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BEST Irish Pub

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 James’s Gate, a warm place packed with diners and drinkers enjoying an al fresco quaff… 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 pub at all, but some grotesque shamrock-themed sports bar. Here, there are no such transgressions…. read more»

2010 BEST Irish Pub
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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 both at home and ‘back home.’ Proprietors Sara Cole and Diarmund O’Neal are Irish nationals… 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, the Behan, Foley’s—with none stooping to T.G. O’Friday’s flair, and all possessing the power to… 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 live Irish trad played regularly (which in turn is enhanced by several rounds from 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 its many worthy rivals. Set on a cobblestone street by Faneuil Hall, this 350-year-old pub… read more»

2006 BEST Irish Pub
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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 with attractive young singles, solid food (shepherd’s pie, fish and chips), and a raucous afterwork… 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 almost makes the selection of 20 draft beers a secondary glory. Almost. Anytime’s fine for… read more»

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»