Doyle’s Café

Historic Bar / Irish Pub / Restaurant
Doyle’s Café 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... Boston United States 42.306561 -71.107304
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Doyle’s Café - Historic Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in Boston.
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 9am–12:30am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Doyle’s Café Review

The Scene

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...

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 Boston accents provide a touch of hometown pride as frat boys and tourists fresh from a Sam Adams Brewery tour join the blue-collar types in the saloon to catch the Sox, or take their pints back to the maple booths to shoot the breeze with their pals.

Locals and young professionals settle in for pub grub in the dining area, whose central feature is an antique phone booth from which boxing decisions were shouted back in the bar’s speakeasy days, while policemen, MBTA employees, construction workers, and the odd politician making the rounds stop in for an after-work brew.

Welcoming and dependable, Doyle’s Café is a great weeknight option for beer lovers and history buffs looking for good company and a laid-back atmosphere.

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Tip from Lucas:

After shooting back the small samples at the Sam Adams Brewery, you’re probably going to want something bigger to quench your thirst. Luckily, Doyle’s has a ton of options – and if you show them your stamp from the Brewery, you get to keep your glass.

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of fun-loving young professionals, college students, blue-collar workers, politicians, and tourists, 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Internet radio tuned to everything from Top 40 to classic rock. Flat-screen TVs. Trivia on Tuesdays. Special events include a St. Patrick’s Day party and Doyle’s annual 5K charity road race in April. Trolley tours to the Sam Adams brewery depart from Doyle’s Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and anytime the Red Sox are in town.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Pub menu including pizza, burgers, and Reubens. Ten different Sam Adams drafts on tap.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $6–$8, soups, salads, and sandwiches $2.75–$10, entrées $9–$19. Beer $3.50–$7, wine $6–$10, cocktails $5–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: scally caps, baseball hats, t-shirts, hoodies, jeans, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the busiest scene, as well as Tuesdays for trivia.

  • Close By

    The Samuel Adams Brewery (30 Germania Street) gives free tours, including samples, starting every forty five minutes.

Doyle’s Café User Reviews

Average rating:
Old-timey Boston at its finest
William K. May 9, 2013
If you haven't heard a good Boston accent in a while, go check out Doyle's Cafe in the heart of Jamaica Plain. The bar stands as a memorial to the 1880s, when JP was a manufacturing - not to mention beer-brewing - hub of the New England area. Locals still frequently visit after work to vent to the bartender, and mingle with the crowd of tourists fresh off a trip to the Sam Adams Brewery around the corner. The selection of Sam Adams beer on tap here can't be beat, probably because Doyle's was the first place to ever serve Sam Adams beer. The food is a solid pairing for whichever beer you choose, ranging from traditional pub food like their fantastic variety of burgers, to traditional New England fare like their very-good clam chowder. Doyle's is the perfect place for a casual lunch, dinner, or a necessary drink after a long day.
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