The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant
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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 38
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Lets get the prices out of the way ... beers and food booth are comparable to most bars in downtown and certainly cheaper than the high end eateries. Service is fine, attentive and a several of the staff know a good amount about the beer they are serving.
Sort of that cookie cutter Irish Pub feel ... but not all Irish Pubs in Boston need to serve shit beer. Kinsale rises above the rest with a solid selection of 20 taps and over 20 in the bottle, tap selections are better.
Use of glassware is not perfect but there is really one thing I care about the most ... to make sure the glass is beer grade clean. Kinsale meets the mark there without a doubt.
Worthy of a visit if you are in town, I will definitely be back frequently.
06-05-2007 05:02:52 | More by Jason
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped into the Kinsale this evening before a show at the Orpheum. Didn't know what to expect as I'd never been there before, but there had been some nice tap list posts floating around lately. Very large bar area when you first walk in. It seems as though the bar is circular, essentially with two sides. 9 taps on each end for a total of 18. Huge granite looking pillars rise from the four corners of the bar to the ceiling. A bunch of flat screen tvs are on for your viewing pleasure. There's a bunch of seating in the bar area, and a lot more in the restaurant area, where we sat.
I've heard that the Kinsale has made a concerted effort to improve their beer selection. I'd have to say that I was somewhat impressed with it from looking at the bottle and draught list. Bottle highlights included la chouffe, allagash, founders, lagunitas, north coast, oskar blues, victory, middle ages, and ommegang. Tap list included smuttynose, left hand, clipper city, cape ann, geary's, olde burnside, DFH, and wachusett. I had the Clipper City loose cannon and the quality was good--at least as good as I remember it being last time I had it on tap.
The food was also decent. Both upscale entree type dishes and your normal pub grub. I opted for a buffalo chicken sandwich, which was definitely filling. The fries were also damn good--nice and hot. Our waitress was attentive and friendly. I found it to be just a tad pricey with the lunch menu being the prices I would expect to normally see. Pints ranged in the $4.50-$6 range.
All in all, I was impressed to say the least. I didn't think there was a decent beer bar in the downtown/Faneuil hall area, but the Kinsale takes first place. I will be back as it's a place that the beer geek and his swill loving friends both enjoy.
03-16-2007 03:33:37 | More by bjohnson
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in last night for a few drinks and food with friends. Very busy for a Wednesday night, so we were seated for dinner in the back dining room. Both the bartender and waiter were very well versed on the beers, though the waiter should know what is no longer on tap to avoid asking me to make another choice (twice) when the bartender tells him they no longer serve that. Besides that, the place is quite a lot better than the last time I was in there. The beer selection has vastly improved. I enjoyed a Founder's Curmudgeon, a Geary's 20th Anniv., and a Southern Tier IPA, all of which were excellent. The menu is a nice selection of pub fare, burgers & sandwiches, and dinner entrees. The Government Center area lacks quality bars, so this was a nice surprise and I will remember this place as a great choice for having quality beer and food.
02-02-2007 00:07:10 | More by morebeergood
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by for some lunch after escaping from a stuck elevator in the Suffolk County courthouse. Nice Irish pub atmosphere even though I found the granite bar awfully out of place. Felt like I was in my parent's kitchen and they installed a tap-line. Speaking of which... Very nice selection that was a decent surprise. DFH, Avery, Stoudt, Allagash, CBC, and others. About 20 taps total in all. Service was spotty. Essentially left me alone even though iw as trying to get someone to pour me another beer. Then when I eventually got the check it too 20 minutes for them to take the book and bring me back my change. Food was a bit of a disapointment. I ordered a corned beef sandwich and the bread was just a soggy mess. I pointed it out to the bartended and he said that is the way it was supposed to be. But the bread was soppy soup. I will definitely go back for a beer and the atmosphere, but not for the food.
07-12-2006 21:20:48 | More by MuddyFeet
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Boston for some meetings and then I was meeting up with a client after work, so I did the proper BA thing to do- checked BeerFly to see if there were any bars downtown that had a better beer selection than your typical Purple Shamrock/Black Rose type Irish Bar. Looks like Kinsale is the place.
Kinsale is located a short walk from State Street across from the Gov't center on the ground floor of a big, long, ugly building. There were plenty of tables outside but I never understood the allure of eating/drinking in the midst of bus exhaust and taxi cab horns. Anyway, there were plenty of people hanging outside enjoying themselves. Inside, it's a well-done, up-scale Irish bar. See other reviews if you wish to know what type of chairs are at the bar. What I noticed was that it was well-lit, clean, and nice. We sat at the bar and it wasn't that crowded so service was very good. And the bartender at least asked if I wanted lemon in my Allagash White. Although I wonder if all those blueberries I saw being plopped in the Concord Blueberry Ales were agreed upon first. Beer selection was very good. 20 or so taps, most all of them quality beers. My Allagash and Hop Rod Rye were in excellent shape. The crowd was your basic downtown after work crowd that you'd find in any city. Most of them were drinking Bud Lite, Corona, Blueberry beer, or martinis. Oh well, they seemed to be having fun. The food was good and reasonably priced for an "upscale pub/restaurant." Most expensive thing on the menu was filet mignon at $19.99 so of course I ordered it. It was done as asked but it wasn't the best cut I've had. Chowdah was excellent. My friend's scallop dish looked really good, and he said it was. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and I'mm sure to visit again next time I'm downtown.
