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I'm heading into Boston this Saturday evening for the BU/UNH hockey game at the Agganis Arena, and I'm looking for a pub-style restaurant in the city where four of us can get a reasonably-priced casual meal before the game. My brother, who is not a foodie (which is why I am posting here), suggested Boston Beer Works (it looks like they have two Boston locations, but I think he's referring to the one by Fenway) or The Warren Tavern in Charlestown. A few months ago, I went to Doyle's in Jamaica Plain and that was good. Suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Try the Publick House on Commonwealth in Brookline. Somewhat similar to Boston Beer Works, but not as commercial and delicious food, especially the burger and mussels.

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    1. re: heard

      Publick House is actually located on Beacon Street in Washington Sq Brookline.

      1. re: PaulB

        oops! I always mix those streets but. Thanks for the clarification Paul B.

      2. re: heard

        I'll second Publick house, great beer selection and good food. Other places closer to BU are Sunset Grill and Sunset Cantina and Lower Depths and Beacon Street Tavern.

        1. re: steinpilz

          I'll also second the Publick house - Ate there for the first time last week - Had a great cioppino (not what one would expect to eat at a pub!). Also, the beer list is quite wonderful -

        2. re: heard

          Audobon Circle would be a good choice near BU.

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          Audobon Circle Restaurant Bar
          838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

          1. re: BBHound

            I agree, forgot about Audobon Circle, I'd probably choose it second to Publick House among the ones I mentioned.

        3. I just tried JJ Foleys on Berkeley St off of Washington. I really enjoyed both the food and atmosphere!

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          1. re: southie

            I have to disagree on JJ Foleys - while it's fine for a drink, the place is dirty, smelly, and my meal was terrible the one - and now only - time I ate there.

            1. re: lulu806

              Have you been in since the redo? I only went there based on good reviews posted here. I watched the renovations being done and felt confident they were sprucing the place up. My dinner was very good. Liver and onions was one of the specials!

              1. re: southie

                Agree, southie. I like the food at Foley's since the renovation quite a bit. Nothing cutting-edge, to be sure, but very tasty.

          2. The food at Beer Works isn't particularly good but I do really enjoy their beers. Another suggestion close to Publick House but more of a sit down restaurant kind of place would be Washington Square Tavern.

            1. The food and drink at the Sunset Grill & Tap and the Sunset Cantina are solid. Audobon Circle is a nice choice too.

              1. One caveat about Publick House - get there early (I think it opens at 4 pm, kitchen at 5 pm on weekends). Otherwise, you will not make opening face-off.

                1. beacon Street Tavern next to St Marys T Station

                  1. Washington Square Tavern in Washington Square, Brookline. Wonderful and consistent.

                    1. If you like Doyles, give O'Leary's in Brookline a try (St. Mary's at Beacon). Nothing fancy, just good solid pub food. Beef stew especially recommended.

                      1. Thank you all for your recommendations. I think we're going to try the Publick House (getting there early, as suggested).