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Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3484 Washington St
phone: (617) 524-2345
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Ah, Doyle's. I was first introduced to Doyle's while interning at the Sam Adams brewery in JP. After moving here, I've come to appreciate it even more. The establishment itself is full of history and is worth visiting for that alone, nevermind the great beer and usually solid pub grub.
The real reason to check out Doyle's aside from the history is the fresh, local beer. Harpoon and Sam are both brewed in town, and the Ipswich is always just as fresh, although with a slightly more rustic flavor. Look out for the one-offs from the Sam Adams brewery down the road - you may never be able to get these anywhere else! Three Weiss Men comes to mind first, but I'll always be on the lookout for Tallships, although I'm fairly certain they're done brewing that. Dogfish Head and Wachusett are always available as well. The usual suspects are here too, of course; Guiness, Bass, Bud, etc.
As far as the food goes, it can be hit or miss. If you're looking for solid pub food though, you won't be disappointed. However, their pizza is fantastic. There's even a letter on the wall from Michael Dukakis praising the quality of their pizza. Seriously, it's that good.
If you're looking for the authentic Irish pub experience, for the love of god, check this place out. Great beers, solid food, a slice of history and the spirit of Boston.
07-04-2008 22:53:19 |
More by deciding39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Open since 1882, this is one of Boston's historical pubs, visited by many, and an Irish favorite. From the antique wood, to WWII propaganda on the walls, to the cozy booth seating, to the long bar ... you immediately get that old pub feeling. The seating also extends way out to the back of the place, so there's plenty of room, and the place feels very open.
Tap selection is typically solid with about two dozen offerings ranging from standard English / Irish pub brews, to local brews, some basic macros, the occasional special one off beer from a local brewery (they used to be known for one of the only places to test and serve Samuel Adams beers) and 1-3 cask offerings from local breweries (I've had casks from Sam Adams, Sheerwood, Harpoon, Paper City, etc). Decent, but small, selection in the bottle, too. Ask for the beer menu as there's a separate one. Overall the selection is quite diverse ... you'll find enough to spend an afternoon quaffing beer here. And, as mentioned before, they have a great whiskey / single malt selection.
Quality is good, across the board. Service is attentive and friendly ... and if you're at the bar, you can easily strike up conversation with whomever is bartending.
Food is your average standard pub grub. You can get a good cup of chowder, basic apps, burger, etc ... and they serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. It's all good.
Doyle's is a solid choice if you are in the JP area, a great neighborhood bar / restaurant, and a must if you're visiting the Boston Beer Co. JP brewery.
12-21-2003 07:50:00 |
More by Todd
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I live close to Doyle's Cafe so for me its a definately a neighborhood pub for myself.
That said, the place is a good call if you want to just have an working lunch or show some out of towners a Boston-like pub.
The food is not bad but nothing that is earth shattering. Actually the best food on the menu is the pizza. Believe it or not its really some of the better in Boston. Burgers are usually a good call.
The beers are a good mix of local and macro brews. Always ask for what is cask conditioned. I had some hits and misses though with the cask conditioned. So "i told you so" applies here. Overall, you will always get a beer the way it was meant to be served here.
Great decor and very friendly service.
11-21-2007 21:17:34 |
More by jneiswender
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Initial walk through - you can see and feel the rustic nature of the bar - hard wood is everywhere. There are roughly 15 beers on tap, usually including a few Sam Adams, some Irish imports, and some Harpoon. It has a good bar to sit down at and throw back a few. The place has a really good, family-and-beer-drinker-friendly atmosphere and it doesn't matter if you're there for lunch or dinner, it still has that feel. What makes it even better is that locals go there - it's not a sell out bar, and if you're lucky a local will tell you about it. The food is also good - you've got your typical bar food, mixed with options of a nice Irish dinner.
Love this place!
09-30-2008 01:55:44 |
More by Jayli
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
An early arrival in Beantown before the 05HopHeadThrowDown gave me the opportunity to spend a few days wandering around before the all-day festivities that awaited at TPH on the Saturday. Home for the weekend was at fellow BAs Carmen & (Joe) 36PoundLoveChild in Jamaica Plains; so as my hosts were busy working on the afternoon of my 1st day, I arranged to meet Todd A. at the legendary F.J.Doyles Cafe. It was a reasonably brisk 20 min. walk from where I was staying, compounded by the searing Sunshine & the occasional sporadic detour in areas that resembled shite bombed Beirut, but soon F.J.Doyle & Co. featured on the horizon as I perambulated close by.
