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Where to Drink in Boston While Watching March Madness

Beers will be swilled; brackets will be busted

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It’s that time of year again when everyone in America becomes a college basketball expert for a few weeks. Brackets will be filled out with best intentions, but brackets will inevitably be busted. Phil from accounting will win the work pool (Phil always wins the work pool, but no one really minds because everyone knows it’s all Phil has going for him); cold, raw March will yield to April flowers; and there will be millions fewer college basketball experts in America.

March Madness is exciting because it asks otherwise objective observers to get behind a team for which they hold no allegiance, and to become a super fan of that team in an instant. This blind support is made even more intoxicating when shared with a bunch of strangers at a bar.

Hitch your wagon to Wichita State (always a dark horse championship threat), and head to these Boston bars to help a bunch of strangers urge the Shockers to victory.

Note: Map points are listed geographically from north to south, not ranked.

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1. Parlor Sports

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1 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0231
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These folks like sports — it’s right there in the name, y’all. Lots of televisions, lots of craft beer. And after the game, head next door to Trina’s Starlite Lounge for a cocktail.

Parlor Sports
Sports!
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2. Grafton Street Pub & Grill

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1230 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 497-0400
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Grafton Street is projecting March Madness games on its pull-down screens. Grab a beer and some fried chicken, and pray that this is the year a No. 16 seed finally beats a No. 1 seed.

Grafton Street patio
Grafton Street is projecting the March Madness games
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3. Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen

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1 Chelsea St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 580-8166
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Go to Charlestown for the college hoops, and stay for the Bunker Hill Monument. The Blackmoor has a massive tap tower, so there’s no way a drinker won’t find what he’s looking for.

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Watch some hoops at the Blackmoor in Charlestown
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen/Facebook

4. Sullivan's Tap

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168 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114

Sullivan’s Tap is better known as a place to drink before professional basketball games, but they’ll be screening the Madness too. Bonus: cheap beers and pool tables.

Sullivan’s Tap
Sully’s is a popular stop before Celtics games
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5. The Fours

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166 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-4455
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While you’re at it over by TD Garden, head to the Fours. It’s another of the area’s great sports bars. It’s more of a Bruins joint (it’s named for Bobby Orr’s number, after all), but they’ll be showing the college hoops.

The Fours
Another TD Garden area sports bar
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6. Tavern in the Square

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161 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 782-8100
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Avoid this place on Thursdays (at all costs). Otherwise, it’s not a bad place to have a 20-ounce Budweiser and watch some sports. We get it: It’s a chain, and it has an unfortunate nickname. It also has many screens for the many college hoops games you want to watch.

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Avoid Tavern in the Square on Thursdays
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7. McGreevy's

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911 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 262-0911
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McGreevy’s tagline, “America’s first sports bar,” is a bit misleading; it’s a decade-old replica of 3rd Base Saloon, which was located elsewhere in Boston and may have been America’s first sports bar. But first or not, McGreevy’s definitely is a sports bar. Drink some cheap domestic beers and cheer like hell when Duke loses in the first round.

McGreevy’s is a good spot for all you Back Bay Madness chasers
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8. Cask 'n Flagon

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62 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-4840
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In less than a month, there will be ample reason to head to the Cask ‘n Flagon. But until balls start flying over the Monster at Fenway, college basketball on televisions will have to do. The Flagon is a Fenway classic, and they’ve got enough televisions to watch as that Cinderella No. 13 seed charges through to the Elite Eight.

Cask n Flagon patio
One of two Fenway-area bars on this list
Cask ‘n Flagon [official photo]

9. Champions

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110 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-5304
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Champions kind of looks like what someone in 1950 probably thought 2018 would look like. The weirdly futuristic interior aside, there are about a billion televisions inside. Grab some beers and some calamari, and tell everyone how much you know about half-court defense.

Champions Boston
The odd future of Champions
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10. Game On

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82 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 351-7001
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There aren’t many places in the city where patrons can play ping pong. Game On is one of those places. Once bored of the Madness, challenge a friend to some pong. Loser buys the next round of Bud Lights.

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Sticking with the Fenway vibes
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11. Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

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307 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-4948
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I love this bar; I want everyone to love this bar. The bar top is decorated with old baseball cards — a killer touch for patrons predisposed to a certain kind of nostalgia — and there is Pac-Man. Eat some ghosts; drink some beers; pray for an early tournament exit for Duke.

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Ah, the Clubhouse
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12. Stats Bar & Grille

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77 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-9300
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Southie loves its basketball, kehd! Come March Madness time, Stats should be bumping with people talking about stats — while getting drunk off light, domestic lagers.

Stats Bar & Grille
This bar is named for stats, kehd!
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13. Sonny Walker's

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380 Warren St
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 442-7023
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Sonny Walker’s has live music, a pool table, and sports playing on its many televisions. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch some funk music while also watching as Duke bows out early.

