Best Irish Pubs in Boston

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
(617) 436–0088

Eire

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.
Flann

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.
Dooley’s

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.

Doyle’s

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

Foley’s

There are many other great pubs in Boston but these are my favorites! Try them all!

Small Improvements Yield Major Benefit

I think one thing I have learned over the years is that certain things are worth spending extra on. These often overlooked luxuries are truly worth the expense. When you are able to splurge on these items it truly feels like you have leveled up. Now – don’t focus on major purchases – think of the items that you use every single day! Can the experience be improved?

The first area I think of when I think of really improving my life – the bedroom! Now get your mind out of the gutter. I am referring to improving your life by improving your sleep. First of all, if you haven’t upgraded your mattress go do it. That is the most important thing. If you like your mattress there are still little things that will help such as improving your linens and pillows, getting a weighted blanket or even a sleep mask. These aren’t super expensive items that will overhaul your sleep!

Sheets: There is something about a fresh, high quality set of sheets that really facilitates a restful night’s sleep. I discovered Matouk linens while shopping for my wife and have never looked back! These are expensive but they last a long time and are super comfy.
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Pillows: if you aren’t replacing your pillow annually your sleep is probably suffering. I prefer a more structured pillow and love the Bamboo Memory Foam from Snugglepedic. Don’t cheap out on your pillow. Invest in your rest!

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Towels: another area of your life that can probably be improved is your bath towels. Often overlooked or tolerated a nice bath towel really allows you to enjoy the moments while getting ready for work. Again, I discovered the joys of a luxury towel when I bought some Frette towels for my wife and began to steal them!

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Headphones: Do you listen to music or podcasts for hours a day on your commute or at the gym? If so it is time to upgrade your headphones. I recently switched to the Apple Airpods and am angry that I waited so long! These really improve workouts and the train ride.

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Shaving Supplies & Skincare: yet another area I neglected until I was married! I used to simply use the cheapest shaving cream and shaving products available until I started getting unsightly razor burn. My wife pushed me to upgrade my shaving routine and start using more skin care products such as a daily moisturizer and even under eye creams. This was weird at first but now I have totally bought in. I joined Harry’s for my old school razors, purchased a Onetouch and started using bath and shaving supplies from Every Man Jack.

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Underwear: For far too long I would simply buy inexpensive boxers and undershirts from discount stores or Amazon whenever the need arose. However, my wife gifted me some LuluLemon boxer briefs and under shirts last Christmas i saw the light. I now pay attention to my underwear. The best value I have found are the Uniqlo Airism – pick these up and start to feel comfortable!

Uniqlo

The moral of the story is that sometimes minor changes can make a major impact. Look to improve your life one small piece at a time!

Casual Wear (all birds and lulu lemon man)

Step by Step Guide to the Ultimate Game Room

Many of my fondest memories took place in the basement game rooms of my childhood home or those of my cousins and friends. We spent hours upon hours playing video games, billiards, darts and more. A game room can become the focal point of fun for a family – they are more interactive than a TV room and allow families and friends to bond over friendly competition. Once budget allows I plan on converting some space in my basement into a game room. I put together this post as a means to keep track of my ideas for the room. Of course not all of these will be included but the dreaming and planning are a big part of the fun.

  • Pool Table: the pool table is the centerpiece of most game rooms. I love the one from Houzz below.
  • Billiards

    • Bar: a game room without a bar is no fun at all. These two examples inspire me to strive for bigger bonuses!

    Half wall bar

    pub style basement bar

    Dartboard: Darts is a great, casual game for an adult game room. In most cases you only need a small amount of space to make this work! Dartboards to complete the look are available anywhere!

    Cork Dart Wall

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    • Kegerator – the perfect way to serve ice cold beer without the hassles of bottles.
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    The games is where you have the opportunity to make your game room stand out. There are nearly infinite options ranging from old school classics such as ping pong, card tables and fooz ball to outside the box ideas like golf simulators, arcade games and more. Don’t limit yourself – dream big!

    Golf Simulator: for the golfaholics – a golf simulator can make a long winter bearable. Imagine spending weeknight evenings playing famous courses!

    Optigolf

    Flight simulator: if golf isn’t your game and you fantasize of being a Top Gun style pilot maybe you would prefer this setup that doubles as a race car simulator! [Flight Simulator]()

    Putting green: for the golfer without space for a simulator – a putting green allows you to work on the game year round!

    Putting

    Shuffleboard: not just a game for Florida retirees. Shuffleboard is a game of skill that is a perfect addition to a basement!

    Shuffleboard


    Fooz Ball
    Ping Pong: my personal favorite – ping pong tables can bring out the competitive nature among family and friends.
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    Card Table: for the card sharks. Hosting a weekly game becomes a joy with this setup!

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    Skeeball: The classic game would be a great, unexpected addition to a basement gameroom! skeeball