Best Sport in Boston

2016

Parlor Sports

Somerville

This might be the only watering hole where stat geeks meet regularly to review the finer points of sabermetrics, and where themed events have names like “NBA Nerd Night.” Bonus:…Read More

2015 Best Sports Bar

Phoenix Landing

Cambridge

This Central Square pub’s many TVs play the Sox, the Bruins, and NFL games, depending on the time of year. But its true draw is football—the non-American kind, that is....Read More

2014 Best Sports Bar

Parlor Sports

Somerville

This Somerville mainstay feels as much like a clubhouse as a bar: Everyone knows everyone else, and regulars are quick to welcome newcomers into the fold. Weekly NBA Nerd Nights...Read More

2013 Best Sports Bar

Jerry Remy’s

Boston

This was a winner in our 2013 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2013 winners...Read More

2013 Best Sports Bar

Parlor Sports

Somerville

So many sports bars in Boston these days feel like impersonal warehouses, strewn, as they are, with a bajillion giant TVs over a zillion square feet. Parlor is the rare...Read More

2012 Best Sports Bar

Phoenix Landing

Cambridge

It’s time to change up your sports-bar rotation. Head to the Phoenix Landing, where soccer—er, football—is almost always on the telly. This pub is Boston’s official Liverpool FC clubhouse (the...Read More

2011 Best Sports Bar

Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill

Boston

Back during the NCAA basketball tournament, we spent an afternoon at the Remy’s near Fenway. It almost broke our head. It wasn’t just that there were a zillion TVs, but...Read More

2011 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

Okay, the size of the shoe wall doesn’t exactly bowl us over, and the array of athletic equipment is a mite thinner than what the big boxes carry. But when...Read More

2010 Best Sports Bar, Patriots

CBS Scene

Foxboro

CBS Scene is perched above the north end zone at Gillette Stadium, allowing fans unrivaled (and yes, unticketed) access to the game-day action. Tailgate among the foam fingers and clouds...Read More

2010 Best Sports Bar, Bruins

Sullivan’s Tap

Boston

Consider yourselves warned: This place features the same rough-and-tumble ethic as the B’s defensemen. Sure, there are other bars with superior viewing experiences, cleaner bathrooms, and more-refined crowds. But no...Read More

2010 Best Sports Bar, Celtics

The Four’s

Boston

The next best thing to box seats is a booth at the Four’s. Here, the dining room and bar feature warm woodwork and tasteful displays of sports photography, while the...Read More

2010 Best Sports Bar, Red Sox

Jerry Remy’s

Boston

Owned by Mr. Red Sox Nation himself, Jerry Remy’s has upped the ante (and the cholesterol count) for Fenway bars. The TVs are mammoth, and the kitchen serves a burger...Read More

2009 Best Sports Bar

The Four’s

Boston

The most important thing in the most important sports town in America is, aside from victory itself, finding the right place to soak up all the action. If you can’t...Read More

2009 Best Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Natick

City Sports has dominated this category for years, and if you’re trying to pull off athlete chic no matter the cost, it’s still a fine choice. Weekend warriors as concerned...Read More

2008 Best Sporting Goods

Hilton’s Tent City

Boston

From outdoor survivalists to weekend warriors (to those of us whose idea of camping is roasting s’mores over a portable stove), this North End hideaway has everything a walk in...Read More

2008 Best Sports Bar

The Four’s

Boston

Until the Celtics ended the long drought for the Garden’s resident teams, there wasn’t much cause for hanging around the arena to throw back beers. But with the C’s generating...Read More

2008 Best Sports Gear

City Sports

Cambridge

It has what a good sporting store should—which is to say, everything—but what sets City Sports apart is customer satisfaction. When we asked a sales associate which kind of catcher’s...Read More

2007 Best Sports Bar

Game On

Boston

If you’re like us, you can’t stand watching sports without the benefit of booze and high-def. At Game On, two bars amply stocked with top-shelf hooch get fans out of...Read More

2007 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Cambridge

The urban athlete is a creature who takes many forms. Thankfully, in these parts there are half a dozen City Sports locations to clothe and equip them, no matter their...Read More

2006 Best Sports Bar

Game On!

