First time visit to Fenway

cymru sox

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Hi
Looking for some advice please. Travelling from.the UK to catch my first games at Fenway against the Cubs and Giants later this month. Been a wish of mine for a long time to visit so want to make the most of our time.
How long do we need to arrive before first pitch? What bars would you recommend for pre and post match food & drinks
The yard, cask and flagon and Lansdowne keep coming up. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Hoping it's celebratory drinks. Thanks Alun
 

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Pray you don't have obstructed view seats.
What a negative reply to such an exciting visit!

i would plan to enter the stadium when the gates open, to enjoy as much of Fenway as you can.

Yard House is a chain. A good one, but a chain. I'd suggest you go to Time Out Market, which is up Brookline Avenue from the ballpark and enjoy the options there.
 

cymru sox

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It didn't look like it from the seatview. I'm in the grandstand block 17 for the Cubs and bleachers 37 for the Giants game. Just looking forward to it anyway
 

cymru sox

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What a negative reply to such an exciting visit!

i would plan to enter the stadium when the gates open, to enjoy as much of Fenway as you can.

Yard House is a chain. A good one, but a chain. I'd suggest you go to Time Out Market, which is up Brookline Avenue from the ballpark and enjoy the options there.
Brilliant Thank you. I went to the games in London a few years ago and found that a great occasion. A lot more pre game build up than in the British sports. I'll have a look at Time out. Thank you
 

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Time out is great. Both indoor and outdoor seating and a short walk. BeerWorks and C&F are both adjacent to park, classics, and likely to be super crowded, especially before the game. There are also several bars on Landsdowne St., with many of them having free live music on game days. Have fun!
 

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Time out is great. Both indoor and outdoor seating and a short walk. BeerWorks and C&F are both adjacent to park, classics, and likely to be super crowded, especially before the game. There are also several bars on Landsdowne St., with many of them having free live music on game days. Have fun!
Beer Works has been gone for awhile, IIRC. Cask and Flagon is the traditional place to go. Game On for a more modern sports bar (and where @CaptainLaddie used to spin discs). Bleacher Bar if you want to eat/drink under the bleacher seats with a view into the park during batting practice.
 

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Beerworks closed a few years ago. It was a vegan bar and now a taco place. I can't vouch for it.

If you're looking for beer and food, Time Out is good. There's also Hojoku and Sweet Cheeks on Boylston, Thornton's on Queenberry, and the unfortunately renovated Cornwalls and The Kenmore in Kenmore Square.
 

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Sweet Cheeks is a great suggestion. Best BBQ in Boston, which isn't saying much, but it is quite good. And pricey. The chef/owner is a regular on Food Network, etc.

I can't believe they renovated Cornwalls!
 

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Someone can correct me if I'm wrong. Gate D is the entry closest to home plate. The walk up to the seats and having the field and Green Monster revealed through the narrow view between the seats and upper deck is awe-inspiring as it grows into focus. It's much cooler than Gate B, where you enter on the right field side.

So, if you can enter from Gate D, do so.
 

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Someone can correct me if I'm wrong. Gate D is the entry closest to home plate. The walk up to the seats and having the field and Green Monster revealed through the narrow view between the seats and upper deck is awe-inspiring as it grows into focus. It's much cooler than Gate B, where you enter on the right field side.

So, if you can enter from Gate D, do so.
A and D are basically the same now. It's just either end of Jersey Street. But yes, if you enter there, you'll be under the home plate grandstand area when you walk into the park.
 

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Gates open 90 minutes before the game starts. Like Lose suggests, entering the park as soon as it opens gives you all kinds of time to tour around the inside of the park. There are lots of displays to look at between concession stands, for example. If you go right to your seats, you should be able to watch the visiting team finish up batting practice. I always enjoy watching the grounds crew prepare the field after batting practice ends. There's a lot they do that you wouldn't even consider if you've only ever watched on TV.

My favorite thing to do before I go into the park is to do a lap around the exterior. Typically I'm coming over the bridge from Kenmore so I turn left and head up Lansdowne under the shadow of the Monster seats and loop around the park clockwise. The statues outside Gate B along Van Ness are a must see also. Then I enter Jersey St near Gate D. I usually try to time this so I'm arriving ~2 hours before game time so that by the time I get to Gate D, they're just about ready to open.

Nothing better than being in the park, enjoy it.
 

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Beerworks closed a few years ago. It was a vegan bar and now a taco place. I can't vouch for it.

If you're looking for beer and food, Time Out is good. There's also Hojoku and Sweet Cheeks on Boylston, Thornton's on Queenberry, and the unfortunately renovated Cornwalls and The Kenmore in Kenmore Square.
Second Sweet Cheeks. Take a tour.
 