The exterior has a natural feel about it, an old style lamppost looks at home in front of the exposed red brick walls which mix nicely with dark green painted windows & backboards, which in turn neatly show off the gold lettering that proudly states F.J.Doyle & Co. Has the appearance of a neighborhood Irish bar about it. The entrance is actually around the corner on Williams Street; 3rd time lucky for me as there are also 2 other doors on Washington, both are locked but only the 2nd one redirects you to the side entrance, which is where the Parking Lot is also.
I could smell the heritage of this bar as I stepped into the covered side entranceway long before I even opened the interior door. It was about 4pm when I got there & the Sun was streaming in through the thick glass blocked windows. It created a spiritual feel as I entered; the particulate matter in the air seemingly suspended & frozen in time by the Suns rays incredibly befitting of a Bar that has over 100 years of service. I walked slowly to the Bar, thinking I was the first to arrive; the place was a little quiet & imparted a real lazy afternoon feel to the well-worn interior. As such, Doyles instantly relaxed me & I felt immediately at home as soon as entered into here.
The long wooden saloon-like bar runs down the left as you enter, thankfully the only Cowboy at the bar was the BA Dad quietly enjoying a Pint before I interjected. Tables & chairs are placed in good space at the front of the bar area, whilst further along the Washington Street side, a more neatly arranged restaurant space parades back into the adjoining building. A mixture of comfy seats & dark wooden tables lend an Olde Worlde feel, but it is definitely not forced. Décor is genuine; a plethora of WW2 memorabilia, colorful yet faded advertisements from long-gone Breweries, orange hued newspaper clippings from generations past & some interesting old signage from Ireland. These bric-a-brac arrangements are charming, juxta-posed with a natural antique look, untouched (uncleaned?) for years, but that is not a bad thing here. Many of the interior fittings & varnished surfaces are lovingly well-worn - not a criticism, but a complement to the fact that Doyles doesnt change to accommodate modern fads or refurbish on a frequent basis to current themes Thankfully. Only a small unobtrusive smoke stained TV above the Bar reminds you that it is 2005.
The Beer range has been adequately described before, so to summarize it tops around 24 draft offerings; the full range caters for all, a smattering of well-known macros & imports. Of more note to me were the locally produced Harpoon & Sam Adams offerings, the latter often releases specials brewed at the nearby test plant in here I am told. My eyes lit up as I noted 3 Angram Beer Engines at the end of the bar, but sadly none of them were in operation during my visit- shit! A limited but decent enough bottle range is also available, check the Menu for details.
I started at the Bar with a Pint, the service was warm & very welcoming indeed, the banter easily flowed with the lovely woman behind the bar. After Mr & Mrs. A. arrived we all took a table in front the Bar; the service remained attentive & fun. I decided to grab an Appetizer, I plucked for the Potato Skins with Bacon & Cheese, damn tasty to boot & a good sized portion for a Starter. Todds Clam Chowder looked awesome.
In short this is a great place; it has been around since 1882 oh if this place could talk! I returned here with many other BAs after the excellent BA tour of the nearby Sam Adams JP Brewery & finished the night here, I didnt want to stop drinking or go home.
Well worth the trek out here if you are staying downtown, the Orange line will get you close enough to keep it down to a 10 min. walk. This Tavern-cum-Saloon-Irish Bar-Locals Pub benefits from a legendary status many bars would die for, but it is a well earned reputation, for it is a place that successfully manages to serve a great range of changing brews & balance it with a little bit of history in an exceptional comfy aura. Drinking in here is like pulling on your favorite old clothes after a long hard day at work in a stuffy Shirt & Tie.
Last Visit Thursday 21st July, 2005
08-05-2005 03:58:32 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great place!! Sam Adams of course first sold their beer here. Good service for a Irish Pub in Boston. Good Irish/American/English comfort foods. We went after a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery and it was the perfect ending to a beer tour in Boston. It is your typical Irish Bar and Pub, which really gave it a great atmosphere. If you go you must get the Sam Adam Boston Brick Red, they only sell it in Boston on tap, and what better place to get it than there!
Oh and you get to keep your Sam Adams glass with any Sam Adams beer on tap you buy!
05-02-2012 22:04:11 |
More by Cavanaghty
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
How can you not love Doyle's, the quintessential Irish pub in Boston? I was there on a recent Thursday night, celebrating the end of the New England Runner Pub Series.
The food is classic pub grub. Nothing gourmet but all decent, and at a good price. The beer selection is pretty good, but since this is Sam Adams "home" pub, you probably want one of the Sam Adams varieties on draft. That or a pint of Doyle's Pickwick Ale.
