15 Irish Bars in Boston You Need to Check Out on St Patrick’s Day

There are few holidays that just scream Boston like good ole St. Patrick’s Day. You have not truly experienced authentic Irish hospitality until you’ve hopped through some local Irish Boston bars for St. Patrick’s Day. Boston is known for its Irish history and traditions like the big Parade in Southie so what better place to raise a pint than in a true Irish establishment.

There is no shortage of restaurants and bars to choose from in the Boston area to celebrate St. Patty’s. Everyone will be going green and drinking to good friends and good times. Let’s run down some of Boston’s best known hot spots for Irish fun and hospitality.

West End Johnnies

If you’re ever going to the TD Bank North Garden for a Celtics or Bruins game, then be sure to stop into West End Johnnies for some casual dining and lively atmosphere. Within walking distance from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, it’s a great place to check out for St. Patrick’s Day while you are in the city.

They offer a classic American style menu that everyone is sure to enjoy. West End Johnnies is known for their friendly bartenders and a warm welcoming vibe. When you’re here you are in for a casual, upscale night out.

Hennessy’s Of Boston

Say hello to Hennessy’s of Boston, where the feel of rural Ireland meets the upbeat pace of downtown Boston. This is the home of cozy coal fireplaces and Irish traditions. With dozens of imported brews and local craft beers on tap there is something for everyone including one of the largest selection of single malt whiskeys to choose from in the Boston area. They have live bands 7 nights a week and have been voted “Best Irish Bar In Boston” for six years running.

Sullivan’s Tap

Simply put, this is a real fans sports bar to the fullest. Located super close to the TD Bank North Garden, Sullivan’s Tap is Boston’s oldest sports bar having been in business since 1933 -as in Larry Bird number 33! If you are going to the game then stop in before or after, they would love to see you (as long as you’re not wearing a Yankee’s jersey!) St. Patrick’s Day is more about drinking than dining and so is Sullivan’s Tap. Known by the locals as a no nonsense straight up bar for drinking and not dining out.

The Tam

In the bustling downtown of a classic Irish city, you’ll find The Tam, a classic Irish bar known for their Guinness pints. The Tam has earned its reputation as a blue collar watering hole for the working class folk. Warm, inviting and heralded for offering an authentic Irish atmosphere where you can live it up with new friends or chill out by yourself. No judgment from the locals. The Tam is one of those Irish bars that leaves a lasting impression.

Paddy O’s

Feel the warmth of “one hundred thousand welcomes” when you step into Paddy O’s in Boston on Union Street just outside of TD Banknorth Garden. Paddy O’s atmosphere is inspired by the Irish Spirit of knowing how to enjoy yourself and have a good time. They have a hand crafted bar and authentic Irish furniture making it a true Irish experience for St. Patrick’s Day. Paddy O’s feature two massive 100 foot drop down screens for those big game gatherings and a live music stage for everything from traditional Irish music to cutting edge rock bands. With natural stone pillars and cozy snugs inside, you get the Irish bar feel in the heart of Boston.

The Black Rose

Known as a beacon of Irish tradition, The Black Rose is a haven of Gaelic culture and a welcoming meeting place for those looking for an authentic Boston experience. The Black Rose is a premier Boston Irish pub and restaurant located in historic Faneuil Hall. The Boston Globe calls The Black Rose “The Fenway Park of Irish Pubs.”

The Dubliner Irish Pub

For those who have been across the pond say The Dubliner is as close to the real deal as you will find here in the states. Their menu of authentic Irish dishes have been recommended to friends by people who frequent The Dubliner with everyone saying the food lived up to the reputation. The Dubliner welcomes all those out for good fun on St. Patrick’s Day.

Mr. Dooley’s

Mr. Dooley’s is renowned as a great place for a pint and a chat in the heart of the financial district of Boston. “Dooley’s” as it’s known by the locals is a relaxed yet straightforward Irish pub that welcomes you in with warm hospitality. They may have a relaxed attitude and vibe, but they take their service and food menu seriously by offering local New England favorites like clam chowder, fresh oysters, lobster and of course their “Boston’s Best Burgers.

J.J. Foley’s Cafe

Located on East Berkley Street in Boston’s south end you will find J.J. Foley’s Cafe. A true Irish establishment that has been open since 1909. They have delicious food, great drinks, and friendly service. J.J. Foley’s is great for private parties or corporate events. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in their classic pre-prohibition bar.

Ned Devine’s Irish Pub

Welcome to Ned Devine’s, a Boston Irish pub located in historic Faneuil Hall. Ned Devine’s has award winning clam chowder and all the screens for watching the game. They have sharable cocktail pitchers for you and your friends and can host dinners, holiday parties, wedding celebrations and even conferences. Make sure to stop in for a drink on your night out in Boston for St. Patrick’s Day.

Durty Nelly’s

Named after John Joe Somers’ neighbor Nelly O’Sullivan, a stallholder in the Coal Quay Market in Cork City Ireland. Dirty Nelly’s is a two storied traditional marketplace pub on Blackstone Street and serves as a lifeline for Haymarket, Boston oldest surviving marketplace. A great place to take a break from the hectic day and enjoy a drink with friends.

Emmets Irish Pub And Restaurant

A little bit of Ireland on Beacon Hill. Located near Boston Common and other historic sites in Boston Emmets is one of the most authentic Irish Pubs in Boston for your St. Patrick’s Day. Serving up true Irish fare and a perfectly poured pint of Guinness, you will be sure to remember your time spent at Emmets Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Solas Irish Pub

Tucked inside the Lenox Hotel on the corner of Boylston and Exeter Street you will find Solas, a modern Irish Pub. They are known for their perfect pints of Guinness and warm welcoming service. Enjoy a tasty meal from Executive Chef Jonathan Varela while out on your St. Patrick’s Day pub tour.

M.J. O’Connor’s Pub

With two locations in Boston at Park Plaza in the Back Bay and the Seaport, M.J. O’Connor’s is a warm, welcoming Irish Pub serving Irish comfort food, New England classics and the perfect pint. Enjoy a taste of Ireland in such a storied city like Boston.

A.T. O’Keefe’s Irish Pub And Bourbon Club

Formerly McGreevy’s, which was a staple in the Back Bay, A.T. O’Keefe’s offers the same great drinks and lively scene in the heart of the Back Bay. Offering local and international beers along with bourbon and other fine spirits to choose from on St. Patrick’s Day. A.T. O’Keefe’s also has a nostalgic menu with favorites like Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips and Truffle Mac & Cheese.