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With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Guide - Nightlife - Pub

Black Rose

160 State St, Boston, MA 02109 617-742-2286

Description: FINANCIAL DISTRICT. Ornamental artifacts and live Irish folk music set the scene at this downtown pub, and walls are decked with framed photos of Emerald Isle locations and people. Patrons enjoy hanging out at the large bar and ordering one of the many tap beers. A menu of American dishes and traditional Irish fare is available should you get hungry, and a big-screen television airs basketball, football and baseball games.
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Cheers - Beacon Hill

84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108 617-227-9605

Description: BEACON HILL. The place where "everybody knows your name" (originally the Bull and Finch Pub) is a must for many first-time tourists! Although the interior isn't quite like the famous TV set, they do have a gift shop with memorabilia from the show. The menu offers sandwiches, pastas and salads ­ many named for Cheers characters. Favorites include cheeseburgers, buffalo wings and award-winning Boston clam "chowda" and Bloody Marys. Even if you don't drink, stop in for coffee and savor the charm and, perhaps, a slice of Boston cream pie!
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113 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116 617-262-9874

Description: BACK BAY. Clerys is a fun drink stop where a diverse crowd of suits and students mingle with each other and enjoy drinks and appetizers. Come on in to Clerys. The water's fine!
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654 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215 617-262-3749

Description: KENMORE SQUARE. Cornwall's is a British pub that's located in Kenmore Square. With the aroma of fish and chips in the air and pints of ale roaming free, it's true tradition here in Boston. Regulars include Boston University students (who enjoy the relatively low prices) and neighborhood locals looking for a friendly after-work stop. In addition to more traditional, heavy fare, the menu also includes lighter offerings such as sandwiches and salads. Board games, darts, and video games amuse those looking to wile away a few free hours. Exposed brick walls and light wood tones make for an inviting interior.
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Flann O'Briens

1619 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120 617-566-7744

Description: BROOKLINE. Flann O'Brien's is a very raucous sort of Irish pub where groups gather to have a good time and dance to loud, upbeat, and lively Irish and British rock music. Another form of entertainment includes the pool tables, popular with the student set.
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Goody Glover's

50 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113 617-367-6444

Description: NORTH END. The old red brick that houses this North End pub is a neighborhood landmark, but its story pales in comparison to that of its namesake, Goodwife Ann Glover, an Irish widow who was the last Bostonian hanged for practicing witchcraft (the deed occurred on 16 November 1688). Today, fortunately, the name "Goody" Glover is no longer associated with only tragedy ­ no, Goody's is a popular two-level gathering spot that is known for its haute take on traditional Irish grub and its pleasant, laid-back vibe.
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Grafton Street Pub & Grill

1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-497-0400

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This festive Irish pub offers, along with a full bar, an outstanding array of appetizers, including Blarney puffs and lobster-and-chive rangoons. A full dinner menu includes steaks, seafood, pastas, pizzas, and sandwiches. Plus, the place happily stocks Leffe, a fine Belgian beer that can be hard to find. An interior of dark woods, low lighting, and windows that open onto the street calls out to Harvard students, and the bar makes for a great place to watch the hustle and bustle of busy Massachusetts Avenue.
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Grand Canal

57 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114 617-523-1112

Description: NORTH END. Grand Canal is an old-world style Irish pub that makes you instantly connect with the atmosphere and feel certain you must have some Celtic ancestry in your bloodline. The high ceilings, large brick fireplace, dark wood accents, antiques, and red wallpaper make for a very inviting interior that calls you to order a pint of Guinness and stay awhile. The bar offers over 50 microbrews and a large wine list.
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Hurricane O'Reilly's

150 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114 617-722-0161

Description: NORTH END. Located near the Fleet Center in the North End, O'Reilly's Irish pub boasts a New Orleans feel throughout. It's a great spot for singles to mingle and meet other Boston up-and-comers. O'Reilly's offers nights for both live music and DJs, and the music is a mixture of '80s, new wave, rock and pop. After dancing a while, be sure and partake of the house's signature drink ­ the Big Easy-style Hurricane.
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2 Center Plz, Boston, MA 02108 617-742-5577

Description: BEACON HILL. It's definitely a 5 o'clock world for business folks who pour into Kinsale's after ditching their government jobs for the day. The place offers City Hall suits a place to unwind with a pint of Guinness and maybe a steaming pot of lamb stew. The authentic Irish building was designed and constructed in the Emerald Isle and then transported to Boston piece by piece. Live Celtic music plays most nights, and Kinsale also pulls in crowds for lunch, thanks to its great Irish and American eats.
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Kitty O'Shea's

