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5 Irish Pubs for St. Paddy's Day

Posted by 365 Things Boston on Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Boston recently got named the best city in the country to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Celebrate at one of these Irish pubs:

1. The Burren (address and info)

Davis Square

Also known as where to get your annual dose of Irish seisiúns, The Burren is Irish music central, either for an informal afternoon jam or more formally staged root rock. Stop by on Thursday for live Irish music all day in the Front Room, with four special dinner shows happening in back throughout the afternoon and evening. And of course, corned beef and cabbage abound. (Oh, and don't worry, the place is large enough that you can forgive the outsized Tufts' student body representation.) 

2. Matt Murphy's (address and info)

Coolidge Corner
Perfectly poured Guinness? Check. Shepherd’s pie and fish & chips? Check. A cocktail list that favors Irish whiskey as the spirit of choice? Check and check! Add one more check for the holiday: the traditional corned beef dinner. 


3. J.J. Foley's (address and info)

South End
This place is a century-old lion that feeds and waters every ilk of Bostonian, then keeps them lingering with a backroom dartboard and a late-night weekend bar menu. That means there’s no need to crank the proceedings up to 11 on March 17th. Instead, enjoy some extra Irish tunes, and kitchen specials like the corned beef sandwich and an Irish boiling bacon, both available starting at 11am.


4. The Plough and Stars (address and info)

Porter Square
Any watering hole that’s held on since 1969 has our loyalty. Add in the friendly vibe, cordial bartenders, fascinating regulars, and the better-than-average draught menu, and you might as well stay put for the entire evening. It's not certain just what this place is doing for St. Patrick's Day, but we can't imagine it not being a great place to be.


5. Phoenix Landing (address and info)

Central Square
“The alternative Irish pub” gives you the Guinness-fueled dance party you can’t get at any other pub in town. Kick off the day with the Liverpool game in the morning, followed by live music in the afternoon, and DJed tunes at night.


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