Saint Patrick’s Day: Downtown

Saint Patrick’s Day: Downtown

It’s that lucky time of year again, and we Bostonians can only hope for some warmer weather by the time the week of March 17th rolls around. Since our door is just down the street from some of the largest Saint Paddy’s Day celebrations in the world, we don’t want you to miss out!

This year’s South Boston Parade is on Sunday, March 15th at 1pm. The celebration promises a lot of pride, a lot of beer, and a lot of green. Whether you plan on going to the parade or not, you can still enjoy the holiday with good food and good brew. Here are our top five Irish bars to visit for a downtown-style Saint Patrick’s Day.

  1. J.J. Foley’s Bar & Grill617.695.2529

21 Kingston Street, Boston MA

Just a six-minute walk from the Kensington, J.J. Foley’s has a sizable selection of draft beers and some of the best homemade chips around. Need we say more?


  1. Barney Fanning’s617.357.8287

99 Broad Street, Boston MA

It’s a weeklong celebration at Barney Fanning’s. The live music, the cold beer, and the hot Shepherd’s Pie would bring out the Irish in anyone.


  1. The Black Rose617.742.2286

160 State Street, Boston MA

The Black Rose is named after a 17th century poem. So, if you’re looking for a cultural experience and maybe even an Irish Breakfast on the big day, this is your go-to spot.


  1. Hennessy’s617.742.2121

25 Union Street, Boston MA

Well, if the bitter cold, two-pairs-of-socks weather continues in Massachusetts, we’re already sold on the coal fireplace. Truly cozy and homey, Hennessy’s offers an authentic Irish experience.


  1. McGreevy’s617.262.0911

911 Boylston Street, Boston MA

What began as a baseball museum and was re-opened as a sports bar in 2008 by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphy’s has become the ideal spot for anyone dressed in green. Plus, the punk-rock band is playing at the House of Blues all Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend, so get your tickets now, and stop by McGreevy’s before or after a show.