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PyeongChang two days ahead of opening of 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Pyeongchang two days ahead of opening of 2018 Winter Olympic Games
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Where to Drink in Boston While Watching the Winter Olympics

Watch figure skaters twirl gracefully through the air as you swirl decidedly ungracefully through these sports bars

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Pyeongchang two days ahead of opening of 2018 Winter Olympic Games
| Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

The 2018 Winter Olympics begin tomorrow in Pyeongchang, South Korea, so it’s time to start thinking about where to watch them from Boston. While drinking.

Sure, it’s very cold, and staying in to watch the Olympics at home might seem like a better option than dressing for the weather and trudging to a bar, but guess what? It’s really cold in Pyeongchang right now, too, so pop that parka on, and head out into the cold in solidarity with all those frigid Olympic athletes in South Korea. (Yes, while drinking.)

Here are some of the best places in and around the city to watch the Olympics. (And maybe check this ice luge situation out, too.)

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

Another note: Because of the massive time difference between South Korea and the United States, a lot of events will be airing as Americans are about to sleep, are sleeping, or are just waking from sleep. As such, not every event will be aired live at these bars.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Parlor Sports

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1 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0231
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Go to this Inman Square joint, drink some craft beer, and watch as a bunch of has-beens and never-weres try to lead the US men’s ice hockey team to Olympic gold for the first time since 1980.

Parlor Sports
Parlor Sports
Parlor Sports [official photo, via Facebook]

2. The Fours

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166 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-4455
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Don’t wear any team hats from New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Philadelphia, Chicago...eh, you get the point. The Fours is a townie sports bar on Canal Street near TD Garden, and its patrons love their Boston sports teams. The televisions will be playing the Winter Olympics — though hockey will probably dominate the screens.

Sports!
The Fours [official photo, via Facebook]

3. The Phoenix Landing

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512 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-6260
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The Phoenix Landing plays all things sports. (For example, the team is waking up early to show Six Nations rugby matches at the moment.) Get a Magners on ice or a Guinness and watch the US biathlon team try to capture its first-ever Olympic medal.

A great spot to watch some ice games
The Phoenix Landing [official photo, via Facebook]

4. Lulu's Allston

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421 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 787-1117
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Get the fried chicken sandwich; get a Jack’s Abby house lager because it’s delicious and local; watch Chloe Kim twist and flip through the air above the halfpipe en route to her first Olympic gold medal.

Lulu’s Allston
The tap tower at Lulu’s is stacked with good beer
Lulu’s Allston [official photo, via Facebook]

5. Porter Belly's Pub

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338 Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 254-3300
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While Porter Belly’s is more well-suited to soccer and rugby, it’s still an excellent bar at which to watch sports. A pint of Guinness and some bobsledding, anybody?

Porter Belly’s Pub
Snow Guinness awaits inside
Porter Belly’s Pub [official photo, via Facebook]

6. Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill (Fenway)

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1265 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 236-7369
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There are several Tony C’s locations, and a sports fan can find a lot of televisions at all of them, but the Fenway location is best for these purposes. The bar was named for Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro, after all. Grab a cheap, light domestic lager, and watch as the Dutch absolutely dominate everyone in speed skating.

Tony C’s has GOT some TVs

tony c’s fenway
Tony C’s has GOT some televisions
Tony C’s [official photo, via Facebook]

7. Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

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307 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-4948
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Drinkers are greeted with painted scenes from the Tuck Rule Game as they enter the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse. The NFL season is over (as we all know far too well), but the Clubhouse will be showing the Olympics for the next two weeks. Drown your Super Bowl sorrows by drinking half a dozen Coors Lights and watching strangers strapped into oversized skis launch themselves through the air.

coolidge corner clubhouse
Go for the Boston sports stadium recreations, stay for the men’s figure skating
Coolidge Corner Clubhouse [official photo, via Facebook]

8. Punter's Pub

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450 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

This place is a dive, but there are darts and billiards, so it’s a fun dive. More cheap beer — and more skiing events you won’t think of for another four years once these Winter Olympics have ended.

punter’s pub
Punter’s is an experience
Punter’s Pub [official photo, via Facebook]

9. Slade’s Bar & Grill

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958 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 442-4600
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Slade’s is mostly known for its soul food and as an entertainment venue — go there to see music (soul, jazz, blues, hip hop, or R&B) or stand-up comedy — but it’ll be showing the Olympics on the televisions at the bar. Go catch some cross-country skiing, and go catch some jazz too.

Slade’s Bar & Grill
Slade’s Bar & Grill
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10. Stats Bar & Grille

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77 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-9300
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Get a vodka soda with a lime to blend in with the locals, and watch as Shaun White attempts to regain Olympic glory.

Stats Bar & Grille
No shortage of televisions at Stats
Stats Bar & Grille [official photo, via Facebook]

11. The Haven

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2 Perkins St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-2836
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Go to the Haven, eat the haggis, drink a creamy, perfect Belhaven Ale, and look around in bewilderment after realizing those people on the television aren’t sweeping the floor — they’re playing an Olympic sport called curling.

