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Sports bars (semi-chowish question) with lots of screens

edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 09:59 AM

Need to see the Sixers playoff game tonight, and the Celtics are on at the same time. Ouch. Tough night to live in Boston.

Looking for -

1. Sports bar with lots of TVs, increasing liklihood of a non-Celts game getting shown, at all
2. Good selection of brews and food

Thanks!

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    Ralphie_in_Boston RE: edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 10:29 AM

    Try Champions on Huntington Ave (street level of the Marriott at Copley), or Coolidge Corner Clubhouse in, you guessed it, Coolidge Corner section of Brookline.

    I've never had any solid food at Champions but it's a popular place, with lots of TVs. CCC has decent food (for what it is!), a decent beer selection and lots of TVs per square foot. When in doubt, call ahead but I'm almost certain that both are Satellite TV places.

    The Sports Depot in Allston is huge, but I personally don't care for the food there. Some people go to Good Times Emporium for the projection TVs, but it's a glorified game room and the beer selection kinda stinks.

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      Gordough RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Apr 23, 2008 10:40 AM

      The food at Champions is terrible. Tough night to hit a sports bar because there is a game at Fenway tonight as well as a game at the Garden so you probably want to avoid those areas. My suggestion would be the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse but I would call ahead to make sure they will be showing the 76ers game and also get there early because it is not a large bar. If you can't get in there, you could always go down the street to the Sports Depot although the food there is typical bar food or worse.

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        terrycatch RE: Gordough Apr 24, 2008 11:22 AM

        We go to a dozen-or-so Sox games each season, park in the Hancock garage, and have developed a "ritual" of stopping by Champions on the way back to the car. The service is friendly and they have a taco salad that is actually quite refereshing. Haven't tried anything else on the menu. There aren't many other options on this particular route (i.e., Fenway > Hancock), so suggestions are welcomed. The places adjacent to Fenway itself are always packed near the end and after games.

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          jpsox RE: terrycatch Apr 25, 2008 05:21 PM

          It's something of a myth that places around Fenway are packed after games. Yes, the bar areas are crowded and may be tough to get in, but if you want to sit down at a table and eat, there's often no wait. I've done this many times at BeerWorks, Game On, Audubon Circle, Unos, Bertuccis, La Verdad, and others.

          Too late now for the OP, but Coolidge Corner Clubhouse always seems to have the greatest diversity of games on TV.

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            TomH RE: jpsox Apr 25, 2008 09:11 PM

            But you do still have to deal with the after-game clientele which is not always a good thing (especially if the Yankees are in town). :)

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              Ralphie_in_Boston RE: jpsox Apr 28, 2008 02:28 PM

              Not too late if they read my post form the same day! ;)
              I used to be a regular at CCC on Sundays during NFL seasons, when I lived in the area. They had *every* game.

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          jonship RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Apr 23, 2008 10:42 AM

          About 5 or 6 years ago I was refused a 6th beer at the coolidge corner clubhouse by a guy claiming the owner or manager has a 'no more than 5 beers' policy, regardless of behaviour. I was quietly watching a Sox game and was baffled by this news and have never been back. Anyone familiar with this?

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            wontonton RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Apr 24, 2008 02:05 PM

            I can't recommend the food at Sports Depot at all. It's pretty darn bad from my experiences, even by bar standards. Stale bread on sandwiches, the fries aren't good (they are soft and taste a little weird), and I had one salad experience I'd just rather never happened at all. Ugh.

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              Ralphie_in_Boston RE: wontonton Apr 25, 2008 11:35 AM

              Yeah that's how I recall it. However if you sit in the tables nearest the Pike you get periodically jarred by the tremor caused by passing trains, so it takes your mind off the food.

          2. jgg13 RE: edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 10:43 AM

            A little out of the way for a lot of folks, but I like the Thirsty Scholar for these purposes. The food's not excellent but its better than a lot of the local sports bars IMO and its pretty hard to not be in good sight lines of at least a few screens.