Boston

Big. Small. Flat Screen. Plasma. Game On has so many TVs—70 in all—it’ll always be airing whatever sport you want to watch. The Fenway Park spot packs in Sox fans...Read More

2006 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

Shelves and shelves of everything from Wiffle balls to free weights to tennis racquets to jogging gear to golf tees fill the seven locations of our sports authority. Last time...Read More

2005 Best Sports Bar

Game On! Sports Café

Boston

We expected nothing less than a perfect score when Patrick Lyons, owner of Kings, Avalon, and Sonsie, launched the new Game On! The hopped-up, multi-media Fenway bar brings Sox fans...Read More

2005 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

This locally based chain has the latest athletic apparel, from Adidas to Puma to Under Armour, and equipment for just about any sporty endeavor, including pedometers, snorkeling masks, and boxing

2004 Best Sports Bar

The Baseball Tavern

Boston

A reverential silence descends on this spartan tap room whenever the Sox play. The patrons and bartenders alike are true fans, and their passions are readily apparent on the slew...Read More

2004 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

Some sporting goods stores sell bicycles, basketball standards, and enough firearms to straighten out any quagmire. By contrast, City Sports covers fewer square feet than the superstores, but stocks things...Read More

2003 Best Sports Bar

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

Brookline

A moment of silence, please, for the newly shuttered Sports Depot in Allston, at one time the only true sports bar (thanks to its 70 TVs and $9.99 Sunday brunch)...Read More

2003 Best Sporting Goods

Thunder

Cambridge

Thunder calls itself the Sports Source. We call that truth in advertising. Trust us: This fast-growing suburban chain, which has now opened an outpost in Cambridge, has the gear you...Read More

2002 Best Sports Bar

The Sports Depot

Allston

Reigning sports bar champ Sports Depot almost lost its title this year to a cozy little bar in Coolidge Corner—that is, until the latter invoked a 90-minute table rule. Which...Read More

2002 Best Sporting Goods

Brine’s Sporting Goods

Cambridge

Brine’s offers not only a varied selection, focusing on lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and baseball, but also service to match. Every month, the nation’s oldest family-run sporting goods store—founded in 1867—brings...Read More

2001 Best Sports Facility, Named for a Company that May Not Be Around to See It Open

CMGI Field

2001 Best Sports Bar

Sports Depot

Allston

Where else can you watch the Red Sox on more than 75 TVs (including one in each rest room), choose from 40 beers on tap and in bottles, eat a...Read More

2001 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

We’re all for supporting the little guys, but we have yet to find a neighborhood shop that can offer even half of City Sports’ selection. With one swift stop, you...Read More

2000 Best Sports Bar

Allston Sports Depot

Allston

It takes a lot to win the title of best sports bar in this athletically frenzied town. But from the replica Fenway scoreboard out front to the 50 TVs hanging...Read More

2000 Best Sporting Goods

City Sports

Boston

Whether you just want to buy a Wiffle ball set on your way to the park or a top-notch pair of dumbbells, City Sports carries all the athletic support you...Read More

1998 Best Sports Bar

Good Times Billiards

Somerville

If you leave your own couch, bathroom, and refrigerator to enjoy a sporting event, then Good Times (aka The House of Fun) is the place for you. Huge TVs— 12...Read More

1998 Best Sporting Goods

Thunder, the Sports Source

Wellesley

A favorite with area high school and college athletes, Thunder’s modest Wellesley storefront camouflages an endless assortment of sporting goods in a huge space. Thunder is run by a family...Read More

1997 Best Sporting Goods

Hilton’s Tent City

Boston

If you take a trip to this netherworld between the Big Dig and North Station, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. It’s kind of like that place you went...Read More

1995 Best Sports Bar

Champion’s Sports Bar

Boston

When you go to a sports bar, you should feel like a sport. Such is the feeling at Champion’s, where table hockey, free-throwing hoop toss, and a full roster of...Read More

1993 Best Sporting Goods

Medford Square Sporting Goods

Medford

Tony Lucci’s store has the cluttered look of an old warehouse, but for more than 40 years he has had the goods when it comes to sporting gear, and at...Read More

1990 Best Sports Bar, Major League

Sports Depot

Allston

The profusion of television sets and the ambience make the Depot the next best thing to half-court seats at the Garden. And the food’s a lot better, too...Read More

1990 Best Sports Bar, Minor League

The Varsity Club

Quincy

This cozy neighborhood bar and grill is as green as the Monster, as partisan as the bleachers, and as youthful as spring training. And drafts are a buck...Read More

1989 Best Sportscaster, Radio and TV

John Dennis, Channel 7

Boston television’s only genuine sports reporter. Asks the tough questions, breaks news stories, and takes the job seriously. The inverse of Bob Lobel...Read More

1989 Best Sporting Moment of the Decade

11/23/84

Doug Flutie enters the realm of legend with his Hail Mary pass to Gerard Phelan against Miami in the Orange Bowl...Read More

1988 Best Sports, Record

Cohasset high school basketball player Bryan Edwards’s new career scoring record of 2,563 points, eclipsing the 12-year-old mark held by Somerville legend Ronnie Perry...Read More

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