Face it: It will be more fun to be out and about while watching our Red Sox in the 2013 World Series than it will be to watch them from your couch. Here are some Boston-area restaurants and bars hosting viewing parties and specials during the games, as well as some fun options for where to watch, even without specials.
BRING YOUR TICKET: Going to Fenway for the games? Present your ticket at Back Bay restaurant Towne Stove and Spirits at dinnertime before you hit the ballpark, and you’ll get a free Margherita wood-grilled flatbread – with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil – with the purchase of any entrée. They’re also offering a cocktail called the Big Papi for $10, with Mandarin Vodka, Gatorade, Cassis and Blue Curacao. Special running on same nights as home games, 5:30-8 p.m. Towne Stove and Spirits, 900 Boylston St., Boston. 617-247-0400, http://www.towneboston.com
COMPLEMENTARY CRACKERJACK: All TVs at Newton’s BOKX 109 will be turned to the games, and guests can order from a special ballpark menu, including items like sliders and homemade pretzels. To complete that Fenway feel, the bar will have complementary house-made crackerjack on hand. Special items running on game nights. BOKX 109, 399 Grove St., Newton, inside Hotel Indigo. 617-454-3399, http://www.newtonbokx.com
$20.13 WORLD SERIES MENU: Specialties from all regions of Italy are given a Sox-inspired spin with Ristorante Olivio’s $20.13 MLB Championship World Series Menu, which will be served during all of the games. Choose from player-themed dishes like the Saltalamacchia Saltimbocca, or the Victory Victorino Vincenzo. Special running during all games, 5-10 p.m., $20.13 for an appetizer and entrée for one. Ristorante Olivio, 201 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-648-2300, http://www.ristoranteolivio.com
$1 PIZZAS: McGreevy’s in Boston lets you dig into a 10” pizza for only one dollar every Thursday (plus additional per topping), but being at the bar that bills itself as being only 1,200 steps from Fenway during Game 2 – and hearing “Tessie” in the bar that is also the home of the Dropkick Murphys – sounds like a great deal. Thursday, Oct. 24., 4-11 p.m. $1. McGreevy’s, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 617-262-0911, http://www.mcgreevysboston.com
145+ HDTV’S: CBS Scene at Gillette, which has more than 145 high-definition TVs for your viewing pleasure, will have every World Series game on, and is also offering two hot dogs and a 16 oz. Budweiser for just $5. CBS Scene, 200 Patriot Place, Foxborough. 508-203-2200, http://www.cbsscene.com
FLYIN’ HAWAIIAN: You can watch the games on SKYBOKX 109 GastroSports’s 22 big-screen TVs, all while chowing down on ‘The Flyin’ Hawaiian’ burger, the Natick spot’s tribute to Sox outfielder and native Hawaiian Shane Victorino. Only available during World Series games. SKYBOKX 109 GastroSports, 319 Speen St., Natick. 508-903-1600, http://www.skybokx109.com
UP ON THE ROOF: Fenway tradition The Baseball Tavern has plenty of HDTVs and three stories, including their Fenway Park-inspired rooftop deck, which has a great view of the actual ballpark. You can bet they’ll have all the games on – and before every home game, join Budweiser there from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the game that night. The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St., Boston. 617-867-6526, http://www.baseballtavern.com
COOLIDGE CORNER: The Coolidge Corner Clubhouse has 36 beers on tap, a full menu served until 1:15 a.m. (you never know how late these games will go), and 20 Sony LCD Hi-Def TVs, making it a prime spot to watch the Sox go up against the Cardinals. Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, 307A-309 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-4948, http://www.thecoolidgecornerclubhouse.com
STATS IN SOUTHIE: South Boston’s Stats Bar & Grille has a menu full of tasty bar food and 24 TVs. Stats Bar & Grille, 77 Dorchester Ave., South Boston. 617-268-2646, http://www.statsboston.com
WINGS IN WATERTOWN: Donohue’s has 20 HD plasma and LED screen TVs, the central attraction being the 89” LED. In addition, the Watertown sports bar started offering five new wing flavors during the playoffs. Donohue’s, 87 Bigelow Ave., Watertown. 617-924-4900, http://www.donohuesbar.com
BASEBALL AND BEER: If the two go hand-in-hand for you, head to one of many Beer Works locations – in Boston, there’s one on Canal Street, and one right across from Fenway on Lansdowne – and enjoy German-inspired food throughout October with house-brewed beers. Beer Works, locations in Boston, Salem, Lowell, Hingham, and Framingham, visit http://www.beerworks.net/locations for menu and contact info.
ACROSS FROM THE BALLPARK: For 35 years, Cask ‘n Flagon has been a Fenway favorite. Their Boston and Marshfield locations will be showing all the games – and the Fenway spot is open until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday for post-game celebration. Cask ’n Flagon, 62 Brookline Avenue, Boston, 617-536-4840, or 804 Plain St., Marshfield, 781-834-CASK, http://www.caskmarshfield.com
PARLOR SPORTS: With an array of big flat screens – the Inman Square favorite even has some TVs in the bathroom – and inventive food, Parlor Sports is a good choice for Bostonians looking to head north of the city. They’ve got some cool alternative takes on bar food, too, like Mexican pretzels with salsa con queso and Hawaiian nachos. Parlor Sports, 3 Beacon St., Somerville. 617-576-0231, http://parlorsportsbar.com
ON THE HARBOR: There are Jerry Remy’s in lots of spots, but with a 32-foot HD video wall (New England’s largest), 46 HD plasma screen TVs, and a great view of the harbor, the seaport location is something special. Jerry Remy’s Seaport, 250 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-856-7369, http://www.jerryremysseaport.com
A BOSTON CLASSIC: The Fours might be closer to where the Bruins and Celtics play, but it’s a great spot to grab a bite and watch the World Series on roughly 50 TVs all 42” or more in size. There are also locations in Norwell and Quincy. The Four’s Boston, 166 Canal St., Boston, 617-720-4455, http://thefours.com/boston; The Four’s Norwell, 285 Washington St., Norwell, 781-659-4414, http://thefours.com/norwell; The Four’s Quincy, 15 Cottage Ave., Quincy, 617-471-4447, http://thefours.com/quincy
WATCH LIKE A CHAMPION: Champions Sports Bar in Boston’s Back Bay has a menu of grilled foods, 36 craft beers, and more than 40 flat screen TVs. Their largest one is 12 x 24 ft., so you won’t miss any of the action. Champions Sports Bar, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston. 617-927-5304, http://www.championsboston.com
CITYSIDE IN BRIGHTON: The bar downstairs at Cityside has more than 30 TVs. Head upstairs to the restaurant, and there are more flat screens, which you can watch from a comfy couch. They’re even open until 2 a.m. Cityside, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton. 617-566-1002, http://www.citysidebar.com
WING OUT: Sidebar in Downtown Crossing has enough TVs to make it a good game-watching spot, but the real draws here are the $7 beer pitchers and 15 cent – 15 cent! – wings. You could get 100 of them for $15.00. Wow. Sidebar, 14 Bromfield St., Boston. 617-357-1899, http://www.sidebarboston.com
GET YOUR GAME ON: Sure, it will be pretty busy before a home game, since it is attached to Fenway Park. But its 90 large flatscreens make it a great spot to try for the away games. Yes, I said 90. Game On!, 82 Lansdowne St., Boston. 617-351-7001, http://gameonboston.com/
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