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Porter Belly's - 24 Reviews - 338 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135, Brighton, MA - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (617) 254-3300
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Porter Belly's

338 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135 (at Market Street)
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 254-3300
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I've never had a better pint of Guinness outside the isles than here. The flavor is stellar and savoured.\r \r The place has a cozy backdrop that adds to the ambiance when havin...


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Best Guinness Outside of Ireland 11/17/2010

I've never had a better pint of Guinness outside the isles than here. The flavor is stellar and savoured.\r \r The place has a cozy backdrop that adds to the ambiance when having a meal and compliments the bands that perform there on weekends. more

Cheap Beer, Good Music, Mad Chicks 9/20/2010

Great place that I would definitely recommend coming to. I was in town visiting a buddy in the area and he recommended this as the place to go to meet chicks and have a great time. Enjoyed the cheap beer, live music and by the end of the night I had drunk girls all around me and my buddies. Definitely going back anytime I'm in the area. **I did not try the burgers, but heard they are great. more

solid 2/25/2010

Situated on Washington Street in Brighton, spaced among dozens of restaurants of a dozen different ethnicities, a restaurant has to stand out in some way or it will just be lost in a haze of pizza slices, Carnitas and Kung Pao. On the surface, Porter Belly's looks like every other pub you've been to dozens of times, the interior is questionable, but I must say, the burgers are pretty decent. But I can't go beyond that. Not the worst we've had, but not the best either, I suppose you could do much worse though. They offer almost an exclusive burger menu, there were some specials written out on a piece of paper separately, but it might as well have said roadkill because I barely glanced at it. The burgers aren't especially memorable by name, and the ingredients are all that imaginative either, and I realize I always order a basic cheeseburger, but I'm open to something beyond that should it be a signature burger of sorts. But why even bother with having a dozen or so burgers (some turkey) if you're not going to be creative about it anyway. Why not just serve burgers and offer free toppings on the side, ala Five Guys, but better? Or make it slightly more upscale but still be a burger at its core, ala The Biltmore, but better? Hmmm, I think I'm starting to realize what my prefect burger might taste like after all, if only someone could execute properly. My problem with pubs in that they usually have an identity crisis; is it a pub, is it a place to get food, is it a club at night, or is it all three? On this particular Thursday afternoon, I have no idea, because we're the only two customers in there. Is 2:30 that strange of a time to eat lunch? The place smells like Pine Sol, and there are dozens of sports banners throughout (Go local sports teams!) and it feels more like an Elks Club than an Irish bar, although I can't figure out for the life of me what anyone would want to listen to Hoobastank while eating or drinking or doing anything for that matter. Music tastes aside, the burgers are solid, erupting like a volcano of juice at first bite, which actually worries me if anything. The reason being that burgers, and all protein in general, needs to rest a few minutes before serving. Why? Because all that effort spent on making a juicy burger and cooking it to temp. is wasted if it doesn't rest a few minutes before biting into it. The juices need a chance to redistribute, which will make it juicy all the way to the end. Now am I the consumer expected to let it rest in front of me? No way, if the food is served, it must be time to eat. Because of this fatal flaw, my burger becomes drier the more I eat, and more and more cooked as I near the end, so long medium-rare. But overall its good, the fries and right on, salted well and crispy in every way. The service is stellar, but c'mon, we were the only two in there. My biggest problem is with the choice of grilling versus griddling. We can go on and on about the pleasures of grilling (a future blog I'm sure), but for me, a burger has to be griddled, because again, all that glorious juice and beef fat will be lost through the grates. Not only that, over-charred in certain spots yields a slightly bitter, and very unpleasant taste, Porter Bellies is no exception. I know I sound a bit overcritical, as per usual, but its just my opinion. This place really wasn't bad, if you didn't know any better, you might think its pretty great. Certainly the top tier of what we've had so far, aka, not a train wreck, but i think we still have a long way to go. more

Brighton's Best Pint 9/2/2009

A quiet, relaxed place to enjoy a pint while watching the big game or sharing a plate of hand-cut fries with.. more

Brighton's Best Pint 9/2/2009

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A quiet, relaxed place to enjoy a pint while watching the big game or sharing a plate of hand-cut fries with a friend. The bar's wonderfully chille... more

Love it 3/10/2009

I love Porter Belly's and I am there with my friends almost every weekend. They always have good bands. The beers are fairly priced, and there is always a beer special. The atmosphere is great...cozy, homey, and relaxed. You couldn't ask for a better local bar. I do have one complaint however, and that is due to the volume that the band plays at. Porter's is a pretty small bar, and once that band starts playing, it is almost to loud. If they could just take it down a notch it would be perfect!\r more

Best Atmosphere 1/24/2009

It's a very cute pub with the best atmosphere and very friendly staff. I would highly recommend it! Pros: Great deals on drinks more

Best bar tenders 1/23/2009

I spent new years eve at porter bellys and had a blast. the staff is awesome and very friendly. we had a great time and I would love to go back again! more


