Springtime in Boston can only mean one thing—the Red Sox are back! With their opening day on April 5, we’ve rounded up our favorite spots in the area to catch a bite to eat and celebrate the beginning of another great season.
Just steps from the ballpark, Eventide Fenway is the perfect place to grab a bite and take in all the excitement of the Red Sox Opening Day. While their menu boasts an impressive selection of freshly shucked oysters and brown butter lobster rolls, we suggest ordering their Fenway frank for a delicious spin on a traditional game day fare. Crafted with house-made knackwurst and your choice of either sauerkraut and maple-mustard or baked beans and Kim Chee relish, you can’t go wrong with this elevated dish. 1321 Boylston St., 617-545-1060
For an elegant evening of baseball and craft cocktails, head to The Hawthorne situated just a few minutes from Fenway Park. Perfect for a group of friends celebrating Opening Day, we suggest ordering a few of their dishes to share such as soft pretzels with Bavarian beer cheese, potatoes gaufrette, or shrimp cocktail. And not just a great spot for opening day, throughout the season, the local haunt will be hosting a pre-game party on their patio every 7 p.m. home game with a special menu featuring agave, paletas, and cerveza. 500A Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-9150
A go-to for pre and post-Red Sox games in years past, Eastern Standard is still one of our favorites for celebrating Opening Day. Located in the heart of Kenmore Square, this neighborhood hot spot offers diners an incredible menu including a raw bar with oysters, scallop ceviche, and lobster as well as entrées such as a Portobello melt sandwich, casarecce pasta, and Anson mills polenta. To wash it all down, choose from their extensive selection of beer and craft cocktails. 528 Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-9100
If you’re looking to be right where the action is, Bleacher Bar—the only place where you can watch the big game without a ticket—is the spot for you. Located inside the Green Monster, diners are treated to a unique experience as the huge garage window looks directly into the stadium, presenting the perfect view of centerfield. On Opening Day, the Boston hot spot will be offering its full bar and food menu from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m., which includes game day staples such as burger sliders, buffalo wings, all beef jumbo hot dog, and a meatball sandwich. 82A Lansdowne St., 617-262-2424
Located within walking distance of Fenway Park, this neighborhood favorite will open its doors early at noon to pre-game the big day. As a dual-concept restaurant, the Expo Kitchen side of this spot—which includes games such as bumper pool, shuffleboard, and darts—offers diners a casual and fun atmosphere for pre or post-game entertainment. For something to nosh on, we suggest ordering one of their coveted Neapolitan Pizzas such margherita, mushroom and taleggio, or broccoli rabe. 69 Kilmarnock St., 617-421-4470
Set next to Fenway Park, this aptly named sports bar features over 30 HDTVs and 6 semi-private suites with KillerSpin ping-pong tables—everything you need for a fun afternoon celebrating Opening Day. Once you’ve worked up an appetite playing ping-pong, we suggest ordering a few tasty dishes from their menu, which features coal fired wings, artisan pizzas, and bar bites such as nachos, pretzel sticks, and pale ale infused house-made chili. 82 Lansdowne St., 617-351-7001
Reminiscent of a traditional Irish pub, Lansdowne Pub offers Bostonians a place where the community can come together to celebrate and relax. On Opening Day, this neighborhood hangout will be hosting an all-day party with live music that you won’t want to miss. So, order up traditional fare such as Shepherd’s pie or whiskey-glazed sweet potatoes, grab a pint of your favorite brew, and cheer on the Red Sox as they begin another great season of American’s favorite pastime. 9 Lansdowne St., 617-247-1222