The Patriots face off against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, when New England fell in devastating fashion, ending its quest to become the first 19-0 team in NFL history.
For sure, it was the worst 18-1 season in league history, but now the Patriots have a chance at redemption. Many of the faces may not be the same as four years ago, but Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Bill Belichick, and Tom Coughlin all still play the most prominent roles.
If you’re not sure how you’re going to watch the game yet, here are a few suggestions:
Find a sports bar with lots of TV’s: Sports bars across the city are going to be packed with Pats fans rooting on their team, so the key is to find one large enough to accommodate such a crowd, without sacrificing a clear view of the action.
Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill
in the Fenway boasts an expansive space with a pair of monstrous, 6 ½ by 11 central screens in addition to 30 more 60-inch HDTV sets.
Around the corner, Game On!
has over 90 TVs, but the downstairs area, where most of them reside, can tend to get crowded. Across the street in both directions are two of the city’s all-time sports bars: the Cask and Flagon
and Boston Beer Works
, which offers a host of hand-crafted ales with an impressively diverse menu for a brewpub.
Decidedly much smaller, the Boston Sports Grille
, located steps from the TD Garden, makes up in TVs what it may lack in space. It can get crowded, but with more than 100 plasma sets throughout the bar, including many right at your booth, it’s a premier sports destination. The same can be said about The Fours
, just a few doors down on Canal St. It’s often referred to as “Boston’s best sports bar,” and if you don’t want to watch the game in its cozy atmosphere, The Fours will cater your very own Super Bowl party.
Champions in the Back Bay, re-designed into a sleek, futuristic-looking sports bar in 2009, has a plasma TV wall to its credit, but its Cambridge location
will be serving free snacks and buffet during halftime of the Super Bowl.
In Southie, there’s the Stadium Sports Bar and Grille
with 20 HD TV sets, and a fairly spacious atmosphere. The nearby Boston Beer Garden
has been named “Best neighborhood bar” by the Improper Bostonian, and features a popular menu in addition to its extensive slate of local games. In Brookline, the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse
has arguably the most decorated atmosphere, with sports memorabilia hanging from the walls, and a bar lacquered with baseball cards from over the years, but you’ll have to get there early to snag a bar seat, as it gets crowded even on evenings when the biggest game in America isn’t on.
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