St. Patrick’s Day is, of course, a great opportunity to honor Irish history and culture. However, it’s also an ideal time to get together with a group of friends to barhop. If you plan on doing so this holiday, you’ll have tons of excellent pubs to choose from. However, at Nissan 24, we believe these five are the best of the best.
Brendan Behan Pub
Named after the famous Irish writer of the same name, the Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Keeping with the spirit of its namesake, the pub has aimed to create a laidback atmosphere where all types of artists and patrons can meet—even dogs are welcome!
Brendan Behan’s has been named “Best Bar in Boston” by Boston Magazine four times. This is due to their wide selection of craft and domestic beers, excellent food, and variety of entertainments. Come honor Behan every Thursday night at the poetry open mic or enjoy live music every Saturday.
For a look at Brendan Behan’s menus, visit their website or Facebook.
Food and drinks are an important part of any St. Patty’s celebration. However, what really gets the party started is a bit of live entertainment and The Burren in Somerville has it in spades.
While patrons can enjoy Irish music every night of the week, the Burren calendar is jam-packed with a wide variety of acts: local jazz groups, comedians, poets, and more. St. Patrick’s Day is sure to be a wild affair with plenty of performances to complement your authentic Irish dinner.
To view The Burren’s full event calendar, you can visit their website. You can also stay up to date by connecting with them on Facebook.
The Corrib Pub
As Brighton’s oldest pub, The Corrib—named after Lake Corrib in Galway, Ireland—has maintained a longstanding reputation for having the homiest atmosphere of any bar in the area. With every visit, you’ll be welcomed warmly and offered exceptional service.
The Corrib menu is a fair mix of old pub favorites and more nuanced entrees. Don’t worry about a shortage of draft beer here, either, as their bar always has a well-loved variety of them. They also have music every Tuesday night and are sure to have some excitement planned for St. Patrick’s Day.
You can see the full Corrib menu on their website and Facebook.
J.J. Foley’s Café
Family-owned and operated since 1909, J.J. Foley’s Café has long been a staple in Boston’s south end. Recognizing this, their pub artfully blends authentic Irish styles with post-modern Boston flair.
When you take a seat at the original pre-prohibition bar, you’ll have the choice of several Irish and Massachusetts-made beers of both the domestic and craft variety. Their food menu, too, blends these different cultures, making for a savory and diverse dining experience.
The Plough & Stars
Unlike some of the other bars on this list, The Plough & Stars in Cambridge is somewhat of a smaller venue. Regardless of this, you shouldn’t worry about feeling cramped. Instead, the bar exudes a cozy air that patrons can easily spend an entire night in.
Almost every evening, The Plough & Stars features music from local live acts of all genres. Sit back and enjoy the music while sipping on their stock of smooth Irish whiskeys and craft beers. When it comes time to eat, you’ll have a choice of either classic bar food or some more refined selections.
Only the Best This St. Patrick’s Day
When you start looking for the perfect venue to spend your St. Patrick’s Day, the first thing you’ll be looking at is a menu. Visit all five of the excellent bars on this list to sample their fare. If you can’t choose just one to host your holiday festivities, don’t worry. Hop between all of them for a truly epic pub crawl. Just be sure to connect with them on social media afterwards to let them know how much fun you had.