Few things go together like beer and college ball, especially when a good-natured wager is on the table. Get your brackets ready and head to these sports bars around Boston for dine-in and takeout during the next exciting NCAA tournament.
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen
A stone's throw from the Cambridge Museum of Science, Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen has everything to please the whole quarantine squad during March Madness. There are 34 rotating draft beer taps and just over a dozen specialty beers by the bottle. Even wines are available on tap or by the bottle. If you're looking for spirits, Blackmoor specializes in "the brown stuff." They have about 100 whiskies from Ireland, Scotland, and the U.S. Pair your beverage with burgers, flatbreads, or daily BBQ selections from the hardwood smoker. Once you've got your food and drink, sit back, relax, and enjoy the game on one of the many flat screens. Blackmoor is currently open for dine-in, patio, and takeout service. Brunch is served on the weekends.
Cathedral Station in Boston's South End is the first gay sports bar and neighborhood pub in the area. The ample patio space is great for watching sports al fresco. The beer list plays to popular favorites like Sam Adams, Miller, Bud, and Blue Moon. The cocktail list is ready for spring with a sangria duo, a basil gimlet, and a classic Aperol spritz. The food menu also skews towards traditional pub fare like nachos, mozzarella sticks, wings, and chicken tenders. Those that are feeling a bit hungrier can go for items like chicken wraps, an assortment of burgers, bourbon steak tips, or fish and chips. Oh, and did we mention there's free parking in the back?
Coolidge Corner Clubhouse
If you're looking for superior food with a healthy dose of nostalgia, Coolidge Corner Clubhouse is the spot for you. High-octane sports stills cover the walls and televisions line the perimeters of the bar and dining areas. Cozy up to the bar and check out the vintage baseball cards laid into the bartop. There are plenty of taps, many local, to get your drink on. Soak up the suds with nachos, tacos, or buffalo chicken dip to start. The menu is huge. There are plenty of wraps, burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs, and wing options to sate any palate (you can even get a salad if you're so inclined). For those with little sports fans, children are allowed in the dining area and there's a special menu just for them.
Stats Bar & Grill
Stats Bar & Grill is one of the best places in the South End to catch your favorite March Madness teams. Stats has 24 televisions throughout the bar so every seat has a view of the games. The food menu is huge! There are seven different burgers and 15 sandwiches on offer. And that's on top of the generous list of starters including steak and cheese spring rolls with chipotle sauce. The draft beers change seasonally but usually include local offerings like Sam Seasonal and Downeast Cider. Not feeling like dining in? Stats is offering takeout and delivery options as well via Uber Eats, DoorDash, and GrubHub. It's a win-win.
Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill
There are multiple locations of Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill in and around Boston making it convenient for sports enthusiasts throughout the city. Named after Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro, the spacious bars are excellent places to watch March Madness unfold. The menu is full of fun game day snacks like Philly cheesesteak wontons, two different flatbreads, or parmesan truffle fries. Hungrier sports fans should try the specialty of the house, the chicken Conigliaro, which is done scallopini style with angel hair pasta in a lemon, white wine, and caper sauce. There are several vegetarian options as well and a handful of menu items can be made gluten-free upon request. It wouldn't be game day without beer and Tony C's has nearly 30 on tap plus another dozen by the bottle.
Cask 'n Flagon
Cask 'n Flagon has been a Boston institution since 1969. The place is dripping with Boston sports nostalgia. Black and white sports photos (many by famed Boston globe photographer Dennis Brearley) capturing the Boston sports legacy cover the walls. There are 60 (yes, 60) televisions throughout the space. Blinking is the only excuse to miss a play. Chow down on house-smoked BBQ at halftime. It's done Texas-style and served with cornbread and a choice of two sides. There are pork belly burnt ends, beef brisket, St. Louis-style ribs, and pulled pork. The rest of the menu has plenty of burger options, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and shareable starters. Currently, the Marshfield location is the only one open for service while the Fenway location hibernates due to COVID-19.