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Hi
Looking for some advice please. Travelling from.the UK to catch my first games at Fenway against the Cubs and Giants later this month. Been a wish of mine for a long time to visit so want to make the most of our time.
How long do we need to arrive before first pitch? What bars would you recommend for pre and post match food & drinks
The yard, cask and flagon and Lansdowne keep coming up. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Hoping it's celebratory drinks. Thanks Alun
I recommend Cornwalls. Try to get there by 6.
 

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If you like Mexican Food, this is where my wife and I usually go to grab a bite before game time. The food is very good and will not break your budget. There are just a couple of small tables inside and large picnic tables outside. It's probably just about a 5 minute walk from Fenway and likely a much quicker option than some of the other places.
https://elpelon.com/
 

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After the game (or before, really), if you don't care about being in a sports bar, Citizen is a decent option very close by. A bit expensive, but good.
 

Ale Xander

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Hi
Looking for some advice please. Travelling from.the UK to catch my first games at Fenway against the Cubs and Giants later this month. Been a wish of mine for a long time to visit so want to make the most of our time.
How long do we need to arrive before first pitch? What bars would you recommend for pre and post match food & drinks
The yard, cask and flagon and Lansdowne keep coming up. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Hoping it's celebratory drinks. Thanks Alun
Enjoy! I like that you said match

I recommend the short rib @ Sweet Cheeks but pretty much everything there is good.
https://www.sweetcheeksq.com/scqgrid/menu

Other options that haven;t been mentioned, for a quick casual chain but good chain bite, are sweetgreen for big salad, Saloniki for Greek, Wahlburgers (named/co-owned after Boston celebrity brothers Donnie (New Kid) and Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark), and their chef brother Paul), for burgers, Honeygrow (get the garlic chicken noodles), Cava for meditteranean salad, kind a hybrid between Saloniki and Sweetgreen but growing fast nation-wide, Regina's pizza (more "Boston" than Blaze), or Eventide for seafood. All on the west/south side of FEnway, very close. Tatte for breakfast, especially the shakshuka.

In that area, I would second the Citizen's suggestion for drinks.

If you're staying in Copley, I would post-drink at Oak Long Bar at the Fairmount, and feel like a Kennedy.
https://www.powerstripstudio.com/oak-long-bar-copley-hotel
 

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Section 17 seats are terrific. I saw my first Sox game from that section in 1957. 64 years later got to sit there again. Hope the weather is sunny. Walking up the ramp to get to our seats, emerging into the sunshine, a riot of color which I had only seen before on a black-and-white TV, was a formative moment for that ten-year-old boy. May you have a similar experience.
 

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Also, if you go to Time Out, walk outside to Trillium for a beer. Mighty Squirrel also just opened a big spot in Fenway and they have decent beer.
Food wise, Blue Ribbon Brasserie is in the Commonwealth Hotel is great and if you like Indian, India Quality is awesome. Tasty Burger makes my favorite fast burger in the area.
The above mentioned Sweet Cheeks is worth the attention, and don’t skip their biscuits.

Edit: @cornwalls@6 beat me to it.
Edit 2: (wrong thread)
 
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Someone can correct me if I'm wrong. Gate D is the entry closest to home plate. The walk up to the seats and having the field and Green Monster revealed through the narrow view between the seats and upper deck is awe-inspiring as it grows into focus. It's much cooler than Gate B, where you enter on the right field side.

So, if you can enter from Gate D, do so.
I'd suggest this, regardless of where your seats are. It's been 40ish years, but I still remember that first view coming up the ramp.
 

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I just want to say that in 1999 I worked at an internet startup that was essentially a bunch of message boards and on my first day i saw a post from a kid in the UK asking for people to explain the rules of baseball to him and dozens of American kids eagerly took the time to explain baseball in loving detail with zero judgement and I thought to myself that the internet was going to be the most incredibly positive thing that ever happened to humanity.

And that was a fucking lie.

But this thread is giving me life.

Thank you.
 

cymru sox

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Many thanks for all your suggestions. A load of great options for us to ponder over.
Love IPAs so the craft pubs are a big attraction. Every food option is not off the agenda. Only got 5 days in Boston but will try to sample as much as possible.
Already planned on doing the Fenway tour amongst many other sightseeing stops.
Can't wait to walk up and see the monster on the way to the seats. I'll be looking up to the night sky and thanking my dad for introducing my brother and i to the Red Sox after doing the marathon in 1980.
Unfortunately wishing my life away to get to the game against the Cubs.
Hopefully they'll bring their early season form home.
Once again I really appreciate all your help to my question.
 

