Party Earth Review Established in 1882 and featured in films including Mystic River, Doyle’s Café is the granddaddy of Beantown Irish pubs, a veritable wood-paneled time machine whose décor of antique clocks, colorful murals, period photos, and vintage newspaper clippings celebrate its long history. Waitresses slinging “chowda” in their thick ... more
3484 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02130
Party Earth Review After much heralding, Lord Hobo and his motley crew of daily-changing ales and microbrews have set up court in Cambridge. Just beyond the heavy red curtains, patrons will find a single dark chamber filled on weeknights with young professionals in full post-work chill-out mode, and on weekends with a more energetic hipster ... more
92 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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’s prestige bar – ladies were not allowed – the unassuming watering hole has since discarded its old rules, although the green marquee ... more
795 Adams Street
Boston, MA 02124
Party Earth Review A Boston landmark dating back to 1795, The Bell In Hand Tavern – named after founder Jimmy Wilson, Boston’s last town crier – claims to be America’s oldest tavern. Housed in the same building since 1844, modern upgrades have transformed the multilevel venue into equal parts pub and club. Low lighting, polished mahogany ... more
45-55 Union Street
Boston, MA 02108
Party Earth Review A Harvard Square institution for more than a decade, the popular Grafton Street Pub and Grill – named for Dublin’s famed cobblestone shopping district – is a buzzing neighborhood hotspot favored by outgoing local Harvard coeds, faculty, and young professionals. High wainscoting in cream and black, partitions of gauzy curtains ... more
1230 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Party Earth Review A stone’s throw from Harvard University, Tommy Doyle’s is a multi-level pub popular with area students for its live Irish music and DJs, sports packages, and trivia nights. The ground floor, its walls lined with vintage beer signs and Gaelic knickknacks, is the cozy main area where hoodie-clad college kids and kickback ... more
96 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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 crowd of hipsters, artists, and laid-back pals as the authentic and popular Brendan Behan's Pub up the street, but pumps up the food and alcohol ... more
435 South Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Party Earth Review Named for the neighborhood joint frequented by the characters in the TV show Three's Company, the Regal Beagle gives Brookline residents an equally homey bar to call their own. Nestled among the many shops and restaurants in Coolidge Corner, this mellow single-room bistro provides a comfy and dependable place for area professionals ... more
308 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Bar / Pub
Party Earth Review Friendly and down-to-earth, The Sevens Ale House is the quintessential Boston pub whose welcoming ambiance draws a crowd of hip young professionals and seasoned locals alike. A tiny space fitted out with vintage beer ads and newspaper articles recounting factoids about the bar’s history – more than 60 ... more
77 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Pub / Restaurant
Reviewed by Billy K.
"My Advice/My Take: Cornwalls is a good place to take a first date if you’re a BU student of age. It’s a little bit off campus and it’s large size offe ..." more
654 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
Party Earth Review An Tain’s name may refer to a famous tale of Irish mythology, but fierce bloody battles and royal courtship are a far cry from what patrons find at this Boston dive – though the beer prices may well be worth an epic poem or two. Located on the fringe of the Financial District, the small venue sees a line of young execs ... more
31 India Street
Boston, MA 02110
Sports and beer are the two biggest things that Bostonians are passionate about, and when it comes to pubs in Boston, nowhere is that passion more on display than in the never-ending supply of Irish pubs that are packed with neighborhood locals and sports fanatics who get together to talk Pats and Celtics and throw back frothy pints of Irish favorites or local Sam Adams varietals.
There are so many Boston pubs around town that denizens might take them for granted. But great establishments can be found amongst the student watering holes in Cambridge, the upper-crust neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay, the gritty side streets of Dorchester, or right Downtown alongside the skyscrapers and historic monuments.
Boston has both famous and historic pubs in its ranks like The Bell in Hand Tavern, which dates back to 1795 and claims to be America’s oldest tavern or Eire Pub which was made popular when Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton made stops while out on the campaign trail.
Whether looking for a relaxing place to watch the Red Sox, talk shop with some pals, throw back some Irish pints, or chow down on some fish & chips, the pubs in Boston are the perfect setting to end a long day or begin a long night.