How 13 Irish pubs in the Boston area are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Here are some of the Irish bars in Boston and beyond where you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2019.

The Black Rose in Boston.
The Black Rose in Boston. –David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

With so many Irish bars scattered throughout the Greater Boston area, it can be hard to decide where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Looking for more than a pint of Guinness? Some pubs will broadcast Irish sports, serve traditional Irish fare, and bring in Irish step dancers and musicians this Saturday. Here are 13 Irish pubs worth checking out this weekend.

The Black Rose

The Black Rose will continue its tradition of serving a full Irish breakfast and opening the bar at 8 a.m. Early St. Paddy’s partiers will be treated to a set of Irish punk and rock from Indie617 DJ Adam 12, followed by a live set of traditional Irish folk from Ireland native Christian McNeill, who now calls Somerville home. (160 State St., Boston)

The Burren

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The Burren regularly provides traditional Irish pub fare and live music to Davis Square visitors, often played by owners/musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello. This Sunday, the Somerville bar’s back room will have six ticketed sessions of a variety show that will include Irish tunes, stories, and dancing. The bar opens at 8 a.m., and the first performance kicks off at 9 a.m. (247 Elm St., Somerville)

Corrib Pub & Restaurant

Open since 1969, the Corrib Pub is named for Lough Corrib, a large Irish lake not far from where pub founder Hughie Bligh grew up. The bar will have live music on Friday and Saturday night, and will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. (396 Market St., Boston)

Doyle’s Cafe

Doyle’s, which first debuted in 1882 in Jamaica Plain, is a free trolley ride away from the Sam Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain, and has been known to get early previews of the brewery’s beer thanks to a longstanding partnership between Doye’s owner Gerry Burke and Sam Adams owner Jim Koch. The restaurant also will have plenty of corned beef and cabbage on hand to feed hungry revelers when it opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (3484 Washington St., Boston)

Grafton Street Pub & Grill

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Grab an Irish coffee or an Irish old-fashioned at this Harvard Square spot, along with Chef Joe Henderek’s St. Patrick’s Day specialty menu items. The menu will feature highlights like like an Irish stout & cheddar fondue, shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew, and the classic corned beef. The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. (1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

Grafton Street Pub & Grill. —Susan Smith/Flickr

The Green Briar

If you’re looking for a place to witness real Irish sports fandom this St. Patrick’s Day, this Brighton bar will show a pair of GAA All-Ireland championship matches, starting with a hurling match at 10 a.m. and an Irish Rules football game at 11:45 a.m. Irish step dancers will perform at 11:20 a.m., and the New England Conservatory-bred band Lake Shore Drive will perform at 2 p.m. The pub will open at 9:30 a.m. (304 Washington St., Brighton, Boston)

The Harp

This restaurant started serving St. Patrick’s Day menu specials earlier this week and will continue through Sunday. Plus, Black Rose, a band from Dublin, will perform on St. Patrick’s Day starting at noon. The bar will open at 11 a.m. (85 Causeway St., Boston)

J.J. Foley’s Cafe

The Downtown location of this iconic Boston bar is worth checking out, but it’s the original South End location, founded in 1909, that takes the cake — or in this case, the Irish brown bread. The South End restaurant started serving a special St. Patrick’s Day menu of bangers and mash, traditional Irish bacon and cabbage, homemade Shepherd’s pie, and beer-battered fish and chips earlier this week. The doors will open Sunday at 10 a.m. (117 East Berkeley St., Boston; 21 Kingston St., Boston)

McGreevy’s

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If you weren’t able to get tickets to the four Dropkick Murphys shows at the House of Blues this weekend, the next best thing is to stop by McGreevy’s in the Back Bay. The Boylston Street bar is the “Dropkick Murphys official band headquarters” and will offer pre- and post-concert festivities Thursday through Sunday, as well as prize giveaways all weekend. The bar will open for St. Patrick’s Day bright and early at 9 a.m. (911 Boylston St., Boston)

M.J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub

On Sunday, both locations of this modern Irish pub will serve a special St. Patrick’s Day menu of corned beef and cabbage, and the Columbus Avenue location will have live music and Irish step dancers. Both locations will open at 9:30 a.m. (27 Columbus Ave., Boston; 425 Summer St., Boston)

 

Mr. Dooley’s.  —Devin Ford/Flickr

Mr. Dooley’s Boston

This Financial District pub will open for business at 9 a.m. on the big day with corned beef and Irish breakfast items aplenty. There will be music from Devri and Boxty, and don’t worry, the bartenders know how to pour a perfect Guinness. (77 Broad St., Downtown)

Ned Devine’s

Traditionalists might scoff at this Irish pub-turned-weekend-nightclub, but if you want to go where the people go, Ned Devine’s is the spot. Expect Irish step dancers, music from Cherry Orchard and Holly Heist, and lots of Irish food. The doors will open at 10 a.m. (1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Downtown)

Phoenix Landing

Sports fans often gather at this Central Square spot, which bills itself as “the alternative Irish bar,” to watch international rugby and soccer games, and serves as the Boston home for Liverpool Football Club. This year,The Blarney Boys will be in from New York City to play some tunes to accompany the Guinness, corned beef, and traditional Irish stew on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The bar opens at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, and will show the Liverpool game starting at 10:15 a.m. (512 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

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