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Jan 26, 2010 01:21 PM

The Irish Pub, Billings Rd, Quincy

It's been more than twenty years since I've stepped foot in this place. It was divey then, and as I understand it, not much has changed. Yet, I've had friends tell me lately that the pub does serve a great pastrami sandwich as well as steak n cheese. Don't even know why I searched for a website because I really didn't expect them to have one, but they do. Looks like a fair selection of sandwiches, pizza (I assume bar pies because of the $5 price) and entrees such as turkey dinners etc. So, have has anyone been? Do I actually have a great dive bar with good food just minutes from my home. I'm really curious.

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  1. That place e-scares me a little, but I probably shouldn't be nervous, as I go to similar places all the time (Alumni, Cronin's, Varsity Club, etc.). BTW, they're on Twitter:

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      It wouldn't bother me to go in. Oftentimes I park out in the back lot when I'm going to Burkes and there are always patrons from the pub hanging out back smoking. No one has ever bothered me. I even debated getting take-out tonight but wanted to see if anyone else had been. If it is as remember it, I would probably put it on par with Alumuni with Cronins being a step above.

      1. re: Pegmeister

        There's a certain crowd who hangs around there that I would not want to mess with. They aren't what you'd call tolerant of others. They re-did the place a few years ago but the same crowd still hangs out there.

        I've never tried the food only been there for drinks. (Once)

        1. re: Pegmeister

          Been there once and it was very offputting, even for me (a lover of divey Dot taverns)

          1. re: C. Hamster

            Hmmm, I'm getting more scared--and more curious--by the moment.

            BTW, has anyone ever seen that bar in Lynn at the corner of Western and Eastern Avenues (next to the pond by the Salem line)? I get the heebie jeebies every time I drive by it. Last weekend a friend of mine said he'd go into the place for $10, but I didn't want to be responsible for something catastrophic that might happen to him.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Guess I'll have to rethink it, but I still have to admit I'm tempted to try a pizza for takeout. Maybe some Saturday afternoon, I'll assess the parking lot crowd and give it a go.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                I'm a very big fan of local dive bars. If you say it's ok, I'll try it again. We get takeout from Pho Hoa once in a while and they don't have a bar so we go elsewhere for a beer while we wait. If you come out alive, I'll add it to the list.

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Hamster; do you go to Murphy's for that beer? I went when they very first opened and had a terrible experience. Too long a story to tell here, but I've heard lately that it isn't bad?

                  1. re: Pegmeister

                    Last beer I had at Murphy's, I ordered a Miller Lite. Bartender handed me an opened Coors. I told him I ordered a Miller, he told me, "Tough." To be fair, I've only found flies in my beer twice, and I've been there more than four times. As far as the aforementioned "not too tolerant" crowd -- I find that at nearly every bar in Quincy. Only witnessed one mid-day fight in front of the Irish Pub, though, and I get lunch takeout from Renaissance (awesome) about once a month. I'd love to find a low-key watering hole that isn't full of tough-guy loudmouths that's closer than Christopher's in Porter...

                    1. re: kbarry1726

                      Well, sounds like Murphy's hasn't changed so I'll spare you the details of my visit and leave it up to your imagination. As far as the Irish Pub, as a Quincy girl, I'm feeling more and more obligated to give it a try and report back. As far as local watering holes, there are plenty if you're just looking for a place to put back a few and not worrying about the food being chowish. Here's just a few that I can think of: Bad Abbots; Goal Post; Alfredos; Cagneys; Louies Crossing; Manet or Haufbrau (if you dare); Rags; Coops; Callahans; Sly Fox or Cronins.

                      1. re: Pegmeister

                        where is haufbrau in quincy?

