A Boston Irish Pub Crawl

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1. Emmet’s

  • Although the restaurant scene varies from tourists to professionals, the relaxed atmosphere and kid-friendly menu makes this one an establishment where families will also feel at home.
    6 Beacon St., Boston, 617-742-8565,

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2. Green Briar

  • This Brighton spot is where bartenders and other bargoers are likely to strike up a conversation. In the winter, stay indoors and catch the game, or join in on one of the bar’s weekly events. In the summer, take advantage of the outdoor patio for some time in the sun. 304 Washington St., Brighton,

3. Green Dragon

  • The tavern’s tagline, “It’s revolutionary!,” is fitting as it opened in 1654 and is one of the oldest bars in Boston. Located near the Freedom Trail and rich in history, one of its most notable customers was American patriot Paul Revere. 11 Marshall St. Boston, 617-367-0055,


4. J.J.Foley’s

  • Open since 1909, the century-old bar has become a fixture in the bustling and evolving South End neighborhood. The scene here comprises both regulars and newcomers and is a favorite among both Irish and non-Irish beer drinkers. 117 East Berkeley St., Boston, 617-728-9101,

5. The Kinsale

  • This bar’s biggest draw is not typically Irish: Thursdays, karaoke beckons the crowds, and Tuesdays, it’s the 25 cent wings. 2 Center Plaza, Boston, 617-742-5577,

6. Lir

  • This Back Bay bar is bustling after work, and through the night. College students and young professionals alike head here for soccer games, sports, and late night drinking. 903 Boylston St., Boston, 617-778-0089,

7. Matt Murphy’s

  • Comfort food, dim lighting, and a location away from downtown Boston gives this Brookline eatery a vibe that puts its clientele at ease. On a cold winter day, beef stew and an Irish coffee provide all the warmth you’ll need. 14 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-232-0188, www.matt

8. Solas

  • Inside the Lenox Hotel, Guinness finds a worthy competitor: fries with a tangy yellow curry sauce. This pub’s late-night menu makes it suitable for a last stop after an adventurous night on Boylston Street. 710 Boylston St., Boston, 617-933-4803,

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9. Brendan Behan

  • A gem in Jamaica Plain, this spot has become a classic fixture in the neighborhood. Named after the Irish writer, the watering hole offers an impressive list of craft beers. 378 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617- 522-5386,

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10. Doyle’s Cafe

  • The Jamaica Plain establishment opened its doors in 1882 and has become an institution in the neighborhood, as well as a political landmark. It’s also located near Boston’s most famous brewery, Sam Adams. 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-2345,

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11. The Eire

  • This may be one of the most well-known pubs in the area, but due to a historical connection a bit more recent than the American Revolution. In 1983, patrons at this Dorchester pub were surprised by a visit from President Ronald Reagan, who popped in for a pint. Years later, President Bill Clinton paid a visit. 795 Adams St., Dorchester, 617-436-0088,

12. James’s Gate

  • The fireplace, comfort food, and homey feeling make this bar a cozy spot for a rainy day or a meal out with the family. An added bonus is the impressive beer list, which offers 21 beers on tap. 5-11 McBride St., Jamaica Plain, 617-983-2000

13. Murphy’s Law

  • If you’re looking to be on your own with a pint, no one will bother you at this South Boston fixture. No tourists here, it’s far off the beaten path. Unless of course, they watched celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s show “No Reservations,” or if they have seen Ben Affleck’s “Gone Baby Gone.” OK, maybe you’ll see some tourists here.
    837 Summer St., South Boston, 617-269-6667,

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14. PJ Ryan’s

  • Nestled between Teele and Davis squares, this pub avoids the Davis crowds and attracts mostly locals. The menu may make many ditch dark Irish beers and spring for summer ale. 239 Holland St., Somerville,

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15. Shenannigans

  • Patrons who come here on the weekdays can expect a low-key scene with mostly locals watching a game on one of their many televisions. Weekday customers will be surprised by the weekend scene, which includes long entry lines, bouncers, and live music. On Fridays, expect a live reggae band and a lively audience. 332 West Broadway, South Boston, 617-269-9509, www.shenannigansirishpubbostonma .com

16. The Thirsty Scholar

  • Famous for the opening scene from “The Social Network,” this bar draws many Harvard, Tufts, and Lesley students. If you’re looking for a snack, give the nachos a shot ­— ideal for sharing with a group of friends. 70 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-497-2294,

