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Brendan Behan Pub
378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

A great place for a pint or two, even with your well-behaved dog in tow. Brendan Behan makes no apologies for being aMore classic Irish drinking pub -- a few tables a few stools, the Behan has a fine selection of stouts, ales, pilsners and lagers, not to mention a fully stocked bar. No food is served, but customers are welcome to bring food in.

A good sound system provides the music most of the week, but on Saturdays, there's usually a featured Irish musician.    

James's Gate
5 McBride St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

It's no wonder this neighborhood Irish pub is considered one of Boston's best. It attracts a friendly localMore crowd--it's not uncommon to see artists, construction workers, families with small children and hipsters gathered together for a pint and some conversation. The eclectic atmosphere featuring antique church pews, a slate tile floor and wooden ceiling beams create a calming, relaxing place to unwind. 

Standard pub fare is available--classic Irish fare like bangers and mash and shepherd's pie are offered alongside nachos, fried calamari and burgers. Expect quick, attentive and cheerful service.

A working fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere during the colder months, while a large outdoor patio packs a crowd during warmer weather. 

West Cork Auto
600 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This busy repair shop is extremely popular with area residents. Known for honest and reasonably-priced work (and aMore little for owner Patrick's Irish accent), West Cork handles mechanical repairs for any car or light truck. Call ahead to make an appointment.
Eugene O'Neill's
3700 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Eugene O'Neill's is an Irish pub with a menu featuring bourbon-glazed turkey tips, hand-cut fries, burgers, pizza,More pasta, fish and chips, vegetarian curry and Shepard's pie. The mahogany bar is well-stocked and has a handful of beers on tap and many more in bottles.
F.J. Doyle's Braddock Cafe
3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

There's a lot of history at this old, traditional Boston Irish pub founded in 1882 -- and the walls illustrate itMore with photographs, faded articles and even a painted mural of all the local political figures who have tossed back a pint here. Not surprisingly, it attracts a lot of history buffs and tourists, and they fit in well with friendly locals at the pub's well-stocked bar. 

The pub is large and has three dining areas. Brian Tully is the chef here and his menu offers pub standards like burgers, club sandwiches, soups and chowders, meat and seafood dinners and pizzas. Daily dinner specials like baked ham steak, stuffed shrimp and meatloaf are a nod to vintage New England menus. 

Jeanie Johnston Pub
144 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
There's no shortage of Boston sports and history memorabilia lining the walls at this local Irish pub, but on aMore typically packed weekend night you might not even notice. A large square-shaped bar fits plenty of patrons and 6 large-screen TVs keep the sports enthusiasts entertained. There's an impressive mix of draft beers, typical pub fare, a full wine and spirits list, plus vintage video games (Ms. Pac-Man!), darts and a jukebox to keep the good times going. Karaoke Saturday nights attract a large, enthusiastic crowd--be sure to check out the pub's website for more weekly events, giveaways and bar food specials. 
Jamaica Plain Public Library
12 Sedgwick St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This branch will celebrate 100 years in the same building in 2011. While small by the standard of some libraries, thisMore branch has focused collections in several areas, such as graphic novels, Spanish language books for adults and children, mysteries, local history, travel guides and movies on DVD. The building has tall, school house-style windows and 25-foot ceilings. Built as a mirror image of itself, it has two huge fireplaces (they are not used for heating, however.) An auditorium downstairs hosts community events, including readings and even the occasional dance party. This branch has a dedicated Friends of the Library group that runs the annual book sale and every March has a fundraiser featuring Irish music, amid other efforts. You can reach the president of the Friends group, Don Haber, at the library's address and phone number. The branch also has a very active and frequently updated Facebook page.