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... ... read full review
31 India Street
Boston, MA 02110
Blue Line: Aquarium
Orange Line: State
Green Line, Blue Lines: Government Center
M–F 11am–2am, Sa–Su 6pm–2am
Downtown / Financial District, Boston –
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 filing in at five, ready to ditch their ties and get busy forgetting they have a job by tossing back shots of whiskey and reverting to their college days.
A pair of dart boards, TVs blaring sports, framed jerseys, and fist-pumping rock classics on the stereo add to the frat party atmosphere, to say nothing of the daily dollar drafts that pour freely till closing.
Locals slugging bottled beer and clad in anything but Yankees caps – seriously, it’s a house rule – dominate the well-worn booths lining the orange walls early in the week, when live acts ranging from comedy routines to cover bands take the stage in the glow of neon beer signs.
Fridays and Saturdays around 10pm, meanwhile, see the tables cleared out and a wild DJ-led dance party rockin’ to Top 40 and club hits – at least for the patrons who aren’t too sauced to stand.
Cheap, unpretentious, and a dive to its core, An Tain is a great place for anyone looking for a few budget-friendly rounds or a night out they probably won’t remember.
College kids demonstrating frat boy antics, young accountants decidedly off the clock, average Joes, and anyone looking to drink on the cheap, early 20s to mid-30s.
Open mic nights, comedy acts, and cover bands on Tuesdays and Thursdays, DJs spinning Top 40 and club hits on Fridays and Saturdays, and a playlist of rock classics in the early evenings throughout the week.
Two dart boards. Golden Tee arcade game.
Assorted fried fare, bar snacks, and American diner dishes including quesadillas, potato skins, cheeseburgers, and deli sandwiches.
Appetizers $5–$7, soups $3–$5, salads $5.50–$8, sandwiches $7–$9, entrées $10–$12. Beer $1–$6, wine $7–$12, cocktails $6–$8+.
Casual: jeans, hoodies, sneakers, baseball hats, jerseys, tank tops.
Any early evening during the week for a jovial crowd looking to shake off the day, or Fridays and Saturdays to groove to the DJ and watch the inebriated attempt to dance.
Biddy Early’s (141 Pearl Street) runs a shot-of-the-day special that’s one of the cheapest in town.