Outside of Ireland, Boston has some of the best Irish pubs in the world. So, if you are looking for a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, one of the city’s many Irish pubs may be just what you are looking for. Here’s a look at a few great places around the city to enjoy some Irish fun.
Ned Devine’s Irish Pub
Located in Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Ned Devine’s Irish Pub features polished wood paneling imported from Ireland and brass fixtures reminiscent of the Old Country. The upstairs area offers a completely different feel with its Parris Lounge, which is a popular nightlife destination offering big screens and music. Menu options include shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, clam chowder and lobster mac ‘n cheese.
Boston’s Kitty O’Shea’s is part of a popular Irish pub chain featuring old pine floors from a church located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The bar was once the pulpit in another Irish church, while the fireplace was once part of a Georgian home in Dublin. The Boston location is the only restaurant in the chain located in the United States. Irish music is occasionally played in the pub, but particularly during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The pub serves both lunch and dinner.
Located just down the street from Fenway, Lansdowne Pub offers a cozy interior with many nooks and crannies inside of a large space. The pub offers a mix of live bands, karaoke, open mic and dancing along with tasty pub food and Irish fare. There is always a lot going on in this pub around big events, including St. Patrick’s Day.
Located near TD Garden, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Government Center, The Kinsale is a genuine Irish pub that as shipped to Boston and then reassembled. The pub serves as a popular restaurant for area workers during the day and as a hot nightlife spot at night. The menu consists largely of Irish fare, such as bangers and mash, as well as standard Boston bar food such as burgers, sandwiches, meat dishes and seafood.
The Squealing Pig
Situated across Huntington Avenue from the Longwood Medical area in Mission Hill, The Squealing Pig is owned by two Irish nationals. Exuding Celtic charm, The Squealing Pig offers excellent food and a 50 foot bar serving more than 100 different types of beers.
The Black Rose
Winner of many “Best Irish Pub” in Boston contests, The Black Rose is known for hosting top Irish musicians. The pub also serves outstanding food, including lettuce wedge salad with Irish Cashel blue cheese, onion soup topped with Irish cheddar, Irish stout and whiskey butter.
J.J. Foley’s Café
Situated in the South End of Boston, J.J. Foley’s is a family-owned and run pub and café offering good food and drinks. Opened by former County Kerry native Jeremiah J. Foley in 1909, J.J. Foley’s is the oldest family-owned bar in the country.
Of course, this is only just a short list of the many Irish pubs available in the Boston area. One thing is for sure – you will have no problem finding some place to spend the evening this St. Patrick’s Day.