Can you suggest which Boston bars are hosting Super Bowl parties where you pay a cover charge and are therefore guaranteed to get in so you can watch the game?
I'm new to the city - and want to make sure I don't want to miss the game, so I'm planning far in advance!!!
As you can probably guess, sports bars and most other bars in Boston will be packed with New England Patriots Fans on Super Bowl Sunday, so your approach makes a lot of sense.
Here's a list (below) of Boston bars that typically host Super Bowl parties requiring tickets or cover charges. Parties usually start being announced
However, if you want even more choices, you can walk a couple more blocks to the Faneuil Marketplace vicinity.
Basically, both areas are filled with pubs and sports bars where festivities will be in full swing on Super Bowl Sunday.
One thing to be aware of: On non-Super Bowl nights, bars with dancing and DJs and/or live music may charge a small ($10-$20) cover fee at certain hours, usually later in the evening. On Super Bowl Sunday, some bars will require tickets (usually fairly inexpensive and may include a drink or food) or a cover charge.
So if you arrive in time before the Celtics game, walk around the neighborhood and check out the bars - and then go into the ones you like and ask about tickets/cover charges.
I've added more details about what you'll find in each area below.
Where to Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday in Boston: Sports Bars
Tickets to Clary's annual Super Bowl party typically run $25/person and you should get them in advance, because they are likely to sell out.
You get a guaranteed table for your group, your choice of any two beers, an appetizer sampler platter during the first half of the game, and a pizza buffet during the second half. If the game gets dull, you can participate in Clery's Annual Wing Eating Contest.
113 Dartmouth Street, 617-262-9874 | www.clarysboston.com
This huge bar/entertainment complex near Fenway Park, features lots of big high-def screens.
They will book tables for 2+ people.
As you can see in this photo, with the number of big screens there, you should have a good view from wherever you sit, plus they're high enough so they never get blocked by the crowds.
82 Lansdowne Street, 617-351-7001 | gameonboston.com
Cask 'n Flagon
This popular sports bar filled with high def screens across from Fenway park, usually has a Super Bowl party with specials plus private viewing parties.
Look for Super Bowl specialties such as a free half time buffet, a beer bucket special, and the "Gronk" cocktail.
Food here is usually very good. They offer a tailgate platter, and Texas-style smoked BBQ, in addition to typical bar fare.
62 Brookline Ave, 617-536-4840 | www.casknflagon.com
Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill
This sports-themed restaurant and bar, named in honor of Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro, gives you a great view of the game on their massive HD audiovisual system and numerous screens.
Three Boston locations give you plenty of options:
1265 Boylston Street near Fenway Park, 617-236-7369
250 Northern Ave in Seaport, 617-956-7369
Assembly Row in Somerville, 617-666-8282
The Harp, popular sports bar across from TD Garden, is known for their special events and fun ambiance. With live music on most weekends, the Harp morphs into a popular late-night dance club.
During the regular NFL season, they host regular ticketed parties. Plenty of flat screens give great viewing.
They typically host a Super Bowl party in their private VIP room, with advance tickets required.
85 Causeway, 617-742-1010 | www.harpboston.com
Champions, a sports-themed bar at the Boston Marriott Copley Plaza Hotel has impressive viewing walls with 40 flat-screen TVs, perfect for viewing the Super Bowl, and lots of craft beers on tap. Best views are right at the bar, but the adjacent dining area also has plenty of screens.
Although they don't normally take reservations for the bar, you might give them a call and see if you can reserve a seat.
110 Huntington Ave; 617-927-5304 | www.championsboston.com
Part Irish pub, part sports bar with a huge viewing screen and multiple HDTVs, and part restaurant, the Lansdowne Pub specializes in parties, event nights, games, and music. There's something here for everyone and the space gets packed - so check reservation or ticket requirements.
9 Lansdowne Street, 617-247-1222 | wwwlansdownepubboston.com
McGreevy's is all about sports, and hosts game parties for most Boston games and sporting events. Their Pats game day rallies are legendary, so it's no surprise that their Super Bowl parties are as well. With game day specials, confetti cannons, and lots of HDTVs with full sound, this is a place to party.
Their Irish coffee is also awesome!
911 Boylston Street, 617-262-0911 | www.mcgreevysboston.com
CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar at Gillette Stadium
For the supreme Super Bowl party experience, head down to Patriot Place next to Gillette Stadium, where all the sports bars and restaurants will be in celebration mode.
There are lots of party options here, but one of the best is the huge CBS Scene sports bar overlooking Gillette Stadium. They'll be hosting playoff events all through January as well.
Patriot Place, 508-203-2200 | cbsscene.com
Great suggestions - Thanks!
I'd been looking for this information - thanks for such a great summary!