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              xperteater RE: edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 10:43 AM

              Grand Canale on Canale St. near North station, pretty good food decent amount of TV's

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                mats77 RE: edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 11:01 AM

                Tavern in the Square in Porter Sq. has a lot of tv's and a very good beer selection and I would argue that the food is better than some of the other places listed. Good luck in your quest.

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                  jgg13 RE: mats77 Apr 23, 2008 11:42 AM

                  Is it better than the one in Central? I'd very much *not* recommend the one in Central, in fact we started going to the Scholar partially due to how sucktastic the Tavern was there.

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                    mats77 RE: jgg13 Apr 24, 2008 08:06 AM

                    I have only been to the one in Central for drinks on two brief occasions and thought it was okay. I find the staff at Porter to be friendlier and a friend commented on their beer selection which I initially missed as I tend to drink crappy beer.

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                      jgg13 RE: mats77 Apr 24, 2008 09:10 AM

                      I'm not really a fan of the Central Tavern in any shape/way/form (although I don't actively dislike it - it just strikes me as a very schizophrenic bar that doesn't know what crowd it is trying to cater to, and ends up being barely mediocre to everyone), but I was talking specifically about going there to watch a game.

                      There are a lot of screens there, but every time I've tried to watch a game there, I've been very disappointed. The sight lines are generally pretty bad (unless you luck out w/ specific seats), a lot of the screens aren't actually in HD (they're just stretched out, which is even worse), and while they do (usually) have the game sound on (a big plus) the acoustics of the room are such that you can't hear anything anyways.

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                      jajjguy RE: jgg13 Apr 24, 2008 05:03 PM

                      The Porter one has a good beer selection and better-than-bad bar food. No chow appeal here, but the TVs are plentiful and good looking. I was there last night, and they were showing Sox and Celts only.

                  2. Niblet RE: edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 11:20 AM

                    The Stadium in Southie might fit the bill.

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                      TomH RE: Niblet Apr 23, 2008 11:54 AM

                      Yeah, Stadium is Southie has a ton of TVs and the food isn't half bad either.

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                        joth68 RE: Niblet Apr 23, 2008 12:29 PM

                        This was my immediate thought.

                      2. soxchik RE: edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 12:12 PM

                        I do love the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (and have never heard of the issue with the 5 beer policy jonship mentioned) but I also love the Cask n' Flagon near Fenway for number of TVs (and the food isn't terrible with the new menu). I'm sure they will be playing the sox game and the Celtics game, but with so many TVs I bet they would switch one to the Sixers game as well. Calling ahead wherever you go might be a good idea.

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                          Hambone Willy RE: edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 12:16 PM

                          I think this is a tough combo in general so I am interested to see the suggestions that this post generates. I feel like it is either one or the other, food or Sports/TVs. I recently had this dilemna when I had to see an out of town NL baseball game which was up against the Celtics and Sox/Yankees. I went to The Fours on Canal Street. If you care more about ht eTV/Sixers game I can attest that they are always accomodating to weird requests like this and will put one of the bar TVs on for you. Their food is serviceable in my opinion. Buffalo Chicken Nachos and the Buffalo wings are the highlights for me.

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                            ShelT54 RE: edgrimley Apr 23, 2008 04:09 PM

                            Obvious choices Game On and Allston Depot--food in former is better than the latter, but pricier. Try Noon St. Grille in Medfield, Dunn Gahrin's in Newton or Paddy O's in Newton--only a couple of tvs at these 3 places, but, hell, you only need 1 to watch the MLB or NBA game of your choice.

                            1. Bob MacAdoo RE: edgrimley Apr 24, 2008 12:02 PM

                              The Fours is the grand daddy of them all and offers the greatest atmosphere of any sports bar in the region (it has more memorabilia than a museum). But you are unlikely to get the bartenders to put on a PHILLY game when the Green are in action!!!

                              The good news for you is that the Celts play Saturday and the Sixers play Friday and Sunday (of course, the Sox are on at the same time, which might be problematic.)

