The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant

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88
very good

40 Reviews
The Kinsale Irish Pub & RestaurantThe Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2 Center Plz
Boston, Massachusetts, 02108-1909
United States

(617) 742-5577 | map
www.classicirish.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
88
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
56
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
5.88%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
32
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 56
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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

FYI ... those looking for a pretty decent selection of beer on-tap in the Government Center area, checkout Kinsale. It's currently your best option for better beer in the area.

They've removed all of the typical English / Irish pub offerings and replaced them with craft brands, like: Allagash, Dogfish, Victory, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Wachusett, Anchor, etc. Around 24 taps, and the only two beers that were crap-ish on-tap were Bass and Harp - but even better beer bars have far worse. Not sure how many bottles they had, but word is that selection is pretty decent too. Don't expect to be wow'd, but know that you'll be able to find a fresh pint of something better.

Paquette and I hit Kinsale last night for the Sam Calagione book signing event, and the food was absolutely incredible to boot. Menu was something like this (but far better and with more stuff):

* Curried chicken spring roll with a hot peanut sauce w/ 60 Minute
* Rubbed swordfish over greens w/ Aprihop
* Tender sliced steak over a blue cheese potato pancake (unreal!) w/ Raison
* Warm chocolate cake w/ World Wide Stout

Service was excellent and very professional. Atmosphere is very contrived, but still warm and inviting, and they've put a hell of a lot of detail into this place (even down to painting fake aging spots and cracks in the walls).

Many poo-poo this place, or have in the past as in the past it sucked, it was just another Irish bar, but it's worth checking out if you're in the area. It gives Boston hope that a cookie-cutter bar can quickly change into a better beer destination with a little effort and word spreading.

Just avoid the afterwork hours as the place gets absolutely packed.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Arrived on a Sunday afternoon to find a lot of English Premier League soccer fans. Everyone seems to be rooting for Tottenham. With every play there's a groan or applause. This makes it a fun setting. When the game ended the place emptied out by half.

Beer wise, there are some interesting offerings from the US and some obligatory ones from Ireland (Smithwick's and Guinness). I found four beers I never had before, which is pretty good but I don't know how often the taps are rotated. All of the offerings are micro or smaller.

The service was spotty at best. Even a regular sitting next to me mumbled about the bartender being 0 for 3 on his requests. He couldn't pick up on obvious clues given by patrons. I hate to base a service score on one experience but this seemed to be fairly typical based on some of contents I heard around me.

The food was pretty good. I ordered eggs benedict which was served with Irish bacon (a big plus) but without hollandaise sauce (boo) even though it was available.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Nice interior, a bit of Irish charm to it. Open windows with front seating when I visited (August). Draft selection was decent, some local stuff on-tap and a small bottle selection. Prices were not outrageous comparatively to other places I visited. Wings were quite good. Bartenders were friendly and attentive.

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Photo of JayF562
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MMarkMelly
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Great Vibe

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Photo of yarnanimal
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lwbyrne
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BierBliss
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Stodpub
5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I have been an off and on regular here for about 3 years. The atmosphere is very comfortable, especially in the nice weather when the windows and patio are open. It is a bit pricey for the non-beer drinks but the beers are very reasonable especially considering the selection. They do a great job of rotating each week and they've added an upcoming list so you know what is in line to get tapped. The staff is excellent and have really made me feel welcome and greet with a smile. I definitely recommend coming by for some after work drinks.

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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stop in this place quite frequently with my wife and/or co-workers, as we work in the area.

Atmosphere here is Irish themed, yet roomy and a bit rustic. I'm always very comfortable here. One thing worth noting is that I've had to leave this place a couple of times to catch a Red Sox or Bruins game on NESN, as they don't carry it on their cable account (the last time was a year ago, so this may have been rectified by now).

The quality and service here are top-notch. Everything is kept clean and looking new, and the dining area is nice. The staff has ranged from good to great in the times I've been there. The waitstaff generally don't have the greatest knowledge of the brews, but the bartenders are quite knowledgeable on the whole.

The beer selection is what keeps me going back here. They offer a great selection of bottles (Maharaja among them), and a great number of quality brews on tap. They always have my go-to brew, Loose Cannon, on tap, and the last time we were there, they had a keg of Mad Elf on. Nice.

The food is no slouch, either, which makes this place second to only Red Bones, in my opinion, of Boston places to grab superb beer accompanied by a great meal.

The prices are a little high for brew pub, but standard for the Boston area.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I stopped here for a drink or two while in Boston on business. The place was a bit hard to find on fot but I managed after only getting lost once.

Decorated like a nuevo-Irish Pub. Took a seat at the bar. The stools seemed really low (and I am 6'2".) A decent selection of American craft beer on draft. Offerings from Southern Tier, Berkshire and a few others. About 12-15 tap offerings. Service was slow at first but picked up as the night went on.

Prices were average for the North End of Boston.

Overall, a nice place. I will be back when I am staying in the North End.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant in Boston, MA
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.
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