I was on holidays in Brighton and visited Porter Bellys Pub.When I walked in the door I was met by the most friendly and helpfull bar staff I have ever seen.The food was excellent with a wide range of a meals to choose from .The atmosphere and nightlife was out of this world with great live music.If you are in Brighton make sure to call to Porter Bellys you will enjoy it. Pros: Had the time of my life Cons: I had to go home more

an bhfuil to ag teacht????{gaelic}for are you coming>>>>>> 11/15/2008

i,ve been going on and off to porter bellies the past 10 years ...the food is excellent ,the staff are friendly and the craic is mighty ,,local bands get a chance to blast it out regularly,and i have to say if you like guiness then go there and you;ll never want another pint anywhere else ..xmas is coming and if you wanna get into the spirit this is the place with all the decorations and lights ,have a pint in the nook ,sing ,dance ,or maybe try out your vocals at kareoke on sundays...overall 8 out of 10... more

Feckin right 11/3/2008

Brighton Center is still kinda puritanical with its liquor laws, only one bar has a 2AM license, but its nice to know that I can still get a good mix of a party and a local dive. I went when some band was playing, Iggy Jiggy, and the whole crowd was singin and dancin to U2 cover songs and other classics. The beer is reasonably priced, but its worth it to hear the Irish accents of the lovely ladies who tend bar.\r \r I am new to Brighton, and a couple of locals recommended this place, just a couple of blocks down from my apartment, its worth the trip. I feel like I am at a second home, only I dont have to get the beers. Pros: Good draft choices, Cons: You haven't visited it yet, is the con more

Best Irish Bar in Boston 7/23/2008

This is my favourite bar in boston!!....... There is always something happening there, A good crowd and good craic..... Karaoke on Sunday nights is always fun with all the irish willing to give it a go..... Friday nights are my second favourite night, there is always a nice crowd and a good band playing..... The food there is also amazing...!!! I ate my first steak dinner there and i haven't looked back since, Its actual steak not like the other restaurants that only serve these ""steak tips"" things..... Also they do a delicious Full Irish Breakfast, we went in one day and it wasn't even on the menu but they were happy to oblige and make us breakfast's anyway.... The staff there are really friendly and especially the owner sean, he's a legend, he took care of our group all summer and made sure we had some great memorable nights there....!! Pros: Lots of Irish there. Cons: Closes at 1 more

best pub in brighton 11/3/2007

the cook george is top notch and they have the best burgers! great drinks great people...great irish pub Pros: atmosphere more

good prices, company and music 2/1/2007

I heart Porter Bellys\r I think the dancing is incredible sometimes\r but only if its crowded. the jager shots are cheap Pros: 100% fun 94 % of the time Cons: dont take discover clsoes at 1 no photo hunt more

Best Pub In Boston!!! 9/19/2006

NEW MENU in 2007! And new later kitchen hours. The bar has just been re-done including new more comfortable seating. Was already a great bar but the new renovations have only made it better! I can't wait to go have a pint! Pros: Cheap beer, good staff, good times more

best live music in brighton. good food , good staff , good music, good craic 9/19/2006

what can i say... this place is the real deal. a great place to meet friends, have a beer and bite, and great bands , most nights.. good guinness too...HMmmmmm more

brilliant ! 9/18/2006

i've just invented a place where you can consume copious amounts of guinness..! \r \r a place where you can consume copious amounts of guinness... ?\r \r ???? BRILLIANT.\r \r so is porterbellies Pros: music, food, beer more

Great Energy Diverse Always Fun! 9/16/2006

This Bar offers so much to all age groups. If you want to be part of a ""REAL"" Irish Bar this is the place. Not a Factory produced tourist wanna be Irish pub. It's the Real Deal. Great atmosphere. Yes a lot of Irish Men during the summer months on vacation but they are just having a grand ol time. Weekends are packed year round with Live muisc Thursday thru Sunday with a mix of all ages and of course lots of young singles and college kids from the Brighton area. Never a cover Charge which is a rarity and beers are so affordable unlike downtown. The bands are always top notch and play great rock n roll. On the weeknights its a nice romantic and calming candle light pub to collect your thoughts and get out of the house. The staff and owners are friendly always looking to make new friends and really pull it all together for the coolest pub around. Its never a dull scene. Late night singing and dancing to bands on tables to acoustic nights with lots of great chatting to weeknights watching some of the best World Cup games and Red Sox games with friends. Don't overlook this Gem of a Bar! This is a bar where the person next to you buys you a beer just to say hello! Pros: Drink pricing, friendly, Great live music Cons: you may be forced to have to much fun and be really hungover more

Always good craic! 3/3/2004

Porter Belly's is always a great place to meet the friends for a few drinks. It's pretty busy on weeknights right around happy hour as all the local Irish boys are done with work for the day and looking for refreshments! The staff is top rate and the new TV screen above the bar is always tuned to the latest football match. The small size and cozy atmosphere make it a great place for a date too. You may even see one of the band members from the Pogues hanging around... Pros: excellent staff, good guinness Cons: Closes at 1am more

Good Stuff! 3/24/2003

This is hands down my favorite place to catch up with friends and grab a pint...especially when the Winter Warmer is on tap! Pros: Atmosphere, Inexpensive more
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Brighton Center's most comfortable Irish bar offers young locals an exceptional hangout.


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    Porter Belly's caters to Brighton's young residents with a quiet, relaxed place to enjoy a pint while watching the big game or sharing a plate of hand-cut fries with a friend....

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  • Hours:

    Daily 10:30am-1am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Cash, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Allston-Brighton, Brighton, Oak Square