Best of Boston

Best Irish Pub

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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»
1984 Best Irish Pub

Plough and Stars

Cambridge
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1977 Best Irish Pub

Village Coach House

Brookline Village
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 […] read more»