After suffering through what looked like a lost season due to the NHL lockout, Boston’s sports bars and restaurants can breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks to the Boston Bruins sweep of the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins last Friday night, the Stanley Cup finals are back where they belong with an original six matchup between our Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. If you are one of the lucky 18,565 to get to see the game in person congratulations, but fear not if you don’t have a ticket then the bars around TD Garden will give you a crazy atmosphere to enjoy both the home and away games. Starting on Canal Street, The Four’s is a sports lovers dream with a great menu and staff plus thousands of memories of Boston sports teams from yesteryears to today including the Bobby Orr steak and cheese sandwich, which is a must have before any bruins game. Also at The Four’s say hi to Geno and Ian behind the bar as they are one of the best father/son combination of bartenders the city has to offer. Boston Beer Works is a microbrew restaurant featuring some of the best beers on tap as well as a great menu featuring steak tips and a great list of appetizers for the hungry hockey fans. Hurricane O Reilly’s is right in between these two and features dinner before the game and also one of the best dance parties after every home game. Rounding out the Canal Street tour is Sullivan’s Tap, a place where the hard hat/lunch pail carrying die hard bruin fans meet for reasonably priced beers and great pregame atmosphere, and the Sports Grille which features a full menu and an abundance of drafts. Over on Friend Street you will find two of the best bars both pre and post game in the North Star and the Greatest Bar, both of which feature great menus before the puck drops and two of the hottest dance floors following the action. Causeway Street is home to TD Garden and also the Harp which is packed with bruins fans pre and post game as well and has a great dance party after the game. Fans looking for a celebrity sighting can walk over to the North End and see if bruins legend Ray Bourque is playing host at his hot restaurant Tresca on Hanover Street which features one of the best Veal Chops in Boston. So whether you are from Chicago visiting or a die hard bruins fan with or without tickets the area around TD Garden has got you covered pre and post game and the owners of the bars around the arena will welcome you with open arms because thanks to this playoff run the memories of the lockout have been erased. Enjoy the atmosphere of the Stanley Cup and do tell them Dirty Water News sent you. Go Bruins!