The Green Briar is closing its doors after 29 years

"This was a difficult and sad decision to make."

The Green Briar
The Green Briar will close its doors on May 6. –Dominic Chavez/Globe Staff

It’s last call for a long-standing Boston Irish bar.

The Green Briar published a note on its website, sharing the news that the Brighton bar will be closing its doors on May 6.

“To our loyal friends and guests from the past 29 years, It is with a heavy heart that we share the Green Briar’s last day of service will be Monday, May 6, 2019. This was a difficult and sad decision to make. We want to recognize and express sincere appreciation for our staff – some have been with us since the very beginning. Their hard work and dedication to providing warm hospitality was what made the Green Briar so special. We have met with the team regarding the closing date and our priority is to help each employee transfer jobs. To our guests, thank you. We hope to see you and say good-bye before our last day of service. – The O’Connor Family”


The note did not indicate a reason for the bar’s closure, and the Briar Group, which owns the Green Briar, did not respond to a request for comment.

Open since 1989, the Green Briar has long served as a place where patrons could play pool, watch a game of soccer or rugby, and listen to traditional Irish music at the pub’s weekly seisiuns, an Irish jam session that takes place every Monday night at 7 p.m. There is one more seisiun scheduled for April 29.


The Green Briar is currently located at 304 Washington St. The Briar Group also owns a handful of other bars and restaurants around the city, including Anthem, The Harp, M.J. O’Connor’s, and Ned Devine’s.