But what you are really here for is the atmosphere. The walls ooze history, with mementos of James Michael Curley and the Kennedys featured highly. It's a friendly place, and a nice place to hoist a pint or two.
12-11-2011 19:56:38 |
More by greenengineer
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This place is an institution. The good kind. A bunch of us BAs went in recently following the Sam Adams brewery tour with Jim Koch, so naturally we were all in a pretty jovial mood when we got there. I should mention that the neighborhood around here can be a little sketchy and it has supposedly improved quite a bit over the last few years.
Doyle's is a time warp. I love time warps. I went here once about 18 years ago and it seemed like it hadnt changed at all. The beer selection is nothing spectacular but they did have the 3 Weiss Men from Sam Adams which I have never seen anywhere other than at the brewery or at a beer festival. In fact when I first tried the 3 Weiss Men at the AOBF in May of 04, I remember asking the Sam Adams reps where you could get this beer and the response was--"you cant, we use it only for contests and festivals". Well, it doesnt seem like its as good this year as it was in '04 but it is still one hell of a beer. They also had a bunch of Sam Smiths as well as other Sam Adams products that you know are gonna be pretty damn fresh in light of the fact that the brewery is nearby.
The service was good. The bartenders were quite friendly and attentive and had a good sense of humor too. The prices are on the cheap side which I would also attibute to the less than fancy neighborhood. I didnt eat the food on my recent visit but I remember it being good before and everyone I talked to liked what they had ordered.
Overall, if you find yourself in this neighborhood, you owe it to yourself to check the place out. It is quite a ways off the beaten path though.
08-04-2005 01:26:33 |
More by rousee
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This is the historic Irish/Boston pub everyone will tell you to go to.
Luckily for us, its distance from the T, its location in the heart of JP (Jamaica Plain), and the fact that they only take cash, keeps many tourists away. It does not suffer though, because whether it's a Tuesday lunch hour, or Saturday night there's always people there.
Established in 1882, this place is pretty damn historic. Many a historic figure has shared a pint with the patrons. Almost all the Kennedys, Every Boston Mayor for the past 100 years, presidential canidates, etc etc.
Very unassuming from the outside, the place is big, with multiple rooms, and Boston paraphernalia adorning the walls. I counted four portraits of JFK in the main bar area.
Good selection of local taps, and some English and Irish. Very Sam Adam's oriented. They enjoy a close partnership.
The usual pub grub, but tasty nonetheless.
Cash only, but it won't hurt your wallet.
I have gone to Doyle's since I was a little kid, for lunch and such, with my family. My great-grandfather, who worked on the rails for Hood in the 20's and 30's, and my grandfather who was a detective for the Boston Police in the 50's, 60's, and 70', went to this bar to have a beer with friends practically everyday after-work. It was an honor that I could finally review this place, and give back to an establishment that has given my family so much.
12-10-2006 17:40:47 |
More by Freshie
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
My local for many years. I remember when it was one room with the elevated outside its front door. The Burke Bros. (Billy, Gerry & Eddie) set the standard and young Gerry is the best and most gracious host you could have. Now famous as the location in many films & TV productions, e.g., Mystic River, Boston Public, Chris Matthews, et al.
Atmosphere: Throwback perhaps, but truly a place where everyone in the community is welcome. Great history and a venerable political watering hole. As far as quaffing goes, difficult to find a better feel. Go in alone, with a group, on a date or for an event, affable and low key. For me, a second living room. Yes, I have a strong bias here.
Quality and Selection: always had a good tap list with better known crafts, British, Irish and Boston breweries featured, particularly Boston Beer Co.(Sam Adams) located right around the corner. Sam Adams standards and "experiments", Harpoon, Tremont, Smuttynose, Doyle's Pickwick Ale, as well as many cask offerings sampled first here. Fantastic single malt & bourbon selection as well.
Service: As I wrote above, this was my local & many of the servers were neighbors. In the 30+ years I've been frequenting and recommending the place, I've had nor heard any complaint. Seen lots of folks, not just regulars, get a pizza after the kitchen was officially closed and have marveled when tough customers got kid glove service from the staff. Love their weekend brunch too.
Food: Pub grub served with a nod and a wink as well as a smile. Vegetarian friends always happy with the offerings, especially the meatless reuben! If you're looking for clam chowder in a bread bowl, a new England boiled dinner, scrod, burgers, pizza, etc. you can't go wrong.
Prices are fair - no gouging or added charges.
08-19-2013 23:18:10 |
More by EBeckett3
Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA
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