Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions, or personal experiences.

Game days in New England. Ahhhh, the best.

Picture a Sunday 1 PM Patriots game. If you are not going to the game, you might find yourself at a sports bar at 11 AM.

Why so early? Because it is GAME DAY.

The vibes at most sports bars are unmatched during a game. I use Mojo's in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the Winners Circle in Salisbury, Massachusetts, as examples.

If you go into either of those places between 11 and 12 before a 1 PM game, the bars start to have an energy. And it builds, and builds, and BUILDS.

People are having a late breakfast/early lunch. People are starting to have a few beers to get ready for the game. People are meeting new friends, playing keno, and placing bets, all for that 1 pm kickoff.

The second the game starts, everyone in the facility is your friend. Everyone is there to see the same thing - a New England or Boston sport team victory.

Huge play? High fives all around. It doesn't matter who you are, or where you are sitting. Everyone high fives.

Touchdown/goal? Beers. Beers. Beers. Drink, celebrate, get loud, and get another!

Some say, and this is certainly me sometimes, that the best place to watch a game/spend a game day is at home. And that is certainly true sometimes. I thoroughly enjoy drinking my own beer, in my own seat, with no one around me talking to or disturbing me.

That said, being surrounded by other fans on a game day is more fun.

You cheer, they cheer. You drink, they drink. You get mad, they get mad. It is just a bunch of people with similar interests together in the same place.

Strangers become friends, and friends become family at these kinds of sports bars.

These Are 25 of the Best Sports Bars in New Hampshire and Massachusetts

Below are the best sports bars and restaurants to catch a game in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

LOOK: 50 images of winning moments from sports history

Sometimes images are the best way to honor the figures we've lost. When tragedy swiftly reminds us that sports are far from the most consequential thing in life, we can still look back on an athlete's winning moment that felt larger than life, remaining grateful for their sacrifice on the court and bringing joy to millions.

Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.

More From Seacoast Current