Boston’s Best Irish Pubs

February 25, 2011 11:51 AM

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In a city that has an Irish pub on practically every corner, it is a tough task to highlight just a few. What makes the perfect pub? An authentic atmosphere? The bartenders’ skill for pouring a pint? The likelihood of hearing an Irish brogue? Here are our top picks. Let us know about yours in the comments below.
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The Druid

1357 Cambridge Street
Inman Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-0965

Website and reviews
The first thing you’ll hear from most people who have been to the Druid, is rave reviews of their food. Fish and chips (with malt vinegar on the table), Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and burgers with their own special flavor. The bartenders here, complete with authentic Irish accents, take their time to pour a careful pint. Visit the Druid at just the right time to catch Celtic music playing, or visit with Cindy the pub’s canine mascot. Wednesday night is Trivia Night and this place gets packed.

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Mr. Dooley’s

77 Broad Street
Financial District
Boston, MA 02109
(800) 560-5655
Website & Reviews

Dim lighting, dark wood paneling, friendly Irish bartenders and an inviting crowd combine to give Mr. Dooley’s a winning atmosphere. Yes, you can get a well-poured pint of Guiness here and catch live Irish music on many nights. Their menu is dominated by Irish favorites like Shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, beef stew and curry fries, but you can also easily get a burger or cup of chowder. On the weekends they serve a traditional Irish breakfast all day.

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(credit: Brendan Behan Pub via MySpace)

Brendan Behan Pub

378 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-5386
Website & ReviewsYou won’t find many pubs like Brendan Behan in Boston. They don’t serve food, but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own. You can bring your dog inside, and many patrons do. You must pay cash, no credit taken here. At the Behan they keep it simple, focusing on good drinks and a laid back attitude. Regulars come for their wide selection of beer, including a couple dozen on tap.

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(credit: The Squealing Pig via Facebook)

Squealing Pig

134 Smith Street
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 566-6651

Website & Reviews Walk into the Squealing Pig and you’re sure to be greeted by a bartender or waitress with an Irish brogue. A wide selection of reasonably prices beer keeps people coming back. Their menu isn’t overly Irish, though you can order up Shepherd’s pie or fish and chips. Their fries with parmesan and truffle oil and their gourmet pizzas – with toppings like fig and prosciutto or mashed potato and linguica – are standouts. You’ll find only one item for dessert: a melted Mars bar between waffles served with fresh cream and fruit.

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  • Cynic

    Give me a break…not only should the Erie be on the list it should be #1,Or doesn’t being a REAL Pub count?

  • Cynic

    How many psuedo Irishmen in JP actually know who Brendan Behan was?

  • Yogi

    My opinion a true Irish pub is Mr. Dooleys. I have been to almost all the Irish pub in MA. Alot of them are grand and some only say they are. Everybody has their favorite and Mr. Dooley’s is mine. If you have never been, go for a perfect poured pint and enjoy the live music.

  • emom

    To me a true irish pub has the essance of ireland, and maybe should be run by a true irish man. After all it IS to be a real irish pub , RIGHT…. I have never been to any, not my cup of tea, personally dont like any beer, But from the ones I remember growing up , They were run by an irish gentleman.

  • Duke of York

    Of course you wish that you were Irish so as to get rid of that English name. Your comments make it quite apparent that you have an IQ which resembles a bag of garden tools.

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