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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2 Center Plaza
phone: (617) 742-5577
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 38
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Started my day off here since they open at 10:00 on the weekend for brunch. The interior is comfortable, and the windows were opened allowing fresh air in the place. Loads of stone and dark woods here. There is a large outdoor seating area, and plenty of tables inside, including some barrel tabes. Numerous TVs here all tuned to ESPN.
The beer list was quite good here. The beer menu lists all the available beers. On draft they had beers from Allagash, Cisco, Wachusett, DFH, Sierra Nevada, Pretty Things, and Bear Republic and several others. I only had one quick pint, but it was fresh and served up quickly.
The brunch food looked good from what I saw people eating, but sadly I ate breakfast before coming here so I did not try any food.
The beer selection was a nice surprise for me for an Irish bar, and any BA would enjoy this place.
07-03-2012 12:34:03 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been to the Kinsale several times over the last year, and was happy each time. The atmosphere is somewhat like a Boston Irish Pub, with a nice large, oval-shaped bar, with seating around, and with tables and booths throughout the pub. The pub is actually much larger than the bar area, stretching into a long rectangular shape with lots of nooks and crannies with seating. Being located near Government Center, the pub has a bit of an "up-scale" look to it. The bar top is marble (or faux marble) and the bar seats are chairs. There are large windows along the street wall, looking out toward Government Center. There is lots of wood, giving the place that Irish or British pub feel. There are several TVs in the pub, with a large screen projection TV for watching sporting events. There is usually music in the background, and sometimes there are live bands on weekends.
The beer quality on my visits has been very, very good, with the bartenders taking the extra time to pour certain beers certain ways to maximize enjoyment of the beer. On a recent visit I noted 20 taps and 22 bottles on offer. The selection is good, with beers from Victory, Dogfish Head, and local microbrew favorites on-tap. The pint prices are reasonable for Boston ($4.50 for 16 oz, $5.00 for 20 oz).
The food that I have had was great. The menu offers bar/pub items prepared to perfection, as well as some more ecclectic dishes.
Overall, a good place to have a pint or two and a meal if you are in the area.
03-18-2006 19:53:38 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Originally reviewed August '04 --some negative remarks have been removed to reflect the dramatic improvement that this place has seen---
We are in a strip mall in downtown Boston. This place is another one of these Irish formula bars. They ship everything in from overseas and try to make it look as authentic as possible. This is probably the biggest negative on the Kinsale.
Food here is decent. And they do keep it pretty clean which I value highly. The staff here is great. Everyone is always in a pleasant mood and it always enhances the experience.
After visiting this place on 9/14/04-I noticed they had really improved their beer offerings. They now have Dogfish head 60 minute and brown ale on tap, Sea Dog Blueberry, Kronenbourg, 100 barrel series Harpoon scotch ale among others. Bottle selection is vastly better too -Delirium Nocturnum, Dogfish head pumpkin ale and some others that you don't see around downtown Boston very often. I now can recommend this place no problem.
Update 07/07/05 :
I have been going to the Kinsale quite regularly now for about 10 months. The beer selection just keeps getting better and better. They have Ommegang Hennepin on-tap as well as Allagash white, Anchor Steam, Victory Prima Pils, Triticus, Wachussett blueberry, Smutty Shoal's Pale Ale. They even have added some additional bottles--DFH Aprihop, Stone Ruination, a couple other Stone products too.
They have hosted 4 beer events/dinners since last September--DFH has had 2 dinners--both of which have been excellent and Stone has also had a dinner here which was fabulous. They most recently had a Smuttynose event and this was also quite good although the turn-out for it was minimal. The Smuttynose thing had food items like alligator ribs, wild boar quesadillas, and buffalo burgers (ground buffalo with buffalo wing sauce and crumbled blue cheese)--some very interesting stuff and it was all quite good. They are also doing a Victory beer dinner later this month I believe and the food sounded great for that one too. Dawson is the chef's name and he kicks ass.
You simply are not gonna get a better destination for beer selection in downtown Boston. Freshness is always right-on too.
07-08-2005 00:11:54 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Kinsale is hands down the new place for me to enjoy when in the area. I had a great time here and the drink, food, atmosphere was better than one would expect.
The atmosphere has the regular Irish Boston beer pub decor and feel, but this place is much bigger than one would think. I dug the unusual layout. The vibe in here is typically busy and celebratory due mostly in part to the location. You will find tourists and locals having a good time at any given visit. During our time here there was a magician at the bar that was providing some of the best entertainment I've had in awhile. The magician performs here every Thursday. The outside seating area during summer and early fall is a major magnet for anyone on the prowl.
The beer selection is very respectable. Count on 22 draught selections and another 22 or so bottle options. You will have all of your typical beers on the scene and monsters like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Allagash White, Smuttynose IPA & Shoals Pale Ale, Harpoon IPA, Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Lagunitas Censored, Ommegang Hennepin, Cambridge Great Pumpkin Ale, Cambridge Regatta Golden, Victory Prima Pils and the list goes on. You have the option of a 16 oz. or 20 oz. Great bottle options like Victory Hop Devil and Delirium Tremens. You get the idea. Prices are reasonable with nice glassware to match.
Service was very good throughout the course of the night. Staff were attentive and friendly. Food was delicious. Solid dinner features with some attractive seafood options and creative dishes. I was impressed with the portions and quality.
Overall, this is thee place for "downtown", Quincy Market area of Boston as far as I'm concerned. The Kinsale bar is clearly dedicated to offering awesome beer and food with an ideal location. I'll be back soon.
09-23-2005 03:35:24 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I used to work across the street from The Kinsale and went there all the time. Last night, a buddy of mine and I went back for the first time in years.
Same old place. Faux "Oirish" interior that brings in a lot of tourists. Big bar with some tvs and lots of seating in the other room.
Service is always good here. Some of the same people are still working here after all these years! They used to have a dude doing magic tricks on Friday nights behind the bar, I guess that is not going on anymore though. Boo. Great trivia night though!
Beer selections is very good. They had Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Smutty Wheatwine, Victory etc..this place has become more of a beer destination for sure since I first went here 7 years ago.
Food is pretty standard faux Oirish pub food. Very filling thats for sure.
Great place if you are in the Govm't Center area and looking for a pint of something decent and possibly some pub grub.
03-01-2009 20:50:37 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We went to Boston for the day and met our son at this place for lunch. Nice place on a Saturday noon.
Large inside, big bar area with tables and TVs, another large dining area. Wood, brick, not too bright, but not too dark either. Pretty oval-shaped bar. Comfortable place.
Good beer list, which seems to change frequently.
I had a couple Troegs Java Head Stouts, which were very nice, with a bowl of chili. Nobody else had beer, but they all enjoyed their food. There is a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, which looked pretty good.
Our waiter was awesome. Attentive, but not overbearing, and very helpful.
I would go back to this place anytime I'm in Boston.
11-07-2010 22:47:37 |
More by lordofthewiens
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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: 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
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