Eire Pub

Dive Bar / Historic Bar / Irish Pub / Irish Restaurant
Eire Pub 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. Boston United States 42.283024 -71.056076
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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... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    617-436-0088

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 8am–midnight, Su noon–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Eire Pub Review

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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.

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 still proclaims it a “Men’s Bar.”

Sports memorabilia, vintage photos, and press clippings adorn most of the wood-paneled walls, including highlights of the times Presidents Reagan and Clinton visited when they were first campaigning.

The area’s large Irish population means that thickly accented conversation usually spills from the small tables and booths around the perimeter, and it’s not uncommon to find local policemen and firefighters indulging in some off-duty pints at the long center bar, or multiple members of the same family cheering on the Sox on TV.

Despite the continued prevalence of men, Eire is well-known in Dorchester for its community atmosphere, as the older regulars always seem eager to educate newcomers, male and female alike, about the bronze Clinton and Reagan plaques by the bar – perhaps noting that both former presidents won Massachusetts after stopping by.

Many politicians carry on the tradition of visiting Eire Pub during campaign season, but most of the time it’s content to remain a warm neighborhood hangout where all are welcome to put up their feet and stay a while.

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Tip from Emma:

Locals know that this dive makes a stellar pastrami sandwich. Keep in mind, though, that it’s only offered until 3pm. If you miss out, the $1 hot dogs run a close second.

  • Crowd

    Working class regulars, easygoing young and old locals, sports fans, and politicians looking to win, late 20s to late 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nearly a dozen plasma TVs mostly tuned to local sports or news.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Irish fare and pub grub, including hot dogs, thick pastrami sandwiches, and burgers.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $1–$7, entrées $4–$8. Beer $3–$4.25, wine $4.75–$6.75, cocktails $3.50–$4.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: jeans, t-shirts, Red Sox caps, hoodies, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekdays after work for a chill spot to hang with the guys, and Friday and Saturday nights for a more mixed crowd.

  • Close By

    Greenhills Irish Bakery (780 Adams Street) keeps the Irish vibe alive with thick homemade pies and large loaves of traditional Irish bread.

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