Porter Belly's

(617) 254-3300 | View Website

338 Washington St, Brighton, MA | Directions   02135

42.349064 -71.152485

Open Hours

Daily 10:30am-1am

 
Bars & Clubs  more

Neighborhoods: Oak Square, Allston-Brighton, Brighton

less
 
 
Porter Belly's
Porter Belly's

From The Owners of Porter Belly's

Brighton Center's most comfortable Irish bar offers young locals an exceptional hangout.

Reviews for Porter Belly's

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Guinness Outside of Ireland – I've never had a better pint of Guinness outside the isles than here. The flavor is stellar and savoured.

The place has a cozy backdrop that adds to the ambiance when having a meal and compliments the bands that perform there on weekends.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Cheap Beer, Good Music, Mad Chicks – Great place that I would definitely recommend coming to. I was in town visiting a buddy in the area and he recommended this as the place to go to meet chicks and have a great time. Enjoyed the cheap beer, live music and by the end of the night I had drunk girls all around me and my buddies. Definitely going back anytime I'm in the area.

**I did not try the burgers, but heard they are great.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Situated on Washington Street in Brighton, spaced among dozens of restaurants of a dozen different ethnicities, a restaurant has to stand out in some way or it will just be lost in a haze of pizza slices, Carnitas and Kung Pao. On the surface, Porter Belly's looks like every other pub you've been to dozens of times, the interior is questionable, but I must say, the burgers are pretty decent. But I can't go beyond that. Not the worst we've had, but not the best either, I suppose you could do much worse though. They offer almost an exclusive burger menu, there were some specials written out on a piece of paper separately, but it might as well have said roadkill because I barely glanced at it. The burgers aren't especially memorable by name, and the ingredients are all that imaginative either, and I realize I always order a basic cheeseburger, but I'm open to something beyond that should it be a signature burger of sorts. But why even bother with having a dozen or so burgers (some turkey) if you're not going to be creative about it anyway. Why not just serve burgers and offer free toppings on the side, ala Five Guys, but better? Or make it slightly more upscale but still be a burger at its core, ala The Biltmore, but better? Hmmm, I think I'm starting to realize what my prefect burger might taste like after all, if only someone could execute properly.

My problem with pubs in that they usually have an identity crisis; is it a pub, is it a place to get food, is it a club at night, or is it all three? On this particular Thursday afternoon, I have no idea, because we're the only two customers in there. Is 2:30 that strange of a time to eat lunch? The place smells like Pine Sol, and there are dozens of sports banners throughout (Go local sports teams!) and it feels more like an Elks Club than an Irish bar, although I can't figure out for the life of me what anyone would want to listen to Hoobastank while eating or drinking or doing anything for that matter. Music tastes aside, the burgers are solid, erupting like a volcano of juice at first bite, which actually worries me if anything. The reason being that burgers, and all protein in general, needs to rest a few minutes before serving. Why? Because all that effort spent on making a juicy burger and cooking it to temp. is wasted if it doesn't rest a few minutes before biting into it. The juices need a chance to redistribute, which will make it juicy all the way to the end. Now am I the consumer expected to let it rest in front of me? No way, if the food is served, it must be time to eat. Because of this fatal flaw, my burger becomes drier the more I eat, and more and more cooked as I near the end, so long medium-rare. But overall its good, the fries and right on, salted well and crispy in every way. The service is stellar, but c'mon, we were the only two in there. My biggest problem is with the choice of grilling versus griddling. We can go on and on about the pleasures of grilling (a future blog I'm sure), but for me, a burger has to be griddled, because again, all that glorious juice and beef fat will be lost through the grates. Not only that, over-charred in certain spots yields a slightly bitter, and very unpleasant taste, Porter Bellies is no exception.

I know I sound a bit overcritical, as per usual, but its just my opinion. This place really wasn't bad, if you didn't know any better, you might think its pretty great. Certainly the top tier of what we've had so far, aka, not a train wreck, but i think we still have a long way to go.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Love it – I love Porter Belly's and I am there with my friends almost every weekend. They always have good bands. The beers are fairly priced, and there is always a beer special. The atmosphere is great...cozy, homey, and relaxed. You couldn't ask for a better local bar. I do have one complaint however, and that is due to the volume that the band plays at. Porter's is a pretty small bar, and once that band starts playing, it is almost to loud. If they could just take it down a notch it would be perfect!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Atmosphere – It's a very cute pub with the best atmosphere and very friendly staff. I would highly recommend it!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best bar tenders – I spent new years eve at porter bellys and had a blast. the staff is awesome and very friendly. we had a great time and I would love to go back again!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

THE BEST PUB IN BOSTON – I was on holidays in Brighton and visited Porter Bellys Pub.When I walked in the door I was met by the most friendly and helpfull bar staff I have ever seen.The food was excellent with a wide range of a meals to choose from .The atmosphere and nightlife was out of this world with great live music.If you are in Brighton make sure to call to Porter Bellys you will enjoy it.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

an bhfuil to ag teacht????{gaelic}for are you coming>>>>>> – i,ve been going on and off to porter bellies the past 10 years ...the food is excellent ,the staff are friendly and the craic is mighty ,,local bands get a chance to blast it out regularly,and i have to say if you like guiness then go there and you;ll never want another pint anywhere else ..xmas is coming and if you wanna get into the spirit this is the place with all the decorations and lights ,have a pint in the nook ,sing ,dance ,or maybe try out your vocals at kareoke on sundays...overall 8 out of 10...

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Feckin right – Brighton Center is still kinda puritanical with its liquor laws, only one bar has a 2AM license, but its nice to know that I can still get a good mix of a party and a local dive. I went when some band was playing, Iggy Jiggy, and the whole crowd was singin and dancin to U2 cover songs and other classics. The beer is reasonably priced, but its worth it to hear the Irish accents of the lovely ladies who tend bar.

I am new to Brighton, and a couple of locals recommended this place, just a couple of blocks down from my apartment, its worth the trip. I feel like I am at a second home, only I dont have to get the beers.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Irish Bar in Boston – This is my favourite bar in boston!!....... There is always something happening there, A good crowd and good craic..... Karaoke on Sunday nights is always fun with all the irish willing to give it a go..... Friday nights are my second favourite night, there is always a nice crowd and a good band playing..... The food there is also amazing...!!! I ate my first steak dinner there and i haven't looked back since, Its actual steak not like the other restaurants that only serve these "steak tips" things..... Also they do a delicious Full Irish Breakfast, we went in one day and it wasn't even on the menu but they were happy to oblige and make us breakfast's anyway.... The staff there are really friendly and especially the owner sean, he's a legend, he took care of our group all summer and made sure we had some great memorable nights there....!!

View more Reviews for Porter Belly's

Write a Review for

Porter Belly's

100% 100 25 22 Votes

Best of Citysearch

Won for:
Irish Pub (2008)
Irish Pub (2006)
Nominations Nominated for:
Irish Pub (2007)
Live Music Venue (2006)
Get Directions
Your Friends

Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!

Add Blog Post

Add your blog review of Porter Belly's to Citysearch

Do you have a review of Porter Belly's on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:

  • 1. Include our image link in your Porter Belly's review blog post.
  • 2. Citysearch will notice that you're linking to one of our pages. We'll scan your blog.
  • 3. We'll show a link to your blog post from the Porter Belly's page on Citysearch.

The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.

Read our FAQ for details.

Image Link

To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.

Porter Belly's on Citysearch