (The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston profiles 15 of the best sports bars in Boston.)
Even if your team of choice (college or pro) happens to reside out of town, you’ll still find watering holes around the Hub where you can cheer on your favorite pigskin squad with some kindred spirits. Here are a listing of some Boston-area bars that host out-of-town fan bases:
The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215. 617-867-6526; www.thebaseballtavern.com. College teams: Cal Golden Bears, LSU Tigers, Oregon Ducks.
Game On!, 82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215. 617-351-7001; www.gameonboston.com. NFL teams: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles. College teams: Northwestern Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, USC Trojans, Wisconsin Badgers.
The Greatest Bar, 262 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114. 617-367-0544; www.thegreatestbar.com. College teams: Arkansas Razorbacks, Kansas Jayhawks, Michigan State Spartans, Penn State Nittany Lions, Tennessee Volunteers.
The Harp, 85 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114. 617-742-1010; www.harpboston.com. NFL team: Buffalo Bills.
McFadden’s, 148 State Street, Boston, MA 02109. 617-227-5100; www.mcfaddensboston.com. College team: Florida Gators.
The Joshua Tree, 1316 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA 02134. 617-566-6699; www.joshuatreeallston.com. College teams: Florida Gators, Maryland Terrapins, Miami Hurricanes, Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Place, Two Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109. 617-523-2081; www.theplaceboston.com. College teams: Michigan Wolverines, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans.
Roggie’s Brew & Grille, 356 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA 02135. 617-566-1880; www.roggies.com. NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers.
Seapoint Restaurant, 367 East Eighth Street, South Boston, MA 02127. 617-268-1476; www.seapointbarandgrill.com. College team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Sports Grille Boston, 132 Canal Street, Boston, MA 02114. 617-367-9302. College teams: Colorado Buffaloes, North Carolina State Wolfpack, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, Virginia Tech Hokies.
Tavern in the Square, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140. 617-354-7766; www.taverninthesquare.com. College team: Michigan Wolverines.
Uno Chicago Grill, 645 Beacon Street, Kenmore Square, Boston, MA 02215. 617-262-4911; www.unos.com. NFL team: New York Giants.