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Murphy's Pub, Brookline

14 Harvard Street
Brookline , Massachusetts
Tel: 617 232 0188's insider take:

Boston is, of course, an Irish pub kind of town, and you've certainly got your pick of authentic haunts: There's one on practically every street corner. In the neighboring town of Brookline, Murphy's Pub (more commonly known as Matt Murphy's) is a good bet, and a triple threat: fantastic food (try the shepherd's pie or fish sandwich), a congenial neighborhood crowd of locals and college students, and rollicking live music (everything from reggae and jazz to funk, soul, and hip-hop) all evenings except Wednesdays, which is trivia night. On weekends especially, diners clamor for a spot at one of the rustic farm tables. No reservations are accepted, so expect to wait. To bypass the crowds, drop by for the Irish Sunday brunch, assuming you fancy rolled oat porridge with a trickle of whiskey.

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