131 State St, Boston, MA 02109 617-725-0100

Description: FINANCIAL DISTRICT. Kitty O'Shea's, an American outpost of the Irish original, occupies an historic stone building in the Financial District. Decorated with authentic Irish fixtures and artifacts, the place has an incredibly comfortable feel and constantly draws in a bevy of locals. Stained-glass windows and a fireplace punctuate the space, and the bar makes available a host of good-time beverages. Thier tasty fare was influenced by the Emerald Isle, the Continent, and the States.
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Matt Murphy's Pub

14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, Brookline, MA 02445 617-232-0188

Description: BROOKLINE. Although a pub in name and rank, Matt Murphy's is known far and wide for it's exceptional Irish cuisine. The menu features old standbys like shepherd's pie, pork sausage, and fish and chips as well as an array of sandwiches and soups. The bar offers beers on tap and friendly bartenders. Guests can locate Irish newspapers and board games to help keep them entertained. Live folk and jazz music is played nightly.
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Phoenix Landing

512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-576-6260

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Trying to find a place in Cambridge where you can wear jeans and a T-shirt and not get bounced from the dance floor? Head to Phoenix Landing, an Irish pub that's also one of the area's hottest weekend dance joints. Those who've discovered the place try to keep it close, because it's a rather small place with great atmosphere! Live performers and expert DJs take turns satisfying the need for tunes, and TVs keep visitors informed about the latest soccer scores.
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Plough & Stars

912 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-576-0032

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This Cambridge pub, which has been in business since the 60s, hosts a diverse collection of regulars who enjoy Guinness on tap, along with other draft options. Bands play most nights ­ everything from Irish and bluegrass to country music ­ and crowds (often collegiate) are friendly and welcoming. TVs broadcast the latest soccer games when bands aren't playing.
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Publick House Beer Bar & Kitchen

1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-277-2880

Description: BROOKLINE. This attractive watering hole certainly has an appeal that extends far beyond confines of its Washington Square setting. Contributing to this is the outstanding selection of international brews, which counts among its number microbrews from the New England States, pilsners from Germany and authentic Belgian ales. Equally impressive is the fare, which, thanks to dishes like Triticus-roasted lamb, Arrogant Bastard meatloaf and pumpkin ravioli, is reminiscent of what you'd find in Europe's trendy gastro-pubs. As to the scene, think mustard-hued walls, stained oak bar and the ubiquitous brass fixtures.
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The Asgard

350 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-577-9100

Description: CAMBRIDGE. A study in stone and wood, this Irish pub was designed in Ireland and has become a coveted local destination for live music and a good beer selection. The Central Square establishment also boasts traditional Irish eats like shepherd's pie, Guinness beef stew, and bangers 'n mash. Plenty of draft and bottled beers from around the world satisfy the thirsty MIT crowd, and a full bar is available too.
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The Burren

247 Elm St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144 617-776-6896

Description: SOMERVILLE. Located in Somerville, this area Irish pub is a standing favorite with the Cambridge crowd. It delivers plenty of dark Guinness, popular weekend brunches, and all the charms-n-trappings of a traditional brogue bar. The eats are quite good, and their heartier dishes like Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash and shepherd's pie are, indeed, worthy of song. A nice mix of draught and bottled beer, wine, and cider is also available. Best of all, the Burren features live traditional Irish music every night. You'd be hard-pressed to find better ­ and 'tis free, laddie.
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Warren Tavern

2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA 02129 617-241-8142

Description: CHARLESTOWN. The historic building that shelters this tavern is believed to be one of the first structures erected in Charlestown after the British demolished the town during the Battle of Bunker Hill. Named for a seasoned patriot and fighter named General Joseph Warren (who perished at Bunker Hill), the tavern retains an historic decor and Old World feel. Young up-and-comers enjoy the ambiance while kicking back and having a few beers with friends. You'll also find a great menu of above-average pub food.
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Washington Square Tavern

714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-232-8989

Description: BROOKLINE. Washington Square Tavern is an upscale sort of place that attracts a see and be seen crowd who like to sip drinks and nibble on New American cuisine. The drink menu includes a tidy assortment of beer and wine available by the glass or bottle. The interior is just as attractive as the clientele and features gleaming wood floors, small twinkling lights strung across the ceiling, and Windsor backed chairs grouped around tables.
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White Horse Tavern

116 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134 617-254-6633

Description: BRIGHTON. The interior of this pub features a wide open space that's surrounded by exposed brick walls and dotted with lovely chandeliers. The exterior is painted vivid red and evokes the idea of a train station from days gone by. It's the perfect spot for groups, and the student crowd loves it as do area professionals who come for a drink or two after work. Entertainment can be found at one of the two pool tables. A diverse drink menu features gin, whiskey, rum, tequila, scotch, and bourbon. The White Horse also has some good pub grub as well, featuring appetizers, salads, flatbread pizzas, burgers, and several different grilled cheese sandwich options.
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