The Plough and Stars

The Plough and Stars Boston Irish pub
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MONDAY - WEDNESDAY: 11:30 A.M. - 1 A.M. | THURSDAY - FRIDAY: 11:30 A.M. - 2 A.M. | SATURDAY: 10 A.M. - 2 A.M. | SUNDAY: 10 A.M. - 1 A.M.
617.576.0032 | WEBSITE

Tucked along the stretch between Harvard and Central Squares, The Plough and Stars—named after the 1926 play by Irish playwright Sean O’Casey—aptly offers a rich literary history. The bar opened in 1969 at the height of Cambridge counterculture; over the years the likes of Philip Roth, Seamus Heaney, David Mamet and Lawrence Ferlinghetti have all knocked a few back here. Ownership has since changed hands, but that spirit remains. Stop in for a pint to listen to live music and rub elbows with a mix of devoted regulars, new school literati, local singer-songwriters and Harvard PhDs.


Known For
  • live music
  • full menu
  • sports
  • day drinking
What to drink
Guinness, plus an Irish single malt, neat.