17. The Banshee

  • Soccer, rugby, and Gaelic football fans can unite here, where authenticity can be heard from the bartenders — many of whom have a strong Irish accent. Located in Dorchester, it has 10 flat-screen TVs and its two floors offer ample space to gather with sports fans. 934 Dorchester Ave., Boston, 617-436-9747,


18. Blackthorn

  • The seven screens and 20 beers on tap, and most importantly, the vibrant South Boston patrons, give this place one of the most energized and passionate crowds during a Bruins game. It also dubs itself as the home of the Boston Gooners, a fan club of Arsenal Football Club, a soccer team based in Holloway, London. 471 West Broadway, South Boston, 617- 269-5510,

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19. Cornwall’s

  • Even though it’s located a stone’s throw from America’s oldest ballpark, the pub doesn’t attract the normal Fenway crowd and tends to cater to locals. 654 Beacon St., Boston, 617-262-3749,

20. The Field

  • From soccer to basketball to hockey, a game is always playing at this bar. Visit in the summer, where an outdoor patio is perfect for switching over from dark Irish beers to lighter ales. 20 Prospect St., Cambridge, 617-354-7345,


21. The Lansdowne

Located in the heart of Fenway, everything about this bar is Irish, except, of course, the lack of soccer fans — it’s located in Red Sox territory, after all. On the menu is Guinness beef pot pie and Irish sliders — a hit for anyone looking for some Irish grub. 9 Lansdowne St., Boston, 617-247-1222,

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22. McGreevy’s

  • Established in 1894, this old-time pub claims to be “America’s first sports bar.” The Boylston Street establishment also calls itself home to the Dropkick Murphys, who have performed at the bar numerous times. If this isn’t enough to draw the crowds, ample televisions are sure to please any sports fan. 911 Boylston St., Boston, 617- 262-0911,

23. Olde Magoun’s Saloon

  • This sports and craft beer bar and trivia hot spot has some of the best beers to offer on tap. Every night, the Ball Square pub has something different to offer, whether it be trivia or a traditional Sunday roast. 518 Medford St., Somerville, 617-776-2600,

24. Porter Belly’s

  • Sports fans, locals, and ex-pats descend on this Brighton location, but not just to catch the game — the extensive burger menu is reason alone to visit this Washington Square destination. 338 Washington St., Brighton, 617-254-3300, www.porterbellys

25. The Black Rose

  • The two-story bar offers both Irish music and performances from local acts from time to time. If you decide you want a quiet evening, avoid the music and cozy up to the fireplace with corned beef or curry chips.
    160 State St., Boston, 617-742-2286,


26. The Burren

  • Named after a rocky landscape in Ireland, this pub was opened by two Irish musicians in 1996. The restaurant has a front and back room which allows it to offer traditional Irish music seven nights a week, as well as open mike night and trivia. 247 Elm St., Somerville, 617-776-6896,

27. The Druid

  • The small size of this pub makes it quaint and cozy during daytime hours and due to its Inman Square location, a cool hot spot at night. Stop by during the day for some shepherd’s pie and dance along to Irish music on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
    1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge,

28. Hennessy’s

  • Popular among college students, the Faneuil Hall bar draws large crowds on weekend nights. If you’re looking for a modern take on the classic Irish pub, Hennessy’s has a younger vibe due to its location and top 40 DJ nights. 25 Union St., Boston, 617-742-2121,

Lisa Poole

29. Mr. Dooley’s

  • No TVs on site may be a draw for patrons who are serious about entertainment. Live music and chatty bartenders instead become the focal point. 77 Broad St., Boston,

30. The Plough and Stars

  • The Cambridge landmark offers live music almost every night and has developed a strong following in the local music community. In addition, the brunch menu offers some traditional Irish fare, including eggs, bangers, Irish bacon, and black and white pudding. 912 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-576-0032,

31. Sally O’Brien’s

  • Situated off the beaten path in Union Square, this spot may be a trek for those who only rely on public transportation. Patrons are often locals or fans of the bands that play on their stage on any given night. 335 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-666-3589,

David Lyon

32. Tommy Doyle’s

  • Looking for one spot that offers live music, trivia, and a DJ? Tommy Doyle’s offers nightly entertainment, including DJ-hosted dance parties on Friday and Saturday nights. 96 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-864-0655,

On starting Monday, take part in a bracket challenge and vote for your favorite Irish pub. Voting runs March 11-15. Here are the 32 contenders in no particular order. The winner will be announced March 18. Swati Sharma can be reached at
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