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Apr 20, 2011 06:56 AM

Let's make a list of bars without TVs

After spending an entire meal at Russell House having no choice but to stare at the Bruins game behind my friend's head (seriously, that table in the downstairs bar area under the TV is brutal), I started making a mental list of TV-free bars. (I realize there are plenty of restaurants that don't have them.)

Anyway, after Drink, No. 9 Park, Clio, and the upstairs bar at Marliave, my brain stopped. Where else can you go to have a drink and avoid the game?

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  1. You are doing the Lord's Work..I don;t live there but visit enough that the resulting list will be laminated and carried in my wallet.

      1. Although much more of a dive bar than any you listed, the Burren in Davis Square has no televisions...I know because my husband refuses to go there on game nights for that reason alone.

        247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

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        1. re: food_lubber

          I love The Burren. Doesn't need to be an upscale list, those are just the ones that came to mind first.

          247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

        2. The Brendan Behan in JP has no TVs. And I THINK that Grendel's Den in Cambridge doesn't, either, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

          And I agree with hazelhurst--you are indeed doing the Lord's Work.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            A little outside, but the Dive Bar and Armsby Abbey in Worcester.

            Armsby Abbey
            144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

            1. re: trufflehound

              Armsby has a big tv in the left side of the bar. In your defense, though, I've never actually seen it turned on.

            2. re: hiddenboston

              Ah, but The Behan does show the Sox (and other sports, including, I think, the Premier League) on a pull-down screen. So I don't quite classify it as a refuge from all sports.

              1. re: hiddenboston

                The Behan not only has the pull-down screen, but they also have a small flat screen in that same corner. Fortunately it is only on during local games (so no ESPN just because something has to be playing), but it is there.

                Similarly, Silvertone has a TV that I think is only on for local games. But that still doesn't get to the point of this thread.

                69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  I watched Game 7 of the Celtics/Lakers series last spring at the Behan ... don't know if trhat was a random event.

                2. The Delux Cafe has a TV - but as the TV, as a strict rule, is only turned to the Cartoon Network, I consider it effectively a bar with no TVs.

                  Delux Cafe
                  100 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116