Doyle’s US Map & Phone & Address

3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain; (617) 524-2345

The Largest Selection of Draft Beers in New England, Since 1882, Boston’s Best Neighborhood Bar …. You’ll come across a lot of superlatives at F.J. Doyle & Co. on the menu, in advertisements, and in conversation. Fact is, it’s all true.

Doyle’s is a legendary watering hole; the only one, the story goes, to stay open throughout the Prohibition and survive to this day. Mayors, governors, and prominent city officials have been spotted there. It was James Michael Curley himself who, in 1933, declared the bar officially re-

It’s also got great, cheap food. The burgers are immense half-pounders starting from $3.25; the Pot Belly, a dollar more, adds cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and peppers. A humon-gous side of fries or onion rings is $2.95. Doyle’s also serves its own pizzas (small $4.95, large $5.95), with a variety of toppings at 750 each. These are available until 11:30 every night.

Moving on to the full dinners, bargains all: Barbecued steak tips are $5.95, as is veal parmigiana with spaghetti. And there are a dozen or so daily specials, such as stuffed chicken breast ($5.95), or prime rib ($9.95). Most dinners come with your choice of two sides: fries, rice, salad, or vegetables.

But now to those beers. On Mr.C’s visit, he counted twenty-eight choices and that’s just on tap! Twenty-one more were available in bottles. The options range from plain old Schlitz ($1.50 a bottle) to something called Chimay Grand Reserve a 25-ounce bottle which goes for $8.95. Needless to say, Mine did not sample that one. In between were all the varieties of J.P.’s own Sam

Adams; Fuller’s and Young’s from Britain; and many more, including non-alcoholic beers. The list is updated from time to time.

So, have a seat next to Kevin White’s signed photo, check out the huge old clocks and the wooden telephone booth, and knock back a few. What a way to get a history lesson. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 A.M. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 3 P.M. on Sundays.

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