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10 Notable MA Bars & Restaurants Perfect For Cheering On The Sox!

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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

The Fall Classic is well underway, and after we created this handy infographic earlier this week to help you find your way to the perfect game-watching establishment in Boston, we felt we’d be remiss not to mention some of the other fantastic spots across the state!

So, here’s a roundup of a few excellent options for folks outside the Greater Boston area who are looking for a place to post up and cheer on the Sox.

Choate Bridge Pub & Restaurant in Ipswich, MA

The North of Boston region is known for its seafood, and Choate doesn’t disappoint, with the lobster rolls, chowder and fried clams all earning high marks.  The menu also includes classic bar favorites like steak tips and pizza, which go well with the variety of brews on tap. Get directions here.

The Port Tavern in Newburyport, MA

The Port Tavern is known as a good local spot for music and sports, the second of which will no doubt be the big focus this weekend. Hearty soups, burgers and Irish pub favorites are just a few options on the menu, which has both lunch and dinner choices. Plus, the 70” hi-def screen will help you see Napoli’s beard like you’ve never seen it before!

Port Tavern
Photo: The Port Tavern via

The Four’s in Norwell, MA

It’s no surprise that The Four’s in Norwell was selected by South Shore Living as the top spot to watch a game. Good, old-fashioned bar food and plenty of beverage choices keep fans happy, with the buffalo chicken nachos and the Bobby Orr steak sandwich among the most popular picks. For a look around the bar, click here.

Lucioso’s Pub in Plymouth, MA

With pizza, wings, beer and plenty of screens, Lucioso’s has everything you need to kick back and watch a game. The ‘za is made in-house and varieties range from reliable standbys like pepperoni to adventurous offerings, like Gabe the Babe. Even better, Lucioso’s is located right at the Plimoth Grist Mill, the perfect backdrop for a little pre- or post-game stroll.


Photo: Lucioso’s Pub via Facebook

The Harbour Restaurant in Winchendon, MA

Just below the New Hampshire border, you’ll find The Harbour Restaurant, one of central Massachusetts’ best game spots. The menu beckons with creative and classic entries, including Lobster Mac and Cheese and Old English Fish and Chips. The Harbour also spices up its lineup with specials each week, providing a tasty change of pace for the regulars.

Smokestack Urban Barbecue in Worcester, MA

The name just about covers it with Smokestack Barbecue, one of the best places around to bite into some BBQ. The menu features all sort of enticing choices, from po’ boys to pulled pork. Once dinner is done, there’s plenty of dessert to go around, too.

Smokestack BBQ

Photo: Barbecue sandwich and pickle via Facebook

JP’s Restaurant & Sports Bar in Holyoke, MA

While many sports bars and restaurants specialize in wings and pizza, the signature dish is a wee bit different at JP’s. The famous reuben is a standout on the menu, which also features Blooming Onion, Gorgonzola Garlic Bread and much more. You can find directions to JP’s here.

The Blue Rock Restaurant in Shelburne Falls, MA

If you’re an early riser, look no further than the Blue Rock Restaurant. Brunch serves as a great warmup for football or afternoon baseball, with Mexican corn waffles and beefy breakfast burritos serving as two of the more innovative dishes. After brunch, as the games begin, there’s plenty to eat and drink as well.

Blue Rock Restaurant

Photo: The Blue Rock Restaurant via Facebook

The Locker Room Sports Pub in Lee, MA

There’s always something to be said for variety and Locker Room Sports Pub never lacks for it. Grinders, burgers, Mexican, wings, seafood and pizza are only the beginning; the full catalogue is here. It’s no trouble getting a good view of the game, either, with 12 HD TVs spread throughout the bar.

Mill Town Tavern in Dalton, MA

Mill Town Tavern does classic bar food and does it well. The pizza is made fresh on the spot, dabbed with special sauce and set to cook in a stone oven, while the wings have awards to show for their popularity. For those less keen on wings and pizza, the full menu has a plethora of alternatives. Take a look around here.

Mill Town Tavern

Photo: Mill Town Tavern via Facebook

For a more comprehensive list of places to eat around Massachusetts, click here. Enjoy the games this weekend and go Sox!

Certainly, this list isn’t complete! Did we miss any spots? If so, tell us in the comments below! 🙂

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