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Bar of the Week: The Baseball Tavern

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The Baseball Tavern

Heading out for a Red Sox game? There’s not doubt that you’ve been hit with the onslaught of over a dozen sports bars that are gunning for your pre-game business. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the crowds in Game On! or the Cask N’ Flagon, you may want to head over to 1270 Boylston Street, across from Fenway’s right field, to the Baseball Tavern.
Situated in a nondescript brick building adjacent the ballpark, the Tavern has plenty going for it. They have a roof deck with partial views of Fenway, and a nice interior space lined with TVs displaying the world of sports, but if the Sox are playing, there’s only one game that matters.
Price-wise, the Tavern is middle of the road; it’s not a fantastic bargain but it won’t empty your account either. One of the most unique aspects of the bar is the emphasis that it places on college football. It is the official establishment of the Boston alumni associations for LSU, Cal, Oregon State, Purdue, and Wisconsin among others. Don’t be surprised if you hear screams and cheers coming from the building on a fall Saturday afternoon after Sox season.
For a starter, go with the Teriyaki Wings (10 for $8.50) or the Greek salad ($8.00). The wings are succulent and perfectly cooked and the salad is light but very flavorful.
As far as entrees are concerned, they are pretty consistent across the board but the BLT wrap ($8.00) is a standout. The wrap may be a little pricey for a BLT but it is delicious and the perfect early lunch before a 1:30 game on the weekends.
Fenway can be a minefield when it comes to picking a good sports bar. There are so many options that it can become overwhelming, but the Baseball Tavern is a nice, quieter, more relaxed alternative to the massive bars closer to Kenmore Square. The intimacy of the place makes it a good dining option for any occasion, not just for the Sox fan before a game. It’s a good pick.