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BEST Irish Pub

1998 BEST Irish Pub, Food

Matt Murphy’s Pub


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


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»

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



Great Guinness and a (not too) young Irish-from-Ireland crowd. read more»

1988 BEST Irish Pub

Midnight Court


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


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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 are high (and not in the least dry—you can get tipsy just reading the cocktail… read more»