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BarTaco is new to me too. Across from back side of Wahlburgers. Is it any good!
 

cymru sox

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Just a follow up to my original post. We had pregame drinks in the Yard and Lorettas. Took the advice and went to sweet cheeks. Really good food but to be honest we've either been very lucky or you've got some of the best food around. Everything has been amazing.
Got into the Royal Rooters pregame and thought that was brilliant with all the memorabilia.
Great game day experience completed with the walk off win. Loved the atmosphere and camaraderie and was way better than the London series we attended a few years ago.
Looking forward to the game against the Giants and try out some of your other suggestions.
Thanks once again Alun
 

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Just a follow up to my original post. We had pregame drinks in the Yard and Lorettas. Took the advice and went to sweet cheeks. Really good food but to be honest we've either been very lucky or you've got some of the best food around. Everything has been amazing.
Got into the Royal Rooters pregame and thought that was brilliant with all the memorabilia.
Great game day experience completed with the walk off win. Loved the atmosphere and camaraderie and was way better than the London series we attended a few years ago.
Looking forward to the game against the Giants and try out some of your other suggestions.
Thanks once again Alun
I am so delighted to hear that Sunday's game was your game, and that you found it enjoyable. It was a fun one on television!

I have spent a fair amount of time in Europe, and I always try to make time to attend soccer/football matches in different places: not yet in the UK — I've generally been during either the summer or winter breaks — but in Italy, France, and Germany. It's such an interesting view of local culture. I am glad to hear that New England showed you its best!
 

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Just a follow up to my original post. We had pregame drinks in the Yard and Lorettas. Took the advice and went to sweet cheeks. Really good food but to be honest we've either been very lucky or you've got some of the best food around. Everything has been amazing.
Got into the Royal Rooters pregame and thought that was brilliant with all the memorabilia.
Great game day experience completed with the walk off win. Loved the atmosphere and camaraderie and was way better than the London series we attended a few years ago.
Looking forward to the game against the Giants and try out some of your other suggestions.
Thanks once again Alun
Glad you had a fun time. I hope the MLB sends the Red sox to Italy or France, or Morocco, for your case.
 

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Just a follow up to my original post. We had pregame drinks in the Yard and Lorettas. Took the advice and went to sweet cheeks. Really good food but to be honest we've either been very lucky or you've got some of the best food around. Everything has been amazing.
Got into the Royal Rooters pregame and thought that was brilliant with all the memorabilia.
Great game day experience completed with the walk off win. Loved the atmosphere and camaraderie and was way better than the London series we attended a few years ago.
Looking forward to the game against the Giants and try out some of your other suggestions.
Thanks once again Alun
Is it correct cymru is pronounced come-ree and means Welsh?
 

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Just a follow up to my original post. We had pregame drinks in the Yard and Lorettas. Took the advice and went to sweet cheeks. Really good food but to be honest we've either been very lucky or you've got some of the best food around. Everything has been amazing.
Got into the Royal Rooters pregame and thought that was brilliant with all the memorabilia.
Great game day experience completed with the walk off win. Loved the atmosphere and camaraderie and was way better than the London series we attended a few years ago.
Looking forward to the game against the Giants and try out some of your other suggestions.
Thanks once again Alun
Glad you had a great time! Go Sox and welcome to Boston!

Sorry I didn't see this before, and it's probably too late for some of this, but if you're interesting in doing other things in the area here's a few more ideas I typed up in a different thread (based on an email I sent to a friend who was visiting a while back):

A few restaurants I like:

Saltie Girl or Row 34. For seafood & oysters, this is where to go.

http://row34.com/

Myers + Chang. If you want spicy, funky Asian food, this is where to go.

http://www.myersandchang.com/

Alden & Harlow. Small plates. I love their vegetable dishes.

http://aldenharlow.com/

Near Fenway: Go to Timeout Market. An upscale food hall with stalls from around the city (Mediterranean, Italian, seafood, sushi, donuts, etc)

BREAKFAST/COFFEE:

- Tatte Bakery. Bunch of locations around the city, outstanding coffee, pastries and shakshuka. It’s become an East Coast chain. http://tattebakery.com/

- Flour Bakery: Bunch of locations around the city, outstanding sandwiches, sticky buns, and cakes. https://flourbakery.com/

Things to do (non-athletic)

The MFA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum -- There’s always an interesting exhibit, and the Gardner museum is basically across the street.

Boston Public Market -- It's fun and a great place to buy local gifts for people (bowls, spices, etc.) https://bostonpublicmarket.org/

JFK Library and Edward Kennedy Center -- They're both interesting -- especially if you’re a JFK fan this is a good spot.

Re North End, the original Regina Pizza (NOT the chain stores) is authentic, coal fired pizza: https://www.yelp.com/biz/regina-pizza-boston-2)

Harvard Square -- Just walk around. Harvard Yard is beautiful, cafes, great bookstores (Harvard Bookstore), a legendary burger place (Mr. Barley's -- was on Diners Drive ins and Dives), some good shopping, can walk down to the Charles River and wander, etc.

