James's Gate

5 McBride St (at South St.), Boston, MA 02130, United States
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • Noon–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sat
    • Noon–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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30 tips. Filter by taste:

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  • fireplaces
  • restaurant side
  • beer
  • shepherd's pie
  • Irish pubs
  • hidden gem
  • cozy
  • homey
  • trivia
  • outdoor seating
  • mussels
  • nachos
  • tuna nicoise salad
  • gimlets
  • mac & cheese
  • comfortable
  • great value
  • lively
  • sandwiches
  • fritters
  • Bravo

    A simple, homey Irish pub with a cozy fireplace ablaze in winter. Enjoy a pint and snack on succulent mussels! -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts

    Bravo · November 12, 2010
  • Boston.com

    The bar is a hidden gem that features a large stone fireplace with a wood fire and an Irish snug feel. A perfect place to have cozy conversations but the Gate's real treasure is the kitchen. Read more

    Boston.com · March 15, 2012
  • Trina H.

    get the nachos!

    Trina Heinisch · November 3, 2009
  • Men's Health Mag

    Boston's long been an Irish town, and this is straight out of the oldcountry (it even has a fireplace). Try the Shepherd's Pie and drink in theauthenticity.

    Men's Health Mag · November 22, 2011
  • Jamaica Plain Patch

    Love the St Pats vibe here. Civilized but lively. No danger of a BU student puking on you.

    Jamaica Plain Patch · March 17, 2012
  • Sean H.

    wear comfortable shoes? Haha was it busy? Couldn't get a seat? Good beer selection. Crazy sandwich is also on point.

    Sean Hurley · July 22, 2010
  • Daniel T.

    Shepard's pie and a Guinness.

    Daniel Tewfik · November 20, 2014
  • Pat A.

    Their Shephard's Pie is free with the purchase of a Samuel Adams draft, just mention "the deal"

    Pat Addams · September 10, 2014
  • Jennifer S.

    Good place to have some drinks

    Jennifer Skeche · April 14, 2014
  • Joshua B.

    Be sure to take a walk through the restaurant side. The man that curates the artwork has an incredible eye. You will see the best artwork in JP at this place. Wish the galleries would follow suit.

    Joshua Bogart · November 30, 2012
  • Restaurant.com

    The fireplace and wooden benches give this place the perfect nostalgic feel.

    Restaurant.com · January 12, 2012
  • Linda B.

    Fish & chips, beer and a fireplace. Love this place.

    Linda Battaglia · March 22, 2011
  • Ashley S.

    Play trivia (on the restaurant side) on Monday nights. Drink Sam Adams. Order nachos. Be merry.

    Ashley S · February 25, 2010
  • Witt G.

    don't listen to Trina... get the mussels, and Carlye's gin gimlet

    Witt G · November 3, 2009
  • Men's Health Mag

    Our favorite Irish Pub in town keeps it mercifully simple: a great beer and whiskey list, an old stone fireplace, and nary a four-leaf clover in sight. Read more

    Men's Health Mag · January 29
  • Daniel T.

    Hidden gem. Their outdoor patio is great!

    Daniel Tewfik · September 17, 2014
  • Tate W.

    Best bar in Jamaica plain.

    Tate Williams · September 11, 2014
  • Boston.com

    If you only visit the bar here (and that's easy to do), you'll miss out on the Gate's real treasure -- its kitchen. Besides standard pub fare, the high-end dishes are hearty. Read more

    Boston.com · August 4, 2014
  • Monica L.

    The crab cakes are great!

    Monica Landrum · April 25, 2014
  • Ger P.

    Good craic

    Ger Prendergast · March 16, 2014
  • Chantel

    Artichoke fritters>>>>

    Chantel · January 12, 2014
  • Kristie H.

    Sit at the bar on the restaurant side!

    Kristie Helms · April 26, 2013
  • Andrew

    The "ade" is a pretty good mixed drink!

    Andrew · September 22, 2012
  • BU Today

    With both a dining room and pub, Canary Square is big on comfort foods like shepherd' pie and fish and chips. An inviting atmosphere makes this Irish pub a friendly, homey destination. Read more

    BU Today · June 4, 2012
  • Jason P.

    Love having a good beer from their large selection and sitting by the fire!

    Jason Palmeira · May 27, 2012
  • Producer of B.

    The pub side is cozy, with wood tables and a roaring fire. It’s a brilliant place to spend the afternoon, with Wi-Fi and Guinness.

    Producer of Boston.com · March 15, 2012
  • The Next Great Generation (Boston)

    A bar that has a fireplace and games feels more like your friend's living room than a night out on the town, and that’s what makes this bar appealing Read more

  • mike g.

    Guiness challenge on New Years day...best day of my life

    mike gall · January 2, 2011
  • Christopher V.

    On the restaurant side? Try the tuna nicoise salad. It is amazing and makes a meal unto itself.

    Christopher Viveiros · March 17, 2010
  • Phoebe B.

    play dominos next to the fire. the mac and cheese is quite good too.

    Phoebe Beierle · December 28, 2009

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