Boston is known for having a strong Irish cultural background, and the city is known for having some of the best Irish pubs in the country. While many of these spots may sound similar in their descriptions (beer, food, music), each of these locations is truly unique and will offer you a different experience. Regardless of which of these pubs you choose to visit, you are sure to enjoy a fantastic selection of cuisine and spirits.
Plough & Stars
912 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
www.ploughandstars.comMany locals would refer to the Plough & Stars as the quintessential New England pub, which makes it number one on our list. Aside from the live music that often sets up a couple of nights a week, the bar scene is quite relaxed. The food and drink selections are just about what you’d expect from an Irish pub, and with being in business for over 30 years, they must be doing something right.
1357 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
www.druidpub.comHead to The Druid, located in Cambridge’s Inman Square, for good food, good drinks and a great time. Described as a “friendly gathering spot,” the pub has a casual atmosphere that is warm and inviting, while still being pretty chill. In addition to a full bar, the pub offers twelve beers on draft, making it a great location for beer connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. If you’re seeking a great spot for Sunday brunch, be sure to consider The Druid, and get a taste of the traditional Irish breakfast and Prosecco mimosas.
Brendan Behan Pub
378 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
www.brendanbehanpub.comKnown for serving quality beer, the Brendan Behan Pub prides itself on being traditional, while serving up a modern flare. The location was first opened in 1988 and has been named the “Best Irish Bar in Boston” on multiple occasions. What’s super cool about this place? They don’t serve food… but you are welcome to bring your own! Scoop up your favorite take out and head on over for a beer or two. You won’t regret it.
77 Broad St.
Boston, MA 02109
www.somerspubs.comConveniently located in the financial district, Mr. Dooley’s has been open since 1991. The bar is very relaxed, and encourages patrons to enjoy a “beer and a chat” in a very chill atmosphere. Aside from a great Guinness pour, there is live entertainment at Mr. Dooley’s every night of the week. According to the website, the location has earned quite a few accolades including “Boston’s Best Burgers,” “Cheap Eats” and “Best of Boston.” Mr. Dooley’s also boasts a terrific Irish breakfast.
J.J. Foley’s Cafe
117 E Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02118
www.jjfoleyscafe.comJ.J. Foley’s Cafe is an Irish pub that has been visited by just about every type of patron. Founded in 1909, this bar has been a staple in Boston’s South End for decades. The drinks are affordable and the food is great, which makes this an ideal place to check out any night of the week. J. J. Foley’s also offers a large selection of brews, adding to the draw of this fine establishment.
Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with all of the latest happenings in her city. She loves eating at Boston’s hotspots, having drinks at the trendiest bars, and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.