Note: This article was originally published in 2011 but has been updated for the 2012 season.
As summer winds down, the NFL season is finally ready to kick off this weekend. And not a minute too soon!
Pats fans are ready to get out of the house and enjoy the great indoors (the outdoors can wait until after the Super Bowl) at some of Boston’s sports bars, surrounded by HD televisions, chicken wings, and other pigskin fans. (The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston profiles 15 of the best sports bars in Boston.)
Pats fans can’t go wrong catching the game at any Hub watering hole, from dive bars to martini lounges. But if your team of choice (college or pro) happens to reside out of town, you’ll still find spots around Boston where you can cheer on your favorite squad with some kindred spirits. Here are a listing of some Boston-area bars that host out-of-town fan bases:
The Banshee Bar, 934 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02125. 617-436-9747. NFL team: Green Bay Packers
The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215. 617-867-6526. College teams: Cal Golden Bears, LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks, Wisconsin Badgers.
Conor Larkin’s, 329 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. 617-867-0084. NFL team: Cleveland Browns
Game On!, 82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215. 617-351-7001. 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. College teams: Arkansas Razorbacks, Kansas Jayhawks, Michigan State Spartans, Penn State Nittany Lions, Tennessee Volunteers. NFL teams: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants
The Harp, 85 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114. 617-742-1010. NFL team: Buffalo Bills.
Mass Ave Tavern, 94 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. 617-927-4900. College team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Place, 2 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109. 617-523-2081. College teams: Michigan Wolverines, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans.
Roggie’s Brew & Grille, 356 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA 02135. 617-566-1880. NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sports Grille Boston, 32 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 02139. 617-354-7766. College team: Michigan Wolverines.
Can’t find your team on the list? Check out Meetup and search to see if there is a fans’ group in the Boston area. You might be surprised to find kindred spirits right around the corner!