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Address: 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, MA 02445 (Cross street: Webster Pl)
Neighborhood: Coolidge Corner / Brookline Hills
Specifics: Brunch, Food, Irish Pub, Live Music, New American, Pub
Phone: 617-232-0188
Credit Cards: Yes
Nightlife Popular Irish pub. Good food and music.
Restaurants Stylish Irish pub with good food and occasional live music.

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Matt Murphy's Pub
Posted by:  Andrew Palmacci

O, Matt Murphy’s Pub! How you amaze! Simple exterior, simple, yet classy interior that holds many delights—conversational, culinary, and musical, it’s got the whole package. Want one reason (or seven) to pay a visit to this locale on Harvard Street in Brookline: there is something going on every night of the week. From quiz nights to jazz ensemble nights—complete with a jam session at the tail end of the night that’s open to all—to a dub and deep roots reggae night, MMP has something for everyone. And the food, while not exactly cheap, is exceptional and well worth the price. They offer everything from tasty, gourmet fish and chips to assorted-cheese plates. Maybe the best thing the place has going for it is the atmosphere. The wood tables, dim lighting, close, intimate seating and tiny performance space all make you feel like you’re in a quaint, quiet pub or restaurant in a provincial European city. Walk outside, though, and you can easily grab the 66 Bus or the D line at the Brookline Village T stop. Aah, so maybe you’ll stay a little longer—you can, as they don’t close until upwards of 1:30 a.m.

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Matt Murphy’s Pub
Posted by:  Janet Potter

This is the old-time Irish pub you’ve always wished was in your neighborhood. The interior is something straight out of the emerald isle—dark wood furniture, polished brass taps, and a chaotic, but welcoming, atmosphere. Some of the ingredients are actually imported from Ireland, and the fare is half pub food, half gourmet. During the afternoon and evening, Murphy’s is a great place for dinner with friends, a cup of tea, or a pint. In the late evening, it turns into one of the most popular spots for live music this side of the river. Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 10 pm the regulars and favorites play rasta, jazz, and funk. The rest of the week, anybody might show up. There even sell a CD of live performances from 2002. Make sure you take your friends on Wednesdays for the weekly quiz night, but visit anytime for old-fashioned charm.

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