No Ticket? No Problem: The Best Spots to Watch the Sox!
We recently explored best places to pre-game in The Fenway before hitting the ballpark, and now we're focusing on some of our favorite spots to take in an inning (or nine) for those of us without tickets. We know that The Fenway is awesome to get some work done or break a sweat, but let's not forget that this is a baseball town. Here goes:
Bleacher Bar is open 363 days a year, but its unmatched view and exclusive access are best utilized on Game Day. If you don’t have a ticket, this is the best place—and the only place—to see a home game in person. With their entrance next to the ticket window at Gate C, Bleacher Bar offers a rare and memorable experience in our historic ballpark with three rows of seats and standing room looking out a garage-style windowed door onto the centerfield lawn. The window seats go quickly, usually filling up around batting practice, but there are plenty of other tables with TV views keeping you in the game. Early-bird fans are usually nice enough to let you take a peek from their well-earned prized positions. Dark and cavernous, Bleacher Bar used to be the visiting team’s batting cage and maintenance space, but now offers framed Sox memorabilia and reasonably priced food and drink in a great place to beat the bleacher seat heat.
When it comes to drinks, bartender Josh Millman recommends a Miller High Life and a shot of Jagermeister. You won’t find a list of classic cocktails here, but that’s probably not what you’re looking for anyway. Expect macro-brews, mixed drinks and a host of shot options. When it comes to food, Bleacher Bar boasts award-winning sandwiches with Pastrami, Corned Beef, Brisket, Pork Belly Cuban, Beef on Weck, Meatball, Chicken and Portobello options, as well as a variety of sliders, clubs, soups and salads. Guests must be 21 and over, or accompanied by a legal guardian, but there’s never a cover and you won’t have to worry about the high price of tickets.
Bleacher Bar: 82 Lansdowne Street, 617-262-2424
Since 1962, Baseball Tavern has been offering a hangout for locals and visitors alike—although being a member of the Fenway Faithful probably helps. It’s got four floors including an in-the-know basement bar with classic video games and bubble hockey, two more floors of indoor bars and restaurant, and an infamous rooftop bar. Baseball Tavern may not offer a view into the park, but you can see the right field wall from the open-air lookout and you’re sure to really feel it when you hear the cheers and jeers from the stadium across the street. There are plenty of TVs, baseball fans and an extensive menu to curb your appetite while you cling to every pitch.
Baseball Tavern: 1270 Boylston Street, 617-867-6526
Walking over the highway on Brookline Ave, Cask ‘n Flagon comes into view around the same time as the Green Monster, and, over time, the establishment has grown to be almost as iconic. A sports institution and classic game-watching watering hole, Cask ‘n Flagon is just about the closest you can get to the ballpark without actually being in it. Patio seating is great for watching fans shuffle in, but once the game starts head inside for their 60” high-definition televisions. You can almost feel the pulse of Fenway from the fans across the street. The ever-present roar of the crowd is truly infectious, and if someone belts one over the Monster, it may just land right outside. Walls are adorned with photos of Boston sports legends and the menu reflects every facet of pub fare. If you’re drinking here, it’s typically beer—and there’s plenty to choose from—but check out their seasonal cocktail and sangria specials for something different. Stop into Cask ‘n Flagon on game day and learn why ESPN named it a “Top 10 Baseball Bar in America.”
Cask ‘n Flagon: 62 Brookline Avenue, 617-536-4840
What about you? Where do you watch the game when you’re not in America’s most beloved ballpark?