Post-Game Report: Three Places to Drink and Dine After the Sox
If the game ends and you haven’t had your fill of The Fenway, head over to one of these three heavy-hitters on Boylston to share in the joy of victory or agony of defeat with fellow Sox fans. Not to mention one last chance for food and drink before heading home.
Taking its name from the Neil Diamond song that strangely became a phenomenal Fenway anthem, Sweet Caroline’s Modern Kitchen + Bar has quickly become a place where the “good times never felt so good”—as long as the Sox are still winning. With a super-sized Connect Four and Big Buck Hunter inside and Corn Hole often being played out on the patio, Sweet Caroline’s provides some entertaining distractions for fans when they’re finished watching the game and viewing the highlight reels on their 14 HDTVs. The roomy, yet cozy 600-square foot meeting spot offers floor-to-ceiling windows and a front patio for fans to spill out onto during nice weather. Enjoy one of their 20 drafts beers including Miller Lite with a can’t-be-beat $2.50 a pint price tag. Besides the typical and traditional comfort fare and pizza varieties, Sweet Caroline’s also offers a variety of Asian Fusion dishes like the Brisket Pastrami Banh Mi, Sweet Chili Burger, Spicy Mango Calamari, Thai Chicken Satay, Korean Bulgogi Skewers and Kung Pao Chicken Quesadillas. Stop by after the game to share in the victory or commiserate in a loss with a choose-your-own-appetizer trio special for $13 starting at 9 p.m.
Sweet Caroline's: 1260 Boylston Street, 617-424-1260
Named to honor Revere native and Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro, Tony C’s monstrous, spacious restaurant and sport tavern seems like it’s the size of a small stadium. A memoriam to the youngest person to lead the league in home runs in 1965, Tony C would play an integral role in the famous 1967 “Impossible Dream” season and his career would become defined by perseverance and overcoming injury. Taking over the space formerly occupied by Jerry Remy's another local hero and long-time Sox broadcaster, the space continues to honor Remy with a historic plaque at the entryway for all to see. The bottom floor has more than 20 larger-than-life TVs playing sporting events of all kinds and with three extra TVs in the restroom, so you’ll never miss a moment of post-game wrap up or a single pitch in a competing team’s game. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ballpark and the right-field facade, which displays the retired numbers of Red Sox greats, Tony C’s offers one of the best views of the ballpark without being inside. Head up to the rooftop deck and the view only gets better. With a retractable roof and a bar wall painted in Fenway green, the top floor looks like and extension of the ballpark just across the way. From local microbrews to your favorite timeless easy-drinking options, Tony C’s offers 20 beers on draft and a wall of liquor for mixed drinks and their tasty cocktail menu. If you’re still hungry after the game, try one the house specialties like the steak tips, eggplant parmesan, fish and chips or fish tacos. If you enjoy your time at Tony C’s, or if you just want to play a part in the man’s continued legacy, join the restaurant and its fans by signing a petition to retire Tony C’s number for the 51st anniversary of his first game with the Sox. That way you’ll see Tony’s #25 next year when you look out at that wall of retired greats.
Tony C’s: 1265 Boylston Street, 617-236-7369
Built out of an old gas station, Tasty Burger’s flagship Boylston location opened in 2010 and since, the company has won over the city’s taste buds ever since. Tasty Burger has become the “Official Burger of the Boston Red Sox” and it’s expanding throughout Boston with two stands inside the park, three more throughout the city, and an expansion to Washington DC in the works. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Tasty Burger is already known as one of Fenway’s best lunch spots, but it’s also a prime location for post-game grub and all-around late-night eats. Owned by the Franklin Group—the group also behind Citizen’s Public House and Oyster Bar, just across the street—Tasty Burger’s neon marquee and walk-up window is reminiscent of the exciting burger joints of the 40’s and 50’s, but it also offers many modern amenities. With a spacious eat-in area, 21 tables and a hidden nook of seating tucked away next to their lone pool table, Tasty Burger’s menu may be limited, but the food is delivered fast and made with all-natural beef—free from hormones. Despite its retro feel, Tasty Burger offers modern day high-quality standards at old-timey, modest prices. Dine in and enjoy a mug, can or pitcher of a microbrew while taking in the game highlights on the few TVs that don’t overwhelm, but provide the appropriate amount of Red Sox recaps. Sports legends have been known to eat here, so why shouldn’t you? Get the “Big Tasty,” or if you’re with a group, order the sack of 5 burgers starting at $25.50. Vegetarians have a veggie burger option and if you’re more in the mood for fried chicken, there’s a “Crispy Chicken Sandwich,” a “Buffalo Chicken Sandwich,” the “Chicky Chicky Parm Parm Sandwich” and Chicken Nuggets. If you haven’t had your fill of Fenway Franks, try their ¼-pound all-beef dog with optional add-ons.
Tasty Burger: 1301 Boylston Street, 617-425-4444
What about you? Where do you wind down after a game?