A Guinness Lover’s Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in Boston

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Full disclosure, I am not Irish. But we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Despite my lack of blarney, I am a devote Guinness lover and connoisseur of all things corned beef. Plus, I love Boston and dark bars, so St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that seems to have been designed with me in mind. So, let’s raise a pint at three of my favorite spots that you should stop in at on 3/17.

The Black Rose
160 State Street


Enjoy a pint and dig into the sausage roll appetizer. They’re tasty little Irish pork bangers wrapped in puff pastry served with coleslaw and spicy brown mustard. They’re as good as they sound.  While I love a Reuben, it’s hard to pass up the Mother Sweeny’s Corned Beef Sandwich.  Added bonus, starting at 2pm, they’ll offer live music in both their upstairs and downstairs areas.  Might as well have a pint at both bars.

Ned Devine’s
1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Quincy Market Building


I need Irish step dancers in my life, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.  Ned Devine’s will have plenty of high-steppers and live music to make me smile! Plus, if you need a ride and download Uber, you can use the code NEDDEVINES & get your first ride free!

You’ll need to order the St. Patrick’s Platter. It’s everything right with the world: Corned beef & cabbage egg rolls, chicken tenders, cocktail sausages, house fries and all necessary dipping sauces. Also, grab a cup of the Guinness Stout Onion Soup topped with herbed croutons, white cheddar and Swiss. It will be a nice warm up to the Corned Beef Sliders, three hot corned beef minis on toasted rolls with Guinness mustard. Your stomach will thank you.

241 A street


While it’s not an Irish Bar, its South Boston location makes it a cool spot for a pint on St. Patrick’s Day. Heineken will be on site with plenty of promotional swag, and their bottles are green, so I guess it’s festive. Regardless, they’re bringing in Step Dancers too, and serving some tasty Dark and Stormys. Take a break from the Irish dished and order the Street Tacos. I know, “Tacos on St. Pat’s?” but think of it as a pre-game for Cinco de Mayo. If you’re dedicated to the Irish theme, then skip the tacos and go with the Potato Bacon pizza.

Have a great time in Boston, and may the road rise up to meet you.


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