The best bars in Boston to get your drink on at

by Beacon Staff • March 5, 2008

Matt Murphy's Pub

14 Harvard St., Brookline

Matt Murphy's in Brookline Village is open daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m., serving mainly homemade dishes from an extensive Irish-inspired menu for brunch through dinner. Hosting live music at no cover charge, Murphy's is a relaxed hangout for everyone. Just make sure you hit the ATM before ordering your shepherd's pie-it's cash only. Call (617) 232-0188 for more information.

Woody's L-Street Tavern

658A E 8th St., S. Boston

Woody's L-street Tavern is where the classic "How do you like them apples?" scene from Good Will Hunting was filmed. A plaque on the outer wall boasts the bar's fifteen minutes of fame among flashing signs for Guinness and multiple Irish sayings. Opens daily at noon, closing hours vary "depending on what's going on." Call (617) 268-4335 for more information.

The Playwright

658 E. Broadway, S. Boston

The Playwright, voted South Boston's Best Neighborhood Bar by the Improper Bostonian, is open daily until 1 a.m. It boasts an extensive dinner menu, and also serves brunch until 3 p.m. on the weekends. Flatscreen TVs behind the bar and in the dining room make this the perfect location to root for the home team over a pint or two. Call (617) 269-2537 for more information.

M.J. O'Connor's

27 Columbus Ave., Boston

Located on the bottom floor of the Park Plaza Hotel, M.J. O'Connor's serves a full authentic Irish menu from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. With two full bars in two rooms, M.J.'s has more than enough room for the crowds that tend to gather after weekend theatre shows. Call (617) 482-2255 for more information