                              If you go, try the Fours' Buffalo Chicken Nachos, which are addictive. So too with the Bobby Orr steak tip sub, a pricy, but truly beefy sandwich.

                              The Fours also offer the usual pub grub suspects in a non-offensive manner (and the serve baked beans with all meals, a truly Boston touch.)

                              Beer selection is lean, but they do have Guiness and the usual local microbrews.

                              1. edgrimley RE: edgrimley Apr 24, 2008 02:22 PM

                                Surprisingly great thread! Who knew.

                                Turned out Stadium doesn't have NBATV, so we did Tavern in Central Square. Staff was really accomodating - put the game on one screen near us (despite the Sox and Celts also playing).

                                Food was mediocre as expected. But good beers on tap, and service was nice.

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                                  phatchris RE: edgrimley Apr 25, 2008 02:16 PM

                                  DJ's has nice tv's, decent enough food, and oskar blues GORDON on tap for $5.

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                                    mkel34 RE: phatchris Apr 28, 2008 02:56 PM

                                    Anything else you remember on tap? I don't think I've ever seen Gordon on tap in the area.

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                                      ritcey RE: mkel34 Apr 28, 2008 03:51 PM

                                      I just swung in last night & tried the Gordon - damn tasty.

                                      Bolder Mojo is the only other thing on tap I don't recognize.

                                      http://www.djsatthegarden.com/Menu/ne...

                                      As an aside, I had the steak salad - meh; the steak was good, nice and tender & properly medium-rare, but it certainly wasn't a blue-cheese dressing on it (it was a vinaigrette) and the whole peppercorns were overpowering (they probably would have been fine w/ a blue cheese dressing...).

                                      That's twice now I've had subpar food on a Sunday (oversauced, tough pulled-pork last time), which is upsetting since I was an early fan and somewhat-cheerleader of this place. I'll have to go midweek to see if it's just due to not having the chef in the kitchen (which would be a bad sign for a place).

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                                        digga RE: ritcey Apr 28, 2008 04:35 PM

                                        We stopped into DJ's this past Sunday afternoon 'cos we were in the hood. Sox game hadn't started yet, so we were the first ones there. We have enjoyed the Mojo many times in both bottles and draft and this one tasted crisp and clean, so someone is watching over the beer lines. I had the homemade black bean and corn veggie burger - def made in the kitchen. Could use a bit more binder. I asked them to hold the bun, so I can't comment on that. Fries were a soggy mess, though. (Our guess was that the fryolator was not heated up yet.) B had the fish tacos which were surprisingly good - two HUGE tacos (they use the large burrito-sized generic tortillas). The fish was grilled, a little over-cooked and dry, but that was overcome by just enough wetness from salsa. Served over mixed greens. We'd go back, if only to catch a game and have a snack in a slightly more upscale, corporate-ish pub setting around the Garden. (Why do all of the new places of this ilk feel exactly the same?)

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                                        phatchris RE: mkel34 Apr 29, 2008 02:48 PM

                                        First time I've seen it in the area as well and thought it was strange at a sports bar. They also have Mojo IPA on tap, the rest are pretty much run of the mill.

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                                    tamerlanenj RE: edgrimley Apr 26, 2008 06:44 AM

                                    I watch all my out of market sports (I'm a big Yankees and Giants fan) at Uno's on Boylston Street in the Back Bay. I know, I know, but they have $2.50 giant michelob drafts, satellite packages for sports, and the burgers are chain-decent. The fries are the worst I have ever had, however. The bar is completely separate from the restaurant, so if you squint you can pretend you aren't actually at Uno's. Dan the bartender is great.

                                    1. viperlush RE: edgrimley Jun 5, 2008 06:21 PM

                                      Are any of these places the type of bar/restaurant that one can spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon during football season? As an apartment full of out of market sports fans we are already anticipating this need.

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                                        Ralphie_in_Boston RE: viperlush Jun 5, 2008 08:32 PM

                                        I've spent many a Sunday afternoon at the bar at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse watching all the games. They show them all.

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