The Whiskey Priest


23 Ratings
The Whiskey PriestThe Whiskey Priest

Type: Bar, Eatery

150 Northern Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02210-1802
United States

(617) 426-8111 | map

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Added by Duhast500 on 06-22-2010

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by rowingbrewer:
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

stopped in here with everybody from my office, the location being right on the water is nice. very big inside.

the quality is good, fresh beer and food, the service was a little slow, but the place was very busy when we were there.

the selection is alright have the staples sam harpoon and sierra nevada.
the food was really stellar, I had the best Irish dip that I have ever had, I see people on Beeradvocate asking what beer if any ruined a style for you, well whiskey priest's irish dip ruined every other irish dip I have had since.

prices are reasonable, so stop in if you get a chance (actually i assume they were reasonable, the company picked up the bill

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More User Reviews:
Photo of thoglund
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Shellynix
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of lemmy187
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Photo of MattGrimley
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AirBob
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of cshafer7
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Matt_Felix
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of lwbyrne
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BierBliss
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The place is in a great location, right on the water. The inside feels like the interior of every "Irish" pub that I have visited over a large number of years... Nothing special about the place other than the location. I'm guessing this place must get busy at night but it was not too crowded late on a Friday afternoon.

All beer appeared to be served in faux pint glasses but at least when I ordered I did not get a frosted glass - I cannot say that others at the bar were as lucky. The others in my party got draft beers and they were poured with what I would consider excessive heads for the styles but I got a bottle so no issues for me.

Service was spotty - bartenders were hard to chase down to put in an order even though the place was not too busy and honestly they were really not that friendly.

Selection was OK, nothing special and a lot of seasonals which are very similar beers but the bottle selection was slightly better than the drafts. Some decent local stuff but a lot of stuff that you can find at just about any bar.

I saw that they had food on the menu and several people were eating it at the bar but I did not try any while visiting.

Prices seemed a touch high as compared to some of the other places that I visited when in Boston but not too bad.

As an observation, I find it odd that when I visited a place called The Whiskey Priest (which has an extensive whiskey selection) there was not a single person drinking whiskey but rather than everyone there was drinking beer.

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Photo of dbexpert
3/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Not the worst place. Everytime I have been there the hostess's have been busy in their own conversions. I would have to interupt to get seated. Draft selection is ok. They carry a bunch of safe beers. For a place that is a club at night they have alot more selection then expected. Food has always been decent, never any better than that. Service mediocre. I always go here before hitting an event in the seaport area. It is better than the Antlantic beer garden next door. So do not go in with high expectations and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of funkel81
2.23/5  rDev -35.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

as you can tell by my ratings, i'm not thrilled with this place...where do i begin...

service is fair to bad, the waitress i had was rude and forgot to bring me my cisco!

atmosphere is like an frat house. i hate frat houses

there's always a line to get in

it does have a roof deck though, so there ya go! i've been here about 3 times and each time i try to pump myself up for never i at 500 characters yet? nope...

the beer list is mostly macro brews with a few locals scattered here and there.

basically, it's no different than the beer garden next door. not for me

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Photo of UDbeernut
3/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Ate here for lunch before the ACBF. Located about 1 block north of the Seaport World Trade Center it seems to be the only non-hotel resturant/bar around.

I did not expect great service or food for that matter... and the Whiskey Priest lived up to expectations.

Service was fairly slow, despite not being overly busy. It took a long time for both food and drink orders to be brough.

The beer menu seemed decent, local and imported beers on tap. Beer was served in pints, frosted glasses for anything this that was not a Irish Dry Stout.

Food menu was all Irish Pub. I had a Reuben that was ok, nothing that I would go back for. Some of my party's food was served cold, or missing items.

Atmosphere felt like a TGIF Fridays of Irish Bars. Fake and not much character.

I guess this place will do in a pinch, but otherwise avoid.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ate here the day after the ACBF in 2010 before leaving for home. We got there around lunch time and there were plenty of seats open but they sat us near the back where we could look out of a massive window in the back and look out over the water. There were a ton of Jellyfish hanging out in the port for some reason but still a nice view. As I was walking in I couldn't help but notice all the beer taps they had.

