Best of Boston

Best Irish Pub

2016 Best Irish Pub

Emmet’s Irish Pub

Boston
In a sea of paint-by-numbers, pseudo-Irish pubs, Emmet’s abstains from the usual kitsch. No bric-a-brac-cluttered curio shelves here, just Beacon Hill lawyers enjoying a fantastic Guinness […] read more»
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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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, […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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. […] read more»