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what makes a sports bar "upscale"

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slim Feb 2, 2008 11:49 AM

hi, a friend would like me to take her to a upscale sports bar in boston or newton, are there any where the food is great?thanks and GO PATS!!!

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    treb Feb 3, 2008 01:20 PM

    No puke on the sidewalk in front of the place.

    1. hiddenboston Feb 3, 2008 09:00 AM

      -- No free Swedish meatballs
      -- 40-year-old guys aren't wearing football jerseys
      -- 40-year-old guys aren't wearing Bugs Bunny shirts
      -- no bloodstains on the walls
      -- None of the barstools are in memory of regular patrons
      -- The jukebox does not have any songs from Uriah Heep or Poison
      -- Late-night Cinemax is not on any of the TVs

      I can think of many more ways, but I have to get ready for the big game tonight. Oh, in answer to your question, no, I can't really think of any true upscale sports bars in Boston or Newton. O'Hara's in Newton Highlands comes close, and there are a few hotel bars in Boston that might qualify, but I'd say that sports bars by their very nature are mostly downscale or midscale hangouts that are mostly frequented by college kids, blue-collar and middle-class folks, and others who aren't looking for hanging plants and appetizers that have French names.

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        newhound Feb 3, 2008 01:45 PM

        Yep-- I'd say O'Hara's as well or Paddy's in West Newton--owned by the same family. Pubby, decent food, family crowds, very friendly.

        Thanks for getting us to generate the general criteria, though!

      2. MC Slim JB Feb 2, 2008 03:59 PM

        Several signs you know you're in an upscale sports bar in Boston:

        The pickled eggs are less than five years old.

        The barmen force any would-be scrappers (usually arguing over which defenseman from the 1950s-era NHL was better) to step outside.

        The bookie will take your bets even if he doesn't know your grandma.

        None of the following bottles behind the bar: apple pie vodka, Strawberry Pucker, HotDamn!, coffee brandy, or Hpnotiq.

        No Keno.

        No OxyContin for sale anywhere.

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          phatchris Feb 3, 2008 08:17 AM

          Gee, i guess sully's is off the list then!

        2. trufflehound Feb 2, 2008 01:05 PM

          $6 beers?

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            Blumie Feb 2, 2008 12:12 PM

            Toilet paper in the bathroom?

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              newhound Feb 2, 2008 12:45 PM

              Doors on the bathroom?

              Do you want upscale food which isn't pubby in nature, or do you want high quality pub food?

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                slim Feb 2, 2008 02:10 PM

                hello newhound, high quality food plus a sports bar feel ? and doors on the bathrooms, thanks for your help

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