A day at the ballpark means more than just baseball in Boston. Yawkey Way is lined with vendors selling Red Sox hats and T-shirts, performers on stilts, street meat and live music. It’s a social event and a field day for the senses. But if you’re looking for more than just draft beer and Fenway franks before the first pitch, here are 7 local hot spots where craft beer, good eats and Red Sox Nation are available in spades!
Bleacher Bar 82A Lansdowne Street
Enjoy an award winning sandwich or some fried pickles as you gaze out onto Fenway’s perfectly manicured lawn. The Bleacher Bar is located in center field next to the Green Monstah with a garage door sized roll up window that opens onto the field! Thinking you can save on tickets and watch the game from the bar? Sorry, the fabulous view closes right before the game starts!
Game On! 82 Lansdowne Street
This massive sports complex is not for those looking to enjoy a quiet meal before the game. With more than 90 screens blasting every kind of sport, 10 championship style KillerSpin ping pong tables, Official Red Sox Visitors’ batting cages and indoor cornhole sets, Game On! is for the interactive sports fan. After you work up an appetite, choose from a huge assortment of artisan and build-your-own personal pizzas.
Cask N’ Flagon 62 Brookline Avenue
What started out as a little neighborhood bar called Oliver’s has grown into a Fenway Park landmark as iconic as the Citgo sign. It’s spitting distance from the Green Monster and features black and white photos of Red Sox legends like Ted Williams, Karl Yastrzemski, and many more.
Baseball Tavern 1270 Boylston Street
Study four floors of Red Sox memorabilia while you wait for your meal. Baseball Tavern understands the allure of classic bar food with a touch of elegance. Don’t forget to check out the rooftop bar, one of the few to be found in Boston. Planning to enjoy the sounds of the game under the stars? Be alert, you might just catch a stray fly ball!
Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill 1265 Boylston Street
Named for Red Sox legend #25, Tony Conigliaro, this place has it all! Great American comfort food, a huge list of beers, specialty cocktails and wines, plus the highest quality HD audiovisual equipment on the market for your pre-game viewing pleasure.
Boston Beer Works 61 Brookline Avenue
Located directly opposite Fenway since 1992, Boston Beer Works is a fully functioning brewery. They create around 50 original ales, lagers, pilsners and stouts each year, with 15 on tap at any given time. The exceptional food and craft beers make this a pre-game hotspot, so get there early if you want a seat!
Lansdowne Pub 9 Lansdowne Street
This traditional Irish pub opens 3 hours prior to the first pitch every game day. They serve rich Irish favorites like Bangers & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Onions & Ale Soup. Finish it off with a Guiness Ice Cream Float for dessert! If you’re too full to make the short walk over to the ball park, you can stay put and watch it on the Lansdowne’s huge screen TV.