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Sports Bars/Football Watching Non-Home Team Advice Sought

bte576 | Sep 13, 201606:05 AM

The joy of planning trips during football season means I’m tasked with finding a good place for game watching with full sports packages due to watching teams out of the local market. Looks like it has been a few years since there’s been a thread on football watching, so figured I’d get your current thoughts.

Would like a good beer selection (doesn’t need to be amazing, but would like some NE beers available that we can’t get back home). We would probably eat before and after, so food is not as much of a concern at the game watching place (but location could be a factor for before/after eating). I just really want to make sure that there are enough TVs that we won’t have trouble finding a comfortable spot to see the game.

It appears our option for the local fan meet-ups would be The Baseball Tavern to watch the Badgers and The Banshee for seeing the Packers. I just assume The Baseball Tavern must not have a great beer menu as I can find nothing about it and The Banshee’s list is not very exciting and it doesn't really put us in a neighborhood I have marked for anything else we'd want to do.

From my research online, it looks like a few other spots that will be have full sports packages that I marked would be Champions in the Marriott Copley place, The Yard House, Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, & I did see some comments about watching the Packers at The Thirsty Scholar in Cambridge, so that would be an option as well. I also saw that the Magouns in Sommerville gets a lot of love for being a good sports bar. We are staying in the South End, so heading across the river isn’t that convenient, but that puts us in an area with spots I have marked on my list for good drink & food stops.

Any general comments are appreciated. This is not the first time I’ve tried to find a place to watch “the game” when out of town and it never seems easy to get a feel for what the places will be like from looking online.


The Baseball Tavern,
The Banshee,
Coolidge Corner Clubhouse,
Thirsty Scholar Pub,
Yard House
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