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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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Parlor Sports

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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.

Crowded interior of a narrow, casual bar with sports bar vibes. A sign on a wall reads Inman Boxing.
Parlor Sports
Parlor Sports [official photo, via Facebook]

The Fours

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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]

The Phoenix Landing

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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]

Lulu's Allston

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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.

Empty interior photo of a casual bar and restaurant with a brick wall and bright red accents.
The tap tower at Lulu’s is stacked with good beer
Lulu’s Allston [official photo, via Facebook]

Porter Belly's Pub

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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]

Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill (Fenway)

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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]

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

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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]

Punter's Pub

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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]

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.

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

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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]

The Haven

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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
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Eire Pub

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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]

Parlor Sports

Crowded interior of a narrow, casual bar with sports bar vibes. A sign on a wall reads Inman Boxing.
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.

Crowded interior of a narrow, casual bar with sports bar vibes. A sign on a wall reads Inman Boxing.
Parlor Sports
Parlor Sports [official photo, via Facebook]

The Fours

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.

Sports!
The Fours [official photo, via Facebook]

The Phoenix Landing

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.

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

Lulu's Allston

Empty interior photo of a casual bar and restaurant with a brick wall and bright red accents.
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.

Empty interior photo of a casual bar and restaurant with a brick wall and bright red accents.
The tap tower at Lulu’s is stacked with good beer
Lulu’s Allston [official photo, via Facebook]

Porter Belly's Pub

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?

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

Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill (Fenway)

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

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

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

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.

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

Punter's Pub

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.

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

Slade’s Bar & Grill

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.

Slade’s Bar & Grill
Slade’s Bar & Grill
Google Maps

Stats Bar & Grille

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.

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

The Haven

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.

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

Eire Pub

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.

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

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