If one goes to the Fenway area any time between November and March, this area of Boston is a ghost town on weekday nights. Unless there is a concert at the House of Blues, the bars and restaurants look like they’re going out of business. However, this all changes on Opening Day. From the first home game to the last post season game, you can’t get a seat in these places unless you get there three hours before the game, and even then you may be standing.
Beer and baseball go hand and hand and I wanted to create my top 5 list of drinking spots before and after the game.
#5 – Cask ‘n Flagon- located right outside Fenway Park on the corner of Lansdowne Street and Brookline Ave. I like this place because it is one of the bigger places to go to before or after a game. Other than the main bar, they also have satellite bars set up inside, so getting a quick beer is easy. Get there at least 90 minutes before the game though or you’ll be waiting outside to get in.
#4 – Bleacher Bar- located on Lansdowne Street inside the Green Monster at Fenway Park. This unique bar opened up a few years ago and it literally is inside the Monster. They have a large tinted window that allows you to watch the game from center field and a 2 way mirror in the men’s room so you can use the urinal and look through the window and see the game live. It’s a cool place to check out on a game day, but it is VERY small inside, so get there early, stick around for a few innings and see the game from inside the wall.
#3 – Tequila Rain- located on Lansdowne Street at the Jillian’s Complex. It’s located on the first floor and is very big. If you’re going for dinner, they have a large eating area; if you’re going for drinks they put tables around the dance floor to accommodate extra people. This place is my number one, weekend night, post-game spot. You’ll never see a shortage of fans dancing on the floor after a Friday night Sox game, mingling with birthday girls and out-of-towners.
#2 – Boston Beer Works- located on Brookline Ave. It’s a good place if you like craft beers and good food. If I’m going to dinner before the game, this is my spot. Fried pickles and a beer sample plank is what I am talking about. Each month they change their featured beers so there is a variety to choose from. Get there early, because there is usually a wait and if they have the Godzilla beer on tap, grab a few of them.
#1 – Baseball Tavern- located on Boylston Street right behind Fenway Park. This multi-level place is great for pre and post-game activities. They have an awesome roof deck which rocks during the late spring and summer seasons. Each of the 4 levels have a full bar, and on busy game days, they also have satellite bars setup. They have a large college kid following, so there are people here even on nights there are no games. A nice perk is if you need tickets, Higs Tickets is located in the basement.
Have fun before and after the game, just remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.