Best of Boston

BEST Irish Pub

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 shepherd’s pies, these places overlook a pub’s true function: to… 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 like steak and roasted fish, all under $10) or a… 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 pub named for him. Small and smoky, the Behan is… 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 haven’t tasted the sausage, beans, and mashed potatoes with a… 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 this Central Square spot is an unpretentious watering hole filled… 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 some of the unexpected twists. The traditional is also nicely… 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. The bar was fashioned from a church pulpit in the… read more »

1998 BEST Irish Pub, Food

Matt Murphy’s Pub

Brookline

How serious are we? Put it this way: Without Matt Murphy’s, this category ceases to exist. True, the recent explosion of Celtic pubs has dragged Irish food into respectability and, sometimes, all the way to tastyland. But the eponymous Murphy’s… read more »

1998 BEST Irish Pub, Food

Tir Na Nog

Somerville

The name means “Land of Eternal Youth” in Gaelic, which is a fine motto for any drinking establishment. It’s small and boxy, with only a few tables squeezed around the bar and the corner where the musicians jam. But the… 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 pub, where those with a brogue out-number those without. Patsy’s… read more »