South Boston Bars We Said Goodbye To

A few years ago, we came across a Twitter thread, “Boston Bars that No Longer Exit.” This inspired us to start our own “South Boston Bars That Don’t Exist Any More” thread, and boy, oh boy…..  It was a trip down memory lane.  Every place from Huck’s Hideaway to the Molly Darcy’s got a mention.  People recalled stories of bellying up to the bar at their favorite haunt to the fact at the bar, Street Lights was fondly referred to as Street Fights.  Interesting fact: Did you know that Street Lights had a “Pearl Harbor Night” where you could drink Pearl Harbor’s for $1.  What could possibly go wrong?

From this Twitter thread, a friend of CIS Sheila Lynch emailed us photos of the “Great Southie Reunion” program from 2000.  (And that was quite an event!  A veritable who’s who of Southie legends like Sully, Obie, Wolfie, Lefty, Spuckie, and Clinky – to name a few.)  So below, feast your eyes on this list of legendary bars and taverns from the 20th century that existed (or still exist) in South Boston that was included in the program.  Enjoy!  Thank you, Sheila!

Extra credit if you remember where they were located!


  1. Paul Ford December 7, 2022 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    No Mad Hatter !!!!

    • Paul McKenna December 8, 2022 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      wood shed Fst. between Broadway and Bowen or Athens? the street behind the bug house.

    • Charles Harrington December 19, 2022 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      I noted there was no Lally’s, located at D and Old Colony Ave., for many years in Southie.
      Charles Harrington

      • Adella Smith August 15, 2023 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        I don’t remember a Lally’s. I believe you’re thinking of Mike Kileys! Hope all is well!
        Adella Smith

    • David McDonald July 16, 2023 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      This is so sad but so right Maureen, your diding a great job on Caught in Southie…I absolutely loved the Great Southie Reunion…it was one of the best events I have ever been to…(except for the party’s in My House) lol…but your right on in all of your articles you write…your forever friend…David Clinky McDonald

      • Maureen Dahill July 16, 2023 at 1:07 pm - Reply

        Hey, thanks, David! I miss you! Let me know when you’re back visiting in Southie!

        • Anne July 16, 2023 at 2:18 pm - Reply

          Its starting to feel like the old days again . With everyone getting beer and wine licenses. I’d like to see a town with less stores selling booze .

        • David McDonald July 22, 2023 at 5:22 pm - Reply

          I will Maureen,I will be back very soon.!

    • B July 18, 2023 at 9:00 am - Reply

      the whisper

    • Mike Levin January 2, 2024 at 1:29 pm - Reply


  2. John White December 7, 2022 at 5:10 pm - Reply


    • Andy April 12, 2023 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Gerry cheevers owned parcheesie corner of B&4th Broadway.

  3. Tom Tinlin December 7, 2022 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Canavan’s Pub!!

  4. Rob December 8, 2022 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Funny… was at Seapoint last week. Did they just close?

    • Maureen Dahill December 8, 2022 at 8:34 am - Reply

      No, some of the places on that list are still around! The list is from 2000 and it shows all the bars that were open then. Many are still open but the majority are gone. Seapoint, Shamrock, The Clock, Shannon’s etc. are all still open.

      • Robert Burke February 4, 2023 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        Shenanigans which was Bagatells, from the Ringside and before that The Yankee Trader(not sure before. Rainbow Dragon, Coynes Atlantic Beer Garden and Wiskey Priest off top of my head, of places I drank, and alot on list and yes to street fights 1 dollar pearl harbors.

    • Margo McCann July 21, 2023 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      deja vu

  5. Scott Meyers December 8, 2022 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I know it’s “new” and will never make this list, but I LOVED THIRST! I miss that little place and the signage still up makes me sad each time i walk by

    • Maureen Dahill December 8, 2022 at 9:42 am - Reply

      I know! I was sad when that closed!

    • Gary Parsons July 14, 2023 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      They used to have “boys night” and it quickly got the nickname Thrust

  6. PorleauRules December 8, 2022 at 9:48 am - Reply


  7. Ronald Zechello December 8, 2022 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    o spent a lot of time at Cassidy playing horses on a Saturday morning…very fond memories. dorgabs was another fond memory place.

    • Teri February 17, 2023 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Ronald… My grandfather was Jim Cassidy, the original owner.
      What years did you go there?

  8. Kmack December 8, 2022 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    What about Mike Kiley’s ?

  9. Kenmack December 8, 2022 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    The Carmen’s Post , The Surf Lounge. Also, my bad.I didn’t see Kiley’s until after I posted.

  10. Kenmack December 8, 2022 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Also, The 332

  11. Kenmack December 8, 2022 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Anyone remember Annie Gavin’s ? Half of it was a store and the other half was a tavern, this is waaay before it become Gavin’s Tavern. I was just a little kid back then but I know you could buy loose cigarettes in there.

    • B July 18, 2023 at 9:00 am - Reply

      corn n bull rabbit in

  12. Edward Trainor December 8, 2022 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Nothing like the Q 🍺

  13. Danny Duffy December 8, 2022 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Another list might be of Package Stores. I live in Maine, now,, but grew up in Southie, Hung out with Jimbo D., and knew your father from hand ball at the L.
    Used to double date with your aunt Julie, when she dated Ron “Rinka” Keefe.

