Best of Boston

2013 Best Sports Bar

Parlor Sports

So many sports bars in Boston these days feel like impersonal warehouses, strewn, as they are, with a bajillion giant TVs over a zillion square feet. Parlor is the rare gathering place that feels cozy and intimate. Crucially, the bartenders are adept at knowing when to turn up the volume on the commentators and when to flip it to music (a major problem at bigger sports bars). And while the place is known as a haven for basketball geeks, it’s really worth checking out on any game night.

3 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-0231,