A vast multicultural area that has experienced some gentrification in recent years, Jamaica Plain, and to a lesser extent Dorchester, has become a desirable location for a young and hip population.
Relatively inexpensive housing and easy subway access to Downtown have attracted numerous artists, students, musicians, and activists to the neighborhood, with many opting for commune-style living arrangements in the large and colorful buildings located throughout the area.
While the claim by some locals that Jamaica Plain is “Boston’s Brooklyn” might be an overstatement, there is no doubt that over the last decade a growing number of funky bars, organic markets, and unique cafés have sprung up all over, bringing more attention and money to the area and creating a place where Dominican restaurants rub shoulders with hipster bars.
Although some parts of Jamaica Plain and Dorchester are sketchy, sticking to the venues on the more populated streets can make for a unique night out.
Party Earth Review Amid Dorchester’s garden variety collection of dingy pubs, dbar is a diamond in the rough – or maybe a sweet fruit in a field of rutabagas. Although it transforms into a hopping gay ... more
1236 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
Party Earth Review Anyone looking for an authentic taste of Dublin in the heart of Jamaica Plain should head to Brendan Behan’s Pub, a laid-back neighborhood watering hole where it’s all about friendly ... more
378 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02130
Party Earth Review Since the early 1960s, Eire Pub has been serving up cheap eats and pints of Guinness to generations of unhurried blue-collar locals and even a few past presidents. Originally a gentlemen ... more
795 Adams Street
Boston, MA 02124
Party Earth Review Even the most tattooed of Jamaica Plain’s routinely plaid-clad denizens can tire of swilling PBR, and that’s where Canary Square comes in. This cozy gastropub attracts much the same ... more
435 South Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Brewery / Tour
Reviewed by Nick T.
"My Take: This brewery exists solely for Samuel Adams to experiment with new beers and to give tours. With tours leaving every 45 min, you can visit th ..." more
30 Germania Street
Boston, MA 02130