Updated for the 2018 Season!
With the 2018 football season in full swing, there are many options in Boston to go out, enjoy some food and beverages and cheer for the Patriots along with other fans each week. However, Boston is home to many national and international NFL fans who come to the city for school or for the many job opportunities offered and with them comes allegiances to teams other than New England. Sure, DirecTV has the NFL package to get all the out-of-network NFL games and there are plenty of locations that offer this option, and if you get there early enough and the location is friendly, you can get set up with the game of your choosing. But then a bad call happens, or a blown defensive play and all you can do is mumble to yourself. Better yet, there is an incredible catch on third-down or a game-winning field goal, but there is no around around to celebrate with or even just get a congratulatory high-five. Luckily for the transplants, there are a lot of fan groups in Boston who gather at local establishments to cheer on their team together and also share in a little taste of home.
Working in real estate in Boston, I often work with clients who have relocated for work and who support their hometown teams and look for local establishments that cater to their team. Depending on how well they are represented in Boston, a local establishment will play host to an out-of-town team’s fan-base and will have the game on most TVs, with the volume on and even offer a menu specialized to the regional tastes the team represents.
Not every fan group has a large enough representation in Boston to host events, but many do! In order to better assist these fans to find that special spot that accommodates their rooting interests, I’ve organized a list for teams that offer gatherings in the Boston area for the 2018 NFL season.
The Cards are not well represented in the Boston area, but there is a Facebook Group dedicated to Boston area Cardinal fans where they try to arrange meetups for games at The Kinsale in Government Center. If you are interested, I suggest joining the Facebook Group and joining the conversation!
Arizona Cardinals Fan Club - Boston
The Baltimore fans are well represented through Ravens Nation North and gather each game day on the second floor of Causeway Restaurant & Bar in the West End across from TD Garden. They cater to the transplants from Charm City by offering menu specials during the game (Blue Crab dip, Old Bay wings and fries, plus Heavy Seas Loose Cannon) and are sponsored by Magic Hat and they even have Ravens North gear for purchase! If you are a Ravens fan or just want get a little taste of Chesapeake flavor, it’s something to check out!
Ravens Nation North
Bills Backers of Boston is an official group that gathers at The Harp in the West End for every game. For “a little 716 in the 617” head down to the Causeway Street bar early (they open at 11am for 1pm games) in order to get a table or a spot at the bar because it fills up early. With weekly Buffalo-themed food and drink specials and giveaways. There is also a chance to sing “Shout” after a big score making a trip to the Harp a must for any Bills fan living in Boston!
Windy City transplants gather to watch the Bears play at Courtside Sports Pub in East Cambridge. Courtside is equipped with 14 large screen TVs to catch all the Sunday action, but has a designated room for the Bears game with the sound on. They offer a wide array of bar food including “FRESH jumbo wings & tenders, 8 oz. angus burgers, tips, pizza subs & calzones, salads & sandwiches.” Along with twenty-two beer selections including twelve on draft, they also offer “a 312 special for Bears and Cubs fans” each week. And maybe after a big win, stay for the karaoke!
Chicago Sports Clubs of New England
Browns Backers Boston watch the Browns play each week at Bushwood Cocktail Club in the Financial District. Bushwood is an arcade bar that offers a variety of board and arcade games to enjoy while watching the game. Named after the Country Club from Caddyshack, their movie-themed menu offers classic bar food and a great atmosphere for the Dawg Pound.
Boston Browns Backers
Detroit Lions Pride, the Boston Lion’s fans group will meet at PJ Ryan's in Somerville to watch the Lions play. Along with classic pub fare, PJ Ryan's offers a wide selection of craft beers and whiskeys just a short walk from Davis Square.
Detroit Lions Pride
Packers Boston meets up for every Green Bay game at The Banshee in Dorchester. The Banshee offers all of the NFL games but is the official home of the Boston Green Bay Packer fans. It gets quite crowded even though the reserve a floor for Packer games so get there well before kickoff!
Fins fans in Boston come together at 6B Lounge in Beacon Hill for every game. The entire venue is dedicated to the Dolphins when they are on and it’s local supporters club, Miami Dolphans of Boston, will ensure a great time cheering on the Fins to victory!
Tavern in the Square in Central Square used to be the go-to spot for Vikings fans but went under new management last year and is now 730 Tavern and Patio. Luckily for Vikings fans, they warmly welcomed back Minnesota fans to the new establishment and designate an area for the Vikings fans to watch the game. Walk in and look for the purple banner!
Minnesota Vikings Fans in Boston
The G-Men are well represented in Boston and can watch the game with fellow fans on multiple levels at The Greatest Bar on Friend St in the West End. It is easy to get to with the Green and Orange lines both stopping at North Station and they offer food and drink specials during Giants games. It is a great spot for a Giants fan to escape Patriot domination of the area and enjoy the always exciting NFC East battles!
Big Blue Boston
Being a Jets fan in Boston must not be the most pleasant experience, but luckily Hurricane's At The Garden offers sanctuary in the West End on Canal Street. Cheer on the Gang Green with fellow Jets fans during game days at Hurricane's!
Boston Jets Club
Eagles fans will cheer on their Super Bowl camps each week at Finn McCool's in Boston's Financial District. Fans will gather to watch the Eagle games, hold fundraisers, buy Eagles merchandise and enjoy Yuenglings and a Philly-inspired menu.
Philadelphia Fans of Boston
Tired of waving your Terrible Towel by yourself? Join Yinz in Boston to watch the Steelers each week at Cityside Bar in Brighton's Cleveland Circle. The group also sets up gatherings for Penguins and Pirates playoff games as well as organizing softball and flag football games against other local fan bases.
Yinz in Boston
After years of informally hosting Bay Area fans, The Point has become the official home of 49ers in Boston. They state on their website "We have been a home over the years to the 49ers Faithful of Boston. This year we are the Official Bar of the 49ers Faithful in Boston. 49ers fans from all over are welcome to come join a true Bay Area Experience to cheer on the Red and Gold. We provide San Francisco Treat all the way in Boston." A great way to spend your Sunday!.Location:
Seattle fans have made a tradition of watching the ‘Hawks at Lir on Boylston Street. Lir hosts the 12s crowd and offers game day menus with items named after players and team affiliations. Boston Seahawk fans should venture to Back Bay and go to the second floor at Lir to watch the game each weekend!
Boston Seahawks Fans
Boston fans of the DC team will meet at The Point in Faneuil Hall every game for the 2018 season. The Point looks forward to being the new hosts for Redskins fans and will offer plenty of entertainment after the game to truly make the day a "Sunday Funday!" For more information follow @BostonRedskins on Twitter or email them at [email protected].
Redskins Fans in Massachusetts
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