Boston has a rich history and tradition which naturally fosters a wonderful bar and pub scene. As a Boston native and devotee of the pub I thought I should publish my take on the best Irish pubs in Boston proper.
Eire Pub: This Dorchester institution has been good enough for President Reagan and President Clinton (it’s a bipartisan pub!) so it’s good enough for me. In all seriousness this institution serves food at a great value and pours a good pint allowing it to stand the test of time in spite of the changes to the neighborhood.
795 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
Flann O’Briens: this Mission Hill classic serves as a local for students and the medical community. The working fireplace makes it a great destination for a cold winters night!
1619 Tremont St., Boston, 617–566–7744, flanns.com.
Mr. Dooley’s: this Broad Street beauty is a favorite of the white collar set due to its financial district location but all types are made to feel welcome. Dooley’s is a great place to find a Irish music session. Avoid he tourist traps around the corner in Faneuil Hall and head to Dooley’s!
77 Broad St., Boston, 617–338–5656, mrdooleys.com.
Doyle’s Cafe: this venerable institution in Jamaica Plain has been hosting the politically inclined and locals since 1882. Today the pub serves as an unofficial waiting room and after party for Sam Adams Brewery tours. This combination makes for a great day out in JP.
3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, 617–524–2345, doylescafeboston.com.
JJ Foley’s: the Kingston Street and Berkeley Street locations are owned separtely by brothers. There are similar atmospheres but I prefer Berkeley street, but you cannot go wrong with either location.
117 E Berkeley St., Boston, 617–728–0315, jjfoleyscafe.com
There are many other great pubs in Boston but these are my favorites! Try them all!