Galway House or Jeanie Johnston?
- hiddenboston Sep 11, 2008 06:27 AM
If I wanted to have an evening of pub food, pints, and watching baseball and/or football on TV, which would be a better option in JP - the Galway House or the Jeanie Johnston? I'd include Costello's here, but I'd like to try something new, and I haven't been to either of these places.
BTW, the sign for the Galway House is in need of some work (at night, the neon sign simply says "Gal").
I'd probably go to Jeannie Johnston. It's been a while, but I've spent many fun nights there drinking beer, enjoying wings, and watching the game. The food is ok, nothing special, certainly not as good as Costello's. I thought I read a good review or two before on the Galway's food but I haven't been so can't comment.
you should try the Galway House for sure! it is a very unique experience as it's nothing like you'd expect just from looking at the exterior. there is a very extensive menu, decent food & huge portions. the lighting is horribly bright and it smells very smoky, but it's still worth checking out. caveat: i haven't been there in a couple of years, so it's possible the food quality has changed since then, and hopefully the smell has improved as well!
While I can't vouch for the food at Galway, I was there last weekend and nary a smoky smell in sight (or, in olfactory range if you prefer). Crowd was definitely on the older side, but the TVs were plentiful and tuned to sports. Friends I was there with said they thought it had been redone in the last 6 months or so - probably why the smell has improved!
Galway looks scary but they have decent food CHEAP. However, I think a lot more older people hang out there. JP "Townies"
The Jeanie J has good curry fries and the waitresses are nice. It has a great karaoke night on Saturdays and it's a lot of fun. The nights I've been there it tends to be a younger crowd. In my opinion, the Jeanie Johnston is more of socializing place than the Galway House is.
Try James Gate if you haven't already. It easily has the best pub food - the nachos and calamari are great, and most of the other dishes are good to very good - and it has the best atmosphere (cozy, convivial, and a fireplace). Plus, it has the best selection of beers. Jeannie can be fun (good, sassy, waitresses!) but the beer selection isn't as good and the food is variable - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's merely passable. Decent atmosphere, though - and more tv's than the Gate (5 or 6, I think). It's been a while since I've been in the Galway. Yes, more of a townie place, and less atmosphere. I think the food and beer was decent, but I haven't felt any urge to go back.