Tommy Doyle's

Club / Irish Pub / Sports Bar
Tommy Doyle's Boston's Tommy Doyle's in Cambridge offers lots of Celtic music, DJs, sports packages, and trivia nights. Get ye to Party Earth for more on this Boston hotspot. Boston United States 42.372363 -71.12106
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Party Earth Review A stone’s throw from Harvard University, Tommy Doyle’s is a multi-level pub popular with area students for its live Irish music and DJs, sports packages, and trivia nights. The ground floor, its walls lined with vintage... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 11am–1am, Th–Sa 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Tommy Doyle's Review

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Boston's Tommy Doyle's in Cambridge offers lots of Celtic music, DJs, sports packages, and trivia nights. Get ye to Party Earth for more on this Boston hotspot.

A stone’s throw from Harvard University, Tommy Doyle’s is a multi-level pub popular with area students for its live Irish music and DJs, sports packages, and trivia nights.

The ground floor, its walls lined with vintage beer signs and Gaelic knickknacks, is the cozy main area where hoodie-clad college kids and kickback Cambridge locals clink pints and catch a little FIFA on the multiple flat-screens.

It’s no surprise that trivia is a serious event so close to Harvard, or that all three trivia nights draw a packed crowd that sees every barstool and chair in the long room occupied by undercover savants in jeans and t-shirts.

The basement – dubbed The Crimson Lounge – is a favorite birthday party spot for Harvard coeds or anyone else who wants to peruse the additional taps exclusive to the lower bar, while a spiral staircase peppered with old photographs leads patrons to the larger dance and live music floor.

Seasonal bands belting out Celtic beats and a monthly schedule of local acts add to the mix, while most nights all year see DJs spinning Top 40 and 80s classics for the crowd of stressed-out studiers who have dropped the books for the night.

Lots of televised sports and a Celtic brunch round out the weekend at Tommy Doyle’s, which, while a far cry from its former life as the site of the original House of Blues, still manages to keep the beats going strong.

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Tip from Emma:

Tough day at school or work? Tommy Doyle’s has a weekday lunch deal that’s sure to take the edge off. You can select any draft beer paired with any burger, sandwich, salad, or Panini for a mere $10 from 11am to 6pm. Just make sure you don’t slur your words in front of your boss/teacher.

  • Crowd

    Students from Harvard, MIT, and rival schools, sports-loving locals, and more students, early 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin Top 40 most nights. Trivia on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Karaoke on Wednesdays. Live Irish music accompanies brunch on Sundays (March–June).

    Big Buck Hunter arcade game. Digital jukebox. Lots of flat-screens showing all major sports, with no small dedication to soccer.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Fried bar snacks, sandwiches, and comfort food entrées with a selection of Irish specialties. Brunch menu includes omelets, pancakes, and traditional Irish breakfast.

  • Prices

    Cover $5–$15, though usually $5, and only after 11pm or midnight. Brunch menu $9.50–$12.50, appetizers $3.50–$10+, salads $8–$11, sandwiches and burgers $9–$11, entrées $12–$17.

    Beer $5–$15, wine $7–$9, cocktails $6–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, college hoodies and t-shirts, sneakers, comfy sweaters, baseball hats, slinky dresses, colorful tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for ultra-competitive trivia, Friday and Saturday nights to let loose on the dance floor to old-school jams, or any time a live band of interest is playing.

  • Close By

    Grendel’s Den (89 Winthrop Street) is another student staple literally steps away, with a craft beer list sure to impress even the most devout brew snob.

Tommy Doyle's User Reviews

Average rating:
Chill Downstairs, Party Upstairs
Monica A. May 2, 2013
Whether you're looking to grab a beer and chat with friends or party it up, Tommy Doyle's is pretty good for that. The night I went, it was some sort of cowboy themed party upstairs that was $5 cover. The bar downstairs is free and the drinks are decently priced, especially for a college student. If you actually want to hold a conversation, the bar area is actually pretty good for that. Upstairs can get pretty loud. Overall, a good time.
Questionable standards
Joseph L. Apr 25, 2013
I have had a fairly negative experience at this pub. It's quite a fun place for 18+ students/people to go to since they have some fun dance parties, but the night that I went, a broken bathroom urinal caused the downfall of my night. The manager, Shane, turned out to be a rude young man who didn't respect his customer enough to yell at me and threaten me with a knife. So, go here if you can avoid conflict with the rude manager and manage to stay in the bar. The concept of themed dance parties was really nice. A rude, young, immature manager was not, however. Proceed with caution. Maybe my tale is just an isolated event.
awesome place for college students to have fun
Emily F. Feb 13, 2013
Every Thursday, there are cool dance parties hosted by Throwed for 18+ people to go. Each party has a specific theme for people to dress up. They get cool photo booth background, cool DJs, great music. It is definitely an awesome place for college students especially those who are under 21 to hang out with friend and have fun! The pub is not that large but it is so much fun! And it's really convenient to just take T to Harvard square!
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