10 of Boston’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebrations

It’s that time of year of again, when the Guinness is flowing and the Jameson is pouring. To recite, “Everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day,” the same can be said of Boston’s bars as large influxes from the Greater Commonwealth of Massachusetts come rushing in to celebrate the green event. While the bars we’ve selected are either authentic Irish pubs or have a modern flair, at the end of the day we give cheers to all that is Irish.

 Here are our picks for this years Irish celebrations:

1.) Black Rose (Downtown) – Located in the heart of Boston, the Black Rose carries out the traditional Irish celebration 365 days a year. Featuring live Irish music everyday of the year, the routine continues to the events leading up to the big day. On Sunday, the Black Rose will open at 8am and will be serving its Irish Breakfast with live authentic Irish tunes through out the entire day, along with a set by musical locals, Gentlemen Hall.

2.) Green Briar Pub (Brighton) – A truly cozy pub, starting at 9am on Sunday, you can stop by the Green Briar for a taste of the classic Irish foods while listening to your favorite Irish songs spun by the live DJ.

3.) Emmet’s Irish Pub (Beacon Hill) – A premiere authentic pub, Emmet’s is one of Boston’s well known Irish themed establishments serving classic dishes like Shepherd’s  Pie, Fish N’ Chips, and of course Corned Beef and Cabbage. Stop in on St. Paddy’s Day, grab a stool, and order yourself a dark pour and enjoy the events going on, including Jameson giveaways.

4.) The Kinsale (Government Center) – Along with their sister bar, the Asgard (Cambridge), the festivities have already begun with the annual 7 days of St. Patrick. Hosting a week long celebration, the Kinsale and Asgard will have live Irish music everyday leading up to the primary event, to go along with the traditional Irish entrees. For full details visit their event page.

5.) Lansdowne Pub (Fenway) – Opening doors at 10am on Sunday, and live Irish music ALL day starting at Noon, the Lansdowne is a top choice for spending this years, and years to come, St. Patrick’s Day. WARNING: If you are looking for “Green Beer” – look elsewhere.

6.) McGreevy’s (Back Bay) – You didn’t think we’d put and Irish bar list together without mentioning McGreevy’s, did you? McGreevy’s is synonymous with enjoyment, and on weekend when St. Paddy’s comes to town…it goes without saying.

7.) MJ O’Connor’s (Waterfront) – A bar where “modern comfort meets Irish classic,” MJ’s is prepared to throw a party full of great entertainment. Sunday’s line-up features performances by Irish Step Dancers at Noon and live Irish music from 8PM-Midnight. Food will also be served until Midnight, and there will be a $5 cover charge.

8.) Ned Devine’s (Faneuil Hill) – Kicking off the weekend is the growing band Amazing Apples, who started originally as a cover band. From Galway, Ireland Amazing Apples blends the sounds of Irish and Americana tunes to combine into their own unique brand. Together, with the fun atmosphere that is naturally produced at Ned Devine’s, this makes for a great way to celebrate this years St. Patrick’s Day. Showtime begins at 4pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

9.) The Times Irish Bar (Waterfront) – Boasting a large outdoor area with a spectacular view of Boston’s Waterfront, with the weather pending, the Times might just be a perfect location for the festivities. Even if we so happen to be graced with yet another blizzard, the Irish feeling provided by the musical instruments used to entertain its visitors will warm us all up. Starting at 2pm on Friday, and 5pm Saturday and Sunday, the music will go on ALL night long.

10.) White Horse Tavern (Allston) – Bagpipers, Corned Beef, and drink specials that include $3 Miller High Life bottles, $3.50 PBR Tall Boy cans, $4 Green Bud Light drafts, $6 Guinness drafts, $7 Jameson shots, what more can you ask for?

If Whiskey is what you want, check out our “Whiskey Lovers Guide” for Boston’s bars offering extensive and top-notch selections!


– barHappy Team

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