Best of Boston

2002 Best Irish Pub

The Brendan Behan Pub

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 everything a pub should be: buzzing with a friendly mixed clientele of tattoos and suits, all there for the good conversation and, of course, some top-notch Guinness. Occasional Irish seisuns and other entertainment—including play readings and storytelling—make this an even more ideal place to lose yourself for a few hours. Certainly worlds better than an English prison.

378 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-522-5386,