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Looking for a cool sports bar. Any recommendations...

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New to Boston and looking for a fun, not overly crowed place to watch Baseball and Soccer.

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  1. If you live near Allston/Brighton, the Sports Depot will probably fit the bill. Don't be turned off by its dumpy appearance from the outside. They have tons of TVs with a variety of games going and their food/drinks aren't bad.

    Sports Depot
    353 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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    1. re: ecwashere7

      Cal before you go. We had a report on the May openings and closing that the Sports Depot was closing to become a Pizza Regina.


      Sports Depot
      353 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

      1. re: BostonZest

        my bad. I haven't been there since football season.

        1. re: BostonZest

          Sports Depot closed about a week ago, actually.

          I like going to Spirit in North Cambridge. You can usually find a seat there, and it's a combination Irish pub/sports bar that is not quite as loud and obnoxious as some sports bars can be.

          Sports Depot
          353 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

      2. MJ, what neighborhood? The best true sports bar in Boston (at least when the Rod Sox are on the road) is probably Game On, right next to Fenway Park. Obviously, it is hyper-crowded when the Sox are at home. I also like The Fours on Canal Street, near the Boston Garden. Better food than most sports bars and more low-key.

        For soccer, you should try one of the cafes on Hanover Street in the North End. They are not sports bars per se, and you have to jockey for good seats, but they draw very passionate/knowledgable soccer fans. It's quite a scene if Italy is playing a Cup game.

        Fenway Park
        82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

        Game On
        100 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129

        1. Phoenix Landing in Central Square Cambridge has been heavily advertising World Cup coverage. And I remember seeing signs for other football games.

          Phoenix Landing
          512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

          1. the Banshee on Dot Ave. is packed with TV's. Cheapest pub food in town!

            1. Like Hidden Boston, we also like Spirit a lot. Food's good and Dave behind the bar is a great guy. Along the same lines (Irish pub cum sports bar), Magoun's is a favorite stop of ours (however, there is usually no audio unless it's American football season; instead, it's blaring pop/80's music). Food is good pub grub. Good beer list, too.

              Recently, we've been craving views of the water with our sports, so we went to Whiskey Priest two weekends in a row to catch some footie (we stopped by once after an ICA visit...the Dr. Lakra exhibit was really cool and surprisingly personal). The audio was on which was great and being near the open back doors which look out onto Boston Harbor was pleasant. Food's nothing to write home about, though.

              1. Joshua Tree on Commonwealth ave is always a good place to catch a game. M-F from 6-9 everything is half price too.

                Roggie's Brew and Grill on chestnuthill ave is also a good little place but only during the summer when there aren't BC douchebags there.

                Joshua Tree
                1314 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                Roggie's Brew and Grill
                356 Chestnut Hill Ave, Boston, MA 02135