Glittery shamrocks, green tees and flowing beer taps—the St. Patrick’s Day Parade puts South Boston in the spotlight on March 15. Up to one million people converge on the neighborhood, along Broadway and Dorchester Street, to celebrate this annual rite of passage into spring. We’ve got a guide to the bars where you can raise a pint along the parade route.
While tipping your pint, take a look at the oldest hand-carved bar in the U.S. and Boston’s first draft beer pump. It’s also one of the first watering holes you encounter along the parade route.
80 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617.268.6189
The Clock Tavern
This place is just what it says: a tavern with no frills and cheap drinks. A pool table offers entertainment, but if you want food go next door to Shenanigans.
342 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617.269.2480
South Boston’s young professionals grab a bite at a booth or a seat at the bar and dig into sophisticated takes on pub classics or the popular pizza.
425 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617.765.8636
Stats Bar & Grille
TVs and a pretty swell beer selection ensure that this contemporary sports bar is jammed every night, especially on Tuesday for trivia.
77 Dorchester St., South Boston, 617.268.9300
New-ish The Patriot flies well under the radar, offering a quiet atmosphere, Irish staff, and the occasional game of darts.
471 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617.269.5510
Boston Beer Garden
For 20 years and counting, this place has been lighting up the corner of East Broadway and L Street, enticing imbibers with cold beer—16 on tap and it’s a good mix of regional craft brews, Bud Light and Molson—and a jukebox.
732 E. Broadway, South Boston, 617.269.0990