Sonny Walker’s
Play pool, listen to music, watch sports
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1. Parlor Sports

1 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
Parlor Sports
Sports!
Parlor Sports/Facebook

These folks like sports — it’s right there in the name, y’all. Lots of televisions, lots of craft beer. And after the game, head next door to Trina’s Starlite Lounge for a cocktail.

1 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

2. Grafton Street Pub & Grill

1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Grafton Street patio
Grafton Street is projecting the March Madness games
James Ringrose/Grafton Street

Grafton Street is projecting March Madness games on its pull-down screens. Grab a beer and some fried chicken, and pray that this is the year a No. 16 seed finally beats a No. 1 seed.

1230 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen

1 Chelsea St, Charlestown, MA 02129
blackmoor charlestown
Watch some hoops at the Blackmoor in Charlestown
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen/Facebook

Go to Charlestown for the college hoops, and stay for the Bunker Hill Monument. The Blackmoor has a massive tap tower, so there’s no way a drinker won’t find what he’s looking for.

1 Chelsea St
Charlestown, MA 02129

4. Sullivan's Tap

168 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
Sullivan’s Tap
Sully’s is a popular stop before Celtics games
Sullivan’s Tap/Facebook

Sullivan’s Tap is better known as a place to drink before professional basketball games, but they’ll be screening the Madness too. Bonus: cheap beers and pool tables.

168 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114

5. The Fours

166 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
The Fours
Another TD Garden area sports bar
The Fours/Facebook

While you’re at it over by TD Garden, head to the Fours. It’s another of the area’s great sports bars. It’s more of a Bruins joint (it’s named for Bobby Orr’s number, after all), but they’ll be showing the college hoops.

166 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114

6. Tavern in the Square

161 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134
tavern in the square allston
Avoid Tavern in the Square on Thursdays
Tavern in the Square/Facebook

Avoid this place on Thursdays (at all costs). Otherwise, it’s not a bad place to have a 20-ounce Budweiser and watch some sports. We get it: It’s a chain, and it has an unfortunate nickname. It also has many screens for the many college hoops games you want to watch.

161 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

7. McGreevy's

911 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115
McGreevy’s is a good spot for all you Back Bay Madness chasers
McGreevy’s/Facebook

McGreevy’s tagline, “America’s first sports bar,” is a bit misleading; it’s a decade-old replica of 3rd Base Saloon, which was located elsewhere in Boston and may have been America’s first sports bar. But first or not, McGreevy’s definitely is a sports bar. Drink some cheap domestic beers and cheer like hell when Duke loses in the first round.

911 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115

8. Cask 'n Flagon

62 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Cask n Flagon patio
One of two Fenway-area bars on this list
Cask ‘n Flagon [official photo]

In less than a month, there will be ample reason to head to the Cask ‘n Flagon. But until balls start flying over the Monster at Fenway, college basketball on televisions will have to do. The Flagon is a Fenway classic, and they’ve got enough televisions to watch as that Cinderella No. 13 seed charges through to the Elite Eight.

62 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

9. Champions

110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Champions Boston
The odd future of Champions
Champions/Facebook

Champions kind of looks like what someone in 1950 probably thought 2018 would look like. The weirdly futuristic interior aside, there are about a billion televisions inside. Grab some beers and some calamari, and tell everyone how much you know about half-court defense.

110 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116

10. Game On

82 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215
game on fenway
Sticking with the Fenway vibes
Game On/Facebook

There aren’t many places in the city where patrons can play ping pong. Game On is one of those places. Once bored of the Madness, challenge a friend to some pong. Loser buys the next round of Bud Lights.

82 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215

11. Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

307 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
coolidge corner clubhouse
Ah, the Clubhouse
Coolidge Corner Clubhouse/Facebook

I love this bar; I want everyone to love this bar. The bar top is decorated with old baseball cards — a killer touch for patrons predisposed to a certain kind of nostalgia — and there is Pac-Man. Eat some ghosts; drink some beers; pray for an early tournament exit for Duke.

307 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

12. Stats Bar & Grille

77 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127
Stats Bar & Grille
This bar is named for stats, kehd!
Stats Bar & Grille/Facebook

Southie loves its basketball, kehd! Come March Madness time, Stats should be bumping with people talking about stats — while getting drunk off light, domestic lagers.

77 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127

13. Sonny Walker's

380 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119
Sonny Walker’s
Play pool, listen to music, watch sports
Sonny Walker’s/Facebook

Sonny Walker’s has live music, a pool table, and sports playing on its many televisions. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch some funk music while also watching as Duke bows out early.

380 Warren St
Roxbury, MA 02119

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