The days are dwindling until the kickoff for Super Bowl XLVI between the Patriots and New York Giants. The ducklings in the Public Garden are ready. Now, it’s just time to get those Duck Boats ready for the parade.
Looking for a place to cheer on the Pats with your fellow fans? Don’t want to host your own party and risk missing any of the snaps or commercials? Here are some of the best spots around Boston to watch Super Bowl XLVI:
The Four’s. Boston sports fans not only get the Super Bowl on Sunday, but an entertaining undercard in the afternoon with the Bruins skating in Washington against the Capitals and the Celtics hosting the Grizzlies at the TD Garden. Just around the corner, The Four’s will be jumping all day. It may not have the biggest televisions, but it’s a classic Boston sports bar that will be a great place to catch any of the games.
The Greatest Bar. Located near the Garden, the ground-floor bar has a bank of gigantic high-def televisions that rivals some sports books in Las Vegas. No need to worry about squinting to follow the action here. Jim Beam will be hosting a Super Bowl party with giveaways.
Game On! Always a popular sports bar, Game On! has no shortage of flat-screen televisions on its two levels. Since it’s located adjacent to Fenway Park, there’s always a Red Sox flavor, and the Super Bowl is no different. Game On! will be giving away three pairs of Monster Tickets at halftime. Take that, Madonna.
Cask ‘n Flagon. Right across the street from Game On!, the Cask will also be giving away prizes, including concert and Red Sox tickets, Xbox game systems, and gift cards.
McGreevy’s. The Boston-New York rivalry will be extended off the field as McGreevy’s has agreed to a wager with Foley’s, a New York City pub. The losing team’s bar will also give proceeds of all shepherd’s pies sold from Super Bowl Sunday to baseball opening day to the winner’s charity. The loser of the bet will be forced to travel to the other pub to work a bartending shift in the colors of the enemy team. Let’s hope its not our Ken Casey, part owner and founding member of the Dropkick Murphys.
Jerry Remy’s Seaport. The monster 32-foot HD video wall inside this new eatery will put anyone’s TV to shame, but it’s going to cost you. Remy’s is accepting VIP reservations for $50 per person with seating beginning at 4PM. Reservations are taken in parties of four. (50% of all reservations will be donated to a local charity.) Each VIP party of four gets a table, a free appetizer per guest, and a Remy’s Seaport Super Bowl T-shirt.
Stadium Sports Bar. If you don’t want to venture downtown, the Stadium Sports Bar in South Boston is a great alternative. Mike Adams of WEEI radio will be hosting a Super Bowl party beginning at 3 PM.
CBS Scene. If you really have Patriots fever, you can always watch the game just steps away from the home field in Foxboro. Patriot Place has plenty of bars and restaurant tuned into the game, including the CBS Scene, where you can watch right in the shadows of Gillette Stadium. First and second floor seats are sold out, but no reservations are needed to watch the game on the third-floor sports bar. If the Pats win, maybe they’ll let you stick around for 12 hours until the Patriot bus pulls back into the parking lot with the Vince Lombardi Trophy in tow.
Christopher Klein is the author of The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston and Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores. He is a regular contributor to the travel pages of The Boston Globe, and his articles and photographs have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, The Boston Globe Magazine, New England Travel, GO Magazine, AAA Horizons, Smithsonian.com, AmericanHeritage.com, and ESPN.com.