Best Irish Pub in Boston

2015 Best Irish Pub

The Druid

Cambridge

Within the enormous spectrum of Irish-ish spots in Boston, what ultimately sets the Druid apart is its unwavering commitment to the basics (a perfectly poured Guinness, traditional live music sessions,…Read More

2014 Best Irish Pub

Phoenix Landing

Cambridge

Discussions of Boston’s Irish pubs typically involve squirrely notions of authenticity. The problem is, no such thing exists, and most attempts ring about as true as some "Ireland-land" simulacrum at…Read More

2013 Best Irish Pub

James’s Gate

Jamaica Plain

The main purpose of a pub (besides offering good beer, of course) is to unite folks of all ages and backgrounds in a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. This place does just…Read More

2012 Best Irish Pub

James’s Gate

Jamaica Plain

Plenty of the Irish pubs around here are just poseurs where jersey-clad dudes bro out with a bottle of Bud. For the real deal, it’s James’s Gate, a warm place…Read More

2011 Best Irish Pub

Brendan Behan Pub

Jamaica Plain

Far too many of our Irish pubs cater to students, putting flat-screens on the walls and wings on the menu. Suddenly you’re not in a pub at all, but some…Read More

2010 Best Irish Pub

The Squealing Pig

Boston

With so many excellent Irish pubs in Boston, it’s tough to stand out. The Pig, however, is where to go when you want to feel both at home and ‘back…Read More

2009 Best Irish Pub

The Squealing Pig

Boston

Around these parts, the authentic Irish pub is an expectation, not a novelty. Which means there’s a full-on scrum of contenders in this category—the Sligo, the Behan, Foley’s—with none stooping…Read More

2008 Best Irish Pub

Brendan Behan Pub

Jamaica Plain

For drinkers, there’s no finer place to pass an afternoon than the Behan. The dark wood décor lends a warm, worn-in feel, heightened by the live Irish trad played regularly…Read More

2007 Best Irish Pub

Green Dragon Tavern

Boston

Picking Boston’s best Irish pub is a little like picking the loveliest clover in County Kildare. Still, the Green Dragon manages to stand out from its many worthy rivals. Set…Read More

2006 Best Irish Pub

McFadden’s Irish Pub

Boston

Most Gaelic-themed haunts share the same traits: a dark interior, flowing Guinness, and weathered regulars. McFadden’s has the first two, but mercifully replaces aging drunkards with attractive young singles, solid…Read More

2005 Best Irish Pub

James’s Gate Restaurant & Pub

Jamaica Plain

The best pubs purvey mysterious dark corners, crackling fires, and Guinness. But James’s Gate is a cut above the rest, with high-grade bar food that almost makes the selection of…Read More

2004 Best Irish Pub

Brendan Behan’s

Jamaica Plain

Even discounting the countless plastic-Paddy pubs that have sprouted all over Boston, our city boasts a wealth of genuine Celtic hangouts. But for all their fiddling, their crowds, and their…Read More

2003 Best Irish Pub

The Plough & Stars

Cambridge

A real pint of Guinness takes time to pour. So while you’re waiting at the bar in this old Cambridge haunt, take a gander at the great menu (with standbys…Read More

2002 Best Irish Pub

Matt Murphy’s

Brookline Village

Some might scoff that Matt Murphy’s perennially wins this award because, well, there aren’t exactly Irish restaurants on every corner of this largely Irish town. That probably just means they…Read More

2002 Best Irish Pub

The Brendan Behan Pub

Jamaica Plain

When he wasn’t behind bars, Irish writer and nationalist Brendan Behan was usually bellied up to a bar. Odds are, he would’ve felt right at home in the Jamaica Plain…Read More

2001 Best Irish Pub

The Field

Cambridge

In Ireland, a pub is just a simple bar, not a junkyard of faux-Irish flourishes like County Cork mile markers or an imported floor. Behind the quaint red exterior of…Read More

2001 Best Irish Pub

Matt Murphy’s

Brookline

This Brookline Village pub has consistently bucked conventional wisdom by proving that “Irish cuisine” is not an oxymoron. Spicy pork sandwiches and divine French fries (with homemade anise-tinged ketchup) are…Read More

1999 Best Irish Pub

Kitty O’Shea’s

Boston

It’s tough for a newcomer to stand out in a city that already has more Irish pubs than Ireland. Kitty O’Shea’s, though, is like a trip to the Emerald Isle….Read More

1997 Best Irish Pub

Tir Na Nog

Somerville

Its name means “Land of Eternal Youth” in Gaelic, but this smallish bar in Union Square hosts both young and old. Proprietors Robert Elliot and Patsy Wheelan run a welcoming…Read More

1994 Best Irish Pub

The Brendan Behan Pub

Jamaica Plain

When a local film company needed a bar in Ireland for a scene, they came to the Brendan Behan. The Guinness is well drawn, and the pub offers readings from…Read More

1991 Best Irish Pub

The Brendan Behan

Jamaica Plain

Friendly bartenders, the requisite dart board, and ample amounts of cold, frosty beer…Read More

1990 Best Irish Pub

The Brendan Behan

Jamaica Plain

The Kinvara, in Allston, may have a nicer bar, but the B best captures the exuberant and friendly atmosphere of a real Irish pub…Read More

1989 Best Irish Pub

Kinvarra

Allston

Great Guinness and a (not too) young Irish-from-Ireland crowd…Read More

1988 Best Irish Pub

Midnight Court

Boston

Sure, its shingled walls are tacky. But you won’t find a better pint of Guinness or better pick-up acoustic Irish music anywhere in the city…Read More

1977 Best Irish Pub

Village Coach House

The brogues are so thick here you could spread them on toast. The Irish folk music is loud, the food very good, and the spirits are high (and not in…Read More

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