No other city in the world takes sports and craft beer as seriously as Boston does. So whichever team you root for, and whatever style of ale you prefer, you’re sure to find a new favorite among this list of Boston’s finest bars and brew pubs.
Located near the Boston Garden arena, this legendary establishment has been one of Beantown’s favorite bars since 1976. Decorated with enough vintage sports memorabilia to fill an entire museum, The Fours serves upscale New England pub food — including lobster rolls and clam chowder — along with classic Boston beers in a comfortable, relaxed setting. To help get you into the spirit of game day, try one of their specialty cocktails with names like Slam Dunk, Playoff Beard and Buzzer Beater.
If it’s possible to capture the essence of New England in a cask of beer, then the master brewers at Cambridge Brewing Company have surely done it. Since 1989, they’ve led the way in the pub brewery movement, crafting both traditional and experimental beers that have earned them a reputation that’s second to none. Located in an authentic mill building in Cambridge, MA, this award-winning brewery also specializes in seasonally driven food sourced from local producers. The result is a meal like no other.
A raucous sports bar with a great view of Fenway Park from its outdoor patio, Cask’n Flagon was named by ESPN as one of the top baseball bars in America. For almost 50 years, this Massachusetts landmark has drawn huge crowds by offering a solid tap selection of New England breweries like Omission Beer, Jack's Abby Brewing, and Narragansett Brewing Company. The lunch and dinner menu includes house smoked BBQ ribs and brisket, plus elevated pub favorites like fish and chips and New York sirloin.
Started by three homebrewing friends in their kitchen back in 2007, this incredible brewery in Everett, MA, has grown into a craft beer powerhouse. Their recently expanded operation now includes a massive factory space, and a 2,500 square foot taproom with a rotating selection of beers to choose from. Be sure to try their small batch Horchata-style milk stout, and their award-winning ‘Santilli’ American IPA. It’s a very popular spot and features a large outdoor patio serviced by local food trucks, plus live music, comedy and trivia events.
Named after Massachusetts native and Red Sox legend Anthony Conigliaro, this bar and restaurant sits smack-dab in the shadow of Fenway Park. If you want to watch a game while you eat and drink, their state-of-the-art audiovisual system projects every televised sport under the sun. During the summer months, catch some fresh air on the comfortable roof deck. Burgers, sandwiches and snacks fill the all-day menu, and the draft beer list includes local breweries like Newburyport, Wachusett Brewing Co., and Boston’s own Downeast Cider.
The perfect spot for a drink before or after a Red Sox game, this cash-only bar in the Fenway neighborhood offers 16 rotating drafts and more than 150 bottles to choose from. Along with their extensive craft beer list, you’ll find some truly awesome pub food. When was the last time you had a tater tot taco or a hot dog topped with mac ’n cheese? For a snack you won’t forget, try a side order of grilled street corn loaded with minced cilantro and crumbled Cotija cheese.
This popular sports bar is actually located inside historic Fenway Park, but you don’t have to buy a Red Sox ticket to go there. Spread out over two floors, each with a full bar, the impressive 13,000 square foot space can accommodate up to 650 guests, which means you’re sure to find a table. With more than 30 HDTVs displaying all types of games, it’s the ultimate destination for Boston sports fans. In fact, it even has an official Fenway Park batting cage that patrons can use between rounds. So order a drink and play ball!