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Best Place to watch the game??

hello---first time posting.Was just wondering where some suggestions would be to watch the sox play.Would love a good meal and then some good atmosphere for the game.Have been watching at the tavern in cambridge but that was rediculously crowded last time and all college kids.Looking for Boston area---maybe even north end would be nice---thanx!!!

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      I agree. The Waterfront Cafe is one of my favorite places to go for good food, lots of beer, and watching games.

      One note: I'm thinking that most bars will be completely packed tonight, so wherever you go, go early. My regular hangout (a bar I go to in Somerville) is normally quiet on weeknights, but it gets so crazy during the playoffs that I usually end up watching at home.

      Here's an unusual suggestion, but not as crazy as you might think (and based on first-hand experience). The Last Hurrah in the Omni Parker House (downtown Boston at Beacon and Tremont) is rarely crowded, even during big games. They have wide-screen TVs in the place, and the food, while not great, isn't all that bad, and is better than your typical pub grub. And, they have a variety of decent hard liquors, just in case the game starts going south. ;-b

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Another hotel suggestion; by chance I watched a very recent Red Sox- Indians game at the bar at The Hotel @ MIT in Cambridge. Sidney's. It was a great place to see a game and not feel overwhelmed by too much chaos or the aroma of boiling hot dogs. Great TVs and very good food and drinks at the bar. The bar area was surprisingly welcoming and fun. Nice bartender. I never would have wandered in had it not been for some friends- it is a bit hidden away, and after all, it is a hotel bar, but I liked it. If I were going to be in Boston tonight on my own, wanting to watch the game with other fans but not in a crazy, over the top environment, I would not hesitate to go here based on my last experience. Go Sox.

        1. re: mvi

          i've always liked this place and the bar area esp. Maybe this will be good for the big Pats-Colts game.

    2. I am trying to think of atypical venues that have a TV - you know, non-jocky places...
      The Last Hurrah suggestion is a good one - Thinking other hotel bars...Does Jer-ne or Blu have TVs?
      In Cambridge, I think West Side Lounge has a couple of tiny TVs...
      Forest Cafe, a couple of TVs...
      Christopher's -
      Fasika in East Somerville has TVs blaring above the bar, no?
      How about Brazil/Portugeuses places in Cambridge?
      Atwood Cafe may be reasonable...

      I squeezed into the now-departed Nog in '04...great cheeseburger and curly fries.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Jerne and Blu both have TV's.

        If you like Thai food, Montien on Stuart has a TV.

        1. re: 9lives

          Jerne is closed this week.

          In the same vein, Excelsior has a TV.

          1. re: Alcachofa

            Update: Actually Jerne reopens Friday night, per the sign on the window.

            1. re: Alcachofa

              They had a bar area and table with TV set up in the main lobby last night.

              Quite a few MLB VIPs are staying there. Don't know about the team...but a lot of visiting teams do.

              The Blu/Montien combo worked out well..:)

        2. re: Bob Dobalina

          Artu's is a good place to watch the game, even if they do only have the one tv. I've spent a few Sunday afternoons watching football there. The food is good and it doesn't get crazy.

        3. Olde Magoun's Saloon in Somerville is a great place to watch the games. The food is pretty damn good for pub food and is very reasonably priced.

          Olde Magoun's Saloon
          518 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145

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          1. re: TomH

            That's a good suggestion - clean, very spacious, big TVs - far enough outside the orbit of Tufts to avoid college-y crowds - I've had cheeseburgers there that were fine.

            1. re: TomH

              i've watched a few playoff games at magoun's. love that place and it is a lot of fun. just a warning that even though it's far enough away from college kids it is still extremely crowded. go early if you want a seat.

              1. re: TomH

                I started to get excited when I saw a "goat" pizza listed, but then realized they were referring to the cheese.

              2. Far from the North End, but Costello's, Galway House and Doyle's in JP might be okay. A friend went to see a game at Doyle's jwo weekends ago and said it wasn't too crowded. Boston Brickyard in Roslindale blasts the TV for games. That new place Robyn's probably has TVs but word is it's not so great (and they bricked over their beveled glass so they're off my list). The Corrib in Brookline might not be too crazy. None of these have the best food in the world, but decent burgers and a few gems here and there.

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                1. re: Joanie

                  Except for Costello's --I think they have great food, if you stick to burgers, sandwiches, general pub style fare. Mmmm. It's a great place to watch a game, too.

