I was never good at telling if a bar was a real Irish bar or a fake Irish bar. Especially in Boston, my friends would always say, “We’re going to this great fake Irish bar tonight…” and I guess I should have asked exactly what that meant. Anyways, not sure what the Phoenix is. To their credit, the Mission District was the Irish neighborhood before it became the taqueria district. I’m guessing the Phoenix hasn’t been around that long though, so… well, it doesn’t really matter. They serve Guinness, whisky, and good Irish food like shepherd’s pie, stew and the likes. So, whatever my Boston friends might think, it’s cool with me. Not too many places you can get good bar food like this.