Top 15 Irish Bars in Boston

DOYLE’S CAFE
JP
(classic, food)
Doyle’s has tons of local character. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where I sat in the mayor’s booth with two priests & a nun, and the priest ordered the “clergy special, 25¢ scotch
— Rachel Butler Gavini
MR DOOLYS
BOSTON
(classic, food)
I still love Mr. Dooley’s. It’s authentic enough, full of antiques and plenty of Irish hospitality. I like the shepherd’s pie a bunch and they are the ones who taught me about putting chambord in my Guinness. It’s called a Black Fog or sometimes a Red Velvet.
— Mike Schneider
WHITEY’S
SOUTH BOSTON
(ultimate dive)
(Dale): def one of the biggest dive bar drug dens around, hate the place... (Virginia): Cheap Guinness, great music!! Stay away from what you don’t like and it’s a great Irish dive. (Dale): Touche
— Dale Laugelle + Virginia Riley
IRISH VILLAGE
BRIGHTON
(drink, sports, drink)
Even the bartenders are from Ireland + Best Guinness pour out there.
— Joe Kozlowsky
KINSALE
BOSTON
(classic, food)
classy atmosphere, wide beer selection, and GREAT wings
— Adam Arc
EIRE PUB
DORCHESTER
(drink, sports, old school)
This is what so many faux-pubs in Boston try & fail to be. Steeped in history, ‘Boston’s Original Prestige Bar,’ it includes US Presidents & Irish Taoiseachs among its patrons while still feeling Very Dorchester
— Jason Mahoney
SOLAS
BOSTON
(classic, food, classy)
Fabulous food. CHEAP drinks. Its like a newer styled-contemporary Irish pub. Fanciest bathroom ever (inside the Lennox Hotel)... Although Ive never heard Irish music, its still worth making the list based on the food and drinks alone.
— Danielle Bucknam
HONG KONG
BOSTON
(food, drink, next door to Irish bar, so...)
Time and time again, the Hong Kong proves to be the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.
— Niora Fabian
PADDY’S
CAMBRIDGE
(Ultimate dive)
Divyest Irish bar around. And they have the best sweatshirts.
— Rava Burgess
JJ FOLEYS
BOSTON
(drink, sports, late night)
Classic Irish bar that’s been there forever. Cops hang out. Foley’s was central in the 1919 Boston Police Department strike + catered to some of the first waves of Irish Immigrants.
— Patrick Washington
THE BURREN
SOMERVILLE
(classic, entertainment)
They have live music every night and Irish sessions at least three times a week! They host bands and comedy in the back room as well. Great place for a beer and chances are, someone will drunkenly start a jig or two later in the night during the Friday night Irish session... in fact, I may have been such a person a few times this summer... All of this and the bartenders are just the best.
— Emily Raese
THE BLACK ROSE
BOSTON
(classic, food, authentic)
It’s all about the Irish! From the dining room to the upstairs lounge. The authentic setting offers the best of Irish hospitality, food & drink, music and plenty of craic. And there’s a tv or two for those that can’t just sit in a bar and talk or those who want to enjoy a match or game.
— Virginia Riley
THE DRUID
INMAN SQUARE
(food, drink, music)
Their food is AMAZING, great bar selection, they have live Irish music all the time, very friendly (and Irish) staff... what’s not to love??? Also, best veggie burger I’ve ever had, every time... consistently for the past 7+ years.
— Lisa Bassett
BRENDAN BEHAN
JAMAICA PLAIN
(drink, drink, drink)
The most legit Irish pub in Boston. No tv, great pints, all wood, friendly hub of the area, and named after an Irish writer. Doyles is a tourist trap at this point.
— Benjamin Brudner
FLAN OBRIENS
BRIGHAM CIRCLE
(drink, food, trivia)
Doubt the legit nature of Flans? A simple look at the workman’s friend by Flan O’Brien “when funds are tight and hard to find, a pint of plain is your only man”.
— Turlach MacDonagh

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