Boston >Bars & Clubs > J J Foleys Bar & Grill
21 Kingston St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211142.353735 -71.059162
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
the best bar, period – At first glance, there's nothing absolutely special at JJ Foley's. So why the heck do I go to this bar at least three to four times a week?
Basically, the whole experience is great. It's real, authentic, and family-owned. All the bartenders are fantastic and I never feel as though I'm different even though I am not exactly white-collar office-working high-roller. People are always talking about the South End location and raving about it and its trivia nights and awesomeness, but to be honest, the downtown location is as nitty-gritty genuine as you're gonna get.
This bar has my business for life. Folks, you are never going to find anything as authentic as this.
the only real bar in the area – An awesome no bar with no pretense or posturing- just cheap beer, great food and decent people.
2.50 for a Pabst and a 2AM last call sold me immediately (both quite rare in the sleepy and snobby South End) but the friendly bar tenders kept me their for a few more rounds.
It's of a dying breed. Get it while it lasts.
Order the steak tips! – The food I'd give 5 stars. The clam chowder was heavenly and the steak tips were... well, there are no words for how delicious they are. My boyfriend normally puts steak sauce on everything, but the steak tips were so delicious that he actually held back on the A1. Believe me, they have to be very special for that to happen. I had the meatloaf, which was really good as well.
I knock the place down a star because the beer selection was lacking a bit in my opinion and the bartenders/staff were somewhat friendly, but not very engaging. The overall crowd was a bit boring, but maybe it's because we were on the "restaurant" side, not the bar side.
Defending a great place – The three people who posted before me, must have never been there to say what they said. The food is great, not completely my type of a place. I am more of someone who prefers a DJ to an old jukebox. The staff are good guys which explains why the place is always packed after work. If one of the owners get convicted, then of course boycott the place but in America we are still innocent until proven guilty. How do we know the plaintiff wasn't completely hammered and has no idea what actually happened.
Hmmmm... doesn't feel right at anytime. – I was overcharged more than what the menus stated. The staff is barely friendly to a new face. Perhaps a frequent customer gets better service, but I won't be going back.
CHEAP DRINKS. Busy after 11pm. On-line Jukebox so you can download any song ever recorded. – Its a Cop Bar so they don't close down at exactly 2am. Its usually a little later than that. Huge Irish visitor get together
The Financial District's suits and secretaries flock to this prototypical, hard-drinking Irish bar for a minimalist good time. – The Scene
Tucked away on a side street near Downtown Crossing, this cheap, comfortable and decor-free watering hole is a local institution for thousands of area workers. During the week, a mixed crowd of Financial District personnel and Big Dig laborers settles in after quitting time, while the weekends draw 20-somethings and the occasional group of students. As for the service, anything beyond a brusque smile is a bonus.
With lots of seating and a reasonably priced, well-stocked bar, J.J.'s caters to the drinker in all of us. A limited bar menu (simple chicken sandwiches and greasy fish-and-chips) is served until 9pm, but most patrons opt for a liquid dinner. The beer selection is exceptional; this is one of the few bars in the city that serves Labatt's Blue (a crisp Canadian lager) on tap.
My Favorite Boston Bar Because ... – I met my wife in J.J. Foley's on St. Patrick's Day, so it will always have a special place in my heart.
Foley's? Heck yea! – all i can say is that no matter when you go to Foley's, it is one of the greatest pubs in boston. i've spent many a night for many a year in Boston pubs, and Foley's has it all. not only are the bartenders great people to hang with, Foley's boasts one of the best jukebox in Boston. and that in itself makes the evening worth while. so if you like to drink, and like to throw some pixies/costello/clash on the jukebox, Foley's is your place.
A Real Deal Boston Hangout – No Ally McBeal's here.....No Glamor Boys either.
A Boston "Cult of Personality"!
Fantastic Bar staff.
An Eclectic mix of true urbanites.
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