Interior of the Haven, a Scottish restaurant in Boston’s Jamaica Plain, featuring an antler chandelier and simple tables and chairs.
The interior of the Haven feels like an authentic Scottish pub
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

12. Eire Pub

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795 Adams St
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 436-0088
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The Eire is a classic Dorchester Irish pub: the perfect place to get nice and loose on a cold school night while watching even colder people perform remarkable feats of athleticism.

The Eire Pub is pretty into being an Irish pub
The Eire [official photo, via Facebook]

1. Parlor Sports

1 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
Parlor Sports
Parlor Sports
Parlor Sports [official photo, via Facebook]

Go to this Inman Square joint, drink some craft beer, and watch as a bunch of has-beens and never-weres try to lead the US men’s ice hockey team to Olympic gold for the first time since 1980.

1 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

2. The Fours

166 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
Sports!
The Fours [official photo, via Facebook]

Don’t wear any team hats from New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Philadelphia, Chicago...eh, you get the point. The Fours is a townie sports bar on Canal Street near TD Garden, and its patrons love their Boston sports teams. The televisions will be playing the Winter Olympics — though hockey will probably dominate the screens.

166 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114

3. The Phoenix Landing

512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
A great spot to watch some ice games
The Phoenix Landing [official photo, via Facebook]

The Phoenix Landing plays all things sports. (For example, the team is waking up early to show Six Nations rugby matches at the moment.) Get a Magners on ice or a Guinness and watch the US biathlon team try to capture its first-ever Olympic medal.

512 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Lulu's Allston

421 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
Lulu’s Allston
The tap tower at Lulu’s is stacked with good beer
Lulu’s Allston [official photo, via Facebook]

Get the fried chicken sandwich; get a Jack’s Abby house lager because it’s delicious and local; watch Chloe Kim twist and flip through the air above the halfpipe en route to her first Olympic gold medal.

421 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

5. Porter Belly's Pub

338 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135
Porter Belly’s Pub
Snow Guinness awaits inside
Porter Belly’s Pub [official photo, via Facebook]

While Porter Belly’s is more well-suited to soccer and rugby, it’s still an excellent bar at which to watch sports. A pint of Guinness and some bobsledding, anybody?

338 Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135

6. Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill (Fenway)

1265 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
tony c’s fenway
Tony C’s has GOT some televisions
Tony C’s [official photo, via Facebook]

There are several Tony C’s locations, and a sports fan can find a lot of televisions at all of them, but the Fenway location is best for these purposes. The bar was named for Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro, after all. Grab a cheap, light domestic lager, and watch as the Dutch absolutely dominate everyone in speed skating.

Tony C’s has GOT some TVs

1265 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

7. Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

307 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
coolidge corner clubhouse
Go for the Boston sports stadium recreations, stay for the men’s figure skating
Coolidge Corner Clubhouse [official photo, via Facebook]

Drinkers are greeted with painted scenes from the Tuck Rule Game as they enter the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse. The NFL season is over (as we all know far too well), but the Clubhouse will be showing the Olympics for the next two weeks. Drown your Super Bowl sorrows by drinking half a dozen Coors Lights and watching strangers strapped into oversized skis launch themselves through the air.

307 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

8. Punter's Pub

450 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
punter’s pub
Punter’s is an experience
Punter’s Pub [official photo, via Facebook]

This place is a dive, but there are darts and billiards, so it’s a fun dive. More cheap beer — and more skiing events you won’t think of for another four years once these Winter Olympics have ended.

450 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

9. Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120
Slade’s Bar & Grill
Slade’s Bar & Grill
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Slade’s is mostly known for its soul food and as an entertainment venue — go there to see music (soul, jazz, blues, hip hop, or R&B) or stand-up comedy — but it’ll be showing the Olympics on the televisions at the bar. Go catch some cross-country skiing, and go catch some jazz too.

958 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120

10. Stats Bar & Grille

77 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127
Stats Bar & Grille
No shortage of televisions at Stats
Stats Bar & Grille [official photo, via Facebook]

Get a vodka soda with a lime to blend in with the locals, and watch as Shaun White attempts to regain Olympic glory.

77 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127

11. The Haven

2 Perkins St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Interior of the Haven, a Scottish restaurant in Boston’s Jamaica Plain, featuring an antler chandelier and simple tables and chairs.
The interior of the Haven feels like an authentic Scottish pub
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Go to the Haven, eat the haggis, drink a creamy, perfect Belhaven Ale, and look around in bewilderment after realizing those people on the television aren’t sweeping the floor — they’re playing an Olympic sport called curling.

2 Perkins St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

12. Eire Pub

795 Adams St, Boston, MA 02124
The Eire Pub is pretty into being an Irish pub
The Eire [official photo, via Facebook]

The Eire is a classic Dorchester Irish pub: the perfect place to get nice and loose on a cold school night while watching even colder people perform remarkable feats of athleticism.

795 Adams St
Boston, MA 02124

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