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... ... read full review
304 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135
Green Line: Washington Street
May open earlier on Sundays to accommodate international game schedules. Check venue website.
Allston / Brighton, Boston –
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 quaint brick pub provides a cozy haven for both young and old patrons who show up early for a traditional Irish breakfast or later on for the host of weekly entertainment.
Laid back is the order of the day, whether the crowd is made up of the expats and sweatshirted locals who drop by to catch the Irish music “seissun” on Mondays or the flanneled college set that packs in around the two-tops for trivia on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
DJs and festive live bands amp it up with rollicking Top 40 or purposefully kitschy cover tunes on Friday and Saturday nights, when the mostly student partiers take to the small dance floor, happy that the $5 cover means they’ve still got plenty of cash for fish & chips.
The buzz of energy increases even more during big Irish soccer and rugby matches. Simulcast year round, game days see diehard fans cram around the tiled fireplaces as they rage at every penalty flag.
With armloads of charm, The Green Briar is a homey spot equally ideal for chilling with the mates, picking up a date, or dancing late.
The limited space means the place gets crowded in a hurry on Fridays and Saturdays. Smart students who want to dance make it a point to grab dinner at the bar and then stay for the party after 10pm. Not only does this guarantee a spot on the tiny floor, but you also get to skip the cover charge.
Casual locals and expats clinking pints and sharing a few laughs, college kids and young professionals battling for trivia superiority, and boisterous students ready to dance on the weekends, early 20s to early 30s+.
Flat-screens show all major sports and international soccer and rugby matches. Ambient Irish music during dinner hours. Live Irish jam “seissun” on Mondays. Trivia on Tuesdays and Thursdays. DJ spinning Top 40 or live bands on Fridays and Saturdays.
Traditional Irish pub food including fish & chips, bangers & mash, and beef stew.
Cover $5/F–Sa; variable cover for broadcasts of major international sporting events.
Appetizers $8–$10, soups/salads $6–$12, sandwiches $9–$11, entrées $10–$15. Beer $4–$7, wine $6–$8, cocktails $8–$10.
Casual: hoodies, comfy jeans, sneakers, college apparel, leggings, Uggs, plaid.
Mondays to clap along to the traditional Irish band, Friday and Saturday nights for a boisterous and carefree dance party amid a slew of college kids, Sundays to mellow out with an Irish brunch, or any time a big international game is on.
Porter Belly’s (338 Washington Street) is an Irish pub with a similar homey vibe and nightly events including an open darts competition on Tuesdays, open mic on Wednesdays, and live music most other nights.