Boston is one of the biggest sports towns in America. Home to the historic Boston Red Sox, the headline making Boston Celtics, the unstoppable New England Patriots and the bruising Boston Bruins, Boston guys are understandably obsessed. For the Boston sports fan and groom-to-be in your life, make his spring bachelor party one that will encompass his love of the hometown team.
Heading to Fenway Park for a early season tilt can be an expensive proposition. Instead, head up to Manchester, New Hampshire to see the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. This Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays has one of the most bachelor-party-perfect parks in all of baseball, Merchantsauto.com Stadium. With a hotel – the Hilton Garden Inn – overlooking center field, your walk back from the game couldn’t be quicker. In addition, the Samuel Adams Bar and Grill, a sports bar with high def televisions and restaurant quality menu items, skirts left field and opens two hours before first pitch. You’ll have money for beer – tickets for Fisher Cats games range from $12 for premium box to just $6 for grandstand and bleacher tickets.
After the game, walk over to one of the many bars within blocks of the park in downtown Manchester.
Try a New Sport
Want to stay in Boston and give a new sport a try? The National Lacrosse League’s Boston Blazers are entering their third season at the TD Garden, and will host eight games at home from mid-January to mid-April. For lacrosse newbies, the indoor version of the sport is high-scoring and features hits and fights that recalls the old NHL. Here’s a game where the announcer openly mocks the opposing team, where the players get the crowd involved whenever possible, and with a good DJ playing throughout the game. Tickets start at only $13, and seats close to the glass are usually available.
After the game, either go to the Blazers sponsored post-party with the players and dance team at Westside Johnnie’s or hit up one of the other bars nearby the Garden.
Bocce, Bourque and Cigars In the North End
When the spring weather appears, the North End’s outdoor bocce courts open up and are fair game for both experienced and newbie bocce players. Head over to the Commercial Street bocce courts, which overlook the Charles River. Bocce ball sets are available to borrow. If no one in your crew know the game, just watch some of the locals who love the game and you’ll pick it up in no time.
After you try your hand at bocce, walk a few blocks over to Tresca, the Italian eatery partially owned by Boston Bruins great Ray Bourque. If you’re seated by the bar, there are TVs almost always showing hockey, and you may even meet Bourque himself (both times I’ve eaten there, he’s been there!)
To cap off the evening, head across the street to Caffe Vittoria, where cigar girls help you choose and light cigars while you feast on pastries and cordials. The cafe dates back to 1929 and has four levels of seating.