Grafton Street Pub and Grill

Bar / Irish Pub / Restaurant
Grafton Street Pub and Grill 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... Boston United States 42.372244 -71.115706
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W 11am–1am, Th–F 11am–2am, Sa 10:30am–2am, Su 10am–1am
    Outdoor patio open daily 11:30am–2am weather permitting

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Grafton Street Pub and Grill Review

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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...

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, and tall windows with views of the square give the roomy space a cozy vibe, perfect for a little study break during the day, while glowing gold pendant lights, dark brown furnishings, and tan leather banquettes add a homey touch that makes for a charming date spot with a cutie from calculus.

Customers looking for a low-key atmosphere, a delicious Reuben, or Sloppy Joes late night during the week, can pile into one of the circular booths in the restaurant, though most of the action takes place at the bustling and often over-packed front bar, where the sociable college set gathers to flirt and chat over their favorite local brews, or take their drinks to the ledge by the window to contemplate the meaning of veritas.

On weekends, the upbeat crowd spills over into the restaurant to groove to tunes spun by local DJs, while those who need a break from the buzz of the tightly packed crowd can step out to the patio.

Whether patrons want to unwind with dinner after a long day of midterms or work, or to mingle with the easygoing clientele over a pitcher of sangria, Grafton Street Pub is one of those rare places where they can do both – and all at the same time, no less.

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Tip from Lucas:

Definitely a prime choice for a late night out. Unlike most Cambridge bars, Grafton stays open until 2am – not to mention you can order food until 1am!

  • Crowd

    Chatty students, professors, young professionals, and a smattering of alternative types, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Local DJs mix the classics with popular Top 40s on Fridays. Saturdays feature DJs who spin disco, electronic, indie, house, soul, and underground tunes.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Lunch and dinner menus feature American cuisine like baked lobster mac and cheese and roasted chicken. Brunch served Sa–Su 11am–4pm. Late-night menu Su–W until midnight, Th–Sa until 1am.

  • Prices

    Brunch $5–$15, lunch $6–$15, dinner $6–$22, desserts $6.95–$7.95. Beer $5–$9, wine $6–$11, cocktails $5.75–$12, sangria $8/glass or $28/pitcher.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual. Dresses, flats or heels, jeans paired with nice tops or button-downs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Busy most of the time, but especially Fridays, Saturdays, and any night during the school year.

  • Close By

    Tommy Doyle’s (96 Winthrop Street) is an Irish pub featuring trivia nights, live bands, DJs, and dancing.

Grafton Street Pub and Grill User Reviews

Average rating:
Classy and Irish, in the Heart of Harvard Square
Jessica C. Apr 7, 2013
Though the name may recall drunken Dublin revelry in some minds, Grafton Street Pub and Grill is not the dirty, scratched wooden bar some may expect. Grafton Street is a dignified take on the Irish Pub mentality, fitting in Harvard Square. Sit down to rich, brown wood tables, polished and shining, unfold your white napkin and peruse the extensive menu. Moderately priced, the menu features an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list, with Guinness and other brews on tap. The food ranges from Boston classics like clam chowder and lobster, to modern salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Grafton is especially popular for weekend brunch. Snag a table outside and watch the eclectic Harvard Square crowd stream pass while enjoying your Irish breakfast of eggs, bangers, beans and bacon.
Pick up a Harvard Chap at Restaurant Week
Sarah B. Apr 3, 2013
Reservations at this bustling young and hip Irish Pub and Grill located in Harvard Square are strongly recommended. If you wish to endure the wait it is definitely well worth it because you can easily distract yourself with some Harvard eye-candy or catch the eye of a sleek young entrepreneur. While you wait and scope out the crowd, you can enjoy a glass of their delicious sangria or a simple Riesling to sophisticatedly sip on. Remember to keep it classy because you never know whom you may need to impress. The bubbling atmosphere is contagious and perks up the confidence of any young student bold enough to slip her business card to the waitress who slides it to a table over full of Harvard chaps. Remember this procedure should be done after slowly enjoying your savory Irish meal that leaves you more than satisfied for the rest of the night. The comfort food is nicely complimented with the wooden floors and paneling, which embodies the tradition of the warm Irish hospitality.
Ireland Never Looked So Good
Juliet T. Feb 28, 2013
Grafton Street pub is by far one of the most universal restaurants in Harvard Square. Whether you’re going for drinks with Harvard buddies or you need a place to take your mom for mother’s day, this restaurant and pub has everything you may need. On a quiet Wednesday lunch you can find anyone from a Harvard student to an older professional eating away or conferring over a business lunch. On a Friday night the crowd gets a little more rowdy but is never lacking in the classy entertainment department. The crowd doesn’t scream “Harvard Bar” like some of the other local Harvard Square joints do. You’ll be sure to run into someone with just as much in common if you did not attend the Ivy League. The best part about Grafton Street is the food, while it’s typical Irish pub food it never fails to impress me. I’m left with a full belly and a warm heart when I leave Grafton Street. The service is always excellent during the day and at night, the bartender is always friendly and willing to engage in witty banter. You won’t leave disappointed at Grafton Street.
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