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Boston's Best Places To Get An Irish Coffee

Boston has had a long, cold winter so far in 2015. Warm up with one of Boston's favorite treats: an Irish coffee! For those who haven't experienced this delightful beverage, an Irish coffee is fresh-brewed coffee with a splash of Irish whiskey and topped with whipped cream. Yes, even before the invention of Four Loko, Boston's Irish ancestors were mixing caffeine and alcohol in the most delicious way possible. Head to one of these area hot spots to enjoy an Irish coffee with friends and family.
Black Rose
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The Black Rose
160 State St.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 742-2286

Enjoy the best Irish coffee in town by heading to Boston's favorite Irish pub, The Black Rose. The Black Rose is conveniently located on State Street, in between Fanieul Hall and Boston's Financial District, making it an easy spot to stop after work or on a weekend. The Black Rose is about as authentic Irish as you can get. Many of the bartenders are Irish immigrants, and the bar features Irish musicians on weekend evenings, including the occasional bagpipe. Their Irish coffee is simply unbeatable, and the ambiance helps transport you immediately to Ireland.

Grendels Den
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Grendel's Den
89 Winthrop St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-1160

Grendel's Den in Harvard Square is the perfect place to warm up on a cold spring day. Located in a basement, this dark, but warmly lit venue serves up delicious comfort food at incredible prices, and all of its dishes would be even more wonderful when accompanied by an Irish coffee. In spring 2014, Grendel's Den's Irish coffee was rated one of the best in the city by Zagat. Grendel's is also one of the city's only green restaurants certified by the Green Restaurant Association. Show your support for local restaurants making strides in sustainability by grabbing an Irish coffee at Grendel's.

Union Oyster House
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Union Oyster House
41 Union St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-2750

The Union Oyster House is the oldest continually running restaurant in the United States. It serves up old school Boston favorites, including some favorite cold weather comfort foods like clam chowder, cornbread and fish and chips. No comfort food meal is complete without a locally brewed beer or a delicious Irish coffee. Like Grendel's Den, the Irish coffee at the Union Oyster House was also rated one of the best in town by Zagat. It also offers some other takes on the classic Irish coffee on its "international coffees" menu. One must try is the Spanish coffee with Kahlua and brandy, yum!

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Caffe Vittoria
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Caffé Vittoria
290 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-7606

It is no secret that Boston's North End is the place to go for cafes. Cafe Vittoria, often overshadowed by super popular tourist destinations like Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry, is a great, less crowded spot to sit down and enjoy a decadent treat, especially its Irish coffee. A cannoli and an Irish coffee is the perfect post-dinner treat and Cafe Vittoria's romantic Italian vibe will make this simple dessert seem out of the ordinary.

Caffe Paradiso
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Caffe Paradiso
255 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-1768

Caffe Paradiso is another great North End choice for grabbing an Irish coffee. It serves a variety of warm cocktails in the winter months and also has an array of freshly baked European desserts. Like Cafe Vittoria, Caffe Paradiso is not your typical North End tourist trap. Rather, Caffe Paradiso is often filled with Boston's vibrant European immigrant community that often gathers to watch soccer games and other sports that Americans aren't so fond of. Want to try something new? Try the Nutty Irishman Coffee blended with Francesca Hazelnut and Bailey's!

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston's North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on

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