  14. Mark Matanes December 8, 2022 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Boy… does this bring back some great memories. I probably visited at least half the places on the list. The Pleasure Bay Lounge (PBL) a.k.a Farragut House with the Irish Volunteers on Saturday night’s had to be the best.

    • howard February 24, 2023 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      i remember the Abbey and Rooneys

  15. joe keefe December 9, 2022 at 5:54 am - Reply

    foley’s east 8th near corner of hamlin with burns packy across the st haunts of my father in the 50s

    • Buckets December 8, 2023 at 3:27 am - Reply

      Charlie Bibby stumbling around Andrew Square every Saturday night too.

  16. Scubby December 9, 2022 at 7:34 am - Reply

    You left out ParCheeze’s on lower Broadway owned in partnership with Gerry Cheevers

    • Jean July 3, 2023 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      ParCheeze”s was also owned by Pat Perkins R.I.P.
      I was one of the bartenders.
      I didn’t see it but I think you missed The Pit Stop. it was off of D Street across from Thermo King .

  17. Leslie Brady December 9, 2022 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Miss the Quiet Man omg the best food !

  18. Bryan December 10, 2022 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Frank’s Tavern was the previous name of Ace’s High prior to it being purchased by Ace Brennan. It was owned by a great uncle of mine – we still have the liquor license from 1947.

  19. JAY C December 15, 2022 at 11:37 pm - Reply


  20. Tom k December 26, 2022 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    No Thirst!

  21. Lana December 30, 2022 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Nancy Whiskeys = fun
    Corner of West 2nd and Dorchester st.
    Early 2000’s

  22. Marilyn January 2, 2023 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    who owned Ireland’s 32 south boston?

    • David McDonald July 22, 2023 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      wasn’t that downstairs at ocean kie

  23. Mark Reardon January 2, 2023 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Who can help me with history on Reardon’s Tavern, on the list?

    • Dauna Coffin March 8, 2023 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      I think Reardon’s was my grandfather’s bar, John Reardon. I would have to get back to you on its exact location in South Boston. His daughter, my mom has passed but my dad is still with us. The bar was seen in the movie “Marty.”

      • Mark Reardon June 11, 2023 at 10:28 pm - Reply

        John Reardon , owner of Reardon’s Tavern, was my Great Grand Father. His son, Joseph W. Reardon, “Joe” was his son and owned Reardon’s Flower Shop and was MA State Boxing Commissioner. He and his wife Mildred lived in Milton..

      • Mark Reardon June 11, 2023 at 10:30 pm - Reply

        We are related? 🍀

    • Dauna Coffin March 18, 2023 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Reardon’s Tavern, 501 E. 8th Street, Southie, was owned by my grandfather, Frank Reardon. My grandfather passed away in 1958. It is now the Shamrock Bar and Grill. The original sign was still there in 1968 and is seen in a brief moment in the movie “Charly” starring Cliff Robertson (not Marty). Cliff R. gets off a bus and Reardon’s Tavern is across the street.

      • Mark Resrdon July 8, 2023 at 4:25 pm - Reply

        I think we should meet at Reardon’, or what’s Reardon bar now, debate this and enjoy a few pints. I think we are related!

  24. Rev. Francis McGerity January 26, 2023 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Remember the K St Tap as PETE’S PUB and JUMPIN JACK FLASH! He used to hold Court at the bottom of the inside stairway. He was a real character !!!!!! He died in 1999. If he were alive today he would have been 81.
    He was my Maternal Uncle! Oh the stories!!!!!!!!

  25. Barbara Riggs February 12, 2023 at 11:57 am - Reply

    My father and uncle owned 3rd St cafe which closed early 70’s , when we moved from Dorchester to Quincy 1970. ! Still have family in Southie

  26. NavyJoe February 24, 2023 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Going back to the 70’s, mallows(?) across the street from south station…

    • Mike Thomas June 16, 2023 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Navy Joe, haaaa., I remember mallows, my dad used to stop in for a quickie…shot and a short glass of gansett.,
      Yes, it was torn down during the south station rehab project around 70/71, correct me if I’m wrong.
      Me and dad went for breakfast at the cafeteria alongside, was it the Waldorf or Hayes bickfords ? I’m not sure…
      Boy, the memories are killing me.
      Thanks for the way back !

  27. Andy April 12, 2023 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Forgot was Marty &landys before

    • Mike Thomas June 16, 2023 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Matty landys, Bst and Broadway
      Changed names around 1976/77 to
      Barney grogans, then to Parcheesys,, then to streetlights around 82…
      Streetlights was a shooting star in it’s day, a great place to meet, and get blitzed.
      I met the best of the best of Southie and the worst of the worst sad to say…but the girls were the ultimate in class, style and respect., and they know who they are !
      Best memories from 83/84

  28. Koz July 14, 2023 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    The Corner Tavern was the best. Owned by a “Jake” habituated by Edison Workers during the day.
    Great steak tips in the 80’s . Alumnae all hang out at Rosa Lyons .

