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Best Irish Pubs and Restaurants in Boston

Updated: May 31

Throughout the history of Boston, MA, it has been known to have a surprisingly large Irish immigrant population. Today, Boston is home to folks from all around the globe. However, Boston will always have a special place for those with Irish heritage and those who admire Irish culture--particularly the cuisine. If you're looking for a delicious journey to Ireland from the comfort of The City on a Hill, look no further than this list for the best, most authentic Irish pubs and restaurants.

The Banshee

For sports fans with a hankering for Irish cuisine, The Banshee can’t be beaten. The Banshee hosts a few local international soccer supporters’ club chapters. They also reliably broadcast Gaelic sports. It's like a sports bar for Irish ex-pats and fans of Ireland from afar.

Price Range: $$

Phone: 617-436-9747


Address: 934 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA

Neighborhood: Dorchester

MBTA Stop: JFK / UMass, Red Line

The Brendan Behan Pub

This pub includes portraits of Irish authors and political/punk memorabilia. The Brendan Behan Pub is known for its extensive craft beer list and regular food pop-ups. A modest, down-to-earth cash-only bar will make you feel comfortable and at home whether you’re an Irishman or a Bostonian looking to travel in your own backyard.

Price Range: $

Address: 378 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA

Phone: 617-522-5386,


Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain

MBTA Stop: Jackson Square, Orange Line

Mr. Dooley's Boston Tavern

Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern offers an authentic Irish Pub experience. While the food is on par with Ireland’s most delicious cuisine, Mr. Dooley’s incorporates a unique twist to their tavern. Impromptu Irish music sessions make Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern stands out for all the right reasons. Grab a mug of Guinness and join in the musical fun if you feel brave enough–after a few sips, you’ll feel right at home.

Price Range: $$-$$$

Phone: (617) 338-5656


Address: 77 Broad St, Boston, MA 02109

MBTA Stop: Aquarium, Blue Line

Corrib Pub and Restaurant

Corrib Pub and Restaurant is a multi-location pub and eatery featuring classic old-school comfort food like prime ribs every weekend. Corrib Pub prides itself on being a "friendly neighborhood bar." The shamrock in the logo signals their down-to-earth Irish background and pride for the motherland. Corrib's Pub and Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can enjoy their food and on-tap drinks any time of day. They also offer a children's menu, so they are a family-friendly, family-oriented establishment despite their boozy menu.

Price Range: $$

Phone number: 617-787-0882


Address: 396 Market St., Brighton, Boston, MA

Second location: 2030 Centre St., West Roxbury

Neighborhood: Brighton/West Roxbury

The Druid

With a name like The Druid, you can expect an authentic Irish pub experience from this pub. Irish pub lovers will appreciate the wooden architecture which transports pubgoers to another era. The Druid’s visitors can enjoy their traditional Irish nosh for an evening out while listening to the establishment’s live musical acts several times a week. They can also book a week in their Airbnb so that they can enjoy all the perks of a trip to Ireland while squeezing in a visit to Boston.

Price Range $$

Phone Number: (617) 497-0965


Address: 1357 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, MA

Neighborhood: Cambridge

MBTA Line: Union Square, Green Line

The Black Rose

After 40 years of dedicated service, The Black Rose is a long-standing favorite Irish pub in the New England area. Since The Black Rose is within easy walking distance from the historic Faneuil Hall, you can make it a memorable pit stop after a long day of shopping and sightseeing. Between the traditional live Irish music and Irish cuisine (coupled with some New Englander favorites), you’ll feel right at home in this cozy, timeless pub.

Price Range: $$

Phone: (857) 465-4100


Address: 160 State St., Boston, MA 02109

Neighborhood: Dock Square

MBTA Line: Government Center, Green / Orange Line

The Burren

If you’re looking for live entertainment and delicious Irish cuisine, look no further than The Burren. The Burren offers live music and other entertainment every single night of the week. They also feature daytime entertainment every day, as well. Vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners can enjoy authentic Irish and American fare without having to make substitutes. The Burren builds vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free items into their menu.

Price Range: $$

Phone Number (617) 776-6896


Address: 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

Neighborhood: Davis Square

MBTA: Davis / Red Line

L Street Tavern

We can’t discuss the best Irish Pubs in Boston without mentioning the notorious L Street Tavern. This tavern made a name for itself when it was featured in the 1990s American psychological drama classic Good Will Hunting. Though the restaurant could have used its fame to justify a price hike, L Street Tavern remains an affordable, humble local Irish eatery with a rustic, down-to-earth feel.

Price Range: $

Phone: (617) 268-4335


Address: 658A E 8th St Boston, MA 02127

Neighborhood: South Boston

MBTA: Andrew, Red Line

Irish Village

If you’re heading to the Irish Village, you’re probably looking for a good time and a good drink more than a wide selection of food. The drink menu is where Irish Village shines. They offer a wide array of craft beers, from Notch to Allagash, and many favorites in between. If you get peckish, you can order a plate of toasties to make room for more beer. Irish Village will feel like a true pub in a small Irish village with its ex-pat regulars who hail from Ireland. If they don’t talk your ears off, you can play with the jukebox or toss darts to make a good time even better.

Price Range: $$

Phone: (617) 787-5427


Address: 224 Market St, Brighton, MA 02135

Neighborhood: Brighton

The Plough and Stars

The Plough and Stars is a whimsical Irish pub with a charming interior and refreshing outdoor patio space for diners to enjoy. For the past few decades, The Plough and Stars has been providing the Cambridge community with fine beers on tap, a full bar, and a modern menu with a few old-school favorites sprinkled in between. The Plough and Stars is a decidedly inspiring place with live music every night of the week. This pub also enjoys some notoriety as the place where the literary magazine Ploughshares became the founders’ brainchild.

Price Range: $$

Phone Number (617) 576-0032


Address: 912 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Neighborhood: Cambridge

MBTA: Central, Red Line

Emmet’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Emmet’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is situated in a prime location for walking to the State House, Boston Common, and historic landmarks such as Boston’s Old City Hall. Emmett’s Irish Pub and Restaurant prides itself on being one of the most authentic Irish food establishments in the Greater Boston area. Whether you’re grabbing an authentic grilled corn beef sandwich or snagging a New England Clam Chowder to take in the Bostonian vibes, Emmet’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is sure to satisfy.

Price Range: $$

Phone Number: (617) 742-8565


Address: 6 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

Neighborhood: Waterfront

MBTA: Bowdoin, Blue Line

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