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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2 Center Plaza
phone: (617) 742-5577
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 38
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3
Kind of a modern cookie cutter Irish Pub set in the Plaza by Government Center. They have all of the Irish standards on tap including a couple different stouts. The staff can really be hit or miss. I have had some great people behind the bar and then others who could care less about you. This is a good place to bring someone from out of town who is looking to go to an "Irish" pub.
I haven't tried the food so I can't comment on that. The one cool thing is they do serve their beers in an Imperial Pint glass.
11-18-2002 17:38:18 |
More by CharlesRiver
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
I used to hit this place late on a Thursday or Friday night after work. It was a good place to get a bunch of coworkers together for a few pints. I went back a few weeks ago and realized the feel of the place wasn't the same as it was. The bartenders, a couple of them still truly Irish, still pour good pints. The selection of beers is typical for an pub. If you want Guinness or Murphy's, you'll get it. If you want Bud, or Coors, you'll get it too. The waiters and waitresses are less than stellar though. As someone pointed out in an earlier review, if you go there for some grub and the house is packed with people, good luck on finding decent service. Once, before a concert at the Fleet, we waited nearly 45 minutes for our food. Not once did the waitress apologize for the delay. As for the grub, I never placed it higher than average. The shepard's pie is all right, though the potates tend to be too clumpy for my tastes. I only recommend this place for a couple of pints, plus it is a bit out of the way from the downtown or fanueil hall areas.
04-03-2004 13:41:30 |
More by tommy78
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I went back into teh Kinsale the other night, and I had some very good beers. They were all fresh and in very drinkable condition. That said, I have had some not so fresh beers at the Kinsale too. The food has been inconsistant too. Sometimes the food is good, and sometimes it tends to be overcooked. I wish they would get the memo and replace the Guinness with the O'Hara's. The service is consistently good. The prices are steep, but not as steep as some places in Boston. It is the only Irish pub that I know of that is worth drinking at.
01-21-2008 22:15:38 |
More by commie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
we usually hit this little place off from the T off goverment square whenever we are out walking about bosotn...it's sort of the whole take on the neo-american on the verge of cliche irish pub...but the atmosphere is nice and the food is decent and the irish coffee and with some dessert makes it a great place to wake up while resting your legs after a long day on the town...servers can get skiddish if it's crowded or if there is music which varies from good to ok. they have the usual beer selection of most chain restraunts.
02-04-2004 21:47:52 |
More by hollicetales
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by for some lunch after escaping from a stuck elevator in the Suffolk County courthouse. Nice Irish pub atmosphere even though I found the granite bar awfully out of place. Felt like I was in my parent's kitchen and they installed a tap-line. Speaking of which... Very nice selection that was a decent surprise. DFH, Avery, Stoudt, Allagash, CBC, and others. About 20 taps total in all. Service was spotty. Essentially left me alone even though iw as trying to get someone to pour me another beer. Then when I eventually got the check it too 20 minutes for them to take the book and bring me back my change. Food was a bit of a disapointment. I ordered a corned beef sandwich and the bread was just a soggy mess. I pointed it out to the bartended and he said that is the way it was supposed to be. But the bread was soppy soup. I will definitely go back for a beer and the atmosphere, but not for the food.
07-12-2006 21:20:48 |
More by MuddyFeet
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Hit The Kinsale this past Tuesday night after dinner while in Boston on biz. I had been there a few times before but had not yet reviewed, so here goes.
Upon entering you definitely notice you are in an Irish style pub. Lotsa dark, sculpted wood, an Irish band playing to the left and alot of activity at the bar and the dining areas. There are some tables and booths in the bar area and then a pretty large dining room on the left side of the establishment. There are also a dozen or so tables on a covered outdoor patio. Some large flat screen TVs are present around the bar, which is a large rectangle with probably 25 to 30 chairs.
On to the beers. There are 2 draft trees and a cask line, which was dry on Tuesday night. The beers which were on:
Achouffe Brown Ale
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Cambridge Amber Ale
DFH 90 Minute
Fuller's London Pride
Original Sin Hard Cider
SN Pale Ale
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
Wolaver's Organic Brown
The beers were served at an acceptable temperature, and some in the correct glassware. Our bartender was attentive and offered my drinking partner and me samples. Being near Fanuiel Hall, the pint cost is higher than average, but not too bad for Boston. I didn't eat, but took a look at the menu, and it looked like higher end pub grub. They were serving the full menu after 11PM.
All in all, this place is pretty comfortable and a good beer stop when in the Gov't Center area.
08-16-2007 11:58:18 |
More by sraimondi
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in last night for a few drinks and food with friends. Very busy for a Wednesday night, so we were seated for dinner in the back dining room. Both the bartender and waiter were very well versed on the beers, though the waiter should know what is no longer on tap to avoid asking me to make another choice (twice) when the bartender tells him they no longer serve that. Besides that, the place is quite a lot better than the last time I was in there. The beer selection has vastly improved. I enjoyed a Founder's Curmudgeon, a Geary's 20th Anniv., and a Southern Tier IPA, all of which were excellent. The menu is a nice selection of pub fare, burgers & sandwiches, and dinner entrees. The Government Center area lacks quality bars, so this was a nice surprise and I will remember this place as a great choice for having quality beer and food.
02-02-2007 00:07:10 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've heard that this kinsale had a sort of a rebirth from its static Irish Pub origins but since I have never been there when it was the "old Kinsale" this review is based purley on what I encountered when I was recently there.
Only went for a few beers so I can't comment on the food. The selection was good (not great, but good) but in the context of Downtown Boston, I suppose it could be considered great. About twenty taps and maybe 30 bottles of all which are fairly quality craft selections. Prices can be slightly steep (I payed $7 for 12oz. of Corsendonk) but in the context of where its located, most things are expensive.
Propper glasses were brought with the beer without having to request them, and our server was quick, friendly and attentive.
This is not a place I'm going to go to every week, but probably one of the only place I'll go (with the possible exception of BBW/Canal) when downtown.
09-13-2005 15:41:04 |
More by Sycodrummer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a well-groomed Irish/Celtic themed restaurant that sits near the Goverment Center MBTA stop. Solid service and clean glasses provide the butter to the bread, which is the unorthdox beer selection at this Irish bar. Let's play a game, Family feud style:
Name a beer you'd find at The Kinsale:
- Guinness (ding)
- Bass (BUZZ - one strike)
- Newcastle (BUZZ - two strikes)
- Smithwicks (BUZZ - three strikes)
Okay, it's now the other teams chance to steal...
- Harp (BUZZ!!)
Sorry folks, the only major brand offering at this Irish pub is Guinness. Most of the lineup is craft beer, with examples including Lagunitas, Harpoon, Ommegang's Hennepin, and Smuttynose. There are a bunch of similar Irish pubs near the North End if you want mass-produced beer. If not, then come to the Kinsale. It makes a nice getaway bar after an event at the TD Banknorth Arena.
12-28-2007 05:52:40 |
More by DoubleJ
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