Happy Birthday to my baby girl!
My daughter Cassie, who turned 23 this month, is a lover of all things Celtic (check out her Instagram thebirchandstag) so we treated her to an early dinner at Emmets Pub on Beacon Street in Boston. Only a short walk around the corner from Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House and the Omni Parker House, this is one of the city’s most authentically Irish Pubs, with traditional music each Saturday afternoon between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. We were looking forward to good food, good drinks and good music.
Emmets, named after Irish revolutionary Robert Emmett, is a cozy little place. Our waitress, who had a lovely “authentically” Irish accent, seated us at the table in the window overlooking Beacon Street. Once we were settled, she came by to take our drink orders. There were some very nice seasonal options on the blackboard at the bar, but it being a chilly January day, Tori and I opted for hot drinks, choosing coffee with Bailey’s and a dollop of whipped cream, which warmed us up immediately.
As we looked over the menu, we could see musicians arriving through the window as we people watched. While they were setting up and tuning, we placed our orders. Tori and I couldn’t resist ordering “A Taste of Ireland”, a sampling of Shepard’s Pie, Beef and Guinness Pie and Chicken Pot Pie while Greg and Cassie went for the classic pub fare of Burgers and Fries.
The music began and though we didn’t have a direct view of the musicians from where we sat (they were in the opposite window), we enjoyed being serenaded with traditional Irish music while we dined. Tori and I found each of the pie flavors to be really tasty, with crisp pastry and mashed potato lids and savory fillings.
Take a listen for yourself!
All of us enjoyed the food and music at Emmets very much. In fact, we have been inspired to start a new series on the Irish Pubs of Boston that we are calling Céad Míle Fáilte, Gaelic for “a hundred thousand welcomes”, of which this is the first post!
Monday – Friday: 11am – 2am
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 2am
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Emmets Irish Pub & Restaurant
6 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Located around the corner from the Park Street MBTA Station. There is limited on-street parking in the area, however there are parking garages at 1 Beacon Street and 73 Tremont Street.