                        ive always wondered about the irish pub as well. i will go there within the next week and report back

                        1. re: messyheat

                          The Haufbrau is on Sea St in Quincy, heading into the neck. It's a white building on the left side of the road. Crowd is definitely local, more of a drinking and keno place. There have been various attempts to serve food, right now I believe they only have hot dogs. This is the type of place where everyone knows each other and when the door opens pretty much everyone turns around to see who it is. Don't worry they're friendly, but it's not unheard of to see a fight break out.

                    2. re: Pegmeister

                      Curiousity killed the Cat. Stick with the "Fat Cat". That place is not for you (or me).

                      1. re: CocoDan

                        i was going to guess that haufbrau was pointing towards g-town. but i still think i could go there and not end up with a black eye or and oxycontin addiction. i blend well in these parts.

                        1. re: messyheat

                          I can go to the Haufbrau because I know the diggers and the locals. Ellie the bartender is great. I just wouldn't eat there. Yet, as everyone says I shouldn't go to the Irish Pub, however,I have tomorrow off and I'm tempted. It just feels like a challange.

                          1. re: Pegmeister

                            i dont think i would eat at anyones house i knew on the neck, let alone a place called haufbrau. i just never heard of it as it seems whenever i am on sea st. i am heading west into civilization toward people that appreciate dentistry.

                            1. re: messyheat

                              Ouch. I don't think I'll comment on that one, especially since I head out to Hough's Neck and Nut Island frequently, and have been to Louis' Crossing a few times and found the folks there to be very friendly.

                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                The neck has long been misunderstood. People there tend to be very community minded. It's nice that they have Louies right there, although it did come very close to closing about a year ago. Think I'm backing way from the Irish Pub for now since it's so cold out, and I want to bring someone along to talk to. CocoDan may be right, stick to the Fat Cat.

                                1. re: Pegmeister

                                  I'm telling you, I live around the corner from the Irish Pub, you don't want to go there. I witnessed a verbal altercation between a few regulars and someone who they felt did not belong in their bar. I've heard that it's a regular deal there.

                                  I haven't been back since.

                                  1. re: typhoonfish

                                    Okay, I'm going to take everyone's advise and cross the Irish Pub off my list. If you get a chance though look at their website, they advertise as a "trendy underground pub"!

                                    1. re: Pegmeister

                                      BTW, any word on when the Rock Island Food Company is opening in Quincy?

                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                        Sorry, haven't heard anything on the opening. Given the location, I would assume it would be more of a takeout place?

                                        1. re: Pegmeister

                                          Yes, it sounds like mostly a takeout place. Someone told me that they might be open by the end of this month. Maybe I'll swing by the spot this weekend.

                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                            I drive by every day. The windows are still covered over.

                              2. re: messyheat

                                Gee Messyheat--I don't know with whom you are acquainted on lovely Hough's Neck, but my neighbors are terrific, HN is fabulous place to live, and I'm a great cook. Not modest, perhaps, but a great cook :)

                                Figgy pizza's on the menu for tonight--hopefully I'll be home early enough to catch the sunset over Boston across the Bay before I start rolling out my dough.

                        2. re: Pegmeister

                          Yes. Yes, we do.

                          We love Murphy's though the food isn't very good.

                          The bartenders have always been great and the people very nice. A nicer place and more upscale crowd then say, Sonny's. They have trivia on Wednesdays and its packed.

                          Two dive bars I adore(d) are the place next to Little Duck, with the world's friendliest bartenders, the requisite oddball customers and nice people to meet. Similarly the place that the Ledge kicked out. Sniff.

                          1. re: C. Hamster

                            C Hamster-

                            I've always wondered about that place next to Little Duck (BTW-I love LD for take out --esp. the Duck Choo Chee)--is it Malarchy's???

                            Do they have food? Pool tables?


                            1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                              SS Mater,

                              Yes, I beleive it's Malarchy's. I dont think they have food but they do have pool tables and video games and one tv screen devoted to movies 24/7.