06-22-2006 18:23:37 | More by pbrian
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located on some pretty prime real estate, across the street from City Hall in Boston, and right off the Government Center T stop.
Somewhat of a typical faux Irish pub feel, but they try. I took a date there who lived in Ireland for a time, and she said the authenticity was only mezza mezza. She commented a live Irish session band would work wonders over the 80's hair band music that was playing over the speakers. Outdoor seating allowed for a nice festive atmosphere. It was packed with suit types grabbing drinks and dinner after work.
The regular menu items are expensive so if you want to eat cheaper, order off the pub selections.
The beer selection is good. I saw Ommegang, Chimay, Cambridge Brewing, and some others, with the usual Irish Stout fare.
Service was fast but the waitress hardly came over to our table after the meal was served.
A decent place, albeit expensive. For the purposes of my date, it was a great time.
06-11-2006 01:39:37 | More by Freshie
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My first Beer Dinner.
Ri-Ra for all us bloody Americans.
The Kinsale's great atmosphere is what intrigued me the most. I was so comfortable and relaxed. The Irish pub made me feel like my first clash between America and Ireland. Culturaly decorated and great location in Downtown Boston.
To complete the package all we needed were some good old Plastic Paddy's to serve our delights.
The bar seen was awesome. I went for a walk through right after I sat down because I needed to check out the rest of the pub. One of the coolest looking bars I've been to in my short days. It is set up in such a way that it allows full interaction with all who attend. Impressively large and spacious with little nooks and crannies for a few private parties or couples.
I will be going back to check out more of what is offered, including both Bevvies and Scran.
Sevice was very satisfying and upon my arrival they treated me with great attention and respect. Well deserved location for a Beer Dinner. Ommegang is a great Brewery, of which I have consumed, on several occasions to my delight.
My first outing at the Kinsale I rate a 5 out of 5, and I am looking forward to my next visit.
Cheers to all
03-30-2006 20:11:04 | More by ctreardon85
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been to the Kinsale several times over the last year, and was happy each time. The atmosphere is somewhat like a Boston Irish Pub, with a nice large, oval-shaped bar, with seating around, and with tables and booths throughout the pub. The pub is actually much larger than the bar area, stretching into a long rectangular shape with lots of nooks and crannies with seating. Being located near Government Center, the pub has a bit of an "up-scale" look to it. The bar top is marble (or faux marble) and the bar seats are chairs. There are large windows along the street wall, looking out toward Government Center. There is lots of wood, giving the place that Irish or British pub feel. There are several TVs in the pub, with a large screen projection TV for watching sporting events. There is usually music in the background, and sometimes there are live bands on weekends.
The beer quality on my visits has been very, very good, with the bartenders taking the extra time to pour certain beers certain ways to maximize enjoyment of the beer. On a recent visit I noted 20 taps and 22 bottles on offer. The selection is good, with beers from Victory, Dogfish Head, and local microbrew favorites on-tap. The pint prices are reasonable for Boston ($4.50 for 16 oz, $5.00 for 20 oz).
The food that I have had was great. The menu offers bar/pub items prepared to perfection, as well as some more ecclectic dishes.
Overall, a good place to have a pint or two and a meal if you are in the area.
03-18-2006 19:53:38 | More by UncleJimbo
4.16/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Thanks tu Rousse for turning me on to this place. I've been several times since he introduced me. Now that the bar I work at (let's call it "Richard's Final Option) has moved to Faneuil Hall Kinsale is right around the corner and has taken the place of Bukowski's as my pre-work place to grab a pint.
A good sized Irish bar across from Government Center in the unlikliest of places, Kinsale has a warm atmosphere, lots of seating and tables, and a surprisingly excellent beer selection, although I think I've only ordered Franziskaner when I've been there. Can't get enough of the stuff.
I've also been very lucky with parking here, each time I've been able to find a place right in front, but I wouldn't count on that every time, plan on paying for parking.
Definitely a respectable Boston bar that hasn't seen the last of me.
01-12-2006 04:26:24 | More by fdrich29
4/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I went to the Kinsale after the Celtics' game 11/2 (happened to see Bob Ryan...I guess he has good taste).
The Kinsale was a good Irish Pub with a vastly better than average tap selection. I was a little weary because I grew up in Natick, home to Desmond O'malley's, which is owned by the same ppl; let's just say that the Kinsale is a MUCH better establishment. This is a legit Irish pub (not fake) on par with Porter Belly's in Brighton, my local pub, except with a better beer selection. I tried a Stoudt's Bitter, which is a tasty brew. In addition, the taps included Allagash White, Prima Pils, and Hennepin. The Kinsale is a cool place with cool beer.
11-03-2005 06:03:39 | More by bignick
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The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant in Boston, MA
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