                  1. re: Joanie

                    J.J. Foley's Cafe in the South End has the same chef as Costello's, same virtues (and weaknesses -- avoid those nachos). It has one big-screen TV over the bar on the dining room side, a good place to watch the game, though I expect it will be crowded for the Series.

                    Other places I go to dine and catch the game in the South End include Anchovies, Coda, and the bars at Masa, Sage, Union, Bob's Southern Bistro, and Stella. It's a shame that the Red Fez has slipped so far downhill foodwise: they have a big projection screen in their bar. Sibling Rivalry and Clery's also have TVs, but I don't much like their food.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      I was at the bar at Union last night. It was surprisingly not very busy at all (the bar or the restaurant). The bar filled up for a short while but there was plenty of turnover and the bar tables I don't think were full either. Stuffed myself full with their delicious burger with sausage. I need to learn to say no!

                  2. I checked out one of the ALCS games at Atwood's and while the front part of the bar watched the game, in the rear part of the bar a scheduled performance of a band went on. I suspect that for the World Series they would put the game in the whole bar, but I don't know if they have a TV for the back part (the Overdraught had a huge projection screen where the stage for the band is) so its worth a call or arriving early to get a hi-top. Pretty good food and excellent overall beer selection. If someone does go, an updated review would be welcome as I might try to a later game there.

                    Near to the Tavern sometimes the Phoenix is better to watch games, although frankly I tend only to go there for soccer play.

                    1. hey hobecat, if you're still reading this post in an hour, you better get out of your house soon. any place that isn't normally crowded will be much busier tonight obviously...this is the world series, not a regular season patriots game. you could try green street, although only one t.v, people don't think of it as a place to watch the game so you can probably get a seat at the bar.

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                      1. re: lennyb

                        I agree- time to start moving and making serious plans if you are in Boston tonight. If you get a bar stool, hang onto it. Have fun. Go Sox.

                        1. re: lennyb

                          The World Series appeared to be killing business at a lot of South End places last night. If it's a restaurant and the bar has a TV tuned to the game, it shouldn't be that hard to get a seat. Note that the while the Franklin has a TV, the only time I've ever seen it turned on was 9/11/01, and that the Delux has a TV, but per the owner's standing order, it is never tuned to anything but the Cartoon Network.

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            I actually peeked into the Delux last night on my way home and as usual, it was only cartoons (it was still only the 5th inning).

                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              JJ Foley's (South End) had the game on.

                              And they have $2.50 PBRs.

                              And decent pub grub.

                              EDIT: Uh, just as MC commented several posts ago. Sorry for the redundancy.

                              1. re: Bostonbob3

                                Nothing wrong with another endorsement for a worthy place! Foley's (South End) was pretty packed for an ALCS game, so I figure it will be jamming tonight.

                              2. re: MC Slim JB

                                I am stunned: I stopped by the Franklin to find it now has a TV installed at the end of the bar away from the windows (the old one was invisible from the street) with the Sox-Rockies on, and the place half empty. Never thought I'd see that there. To my mind, that reflects a new competitive reality in the neighborhood that the Franklin appears to be coming to grips with. I doubt that TV will be on after the World Series, but it's still a shock to see it on there.

                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                  the tv is only on for *important games* like these. and it's pretty tiny, really.

                                  this run through the play-offs and the series will be just like 2004. people either go to sports bars or a friend's house with a big-screen tv. it kills restaurant business. totally. numbers are down all over the city.

                                  the op will likely have little problem getting a barstool anyplace that serves serious food.

                            2. Watched last night's game at CF Donovans on Savin Hill. The bar was comfortably crowded; the shrimp cocktail a bargain with 12 very large shrimp for $10.95 and the buffalo chicken potato skins were quite good. Even the dining room was full. Of course, they did have the TVs on in the dining room as well. Plus, it's T accessible; directly across from Savin Hill Station.

                              1. We had dinner at Regina's in the NE and then stopped by the Waterfront Cafe for the first half of the game tonight. Regina's was outstanding as always, and we got a table at the Waterfront about 5 min before the game started. As always, it was a great spot for a game, however for these huge games I am most comfortable on my on couch with the 50" HDTV.

                                1. We were at the Beacon St Tavern last night and Jerry has set up a huge screen in the dining room and will turn on the sound for the game. This is a recent development and according to the bartender, no one knows about it yet.