Everything to Do (and Not Do) on St. Patrick's Day in Boston

Published On 03/16/2016 Published On 03/16/2016
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1. The Burren 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

There are plenty of reasons to visit The Burren, and their emphasis on live music is definitely at the top of the list. You can also enjoy authentic Irish dinner dishes and a wide variety of beers to pair with your meal. Stop by The Burren if you are in need of a pint in Davis Square.

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2. The Corrib Pub and Restaurant 201 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

This solid Irish pub is a local hot spot in Brighton. Here you can enjoy live music, pints of Guinness, and some authentic bangers & mash. This is the perfect place to go out for a drink if you are looking to avoid the typical rowdiness found in Irish pubs.

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3. Matt Murphy's Pub 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, MA 02445

Offering the friendly vibe of Cheers without the tourists, Matt Murphy's in Brookline Village is a popular neighborhood pub with craft beer and excellent Irish-whiskey cocktails, plus fish & chips that are the real deal: wrapped in newspaper and anointed with pickled onions and malt vinegar. They're joined on the menu by other Irish pub classics like shepherd's pie and a hearty beef stew, which you'll want to top off with some sticky toffee pudding. Matt Murphy's may have a spiffier look than your standard watering hole (don't expect any TVs either), but it still has the cash-only policy.

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4. River Gods 125 River St, Boston, MA 02139

Did you accidentally stumble onto the set of Alice in Wonderland 2: Winter is Coming? No -- you’ve just walked into one of the weirdest and coolest bar-staurants in Central Square. Pay homage to the river gods by slurping down an Amazon’s worth of classic cocktails, then chase it down with one of their tasty sandos, all amidst the gargoyle-bedecked walls, red-velvet seating, and Halloween-year-round decor.

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5. The Field Pub 20 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Field crew carved into that awkward back alley space behind their bar to create one of the mightiest semi-hidden patios in Cambridge. The brew selection tilts classic/simple, and your best bet is a perfectly poured nitro such as Guinness, Murphy’s, or Belhaven. If you’re into lighter fare, Tucher and Radeberger Royal Pilsner are the way to go.

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6. The Plough and Stars 912 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

This local hot spot has been owning the Boston bar scene since 1969, and hasn't changed over the years. Their atmosphere is friendly, their bar staff is knowledgable, and they have a pretty solid draught menu. Locals and Plough and Stars regulars love this bar, so we highly recommend stopping by if you are looking for a pint.

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7. The Phoenix Landing 512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

TPL is a relaxed Cambridge bar, offering up loads of fried bar food during the day... but turning into a full-on nightclub at night. If you are in the mood for drinking a pint and watching a soccer game, or a Guinness- fueled dance party, Phoenix Landing is the bar for you.

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8. Brendan Behan Pub 378 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

If you are hungry, Brendan Behan Pub is no the place for you, but if you are craving a perfectly poured pint, this is exactly where you need to be. You can expect an authentic Irish experience here, which is why we consider Brendan Brehan Pub on of the best Irish pubs in Boston.

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9. J.J. Foley's Fireside Tavern 30 Hyde Park Ave, Boston, MA 02130

Locals love hanging out at J. J. Foley's for many reasons. Their backroom dartboard, late-night bar menu, and great beer selections are just a few of the things we appreciate about spending time at J. J. Foley's. We highly recommend this bar to anyone looking for a fun place to drink in South End.

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10. Bukowski Tavern 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115

Ditch Newbury and the bastions of distraught twenty-something foreigners asking you what happened to Armani Cafe, and hit up this bastion of barley to take down a peanut butter burger while making a sizeable dent in your Dead Author's Card, a running tally of all the beers you have to drink within six months to earn a spot in their exclusive mug club.

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11. The Independent 75 Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143

This neighborhood spot serves up gourmet American bites -- heirloom tomato salad, crab cakes, pan-roasted striped bass. Their beer menu is solid and their atmosphere is friendly, so this is a great place to stop while bar hopping through Union Square.

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12. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake 384 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

For a while, Rattlesnake got by on being the only spot on Boylston with a rooftop deck, but eventually doing the bare minimum wasn't enough. To remedy the situation, the RS folks brought in chef Brian Poe to ensure that customers nevermore (see what we did there?) walked away complaining of the rooftops's lack of carne asada tacos. That, plus quesadillas, nachos, BLTs, a whole range of tequilas, cocktails, beers & wines, is exactly what they're now offering up. On a roof. On Boylston. It's the perfect combination at last.

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13. Anna’s Taqueria 446 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

With five other locations around Boston, Anna's does its part to spread love via choose-your-own-adventure tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more all over the Hub. This taqueria chain is a favorite spot for Boston foodies, and we highly recommend stopping by for some Instagram-worthy eats.

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14. Cask 'n Flagon 62 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Cask 'n Flagon is a burger bar near Fenway that is loved by sports fans and burger lovers alike. Here you can enjoy creative cocktails, a solid beer list, and some great menu options even if you don't feel like ordering a burger. Cask 'n Flagon should be at the top of your Boston bar list.

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15. River Bar 661 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145

A palace of wood, glass, and white marble, Somerville's River Bar dishes up Asian fusions on American classics. The sleek interior and fire-warmed back patio guarantee you'll see more than a few couples splitting a small plate of fried potatoes with miso aioli or corned beef and cabbage dumplings. If they're really comfortable with each other, them they're probably sinking their teeth right into the grass-fed burger -- a bulgogi-marination creation topped with bacon eggs rolls -- instead. That's true love (we mean for the burger).

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16. Grafton Street Pub 1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

If you are looking for an Irish-inspired pub that puts more emphasis on a delicious menu than a rowdy drinking atmosphere, you need to visit Grafton Street Pub. Their food is a far cry from pub food, instead featuring fancier dishes. Check their website for an updated food menu.

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17. Saloon 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

Slinging bourbon below Foundry on Elm, this ode to the under-represented pre-Prohibition era throws things back with Tiffany chandeliers and hand-carved mahogany overhangs. Stuff your face with beer-battered pickled peppers packed w/ Boursin, and maple-braised pork belly w/ baked beans, before drinking said face off thanks to 16 taps, 120+ brown-booze varieties, and a slew of "bespoke" whiskey cocktails.