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 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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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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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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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.