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Doyle's Cafe

Doyle's CafeDoyle's Cafe

Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
89
very good

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

3484 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 02130-2602
United States
phone: (617) 524-2345

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @doylescafe

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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Slainte!!!

12-10-2006 17:40:47 | More by Freshie
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ricknelson

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

The best way to see Doyle's is to first go to Sam Adams (Boston Beer Co) and do their brewery tour. Easy to get to on "T" Red Line; head toward Forrest Hills and get off at Stoney Brook station. It's just a very short walk (follow the signs) to the brewery. Then after the tour of Sam's and having a few great beers; go outside and hop on the Doyle's Shuttle bus. What a fun short ride from Sam's to Doyle's; and it's FREE!!!
Once inside Doyle's you will have plenty of options on where to sit. It's a massive bar, and food is great. Good beer selection, and if you saved your Sam's tour ticket you get to keep your beer glass.
After a fun time at Doyle's you have short walk to the "T" Red Line. Once out the door walk straight across the street on Williams St, walk a block, turn right onto Amory, go to Green St "T" station.
Enjoy!

04-12-2014 14:59:47 | More by ricknelson
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dental

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-09-2014 22:54:22 | More by dental
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

03-03-2014 02:35:06 | More by jwps214
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

12-02-2013 15:19:15 | More by IPAchris
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Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-12-2013 08:18:58 | More by Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

My local for many years. I remember when it was one room with the elevated outside its front door. The Burke Bros. (Billy, Gerry & Eddie) set the standard and young Gerry is the best and most gracious host you could have. Now famous as the location in many films & TV productions, e.g., Mystic River, Boston Public, Chris Matthews, et al.

Atmosphere: Throwback perhaps, but truly a place where everyone in the community is welcome. Great history and a venerable political watering hole. As far as quaffing goes, difficult to find a better feel. Go in alone, with a group, on a date or for an event, affable and low key. For me, a second living room. Yes, I have a strong bias here.

Quality and Selection: always had a good tap list with better known crafts, British, Irish and Boston breweries featured, particularly Boston Beer Co.(Sam Adams) located right around the corner. Sam Adams standards and "experiments", Harpoon, Tremont, Smuttynose, Doyle's Pickwick Ale, as well as many cask offerings sampled first here. Fantastic single malt & bourbon selection as well.

Service: As I wrote above, this was my local & many of the servers were neighbors. In the 30+ years I've been frequenting and recommending the place, I've had nor heard any complaint. Seen lots of folks, not just regulars, get a pizza after the kitchen was officially closed and have marveled when tough customers got kid glove service from the staff. Love their weekend brunch too.

Food: Pub grub served with a nod and a wink as well as a smile. Vegetarian friends always happy with the offerings, especially the meatless reuben! If you're looking for clam chowder in a bread bowl, a new England boiled dinner, scrod, burgers, pizza, etc. you can't go wrong.
Prices are fair - no gouging or added charges.

08-19-2013 23:18:10 | More by EBeckett3
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $

How can you not love Doyle's, the quintessential Irish pub in Boston? I was there on a recent Thursday night, celebrating the end of the New England Runner Pub Series.

The food is classic pub grub. Nothing gourmet but all decent, and at a good price. The beer selection is pretty good, but since this is Sam Adams "home" pub, you probably want one of the Sam Adams varieties on draft. That or a pint of Doyle's Pickwick Ale.

But what you are really here for is the atmosphere. The walls ooze history, with mementos of James Michael Curley and the Kennedys featured highly. It's a friendly place, and a nice place to hoist a pint or two.

12-11-2011 19:56:38 | More by greenengineer
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Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.