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Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3484 Washington St
phone: (617) 524-2345
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Came here after a round of golf at Franklin Park. Great place to grab a quick pint and a bite, but not really an ideal beer bar from a food and beer selection perspective.
Atmosphere is classes 19th century updated bar, heavy wood, old pictures, etc. Crowd is a mix of local/regulars and tourists, particularly on a weekend. Quality is pretty good considering the historic nature of the place - fairly clean, good menu. Service was pretty typical, though the waitress didn't recognize Franziskaner when I ordered it - suggesting it was "well-aged".
Beer selection is better than your average pub, particularly with the Sam (Smith & Adams) selection and house brew. I like the randomly strong collection of Sam Smith, tried the Taddy porter, which was pretty good. Food is fine, typical pub fare. Burger is probably the best bet, but dont expect a gourmet meal. Price is better than expected for Boston.
04-11-2010 18:06:38 |
More by Jesstyr
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: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
This place is a Boston institution for the reasons already mentioned, but there are other reasons to go there: 1) it's an honest place for decent pizza (and the chowdah in a bread bowl is good too), and a decent selection of beer to wash it down with (approx. 15 beers on tap, generally including a few Sam Adams, some Irish imports, and Anchor Steam); 2) it has a good bar to sit down at and throw back a few; 3) you cannot get Budweiser there--in an interview, the owner said that when he bought the place, he got rid of it and, as a result, the troublemakers don't go there any more; 4) the place has a really good, family-and-beer-drinker-friendly atmosphere, including wise-ass waitresses; 5) it serves as the Boston Beer Company's R&D establishment--you can find interesting Sam Adams products that you won't get anywhere else, and will never see again (b/c the company's research brewery is about eight blocks away); 6) it was the only place in Boston to serve Sam Adams' TripleBock in a full pint glass, even though the waitresses would warn you that "not many people seem to like it"; 7) locals go there--it hasn't succumbed to the tourist trade, even though it sells swag; 8) the J.P. Musty--1/2 Sam Adams lager, 1/2 Sam Adams ale--for some reason it tastes really damned good with a pizza there; and 9) it's laid-back.
In my book, it's right up there with Redbones (for different reasons), and I live a lot closer to Redbones.
07-03-2003 14:39:21 |
More by Tchuck
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I've only been to this place once. I went last night with my lady friend. After months of hearing people rave about it, we finally went. We were disappointed. We called ahead, but the young lady that answered the phone didn't know how to get there from Boston. The place looks old. The bar is nice and big, but it is integrated into one of the dining rooms. Republicans might not like the JFK stuff decorating the place. We were able to get a seat at the bar on a Friday night; this is a good thing. The place was thick with heavy Boston dialect. There are strange out-of-place pilgrim paintings on the walls. The ceiling is a nice tin-looking job. The beer selection looks like it comes out of the early nineties with Ipswich, Boston Ale and Lager, Smutty, Bass, Guinness, and Tremont; there was nothing on tap that I would order at a better equipped bar, but the selection is a little better than average for the pathetic Boston beer scene. The patrons and the staff seemed nice enough. My Boston ale tasted a little old and a little contaminated. My lady friend got the Smutty IPA; it was obvious that the keg was fresh from the hop aroma and taste, but it was also tasting slightly off-yeasty or tap line contaminated. The contamination was not as bad as the places on Union Street, but detectable none the less. Prices were reasonable, and this is unusual in Boston. The service was prompt and cheerful, but they don't accept credit, and this is very lame, as their machine raped me out of $2.
03-11-2007 00:25:14 |
More by commie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went here after the Sam Adams Brewery tour when I was in Boston last summer. Doyle's seems to get somewhat mixed reviews, but I had a great experience.
Atmosphere: Just looks like an Irish pub, with a bunch of memorabilia hanging around. Surprisingly big, as well.
Quality: There are a decent number of taps (don't know what the exact number is), with a good number of them being Sam Adams, including some Boston-area only beers by them.
Service: People seem to think the service isn't all that great, but we went in at about 11:30 or so on a Friday (maybe a Saturday...?) and there were very few people there. The bartender was nice, and the waiter was as well -- he even paid for one of my dad's beers. Made small talk, and were very attentive.
Selection: I don't know the number of taps that Doyle's has, but I remember seeing a single row of about six -- I'm not positive if there are more. The list seemed to be pretty decent, with, as I said, a few Boston-only beers.
Food: Excellent. Best clam chowder I've ever had (I've had it at about a half dozen places), the reuben sandwich was awesome, and the sweet potato fries were fantastic... it seems like a lot of people think the food's pretty average, but I was impressed.
Must visit in Boston. Go to the brewery first and take the trolly on over. Great experience.
