The Black Rose

The Black RoseThe Black Rose
24 Ratings
The Black RoseThe Black Rose

Type: Bar, Eatery

160 State St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02109-2502
United States

(617) 742-2286 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2009

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Gavage:
Photo of Gavage
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

The place looked crowded from the street, so I ventured in to check it out. There is plenty of dark woods and Irish flags hanging above the bar. The chalkboard listed Irish whiskey choices, but no beer. The bar was mostly standing room only as there was a big crowd since there was live music. There was a second floor here too, but I did not venture up there. Lots of windows provides a nice open view of the streets.

The beer list was not too impressive as there was only 10 beers on draft with the usual suspects - Guiness, Stella, Newcastle, Bud Lite, Smithwicks, SA Lager and SA Summer. There was SNPA, Harpoon UFO Hefe, and Long Trail Pale Ale to round it out. I had the Long Trail and it was fresh. Service was prompt and friendly, despite being busy.

Music was good, but despite that, this is not really a beer destination.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Squire123
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.32/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Deanho97
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jmikepool
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place gets very packed

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Photo of TBonez477
3.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
2.89/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Think faux Irish. Lots of wood (Irish!) in a cavernous room (not Irish!). On tap Guinness (Irish!) and Bud Light and Stella Artois (not Irish!). Around the upper walls Irish flags. The service--American college kids. The patrons: tourists visiting Boston trying to get a true Boston experience. Unfortunately, there are few Bostonians around.

Yep, faux Irish and faux Boston.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Davincisoul
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of VineyardBeer
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of harsley
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of kevintaraross
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of lwbyrne
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BierBliss
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jpcamp
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of hockeypuck
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Mantooth
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

Here's the deal. I just left with a full stomach of mediocre Irish pub food. The beer selection is poor... if you're a beer freak like me... but this is an Irish pub, so it's standard fare for what it is. The live music, however, is great and the place is a shload of fun. Catch some great tunes and have a pint. Oh, I ordered a black and tan... only beer I had there this visit, and it came back blended, not separated. Pretty much ordered it just to see the separation. Oh well, the music was good.

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Photo of Redrover
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

have been to the Black Rose on a few different occasions. It seems a bit touristy, but there are always plenty of locals in the mix. I'm going to guarantee you will have a good time and meet some new folks, its that type of place.

Physically, it is an attractive bar. As you enter the bar, there is a stage off to your right. In front of the stage there are several large community tables. Past a half wall, you will see the bar. It seats about 20 and has an impressive display of whiskey and other sprits on the back bar.

They offer about 12 taps. Don't expect anything to wild. You will find Smithwicks, Harp, Guinness, A beer or two from Boston Brewery, Harpoon, and a few Euro Macros. They also offer some macro bottles and a few choicer bottled selections. I drank the Guinness 250 during my last visit.

They have Irish entertainment every night of the week and I think they have hit on the right mix of entertainers. They tend to be small combos. The music is raucous but not to loud as to impede conversation.

The service is professional, quick and somewhat friendly. I've never tried the food as it seems I always end up here well after dinner hour....

This is a fun bar in a great neighborhood. Give it a try!

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Photo of morebeergood
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Had a weekday off from work, so I was downtown for the afternoon. I decided to stop in for lunch. Been a while since I've been in here, and I saw that this place was added to BA. Grabbed a seat at the bar to watch some Euro football. Weird smell and sticky countertop were the first things that I noticed. The bartender told me that she'd be with me in a moment, as she had to take an "emergency" cell phone call. Uh, ok. Ordered a pint of Harp ($6) and a club sandwich ($10). Served pretty quickly, and the bartender turned out to be fairly friendly. If you are looking for an Irish bar to mingle at, this might be your place. If you like Irish music, then the entertainment at night will suit you. On the other hand, don't expect much from the food. My club sandwich was all turkey, with only sliver of tomato and a tiny piece of bacon. And the beer selection was the "usual Boston Irish bar" fare. Three Sams, one Harpoon, Miller Lite, Coors Lite, Stella, Guinness, Smithwick's, Harp, Guinness 250. Don't come here if you are looking for good beer. The Black Rose is nothing more than a typical Faneuil Hall bar, except it happens to be famous and/or popular.

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The Black Rose in Boston, MA
Place rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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