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BEST Irish Pub

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

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»

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»

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»

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 the likes of James Carroll plus a surprising variety of… 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»