05-17-2013 20:55:30 |
More by Alextricity
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
After many years of having heard about this place ( ...You haven't been to Doyle's? Oh, you gotta go..) I finally made the trek. It is sort of out of the way, unless you live in J.P., but it's worth the trip. It's an old Boston institution, and the bar reflects that with lots of old breweriana dating back to WWll. I guess this place used to sell a lot of Picwick ale ( and maybe still does? I saw a Picwick tap, but I'm not sure if it was on.) They had about 2 dozen taps, with a good selection of local beers and English ales, but what brings me back is the cask ales. They have 3 beer engines, and have had 2 cask ales on each time I've been there. Harpoon IPA, a Sam Adams cask, Concord IPA, even a cask ale from Paper City, which I've never seen in any other bar in Boston. Only one TV, so not much of a place to watch a game, but more a place to have a good conversation over a few pints. The crowd is a wide mix of locals from this diverse neighborhood. I havn't tried the food, only a bowl of chili which was fresh made, not canned. It's worth the trip, if for the cask ales alone. And they have free parking!
01-01-2004 23:03:32 |
More by MarkD
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Doyle's is classic Boston. I used to live just down the road from this historic bar in JP, which was nice. I never really went to Doyle's for beer though. They have a very generic selection. However, the scotch list is second to none in Boston. The prices are reasonable, and it's such a huge place that it's rarely over-crowded. If you want an historic Boston pub go to Doyles, and have some scotch. If you want a beer and that same or perhaps even better historic "Pub in Boston" feel - go to JJ Foley's Cafe on E Berkeley St (not the same as the JJ Foley's on Kingston St).
09-07-2006 05:59:24 |
More by Hollister
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This probably tops my list for JP bars since moving out here.
The place is very well lit which equates to family joint/old man bar, so the clientèle spans all age ranges and all types. Definitely not a "cool bar" in the traditional sense. You won't ever get carded here (my friend actually was told to stop taking out her ID when she offered it). My half-informed opinion as to why this is the case is that the place is very old and so well connected with politicians and cops, staging an underage drinking bust would be like shooting yourself in the foot. I mean, Boston mayors have been known to drink here.
No jukebox, and on more than one Friday night visit there's been what I guess you could call a Rick James/James Brown sort of mix going on. This makes for an interesting aural backdrop to a scene of elbow to elbow townies, cougars, jocks and bohemians. Decorations include some very entertaining political posters from the WWII era, along with plenty else to distract your attention in the vastly large main room. They have a small handful of TVs - one or two flat screen, three or four tube. Somewhat hard to see from certain seats, but the place will still fill up a bit more during big game nights.
Wait staff is always friendly and attentive, although understandably a bit more so to the regulars, of which there are many.
Beer selection isn't bad (mostly large production domestic "craft" and macro imports), although aside from Sam's, there isn't a great deal in the way of rotation - at least not compared to other Boston beer bars. This is somewhat expected, though, since a great number of those that frequent the place aren't generally new beer connoisseurs. Speaking of beer, it's all very reasonably priced, with nothing costing over $4.75 in the way of draft. Sam Adam's original brewery (located a few blocks down the street) will sometimes brew a "rare" beer that is served solely at Doyle's. This is a huge treat since it's often super fresh and at times quite cheap. By the way, if you're looking to disrespect beer, boilermakers are under $5. That's drinkin on a budget.
Food is pub fare and has its ups and downs. Prices are moderate. Veggies that accompany your entree are always of the canned or frozen variety, but they do some things - steak tips and shepard's pie - very well. Burgers are solid, but sometimes overcooked from a requested "medium." The chili is killer good, and the pizzas are decent but nothing to write home about. A bit too doughy for me.
I truly believe this place has something for everyone. Plenty in the way of cheap hard stuff for non-beer drinkers is available, as well as a very sizable tour of Scottish distilleries. They even have one of those Island Oasis machines for icy drinks. For heavy nights, the 12:30 closing time means you still have time to stumble over to Costello's on Centre and finish quenching your thirst for the night.
Great for a burger and a beer. Great for a slightly cheaper night out with friends.
04-29-2008 03:32:59 |
More by sawbones420
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
this place is an icon and a must try at least once. sit on the "original" side where the bar is situated...the expansion with a restaurant add-on is like a whole different place. I lived in the neighborhood for years and this was my bar. remember when the elevated subway line ran past the facade and we got together new years eve when owner Eddy Burke screened movies on a projector. the barside interior is like stepping back into the 30's and 40's, WWII posters on the wall, an old menu with tiny prices plus the barroom has beautiful painted murals that were cleaned a few years ago and are outstanding. tap and bottle selection has something for everyone, the food is mediocre, this is a cash only place and you go there for the ambiance not the food or a 100 tap beer selection. patrons are a mix of all city types. be sure to use the parking lot behind the building not the street.
03-25-2009 19:14:01 |
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Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA
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