what makes a sports bar "upscale"
-- 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.
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 OxyContin for sale anywhere.