Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3
Living in Jamiaca Plain has its pros and cons. Useless and dangerous trolley tracks are a con, while Doyle's is certainly a pro. A good selection of beer ranging from old favorites (Sam Smith's Nut Brown) to Sam Adam's beers that can only be found here (Sam Adams Bitter). The atmosphere is pure old Irish pub, with yellowed news clippings about local events and framed pictures of Boston illuminati.
The real reason to go, however, it the extensive single malt scotch selection (maybe I should post this on scotch advocate?) that I believe is the best in Boston. With everything from Glenfiddich to 50+ year old McCallan that was bottled when my father was still to young to drink. A wide range of tastes and prices assure that there is something for everyone.
My girlfriend and I have found ourselves working our way slowly through this treasure trove of wonderful single malts, and you should too..
09-08-2003 19:41:26 | More by mydeadguy
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is another old historical pub in the Boston area, lots of dark hard wood and very pubish. Ive seen up to three cask beers on and they always seem to have a solid selection of English beers on tap as well as local. The food is pub grub done right and complement the beer perfectly. Ive seen Youngs, Celebrator, Sam Adams One-Offs, Harpoon 100 Barrel and Archers Ale on tap. Limited bottle selection, no need for bottles, as the beers are always fresh on tap. The bartenders are great quick and responsive with just enough personality. I could easily spend several hours hanging out here.
12-20-2003 16:48:53 | More by Jason
4.31/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went here after the Sam Adams Brewery tour when I was in Boston last summer. Doyle's seems to get somewhat mixed reviews, but I had a great experience.
Atmosphere: Just looks like an Irish pub, with a bunch of memorabilia hanging around. Surprisingly big, as well.
Quality: There are a decent number of taps (don't know what the exact number is), with a good number of them being Sam Adams, including some Boston-area only beers by them.
Service: People seem to think the service isn't all that great, but we went in at about 11:30 or so on a Friday (maybe a Saturday...?) and there were very few people there. The bartender was nice, and the waiter was as well -- he even paid for one of my dad's beers. Made small talk, and were very attentive.
Selection: I don't know the number of taps that Doyle's has, but I remember seeing a single row of about six -- I'm not positive if there are more. The list seemed to be pretty decent, with, as I said, a few Boston-only beers.
Food: Excellent. Best clam chowder I've ever had (I've had it at about a half dozen places), the reuben sandwich was awesome, and the sweet potato fries were fantastic... it seems like a lot of people think the food's pretty average, but I was impressed.
Must visit in Boston. Go to the brewery first and take the trolly on over. Great experience.
05-17-2013 20:55:30 | More by Alextricity
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $
I visited Doyle's on my trip to Boston with some friends. Some folks at the Sam Adams Brewery told us to check it out, so we made the trip out to Jamaica Plains.
Atmosphere - I liked the feel here. It felt very much like a neighborhood bar/restaurant. It wasn't too crowded. Mostly locals come in here to get dinner or grab some beers.
Quality - Beers were very fresh (I'm assuming all of the Sam Adams' beers were fresh from the brewery). The place seemed pretty clean too.
Service - very good; the bartender was friendly and filled my drinks to the top; the waitress that served us was nice
Selection - amazing; probably 35 beers or so on-tap; a lot of local brews, some other popular microbrews; I was happy to not see Budweiser, Miller, or other macros making their way into this establishment
Food - decent; got the trout; nothing great but fills you up
This bar had very reasonable prices, especially compared to the rest of Boston. Most draft pints were $3.75. If I'm ever in Boston again, and I plan to be, I'll definitely head out on the subway to this again place and get some great drafts.
08-21-2006 17:33:44 | More by Applesauce1
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
A couple friends and I decided to go to Boston and tour the two major breweries, being Harpoon and Boston Beer. We missed the Sam Adams tour, but they pointed us down the road to Doyle's where they said we could have a pint and some good food. They were right.
The place looks a little shabby from the outside, just a plain brick building with a small sign. Parking in back, I noticed a Chimay sign hanging from the wall. We're at the right place!
Walking inside, it's kind of how I imagine a locals tavern looking, with a bunch of older gents smoking and drinking at the bar. All sorts of Boston and beer memorabilia line the walls, with a spacious interior. After a hard day or sampling beer and walking around, we decided to eat. The hostess led us to the dining area, which also reminded me of an old tavern sort of place, with pictures and "homey" stuff all over.
The menu is smallish, but the beer selection is very interesting. One can order a variety of craft beers, plus some unusual Sam Adams beer that apparently you can only get here. I guess this was the first place to sell Sam Adams, so they kick them some cool stuff. It was my lucky day, because they had casked Sam Adams bitter when we went. I definitely got a couple pints of that!
The waitress was pleasant, attentive, and helpful. The food was great, large, hearty portions, and the beer was excellent. Definitely hit this place while in the Boston area.
08-22-2003 09:47:04 | More by UnionMade
4.68/5 rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I went to Doyle`s after a tour at the Sam Adams Brewery. What a great place. It`s a throw back in time. If doing the brewery tour,and riding on the T orange line, it`s just 2 more stops (forest hills) and a short 4 block walk. Anyway, food is mostly pub grub. I had the bison burger witch was cooked to order, and my wife had the sausage platter, that had two different sausage, kraut and garlic fries. The food was great!! Beers Guiness, Harpoon, many Sam Adams ( first account for Sam Adams) Harp,Smithwicks and Pickwick Ale. The bar area is an old Irish pub. A long old wood bar, and wooden booths along the wall, with many old photos on the walls. A must see if in the area..
08-02-2009 14:34:36 | More by ripp88
5/5 rDev +26.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
I love this place. For an authentic irish feel of old boston this place is a must! JFK's presidential poster is still on the wall!! The food is great here and it's pretty inexpensive. Also, if you take the tour of the Sam adam's brewery and bring the ticket with you they'll give you a free sam adams glass with your first sam's beer. It's a pretty good way start off your day in boston if you ask me!! Also this place is less then 5 min walk from MBTA so quick access to other parts of the city is available.
12-08-2010 23:02:55 | More by IHC
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Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA
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