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Brendan Behan Pub

Jamaica Plain

March 6, 2009
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Many elements that define a great pub are in rich supply at Brendan Behan, but none so critical as the dimly lighted lamps. Says a customer cloaked at a corner table on a soon-to-be-bustling Thursday eve: ‘‘That’s what makes it cool because it’s intimate; it’s warm. ... It kind of reminds me of a medieval tavern, with all the wood, the wainscoting.’’ Photos of Yeats, Joyce, and Behan help to guard the bar as a place of repose, perfect for sitting over a pint of Guinness to read a book or chat with a friend. Barkeep John Casey, who hails from Ireland, says, ‘‘It’s probably about as similar to something back home as you’d get around Boston, you know. Not so much of the shamrocks and shenanigans. ... Everyone can be happy and calm and enjoy themselves. You’re allowed to bring your dog, or you can bring a little bit of food in, as long as everyone behaves.’’ - TOM HAINES

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