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Dropkick Murphys close down the Beachcomber

Al Barr of the Dropkick Murphys high-fived fans at the Beachcomber.
Al Barr of the Dropkick Murphys high-fived fans at the Beachcomber.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

“Listen,” said the Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey. “It’s not very often that a place books local bands like this and stays open for 56 [expletive] years. So let’s give it up for the McGettrick family. This is gonna be like a house party.” And with that, the Dropkick Murphys gave Quincy’s Beachcomber a rousing sendoff Saturday night as some 250 fans squeezed into the beloved Wollaston Beach nightspot for its last night of business. T-shirts at the merch table celebrated the milestone, featuring an image of original owner Jimmy McGettrick, who died in 2011 and left the Irish bar to his children, lifting a pint as if to say “so long!” Open since 1959, the Beachcomber had seen its share of legends, from Louis Armstrong to Jay Leno, and was recently sold to make way for a high-end restaurant. The Dropkicks shut it down on a high note, tearing through a fun, freewheeling show that had fans joining them onstage to sing and dance to a mix of originals and covers. (The Standells’ “Dirty Water,” with its refrain of “Oh, Boston, you’re my home,” rang out as a floorboard-rattling sing-along.) Capping a two-hour performance, the band closed with a song whose title gave the Beachcomber the final word: “Going Out in Style.”

Barr (left) and Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys gave the Quincy mainstay a rousing sendoff.
Barr (left) and Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys gave the Quincy mainstay a rousing sendoff.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
Casey interacted with the fans during the performance. About 250 fans packed into the Wollaston Beach bar for one final fling.
Casey interacted with the fans during the performance. About 250 fans packed into the Wollaston Beach bar for one final fling.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
Jon Marcantonio, the band’s monitor engineer, worked during the show.
Jon Marcantonio, the band’s monitor engineer, worked during the show.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
Suzie Telsey, a former Beachcomer waitress, took one last photo of the bar before it was shuttered.
Suzie Telsey, a former Beachcomer waitress, took one last photo of the bar before it was shuttered.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

James Reed can be reached at james.reed@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJamesReed.

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