Where To Watch Your Alma Mater Play In Downtown Boston

Posted September 9, 2016 by Brian Keaney in Downtown Boston
End your night at J.J. Foley's for a fun and casual time.

Kids are back in school, the nights are getting cooler, and backpack toting students have overrun the T.  That can only mean one thing: it’s football season in New England. Downtown, not all the football fans you might encounter are from Boston. As Downtown Crossing and the surrounding area has become more residential. A lot of these new locals have come to Boston from elsewhere however, so with the season kicking off, many might be seeking some comfort in the form of other rabid fans with similar rooting interests. Here in Boston, where sports is practically a religion, there are plenty of bars downtown where fans looking for some camaraderie will find that everybody knows their name (eventually).

Midwesterners may want to stop by the Barracuda Tavern on Bosworth Street. This second floor bar is where the Boston (New England) University of Iowa Alumni Club meets to watch the Hawkeyes. If you stop by on a Wednesday, be sure to check out their wing special. Fans of the Fighting Irish can watch their team with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Boston at Battery Park on Batterymarch Street. There you can get a bucket of beer, or try one of their great selection of Irish (and other) whiskeys. If it’s a nice night, step out and enjoy the fall air on the patio during the commercial breaks.

Southerners may want to head down to Milk Street where the New England Clemson Club watch the Tigers play at the Central Wharf Co.  The five rooms of the bar are spread over two floors, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the crowd of orange and purple clad fans. While there, enjoy the lobster fritters which combine the best of New England and southern cuisine. Just up the street, on the corner of Broad Street, the New England Gator Club roots for the University of Florida Gators on one of The Warehouse’s 24 high definition TVs. You can even bring the kids as they promote a family friendly atmosphere during the daytime games.

The Gamecocks may not have a long and storied tradition in Boston, but J.J. Foley’s Bar and Grille certainly does. The Kingston Street establishment is home to the South Carolina Alumni Association of Boston on game days. The cheap beer and old school Boston atmosphere has made Foley’s an institution. The Boston University of Kentucky Alumni meet at Sterling’s on Congress Street to cheer on the Wildcats. There you can munch on Thai soba noodle salad, fish tacos, or mac and cheese while watching the action at Commonwealth Stadium. You can also step out onto the patio and sip your Sam Adams while gazing on his statute in front of Faneuil Hall.

Here in the Hub of the Universe, mentioning ducks will likely bring to mind fond memories of a children’s book, or perhaps an amphibious vehicle transporting tourists across town. At Province Street’s Hub Pub, however, there is a different type of duck. The New England Ducks, otherwise known as local alumni from the University of Oregon, gather to do more than quack at the screen. Be sure to arrive early as the party begins 30 minutes before kickoff, and you can also grab yourself a raffle ticket.

You may be far from home, but in the fall you can find a little bit of it at any of these fine downtown bars and restaurants. Go team!