Coolidge Corner in Brookline: I’d consider staying here if this weren’t your first time. It’s a lovely little neighborhood with a great independent bookstore filled with cool gifts (Brookline Booksmith) and lots of little shops, plus two great authentic Japanese markets, and Zaftigs is fun for brunch.

South End: Charming and picturesque neighborhood with shops, homes, restaurants, a great playground for the kids, etc.

NOTE: on weekends, SoWa Market in the South End is great. Food trucks, hundreds of independent vendors, etc.

With a car

Drive (or commuter rail) 25-40 mins to Concord -- See the Old North Bridge where Massachusetts invented America (and a beautiful little tribute to two fallen British soldiers who are buried there that the kids might find eerie: They came three thousand miles, and died, To keep the Past upon its throne // Unheard, beyond the ocean tide, Their English mother made her moan.), then go into town which is adorable. One of the best cheese shops anywhere, lots of furniture and dress shops, an old cemetery, cafes, etc.

Drive (or commuter rail) 45 mins-1 hour to Salem: Witch central. Salem itself is actually lovely, and in fall the lead colors and seaside charm are in full effect, as is the Halloween regalia and tourist trapping attempts (the Witch Museum is straight out of 1974 and feels it). Kids would like it

Drive 1-1.5 hours to Cape Cod (Woods Hole/Falmouth) or for another 45 mins take a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard). It’s really wonderful, fried seafood, beaches, inns, soft serve ice cream, mini golf, etc.

Drive 2+ hours: Portland, Maine. Could catch a Sea Dogs game, have the best lobster rolls of your life, oysters, blueberry anything, donuts, great beers, and stunning seaside scenery (lighthouses, people who look like they work in lighthouses, etc.)

Edit. You also aren’t starting at zero. This site is about kid friendly visits to Boston with different interests in mind: https://bostonmoms.com/visiting-boston-staycation-vacation-recommendations/?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA29auBhBxEiwAnKcSqgdgLYiZDn9PJwulaPNDNfn-tWY31saZzG5vpRmLOD-k6bXIK9W1sxoCoW0QAvD_BwE
 

cymru sox

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I am so delighted to hear that Sunday's game was your game, and that you found it enjoyable. It was a fun one on television!

I have spent a fair amount of time in Europe, and I always try to make time to attend soccer/football matches in different places: not yet in the UK — I've generally been during either the summer or winter breaks — but in Italy, France, and Germany. It's such an interesting view of local culture. I am glad to hear that New England showed you its best!
Boston hasn't disappointed at all. We've loved every bit of our stay so far. It's whet the appetite to see more.
Try the football in the English leagues, it will be different to the other countries you have been to but depending on where you see a game it could vary in cost and experience, probably no different to Baseball I'd imagine.
 

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Just a follow up to my original post. We had pregame drinks in the Yard and Lorettas. Took the advice and went to sweet cheeks. Really good food but to be honest we've either been very lucky or you've got some of the best food around. Everything has been amazing.
Got into the Royal Rooters pregame and thought that was brilliant with all the memorabilia.
Great game day experience completed with the walk off win. Loved the atmosphere and camaraderie and was way better than the London series we attended a few years ago.
Looking forward to the game against the Giants and try out some of your other suggestions.
Thanks once again Alun
That's awesome, so happy to hear you had a great time.
 

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New Panera on Brookline Ave next to Blick is open until 11Pm

smart move

everything within 1/2 mile from Fenway should be open until at least 10:30pm
on game days imho
But very few things are (Chipotle, Star, Yard house and other bars but not many just food places)
 

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My wife surprised me with Aura pavillon tix just before the game a few weeks back and they were the best seats I have ever had at Fenway. The view is great plus a private dining room (and in seat service) with good food and drink although I don't know if there's much of an after-party there if that's what you're looking for. But maybe and it's right there.

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My wife surprised me with Aura pavillon tix just before the game a few weeks back and they were the best seats I have ever had at Fenway. The view is great plus a private dining room (and in seat service) with good food and drink although I don't know if there's much of an after-party there if that's what you're looking for. But maybe and it's right there.

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I doled out for a similar experience, which included all-you-could eat and drink during the game for Sox at Rangers in 2022 and it was about $350/ticket. What does it cost at Fenway?
 

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I doled out for a similar experience, which included all-you-could eat and drink during the game for Sox at Rangers in 2022 and it was about $350/ticket. What does it cost at Fenway?
It was only $195 per seat at the Fenway ticket booth (more like 4 weeks ago when there were a good number of empty seats) but the buffet/food was extra
 
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Just a heads up you can bring your own food into the park. I park on Dalton and grab Pad Kee Moe at Pad Thai. Good dish. Sadly the Pour House is gone but you can get a excellent beer at Bukowski’s Tavern