If you’re not in Ireland this year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, then try to make it to Boston. There’s no other place in the states that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day like Boston! Here are a few local Irish Pubs in and around Boston that we love.
THE BAILEY RESTAURANT AND PUB
278 Ocean Street – Marshfield, MA 781-834-7800
The Bailey gets its life from the Music! Bill Bailey, the proprietor, host a very popular Irish Music Show every Saturday Called The Bailey Ceili. It is based in Boston on 950 AM from 4 to 7 PM, but he streams around the world with his re-energized Irisih music!
Every Saturday Night at The Bailey it’s live Irish Music, the best bands found any where in New England! Sunday, it’s an Irish Session, that welcomes young and old to join in song, dance poetry, or recitation all musicians are welcome!
Thursday it’s The Blues!
116 North Street – Hingham, MA 781-749-9774
The Snug is a pub/restaurant in Hingham that holds a traditional Irish seisiun every Monday evening. The musicians are, from left, Dan McDonald of Marshfield, fiddle; Bob Littera of Harvard, tenor banjo; Kevin Weston of Lakeville, guitar; Donpaul Nogueira of Weymouth, Irish flute; and Mary Nuhibian of Norfolk, the tin whistle.
PLOUGH & STARS
912 Massachusetts Avenue – Boston, MA
The spiritual forefather of Greater Boston’s thriving Irish pub business, the Plough has been going for some 30 years. In the daytime, it offers the best pub grub in town. At night, the tiny bar is transformed into a hotbed of clashing elbows and live music. Your chances of meeting a novelist just went up by 90%.
117 East Berkeley Street – Boston, MA
Family-owned and operated since 1909, we’re located at 117 East Berkley Street in Boston’s South End. Here at J.J. Foley’s Cafe, we pride ourselves on offering delicious food, great drinks and the friendly service that has represented our long-standing family tradition since 1909.
When you walk into J.J. Foley’s you not only feel that you are in an authentic Irish pub, but you get a real sense of the history of post-modern Boston. While either visiting our comfortable seated dining room, great for large parties or intimate dinners, or joining us in our classic pre – prohibition bar where you can enjoy a great pint while watching your favorite sporting event or playing a friendly game of darts, there is something for everyone to enjoy at J.J. Foley’s Cafe!
BRENDAN BEHAN PUB
378 Centre Street – Jamaica Plain, MA 617-522-5386
A darts player as seen through the front window of the Brendan Behan, a pub in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Bartender John Casey, a native of Ireland, says of the pub, “It’s probably about as similar to something back home as you’d get around Boston.”
THE BLACK ROSE
160 State Street – Boston, MA 617-742-2286
The Black Rose is a must stop on your travels through historic Faneuil Hall – Quincy Market. Guin ness poured by staff with an authentic brogue, award winning gastronomic offerings (clam chowder, fish n’chips, homemade stews, specialty corned beef) and live music 7 nights a week; the Black Rose has all the elements of a neighbourhood pub back in the homeland but in the heart of Boston, literally steps away from the greenway and waterfront.
LIAM MAGUIRE’S IRISH PUB and RESTAURANT
273 Main Street – Falmouth, MA 508-548-0285
Liam Maguire on stage on a recent Friday night at Liam Maguire’s Restaurant & Pub in Falmouth Village on Cape Cod. Maguire, a close friend of Irish music legend Tommy Makem, settled here with his family and opened the pub in 1994 after decades as a touring musician.