                              The bartenders are really nice and the crown is very interesting. A weird old guy with long hair who watches movies all day. A woman comes in occasionally that obviously isn't quite right but they all know her, some from high school. She was apparantly hit by a bus coming out of a packy when she was supposed to be in high school class many years ago.

                              Mix of locals, white and blue collar. And folks like us waiting for Thai food. Now we tell the Little Duck guy that we'll be back in 1/2 hour so we can have 2 beers.

                              We really like Little Duck, esp when gramma's cooking. Nice people, too.

                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                C. H.-

                                Thanks for that post-I will have to check it out!

                            2. re: C. Hamster

                              Totally forgot about Malarchys haven't been in years. Little Duck is a great place for takeout on my lunch hour. Staff is very helpful, food is great and they are quick! Guess I need to give Murphy's another try.

                              1. re: Pegmeister

                                My brother just sent me this photo.

                                Irish Emigrant - business of the week.

                                1. re: typhoonfish

                                  That's too funny, but now you have me itching to try it!

                                  1. re: Pegmeister

                                    I was told last weekend by a friend ( who is in the know of these types of people) that some of the regulars at the IP (with the shaved heads) have taken to a new place in Dorchester.

                                    So I think you're safe.

                                      1. re: typhoonfish

                                        Ups 'n' Downs, perhaps?

                                        Has anyone ever been to that place, by the way? It looks a bit rough around the edges.

                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                          Ups and Downs, when you absolutely need to have that last drink when the bars close in Quincy at 1am. Another less than christian establishment...hahahah .

                                          We should do the Quincy bar crawl for the places where you'd be afraid to go in by yourself.

                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                            Fall down lounge kind of place, never been but I have a close friend who bartends in the area and that's where they go when they get off work. It's probably the only place still open. So my opinion, I guess is heresay. They have wii bowling though, and I think they actually have a league.

                                            1. re: Pegmeister

                                              To me, it looks more like a joint that would have wii rollerball, but maybe I'm not being fair to the place, LOL.

                    3. I confess to having been to Ups and Downs once a while back. Because I just had to, after driving by it so often.

                      Its not a place I'd go regularly, but not as bad as it looks. A number of my semi-normal acquaintances go there a lot.

                      When Peg declares The Irish Pub safe for "foreigners" I will definitely go.

                      Also want to find out where in Dot the shaved head guys went.

                      p.s. spent another pleasant half hour at Malachy's the other nite waiting for Thai food.

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                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        I'll find out this weekend.

                        I'm treading lightly with naming names. I don't want a lawsuit from some bar owner because they're saying I'm adversely affecting his/her business.

                        1. re: typhoonfish

                          Tell them we'll all flock there, then!

                      2. Looks like I am swimming against the tide here... but I love the Irish Pub. Yes, it is definitely the kind of place where everyone turns around and looks at you when you walk in. Can you name a bar in Quincy that isn't like that? But my experience is Noel (bartender/owner) is an absolute dream and I've never had a bad experience there. I would skip late nights on weekends but wouldn't turn my nose up at a beer while waiting for take out.

                        I should add the caveat that I love dive bars. The darker and dingier, the better. Extra points for a dart board.

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                        1. re: intheq

                          What's the pizza like at the Irish Pub? I definitely plan to get their fairly soon, but right now I'm in NYC.

                          1. re: Tonythe Chef

                            I can well imagine!!! Why Peg would even be interested in trying this joint is way beyond my comprehensive palate. Ha! Ha! Go for it Peg. We'll catch up to you in the QMC, ER.

                            1. re: CocoDan

                              It was their website; it was curiousity; it was there but I never went. See CocoDan, I listened :)

                              1. re: Pegmeister

                                I feel better now. We don't want to lose any of the Fat Cat clan.

                                Fat Cat
                                24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

                                1. re: CocoDan

                                  I almost resurrected this thread the other day, wondering if Peg had blazed a trail for us ...

                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                    Hey, Peg, take one for the team! We want to live vicariously through you!