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Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3484 Washington St
phone: (617) 524-2345
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I spent my bachelor party in this fine establishment in Jamaica Plain. We first had a couple of rounds at the bar. The bar itself was a long wooden bar that led right from the entrance to some windows looking out to the street. Boston culture/Irish/WWII propaganda memorabilia all lined the walls. Several televisions were also across the bar, making it a cozy, easily accessible area to drink, socialize and watch the game. The restaurant itself seemed to have 3 dining areas: one in front of the bar, another in the middle of the restaurant (which we eventually ate at) and another room in the back. The place was still very crowded, loud and jovial making it a place that seems to be very busy but also will have a seat available for you and your large crowd.
Drinks were various but mainly focused on Sam Adams, the first customer of the Boston Beer Company. They had the Brick Red Ale which they only carry at the moment, along with the seasonal Sam and the Boston Lager.
The biggest disappointment for me was the food. Very typical pub food that had nothing spectacular to it. I wanted the pork/lamb dinner, but they did not have the pork or the lamb. So I had their burger which was very basic. Nachos and buffalo wing appetizers were also typical and actually quite small in portions for the amount of people we had (just 6 of us).
I did see the bill which my best man and groomsmen graciously paid for and seeing we had several rounds of beer, two appetizers and 6 entrees in Boston it seemed pretty reasonable to me (I hope it was to everyone else).
Overall, if I lived in Jamaica Plain, this would be a cool place to go now and again for drinks and socializing.
03-14-2009 14:28:40 |
More by fitzy84
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
Overall, this is a good place to throw back a pint. It is a large but fairly traditional pub, although it is definitely well-worn. The tap selection is nothing special; it includes very fresh SA, Harpoon, Tremont, and the usual Irish and English beers. They were mostly either 3.75 or 4.25 which is a good value in my book, but the Guinness and Murhphys go for 4.75. They had similar offerings in bottles, plus the Chimay beers for 4.75 a bottle, which is much lower than I have ever seen them elsewhere. I got a nachos to start and a burger, which were both pretty unimpressive. I noticed someone at the bar working on a baked shrimp meal that looked very good.
Doyle's is worth a stop at least one, and I am sure I will return at some point.
03-04-2006 00:36:31 |
More by bignick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4
The food is good. The selection of beer is average. So why come here? If you are not from Boston, let me tell you. This is where all the Massachusetts politicians and hacks come to drink. It is like the Rack (down at Faneul Hall) is for the celebrities and jocks. If you are into politics and government in Boston, or Masschusetts, you must make one pilgrimedge here. And we all know drinking and governing go hand in hand.
09-27-2002 11:57:27 |
More by bewareOFpenguin
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
atmosphere: very comfortable, spacious, lively, quite an easy place to sit and relax in, every time i've gone i've wish i could have stayed longer, everybody seems to be in such a good mood. the newspaper clippings and war propoganda are wonderful to see
service: i've found the service to be very hit or miss. if sitting in the bar area, which i vastly prefer, the service has always been wonderful. but everytime i've decided for the quieter, more isolated restaurant area, the service has been quite lacking... i don't know why i keep doing it.
selection: i was rather impressed by the beer menu, i enjoyed seeing a number of samuel smith's noted, but for most of the beers on tap i think i could find them elsewhere... but why would i? two notable standouts were the boston 375, which i thought had disappeared forever... i'm glad i got to try it one more time, and boston beer co. Koggen, which i had never heard of but knew i needed to try.
food: i really love fatty bar food, and i think doyle's hits the spot with their pizzas and their chicken tenders.
overall: great place for a beer and a meal or to sit around with friends
edit: after going back to doyle's a few more times I have found the service to be fantastic
01-15-2006 08:12:03 |
More by dbalsock
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
Old school joint. Sit at the far end and watch as the barkeep drinks as much as you do, and then surpasses you. I was breathless seeing the number of T employees here on their lunch break doing slammers, why can't I get a job like that? Lots of Sam Adams stuff, no surprise as they are right down the street. This place reminds me of Jabberwocky, a series of rooms with no certain connection, and yet underneath the fabric one might see a very specific wood grain that unites the whole. For history, I like, for beer, not so much.
04-21-2004 21:04:04 |
More by Truh
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: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
A little out of the way for me, so I may be discouraging myself from coming by more often. Still, if you're in the Boston area for long, you have to come here at least once. It's a classic, well-worn pub with lots of history, much of which can be seen on the walls, and more can be learned from the flyers near the door.
Very good selection of beers, including the occasional special from Harpoon or Sam Adams. There's an impressive array of taps and bottles, including three (barely used) beer engines. The blackboard appears to need updating. One one visit, two casks were listed, but only one was on. On another, one cask was listed, but nothing was on. A beer on tap gave me a headache. I don't know...
Food is very mixed, even for basics. So far I've disliked the burger, the chili, the fries and even onion rings. The pizza, on the other hand, is the way to go.
02-15-2004 02:35:51 |
More by gentlebubbles
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: 3
Interesting, original offerings with cask Sam Adams Bitter and Doyle's Pickwick Ale (brown). Solid local Sams and Harpoons and other regional brews. Not a ton of beer, but all real good. Also, a huge whiskey and single-malt selection. The spread is dark, dusty (in the good way) and sprawling, most of which is restaurant boothes. The service is pleasant and attentive. The food itself was not great. Well worth a trip. Cheers!
03-24-2002 16:47:18 |
More by BillyBrew
Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA
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