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Mr. Dooley's Boston Tavern has the look and feel that will take you into the heart of Ireland, complete with Guinness beer on tap. The kitchen is open till late and serves typical bar fare with light brunch. If you are looking for an Irish meal, try the pies. This mixture of chicken, vegetables and mashed potatoes in a thick chicken gravy is top-notch.
The Hill Tavern's convenient location at the bottom of Beacon Hill on busy Cambridge Street draws locals and tourists alike. People come here for above average pub fare at below average prices. Whether you arrive at The Hill solo to enjoy a local brew over the night's big game, or with a hungry group or sightseers, you will find the atmosphere friendly and lively. A quieter dining room adjacent to the pub area draws a steady after-work crowd. Popular appetizers include bruschetta and the Hill's own Home Fries. A wide sandwich selection is available for both lunch and dinner. Unique to the Hill Tavern is its weekend brunch menu and quaint outdoor seating during warmer months. Weekend nights draw a bustling bar crowd and are less conducive to quiet dining.
This is one Charles Street venue that has not redecorated, yet remained vibrant with a charm all its own. The crowd is lively, pints flow freely, and historical matted portraits and relics from a bygone era surround comfortable worn booths and scattered tables. Dart boards and a juke box are the only signs of modernity. The short pub menu will disappoint anyone craving heavy appetizers. Light nachos and the popular Reuben seem secondary to the assortment of robust to heavy ales on tap. They do carry lighter beers, along with house wines and spirits. In addition, expect crowds and a bit more noise during the weekends.
Solas Irish Pub is a great place to enjoy a cocktail while shopping in Copley Square. There are a couple of tables next to the window that are very relaxing on a warm summer afternoon. Though Solas boasts a great selection of beer, Irish Whiskey, and wines by the glass or bottle, specialty cocktails are also available. The menu is simple but satisfying, offering homemade favorites such as Macaroni and Cheese baked with ham and breadcrumbs.
In a sea of Irish pubs, Cornwall's stands tall as Boston's only British pub. Its location next to Boston University doesn't quite make it a college bar but you do find lots of young people here. You can order over 80 different beers from all around the world including British ales like John Courage. There are darts, board games and video games to amuse you as you empty your beer mug. On menu is the traditional British fare and light pub grub like sandwiches, salads and the old fish-n-chips.
Banshee is a rising star in the Irish-American club community. Euro-style rave music rocks the first floor. The second floor (furnished with overstuffed couches and painted in bright colors) is a bit quieter. Live soccer matches are televised from Ireland and the U.K. on weekends. The menu is what you would expect of an Irish restaurant. Fish and chips, anyone?
Publick House has a large selection of beers. With 20 beer taps, micro-brews and imported ales it is a veritable beer heaven. Young people frequent this place for after work drinks and for the singles scene. The food is eclectic and tasty especially after the long wait for a table. The menu is inspired by German and Belgian pubs and has the ambiance and decor to go with it.