Boston >Bars & Clubs > McGreevy's
911 Boylston St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211542.348338 -71.084345
Neighborhoods: Back Bay West, Back Bay
Citysearch Editorial Review – Only 1,200 steps--count ‘em--from Fenway Park, Irish bar McGreevy’s serves up brews and pub grub and offers wall-to-wall televisions like any respectable sports bar. What sets it apart is its location, associated with America’s first sport bar, the Third Base Saloon owned by one “Nuf Ced” McGreevy. Equally impressive and nostalgic are the Boston Red Sox and baseball memorabilia displayed at the bar. McGreevy’s also boasts a famed co-owner, Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey. Because of its casual menu (like shepherd’s pie and steak tips) and intense sports viewing, it’s a nightlife favorite with a sports-history-geek sheen.
not for me – What am I doing here? I'm trapped in a Red Sox dominated, Dropkick Murphy's run sports bar, not exactly two of my favorite offerings, as Un-Bostonian as that may be. But above all else, I'm here with friends, and its a beautiful summer day, and it's Red Sox-Yankees weekend so why the hell not? Is McGreevy's a bar that serves food or is it a place to grab some pub food and knock back a few pints while watching the game? I'm not sure, and I'm not sure it matters, but for the purpose of this blog, we want places to eat that serve good burgers. This is not the place to do that. The food isn't bad, it's just food, I suppose a purpose is served, of course not for my high standards though.
I would never harbor on something like service if it wasn't a factor, but the service here is atrocious. We waited a good ten minutes sitting at a table we picked ourselves, because no server was present. We order drinks and burgers and an order of Guiness wings. Drinks come and eventually wings, but no napkins, no silverware, and no refills on drinks after a good half-hour. At long last the burgers arrive, but the food runner has no idea which burger is which, plates are being traded among us, wondering which is medium rare which is medium well. No one knows, especially the food runner, and it's all a guessing game at this point. Oh and we still have no napkins, drink refills or silverware at this point.
Everything gets sorted out and we can eat, at long last. The meat, luckily, isn't bland, but has an unpleasant taste. It instantly reminds me of a chain in Canada called Harvey's, which always made me think of a burger that tasted like a hot dog when I was a kid. The fries are pub fires, we've all had them, thick, decent in taste but dry and flavorless on the inside. The lettuce my burger is brown is spots and the tomato tastes like it was from last winter. The bun tastes stale to me, is untoasted and there is way too much of it. The burgers are supposedly char-broiled, but there is no char, not even a little, and of course it's not cooked to the right temperature, but what else is new. The cheese is unmelted, sort of plastic-y, not worthy of any burger, well, maybe this one. The burger runs $8, drinks are $3 with free refills and the service is horrendous. Still, with friends, watching a baseball game, life is pretty good, I just wish the burgers were too.
staff, bar, kitchen = fail – I sent back my flat soda and 10 minutes later, the waitress brought me another flat soda. My "medium well" steak tips were burned a bit on the outside and COLD, BLOOD RED on the inside. The nachos we ordered were delivered by an expediter with no plates. I think the "cheese" they put on them was Kraft singles. Just. Plain. Awful.
Steer clear of this joke joint. The pictures on the walls are nice, but you'd have a more enjoyable meal at the Sausage King street vendor nearby.
Worst part of the service? The place was almost empty and they still couldn't do anything right. What a terrible disappointment. I guess if you can play music it doesn't mean you can run a restaurant.
Great spot to catch up with Friends – Great Atmosphere to Hang out for a couple of drinks with friends.
McGreevy's is the Best Bar in Boston! – So I've been to McGreevy's about a half dozen times, and I have to say it's the best bar in Boston! Number one the Red Sox memorabilia is amazing, and I'm not a huge sports buff. The walls are saturated with some serious Red Sox history, and when I say history I'm not talking a wall full of team photos from day one to 2008. It covers the history of...ahh heck I could go for ever. Trust me if your a sports fan it's a must see just for that alone. Now if you add the food, drink, and service...I hate to sound cliche, but it's a home run. I've had the sheppards pie, chicken sandwich, and potato skins. I'm originally from Chicago and love my food, and McGreevy's is top notch. They've got a great beer selection from Guiness to Pabst which is another score in my book. I personally am a PBR/Schlitz kind of guy that has a fridge full of Guiness at home. (Try to figure that out!) The staff is also great! I have to say the waitresses that waited on our table were on it and made us feel like we've been coming in for years even though it's only been open (in that location) since April. I also have to say I have seen a celebrity or two in there just about everytime I've gone in, and the cool thing about it was that it was like hanging out at my local tavern. It's definitely the coolest bar in Boston without a bunch of scenesters running around. Oh yea, the music selection is pretty good. It's a mixture of all types of rock and roll with a little spice of punk rock. I suggest if you have not been, or plan on traveling to Boston you must go to McGreevy's.
Nice change from other sports bars – Mcgreevys did a great job in bringing an old time baseball/sports tavern to the Back Bay. They have the perfect set up if you have a big group of people to watch a ball game. I watched all of the Laker-Celtics games there with all my friends and even when people were in front of you while sitting in one of their many high rise booths, you could still see the game. It is much classier and a better atmosphere than its predecessor the Foggy Goggle. Also a nice substitute from the other dive sports down the street. The place is decorated to look like the Baseball Hall of Fame, Boston style. Also who knows you may get lucky and run into the owner Ken Casey from the Dropkick Murphys.
Extremely Overpriced – I came here with a group of friends for a birthday, the place wasn't too crowded - now I know why. The drinks are very overpriced, it is impossible to get anywhere close to the bar, terrible layout. I went to order a few shots, they ended up being $7 each and were half sized. Seemingly cool atmosphere but not worth the price one bit.
You'll want to go again and again – This past summer I was in town for a convention. I was the only woman with a bunch of guys. I insisted that we try out McGreevys. I had heard about it from DKM. Being a Red Sox fan and wanting to make my son jealous, I had to check this place out. The guys allowed me to drag them there. Then they had to be dragged out to get to Fenway on time. Anyways, the service was excellent, the atmosphere was outstanding. This was the only place we went to more that once during our stay. My son and I plan to make many trips to Boston and McGreevy's will be the first stop. (on our way to Fenway of course!!!)
the original sports bar – I've been to McGreevys over a dozen times this season. I met Babe Ruths grandaughter there, took my picture with the Sox 2007 WS Trophy, got to chat with a few Bruins, Scruffy from the Dropkicks and Sean Casey and even got to give Jaba Chamberlin a piece of my mind. It's like stepping back in time with all the memoribilia and the flat screens all over make the bar a perfect place to watch the game. I love the Sheppards Pie and the Irish Boxty and in terms of booze bartender Barry and that Miss Mass. are on top of their game. I love the Cask by Fenway, but McGreevy's is unlike any other sports bar I've hung at. Maybe the Sox should have had the Dropkicks play Tessie at Fenway this year.
PS Only downside was the AC broken a few times this summer.
Great atmosphere ... – I loved it, we went to watch a few sox games and it had a great atmosphere and great food - lots of fun :-)
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