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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").

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    twentyoystahs Sep 11, 2008 06:34 AM

    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.

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      alyssap99 Sep 11, 2008 08:27 AM

      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!

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        natecsd Sep 12, 2008 06:00 AM

        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!

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        taves7 Sep 11, 2008 10:43 AM

        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.

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          powella Sep 11, 2008 06:03 PM

          Don't forget James' Gate on South St. We've watched many a sporting event on the bar side, happily enjoying the "pub" menu items, including a good burger.

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          dpak Sep 17, 2008 09:35 AM

          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.

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            hiddenboston Sep 17, 2008 09:46 AM

            I've gone to James's Gate several times. I really like the place, but was hoping to try something new. Thanks for the info!

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