  29. Kevin Conroy July 15, 2023 at 10:03 am - Reply

    A very long list. It won’t get too much longer, there aren’t many of the old neighborhood places left.

  30. Brian Jennings July 15, 2023 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Loved the old town tavern back in the 70’s when the Connollys owned it

  31. ROBERT JR SYLVA July 17, 2023 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Bud would stop by The Quencher for a Nickel draft (or more), grab a couple of roast beef sandwiches (and then some) claiming he would come out with more cash in his pocket than he went in with!

  32. KO July 17, 2023 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    DAV Chapter 22 on West Broadway. Was 2 doors down from hamburger joint, maybe Lally’s. Spent 1st 15 years of my life there on weekend with parents. Then burnt to ground, I think still open lot.

  33. B July 18, 2023 at 9:01 am - Reply

    the transit. cronins. cornerstone

  34. B July 18, 2023 at 9:02 am - Reply

    the whisper

  35. Coley July 18, 2023 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Loved the Quiet Man except for what passed for a bathroom. They should have painted the Mad Haters floor red to blend with the nightly blood. The Whisper was a great bar in a tough location.

    • Christopher Kotwicki January 15, 2024 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Do you have any photos from The Whisper?

  36. Judy Nee July 31, 2023 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Not for nothin’ ( I couldn’t resist) but I’m pretty sure I sent you the list of bars. I pulled out the Southie Reunion booklet this past winter to show my school secretary; her father-in-law once owned the Shamrock so she made a copy…No matter, I thought it was cool too. What is it they say about great minds and all that?

  37. Christine O'Sullivan August 6, 2023 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    My great-uncle owned some bars in 1930’s/40’s, his name was Michael Hayes. Does anyone know how I can get more information about him and his bars? thanks

  38. This Guy October 9, 2023 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Penn Cafe

  39. Kathy Conrad December 27, 2023 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Does anyone know exactly where Fitzie’s was located? My dad always told us stories of going there.

    • Richard Fitzgerald January 19, 2024 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      According to my dads complimentary calendar from “Fitzie’s Broadway Casino” it was at “377 West Broadway, South Boston”. Check it out on google maps street view its 377A on the right side now “DLuxe nail Bar west”. LOL

  40. Mike Levin January 2, 2024 at 1:34 pm - Reply


  41. Richard Fitzgerald January 16, 2024 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I believe my grandfather Thomas E. Fitzgerald bought the Broadway Casino and renamed it Fitzie’s Casino. I believe it was on South Street? He came over on the boat from Ballyferriter, a “Kerry man”. Bar fights were a family tradition, always civilized per Marcus of Queensbury rules…mostly. Black thorn walking stick (aka big shillelagh) optional, backup. I think at one time they had a bunch of phone lines in the back and ran a sports book. They could serve food but I think it was just for the licensing. Good friends with Judge Tracy,
    LOL My grand Auntie Dee ? worked there for years. They had an awesome juke box. Always had Irish Rovers in it. (The Unicorn) Us grand kids got the old 45’s and little paper tabs with 2 songs and artist on it. We were treated like royalty there. Grandad said the Saint Patrick’s Day parade went in the front door and out the back. That might have bee another bar he had before in Southie, not sure. Wow great memories. Thanks, Richard Byrne Fitzgerald, son of Thomas Michael Fitzgerald, son of Thomas Edward Fitzgerald of the clan Fitzgerald. LOL

  42. Richard Fitzgerald January 19, 2024 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    OK, I called my Dad to try n get some more accurate info. Fun stuff. He still has a complimentary calendar from the bar in his office. It says “Fitzie’s Broadway Casino”, “377 West Broadway, South Boston”. I looked on google maps street view and It was on the right 377A, now DLuxe Nail Bar West. LOL He said he bought the place from Blinstrub (nightclub owner) and changed the name from Broadway Casino. It had a front and back alley entrance. The left side was a jewelers back in the day 377B. Stairs in the middle, apartments above. The juke box was by front door, bar was on the right, booths were up a step in back or left towards the kitchen in back, office across from Bar with a safe. Yes at one time they had lots of phones in the back. Auntie Mary Walsh was the one who worked there. Micky’s Mom. The St Paddy’s parade did go by and some probably did stop in for a drink. There was a relay race on foot down Broadway before the parade and a bus that would give you a ride back if you couldn’t finish. The other bar he had for bit was maybe in Dorchester.

  43. Peggy English January 24, 2024 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Cronin’s Pub Andrews Square

  44. Carol January 30, 2024 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Mad Hatter was the absolute best!!!! OMG how is it not on this list!!!

  45. Coley February 8, 2024 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Remember the windows at the Quiet Man. You could have a couple of beers at the bar and comment on the gals outside waiting for the 9 to City Point, almost one-way glass. The steak tips were great, mens room horrible,great owners. I remember Joe would complain how Whiteys guys would be a drunk up at Triple Os across the street and dump him outside the door of Quiet Man at closing time, he’d yell at the Police when they gave him a hard time. I think he ended up working for Moakley.

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