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 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
Dive Bar / Pub
Party Earth Review Despite its upscale Charles Street address, Beacon Hill Pub goes for the dive bar vibe, stoking its gregarious, fratty atmosphere by offering some of the cheapest pints in Beantown. A magnet for the local college crowds and twenty-somethings looking to get plastered, the large bar serves its drinks in plastic pint ... more
149 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Reviewed by Jeanette J.
"If you're looking to enjoy a night of drinking Guinness and dancing along to some traditional Irish music, The Black Rose is your kind of pub. The McT ..." more
160 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
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 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 chitchat and good beer. Dimly lit with a constant soundtrack of indie hits and rock classics, the tiny bar offers over twenty-five draft beers ... more
378 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02130
Party Earth Review Despite only being around since 2005, The Asgard has a homey vintage vibe thanks a whole mess of Ireland-imported décor and furnishings, some of which date back nearly two centuries. Of course, the local MIT regulars are probably more interested in the extensive craft beer list and the cheap wings than where the lampshades ... more
350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Party Earth Review A few hours at The Green Briar is kind of like being surrounded by family and friends who all happen to agree that international sports should be on the TV, Guinness should be in the glass, and bangers should be on the plate. Speckled with native flags, antique fiddles, and black-and-white pictures of patrons past, the ... more
304 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135
Party Earth Review A lively single-room neighborhood haunt loved by locals for its welcoming atmosphere and hearty food and drink, The Corner Tavern attracts an outgoing clientele of Back Bay professionals, grad students, and artsy types. Located in a brownstone basement, the warmly-lit tavern exudes a homey charm with its brick and stone ... more
421 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA 02115
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 Named for a rocky stretch of land in Ireland, The Burren is an authentic old-world pub featuring music from the homeland, hearty eats, and lively dancing. A worn wood bar and display of black-and-white photos create a homey atmosphere for the alternative types and hipster musicians who slide onto the benches around the ... more
247 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144
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.