While Boston sports fans are known for their unwavering allegiance to local sports teams and pack into area bars each week, it can be difficult to find the perfect place to watch your favorite out-of-state college sports teams play while you’re traveling. To make sure you’re not alone on game day, use our list of the best bars in Boston to surround yourself with familiar alumni and fellow diehard fans as you cheer your team to victory.
Bar details: Just up the street from Boston’s Park Street subway station, the Barracuda Tavern calls to Iowa Hawkeye fans. The bar offers a variety of lunch and dinner options as well as different daily specials each week. Taco Tuesdays and Wing Wednesdays give Hawkeyes options for cheap eats, and because the bar is open until 2 a.m. each night, fans can celebrate a big win until the wee hours.
Who watches here: A small but proud group of alumni from the University of Iowa gather here for football on Saturdays and occasional basketball games during the season. Game watches are organized regularly and the Boston IOWA club page is frequently updated with additional details.
Bar details: Battery Park is where the sophisticated after-work scene meets rowdy Notre Dame sports fans. The bar has an old Boston feel amplified by the rich mahogany woodwork prominent throughout the entire bar. Split skillet nachos or devour one of Battery Park’s mouthwatering burgers on the menu while watching your team on one of the 17 flat screen TVs mounted throughout the bar. The extensive drink list here offers a selection of wines, cocktails and 16 beers on draft to take the edge off a too-close-for-comfort game.
Who watches here: You can find Notre Dame fans anywhere and Boston is no exception. Camaraderie is one of the cornerstones of the school’s alumni group and game watches are regularly scheduled on Saturdays at Battery Park. Check out the official Notre Dame Club Mugs and game watch t-shirts, both of which will get you specials during the games.
Bar details: Catch all of the weekend’s big games on Cask ‘n Flagon’s 60+ High Def TVs. The bar’s comfortable atmosphere and huge menu make it a perfect place to grab a beer and some of your favorite game time snacks. Cask ‘n Flagon also has a private function room, which can be reserved if you want to get a group of your old classmates together to cheer on your team.
Who watches here: Everyone is invited to watch the top college sports games at Cask ‘n Flagon. Go here if you’re not afraid of a little smack talk and friendly rivalry amongst others.
Bar details: Located in Boston’s Financial District, Central Wharf Co. has three full bars spanning two floors, a diverse menu, and large TVs for prime viewing. This bar has a large selection of craft beers and hand crafted cocktails in addition to lots of Boston seafood options on the menu.
Who watches here: Find Clemson alumni at Central Wharf Co. each week cheering on the Tigers.
Bar details: Clerys has a dedicated space for fans of the Georgia Bulldogs to cheer on their team with game volume. Drink specials, like $18 buckets of beer and $5 souvenir cups are available to Georgia fans, as well as an array of food options and giveaways.
Who watches here: Clerys is 15 years and going strong as the official Boston home of University of Georgia Bulldog fans. The UGA Boston Alumni Club makes sure that Southern foods, including complimentary boiled peanuts, fried chicken, and biscuits, are available during each game.
Bar details: A popular place to watch college sports, a variety of alumni groups regularly meet here to support their team. The Baseball Tavern has three floors available for hosting college game nights, and offers buffet food options and a cash bar for fans.
Who watches here: Tigers fans represent LSU at The Baseball Tavern on game days. The National LSU Alumni Association and its local chapters are formed by diehard fans, since the only requirement to become a member is that you love LSU. Other schools with alumni groups found cheering on their team here include Wisconsin, Cal, Oregon State and Purdue.
Bar details: Game On offers viewers wide-screen TVs, standard bar fare, an indoor batting cage and ping pong tournaments downstairs at Blazing Paddles. Saturdays during the fall here are dedicated to college football and with a variety of beers on tap and a build your own pizza option, college sports fans will lose track of time here.
Who watches here: Both the Northwestern Club of Boston and Arizona State alum cheer on their respective Wildcats at Game On.
Bar details: Not only is it one of the “greatest” bars in Boston, it also has some of the “greatest” weekly specials from 4pm to 7pm. Arrive early to stake out your spot at the bar before a weeknight game and enjoy $1 burgers on Mondays, $2 cheese pizzas on Tuesdays and appetizers at half price on Wednesdays. There are 24 high def TVs as well as a 14-foot high def TV, the largest in Boston, so you won’t have to compete with others for a good view of the game.
Who watches here: The Greatest Bar is shared by the Illini Club of New England, The Greater Boston Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, and the Texas Exes. Most groups meet up on the second floor, but the bar’s various floors allow fans to spread out and take advantage of food and drink specials.
Bar details: Dubbed one of the “friendlies pubs in the hub,” this bar offers a variety of locally brewed beers in addition to a fully stocked liquor bar. Several televisions are available for viewing your favorite college sports teams and an upper loft area is perfect for private viewing functions. The kitchen is open til 1 a.m. every night of the week, so you can order snacks long after the game ends.
Who watches here: University of Oregon fans flock to this Boston bar 30 minutes before game time to root for the Ducks. There are raffles, ever-changing specials and the friendliest staff around to make your game experience great.
