It’s a little after noon on the day of Game 4 of the World Series, and Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill on Boylston Street is already buzzing with excitement.
The obstruction call that ended Game 3 the night before has added a new level of intrigue to the Series, and if that Saturday night was any indication, general manager Don Bailey expects to meet capacity before first pitch.
But seven hours before Clay Buchholz and Lance Lynn will square off in St. Louis, Red Sox jerseys inside Remy’s have given way to football jerseys, as more than 100 Patriots fans flood the establishment just a few steps from Fenway Park to watch their team take on the Miami Dolphins.
In a neighborhood that thrives on the allure of Fenway and the history and passion surrounding Red Sox baseball, Jerry Remy’s — a restaurant whose namesake is synonymous with the hometown team — has grown into a haven for Patriots fans.
“I think the appeal is that we’re a larger space in an area of the city that doesn’t see a whole lot of traffic when the football games are occurring,” said Bailey, who has been with Remy’s since the flagship Boston location opened in March 2010. “It makes for a desirable place for football fans to congregate knowing that it’s going to be very little hassle to find what you’re looking for.”
The fan experience begins with the restaurant’s audio-visual set-up. Aside from the 16 42-inch all-weather televisions that line the roof deck, the main floor of Remy’s boasts 24 60-inch plasma TVs that pale in comparison to the two 11-foot-by-6.5-foot screens that command the center of the bar. Known as the Screen Monsters, the two 153.3-inch projector screens stand as the largest in Boston.
“The way things are laid out here, no matter where you are sitting, you can see 10 TVs at all times,” said Frankie DeAugustine, a Remy’s regular who plays hockey for UMass-Boston. “No matter where you’re sitting here, you’ll get to see what you want to see.”
For the “grill” portion of “bar & grill,” Remy’s carries what Bailey calls “elevated comfort foods.”
In addition to traditional bar fare, Remy’s has an expanded menu that includes dishes such as salmon and marinated steak tips. The restaurant recently debuted vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus to be more inclusive of the differing lifestyles of fans.
“You can almost roll the dice and not go wrong with anything that they have,” said Kit Sitterley, DeAugustine’s teammate at UMass- Boston. “It’s very simple, it’s very basic, it’s easy, and it’s always good beer and good food.”
Of the 20 beers on tap, more than half at any given time are from regional breweries.
Local studs Samuel Adams and Harpoon are two of the most recognizable names at the bar, but the beer list also includes Pretty Things out of Somerville, Jack’s Abby of Framingham, Cisco from Nantucket, and Wachusett Brewery’s Green Monsta.
“I would like to see any bar that has more local selection than we do,” said bartender Seth Corliss. “It’s something that we really pride ourselves on. Something that we really strive for is really getting those local microbrews so that they can gain face with the crowds and then we can educate the crowd on what beers this area accommodates.”
In a short time, Remy’s has created an experience that transcends the April-to-October baseball calendar. Nearly 30 miles from Gillette Stadium, Patriots game days have grown ever busier at Remy’s, and the overwhelmingly positive environment puts football fans in a position where they leave wanting more.