Boston’s 5 Best Irish Pubs & Bars

People of Irish descent form the largest single ethnic group in Boston so it’s no wonder we have a plethora of authentic Irish pubs to choose from. Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a townie for life, check out our favorite places to throw back a pint with friends.

Dorchester

The Banshee = Located in Dorchester on “Dot Ave”, The Banshee is an Irish sports pub playing rugby & soccer matches on numerous TVs, with a bar menu & pints of beer. Whether you want an Irish Bacon Eggs Benedict breakfast first thing in the morning or a hearty Dublin Mac & Cheese after a long day at work, there is something for everyone. We promise you won’t leave hungry. Our top choice on the menu is this old fashioned hangover cure: the “Banshee Breakfast”, which includes Irish pork sausage, Irish bacon, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, and two farm fresh eggs.

Faneuil Hall

The Black Rose = Located in the heart of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and steps from the city’s celebrated waterfront, The Black Rose is a classic, neighborhood tavern featuring hearty Irish cuisine, ales, & live music 7 nights a week. It’s name comes from the Gaelic term “Roisin Dubh” or the small black rose, which originates from a 17th century poem inked by an anonymous author who wrote: “Over the highways and byways the pilgrim goes aflame with the name of my small black rose.” Pints are poured by the staff with authentic brogues, and the menu includes a range of delicious options from traditional Guinness Beef Stew to New England favorites like lobster rolls and clam “chowdah”. Finish your meal with our favorite dessert : Black & White Bread Pudding and an Irish Coffee.

Somerville

Bull McCabe’s = Over in Somerville, Bull McCabe’s is a traditional Irish Pub located in up and coming Union Square. Featuring fresh, never frozen food, strong drinks, live music, & a cozy neighborhood feel, Bull McCabe’s appeals to the masses. With live music every night except Mondays, this pub boasts a small stage with big bands. Catch a show while you enjoy the “Bangers and Mashed” which includes Irish sausages, house mashed potatoes, and Guinness gravy. Your ears and your stomach will be dancing a jig and will thank us later.

South End

J.J.Foley’s = In Boston’s South End, J.J.Foley’s is a family-owned and operated Irish pub since 1909. Offering lunch and dinner menu favorites along with creative daily specials and a full bar, you not only feel that you are in an authentic Irish pub, but you get a real sense of the history of post-modern Boston. Since an Irish dinner isn’t a proper meal without some kind of potatoes, we suggest the “Fish and Chips” with beer battered fillet of haddock with fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce. Pair your dinner with a Smithwicks ale from Ireland and you cannot go wrong.

Brookline

Matt Murphy’s = Heading over to Brookline, Matt Murphy’s is a busy, cozy, cash-only Irish pub that draws in locals for their classic beer list, excellent Irish whiskey cocktails, & thoughtful Irish pub grub. You can’t go wrong with their authentic Shepard’s Pie made with chunks of lamb instead of ground beef.