The Baseball Tavern
If one wants to experience the real essence of Fenway Park and avoid the cliché “pink hat” hangouts, one must “paahk his caah” and head to The Baseball Tavern. Located on Boylston St., parallel to the first baseline and on the opposite side of Fenway from the overcrowded bars, The Tavern is the place for true baseball fans and those wanting a real local’s experience. Three floors of a neighborhood barroom feel are full and bustling on game days throughout the baseball season. There is plenty of cold beer and typical bar food to fill everyone’s pre-game needs. Don’t look for expensive microbrews or fancy appetizers. Just be ready to sink your teeth into and enjoy great charbroiled burgers and delicious wings. If you are in the mood for New England seafood, go for it. The Tavern’s chef makes daily trips to the docks for fresh haddock and clams. What separates The Tavern from the rest of the Fenway bars is the atmosphere. Where other spots have turned into date night, The Tavern is where true Boston baseball fans stop before the game. Unlike other spots around the park, patrons clear out and are in their seats in time for the first pitch. The pre-game show on local TV is drowned out by hard core baseball fans talking baseball and second guessing the manager. After the game you will see a mix of ball park vendors, Red Sox staff, umpires and an occasional player looking to toast another Sox win. While waiting for the traffic to lighten, check out west coast games on scores of HD TVs scattered throughout the three floors of bars and scenic roof deck while enjoying a post game drink and some late night nachos. The Baseball Tavern is a must visit for any true baseball fan looking for the full bodied experience of Fenway Park.