Irish pub Lir has permanently closed after 17 years

"It pains us to leave you, but we can assure you that these memories will live on," read the pub's farewell message.

Hurricanes at Lir
Hurricane cocktails at Lir in 2014. Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

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On the heels of The Pour House’s announcement that it was up for sale, another Boylston Street bar revealed that it has closed.

Lir, a Back Bay Irish pub that first opened in 2004, announced on social media Thursday that it will not be reopening.

“We are sad to announce that after 17 years of business, we will be closing our doors for good,” the bar shared. “Since the day we opened we felt a strong connection to the Boston community, and we would like to say thank you to our loyal patrons who stood by us along the way.”

A popular home base for sports fans, the bar went on to thank the Arsenal Supporters Group, Duke basketball fans, Irish rugby supporters, and the Seattle Seahawks Fan Club, as well as the Aer Lingus flight staff.


“To everyone who walked through our doors and, for a brief period, made this place your home, thank you,” the post read. “We have all witnessed some amazing things together. Title winning championships, marathons, parades. The list could go on forever.

Our mission has always been to make Lir your home away from home, whether you’re Irish, American, or a little bit of both. It pains us to leave you, but we can assure you that these memories will live on.”

“Thank you to everyone at Lir,” Sean Hughes wrote on Facebook, responding to the news. “It was my home away from home and I have fond memories of all of you. I was hoping for better news but alas, it is not to be.”

“So sorry to hear this,” George Grattan shared. “Lir touched my life primarily through the Santa Speedo Run and by always being a gracious, supportive host to events for Bisexual Resource Center and SpeakOUT Boston; it was really, really important to many members of the LGBTQ community that ‘an Irish sports bar in Boston’ was always so welcoming and affirming. You will be greatly missed.”



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