In a city that boasts almost as many Irish people as Ireland itself, it’s not exactly difficult to find an Irish pub here in Boston. However, if you are looking for a great whiskey cocktail prepared just like they do on the old sod, there are only a few places that do it right and do it best. From simply prepared blends to crafty concoctions, there is something for every whiskey connoisseur. Here’s a look at the top five places to go in Boston for the best Irish whiskey cocktails.
M.J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub
27 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
Sometimes, the best drinks come with the simplest ingredients. Just ask the folks at M.J. O’Connor’s at the Park Plaza in Back Bay or their second location at the Westin Waterfront. Try a Jamo Ginger made with Jameson Irish Whiskey and ginger ale for one of the simplest, but oh so good, pairings. If you are looking to sweeten things up a bit, Irish-American style, try the Bootlegger Tea made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey, pineapple, cranberry and cherry juices or the tart Green Apple Jack also made with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, apple schnapps, club soda and sour mix.
The Black Rose
160 State St.
Boston, MA 02109
The Black Rose is about as Irish as it gets in Boston and nothing spells an Irish cocktail better than their original Hot Toddy. Perfect for a winter warm up, this classic Irish drink is made with whiskey, hot water, honey and cinnamon. The two-story Irish pub has been a popular staple in Faneuil Hall for its nightly live entertainment and authentic atmosphere. For a morning pick-me-up, try the Irish Sunrise made with Jameson, orange juice and a splash of grenadine.
The Tip Tap Room
138 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA 02114
Juicy steak tips and an abundance of draft beers on tap aren’t the only things you will find on the menu at The Tip Tap Room in Beacon Hill. The popular restaurant known for its gamey foods is even better known for its impressive whiskey selection. Try a Breckenridge Special Release straight up or a Formula One cocktail made with rye whiskey and angostura and orange bitters. We love their Irish coffee simply prepared with Irish whiskey, coffee and whipped cream.
The Whiskey Priest
150 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
For all things whiskey, there is only one priest to talk to, and that’s Whiskey Priest. Located in the Seaport District, you can dine on a 10-ounce grilled sirloin marinated in Irish whiskey while sipping a glass of whiskey from one of the many bottles that line the bar. From Tullemore Dew to Bushmills, there is a whiskey for every taste and flavor profile. For the perfect sampling to revere, try a flight of Irish whiskeys like the Aer Lingus featuring Connemara, Clontarf and Kilbeggan whiskey tastings.
77 Broad St.
Boston, MA 02109
Mr. Dooley’s knows great Irish whiskey is as important to Bostonians as the nightly entertainment held here. Located near the Financial District and Faneuil Hall, Dooley’s hails as one of the best finds for Irish whiskey served straight up, on the rocks or in the form of a stiff cocktail like a whiskey smash. They have typical finds like Jameson, but you’ll also be delighted by lesser-known brands like Slane Castle. This popular bar is frequented by an after-work crowd who stays for the live Irish music held nightly here.
Related: Boston’s Best Places For Port Wine
Kellie Speed is a Boston writer with more than 25 years of experience writing for local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Haute Living, The Boston Globe, Mohegan Sun’s Legends and Amtrak’s Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot’s travel site and contributed to Moon Metro’s Boston guidebook, as well. Kellie can be reached at email@example.com