Bar details: With over 70,000 square feet, walls of high def TVs, bowling lanes and pool tables, Lucky Strike Jillian’s is the perfect place to watch a game with your whole family. Show your team some support from the comfort of a plush couch or plant yourself at the bar during the game. At half time, stay entertained bowling, playing pool or snacking on the burger of the month.
Who watches here: Texas A&M Aggies gather on the 2nd or 3rd floor of Lucky Strike Jillian’s to watch their team play. Texas A&M fans spanning the Northeast states of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island gather every Saturday for game watches, and the New England Aggies hold events at least once a month.
Bar details: Offering classic Irish-American lunch and dinner favorites and a full bar until 2am each day, J.J. Foley’s Café is an excellent place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Friendly service and TVs throughout the restaurant make it a convenient place to watch college sports in downtown Boston.
Who watches here: Gamecocks in the South Carolina Alumni of Boston attend watch parties at J.J. Foley’s during the season. Here, USC alumni don garnet and black colors to bring a taste of Gamecock Country to Downtown Crossing.
Bar details: Lansdowne Pub combines Irish culture with Boston Heritage to create a lively atmosphere that packs people in each week. Food and drink specials add to this bar’s appeal as 35 cent wings are available an hour before kickoff and $20 buckets of select beers. The adjoining Bills Bar makes for a great place to transition to after the game.
Who watches here: Ohio State Buckeyes young and old in Boston gather each week to cheer their team. During the day, games can be watched at Landsdowne Pub, while night games are shown next door at Bills Bar. For families, the alumni group has a Kids Corner every game day where crafts, balloons and kids menus are available.
Bar details: While Lir is known for showing many international sports games, throughout the week, the focus shifts to college sports on the weekend. There are many HDTVs mounted throughout the bar and food and drink specials that appeal to those staying for the full game.
Who watches here: Watch the University of Miami Hurricane’s games are on the big TV screens at Lir. This spot is also popular with the University of Virginia Club of Boston.
Bar details: Dubbed America’s first sports-themed bar, McGreevy’s is a great place to watch sports. There are 20+ HDTVs with full sound, game day specials and 25 cent wings every Monday night. The bar has a room dedicated to red zone action shown on a giant projection screen and has created one of the best game day atmospheres.
Who watches here: McGreevy’s serves as the headquarters for three powerhouses: University of Michigan, University of Southern California and University of Oklahoma. These schools have alumni no matter where you are in the country, so you can feel at home cheering amongst fellow fans. Game watches include a dedicated staff, full audio, special promotions, swag, and giveaways.
Bar details: King’s is more than just a great Boston bar to watch college sports. Fans come here to watch games on the HDTVs and end up staying long after the final whistle blows to enjoy bowling, shooting pool and indulging in great food and drinks.
Who watches here: Boston Seminoles meet at King’s each week to watch Florida State college sports teams in action. The watch parties are free to attend and begin 30 minutes before kickoff.
Bar details: Conveniently located near the TD Garden, Porters Bar and Grill has some of the best burgers in Boston, heaping servings of fries, and an extensive draft beer list. A friendly staff and several, large TVs for game day viewing add to this bar’s appeal.
Who watches here: Whether local or just visiting, Nebraska alum convene at Porters Bar and Grill to cheer on the Huskers each week. All Husker football games, including pay-per-view games are televised here.
Bar details: Just minutes from the Porter Square train stop, Tavern in the Square has ample room for sports fans and a variety of beers on tap every day. With 17 TVs, two big screen projectors, and all the major broadcasting networks, you can’t go wrong at Tavern in the Square.
Who watches here: Across the river from University of Michigan fans at McGreevy’s, fellow alumni also gather at Tavern in the Square in Porter Square. Cheer the Wolverines to victory and enjoy a 20% discount on food during the game.
Bar details: With a lively atmosphere and ample room to pace around when the game gets close, the North Star is one of the best bars in Boston to watch college sports. It has a bistro-style menu with favorites like sliders, sandwiches and salads and a number of drink options, including $3 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Narrangasett.
Who watches here: The North Star is a popular spot for college sports. In particular, fans of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, University of Colorado Buffaloes, University of Central Florida Knights, University of Arizona Wildcats, Kansas State University Wildcats and Virginia Tech Hokies. Alumni can even enjoy indoor tailgates here with corn hole and Beirut competitions.
Bar details: The Pour House is a no frills bar with inexpensive food and drink options. In other words, it is one of the best bars in Boston to get rowdy cheering on college sports teams. Specials rotate monthly and flat screen TVs are mounted on each floor for excellent viewing opportunities.
Who watches here: The Pour House is the official bar of the Boston Orange. Syracuse alumni congregate here to show their school pride and cheer their team to victory.
Bar details: Serving the Allston neighborhood of Boston, White Horse Tavern has a casual and comfortable environment for watching college sports on TV. Grab a booth and watch the game on one of the 17 plasma TVs or hover around the pool tables in between checking the score.
Who watches here: University of Alabama alumni in Boston roll into this bar to cheer on the Crimson Tide. White Horse Tavern also televises a number of SEC games, so Alabama fans can keep tabs on their rivals here.