As we sat there we looked through their rather extensive menu and drink menu. I ordered a Rapscallion Honey Ale which ended up being pretty tasty. The food and atmosphere were really good too. The whole place was interesting just to look at everything in there. Overall this was an enjoyable place and would go back.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here with my wife on Saturday afternoon after a bit of time at the Wine Expo. Grabbed some seats at the back of the bar. First thing you notice is the great water view in the back due to the floor to ceiling windows. Must be nice during the summer. Rest of the place looks like an upscale Irish pub, with plenty of tvs for sports. There's about 30 beers on tap, and more in bottles. Nothing to hard to find, and not many great brewers on tap either. Mostly the likes of Sam, Harpoon, and other local breweries. Better choices than most Irish joints, I will admit. We each got a pint of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Oak Aged Dunkel ($6). First off, the pint glass was the false bottom kind, with a huge 2" base to rip the customer off of a few ounces. Second, the glass was so freaking frozen that there were literally beer icicles forming on the sides of our glasses. Very sloppy in my opinion. Service was decent, as the two bartenders were always around. Though, they need to work on their craft. The girl next to us complained about hair in her pint. My wife's pint overflowed all over the counter when he handed it to her. They really kept pushing us for another round, then he almost took our plate away with food still on it. Speaking of the food, it was surprisingly good. We split an app of the fried oysters. Very fresh tasting and light; we enjoyed it. Also, as the name implies, there is a huge selection of whiskey. I had a nice Tenn. whiskey neat after our snack. Prices started at $7 for US and Irish brands, then went way up. Don't expect to be blown away here, but the WP is pretty decent place. Nice atmosphere, good food, and a passable drink selection. I'd come back.

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Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Killer location, pretty much on the water in the Seaport District. Interior is very inviting even if it does have a bit of cookie cutter Irish Pub theme going for it. Nice long bar ... love long bars. Ample bar area high-tops if the bars if full. A few side rooms as well and again ... on the water. Turns into a meat market with a line down the road during weekend nights so it is a hot spot for now.

Food? Yeah they have it, not going to rate it this time around as I only had the fries. Definitely have to go back to try the Stout Ruben.

The beer? I went in with low expectations, glad I did ... decent selection at best. Not sure who orders the beer but they need to get their act together. I am not saying they need to have any uber beer geek beers on but is it really nessisary to have Hoegaargen, UFO White, Blue Moon and Sam Summer on tap? Other than that, the selection is very safe though they did the typical dupe draft / bottle ordering on several beers ... poor ordering. GI Bourbon County on though you could only order one per customer a night. A few decent bottles in the mix yet there seems to be a heavy focus on one beer distributor on tap ... fine, if they made a deal with them that is great but could it hurt them to have an Ithaca, Otter Creek or even Thomas Hooker on? Lots of beers had two dedicated taps as well ...

Beers are served it frozen glasses, not just cold but there was actually ice on the glass ... so cold that the stupid napkin stuck to it. Would it really hurt to ask breweries for some coasters as well? Poor form.

Speaking of glasses and this really pisses me off ... They have the balls to use 14oz footed glasses. No they don't state they are serving pints but quick math for a $5 beer ... bartenders put a good amount of head on the beer as well so $5 for 12oz. of very reasonably priced beer. Bit of a rip off IMO. 12oz bottles that I ordered were $5 as well so at least they stay consistent.

Lots of potential though I won't be holding my breath.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Whiskey Priest is one of the newer bars set on Boston's water front. I stopped in to meet a few friends here since I was just a few blocks away and decided to give it a try. The name really tells the deal with this bar. Whiskey is all over the drink menu with more than 80 or something amazing like that listed above the beer and wine. Don't assume thought that this place is just one trick pony, there is still a great beer selection here from the local Harpoon and Sam Adams offerings to Dogfish Head and imports such as Chimay. The food is pretty good for pub food and has a bit of an Irish twist on most dishes listed. I had a nice juicy hamburger and was impressed with the flavor of it. The staff was pretty friendly and helpful. When I asked about a Dogfish beer the bartender at least knew what I was talking about. The prices are a little bit higher than staying home but not the worst I have seen. Worth a try

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The Whiskey Priest in Boston, MA
3.47 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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