McFadden's

★★☆☆☆
Voted the Best Irish American Food in Boston
42.3595 -71.0542
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148 State Street

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It's the old Bank of New England. Was mush better when it was the Exchange. Rude and surly staff. Bartenders and wait staff get the orders wrong. \nI thought it was over-priced for the quality of the food and drink.\nAvoid this place at all costs. Not good at all. \nThere are much better Sports Bars and Irish Pubs across the street, around the corner, in Quincy Marketplace, further up State Street, or down Broad Street.

1
★☆☆☆☆

It's the old Bank of New England. Was mush better when it was the Exchange. Rude and surly staff. Bartenders and wait staff get the orders wrong. \nI thought it was over-priced for the quality of the food and drink.\nAvoid this place at all costs. Not good at all. \nThere are much better Sports Bars and Irish Pubs across the street, around the corner, in Quincy Marketplace, further up State Street, or down Broad Street.

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Actually giving McFadden's ""No Stars"". One of the bartenders sexually assaulted one of my best friends there. The bar manager and general manager wouldn't do anything about it and didn't care. Doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman - don't support McFadden's if you have any respect for people and are sick of bar staff being outright disrespectful and acting on power trips!

1
★☆☆☆☆

Actually giving McFadden's ""No Stars"". One of the bartenders sexually assaulted one of my best friends there. The bar manager and general manager wouldn't do anything about it and didn't care. Doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman - don't support McFadden's if you have any respect for people and are sick of bar staff being outright disrespectful and acting on power trips!

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So I love McFadden's but mostly because of their free happy hours. I've already gotten 2 free nights and my boyfriend won a free night as well! You see, all you have to do is sign up on their main site to receive their emails, and about a couple of weeks later they'll either call or send you an email telling you you've won a free night of drinks. I don't know if this promotion makes them money or not, but the place is always packed and there are literally about 5-10 winners per night it seems (me, my boyfriend, and 2 classmates all won on the same night one time). The deal is that your free happy hour (which is actually 2 hours) lasts from 6pm-8pm so you better get there on time, and you can order any mixed drink that's not top shelf but you can only get Coors Light, Bud Light, or Miller Lights for beer free. You are also encouraged to bring as many friends as you like, and they can all drink the same mentioned drinks but all at $3 each (not free, but still way better than paying the usual $7-$12 mixed drink). Sliders are also really popular at $1 each for everyone in the party (including the winners, no food for free).\n\nSo, would I come here on a regular night without winning their happy hour/having one of my friends win so I don't have to pay full price? Probably not, only because the place is too crowded and I don't frequent the other bars in that area. However if you want to check it out, the downstairs area is my favorite. It's much quieter and the lights are always dimmed with weird but cool/""artsy"" vintage steel lockers and like, velvet cushioned seating for decoration. Yeah, just check it out for yourself. Oh but the downstairs area has weird times, I think they open it around 8pm but then close it up early at 10 or 11pm. The main floor is open until 1am I believe.

3
★★★☆☆

So I love McFadden's but mostly because of their free happy hours. I've already gotten 2 free nights and my boyfriend won a free night as well! You see, all you have to do is sign up on their main site to receive their emails, and about a couple of weeks later they'll either call or send you an email telling you you've won a free night of drinks. I don't know if this promotion makes them money or not, but the place is always packed and there are literally about 5-10 winners per night it seems (me, my boyfriend, and 2 classmates all won on the same night one time). The deal is that your free happy hour (which is actually 2 hours) lasts from 6pm-8pm so you better get there on time, and you can order any mixed drink that's not top shelf but you can only get Coors Light, Bud Light, or Miller Lights for beer free. You are also encouraged to bring as many friends as you like, and they can all drink the same mentioned drinks but all at $3 each (not free, but still way better than paying the usual $7-$12 mixed drink). Sliders are also really popular at $1 each for everyone in the party (including the winners, no food for free).\n\nSo, would I come here on a regular night without winning their happy hour/having one of my friends win so I don't have to pay full price? Probably not, only because the place is too crowded and I don't frequent the other bars in that area. However if you want to check it out, the downstairs area is my favorite. It's much quieter and the lights are always dimmed with weird but cool/""artsy"" vintage steel lockers and like, velvet cushioned seating for decoration. Yeah, just check it out for yourself. Oh but the downstairs area has weird times, I think they open it around 8pm but then close it up early at 10 or 11pm. The main floor is open until 1am I believe.

Pros: they give about 10 free happy hours a day

Cons: the place gets packed

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This place is soooo dirty and sooo disgusting. It can't even compare to the rest of the bars in Fanuiel Hall. The waitstaff is always new because people always quit. The downstairs was flooded and the same day they had a party there. So unsanitary. I am sure they could never pass any health inspections.

1
★☆☆☆☆

This place is soooo dirty and sooo disgusting. It can't even compare to the rest of the bars in Fanuiel Hall. The waitstaff is always new because people always quit. The downstairs was flooded and the same day they had a party there. So unsanitary. I am sure they could never pass any health inspections.

Pros: location

Cons: everything else

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They gave my bill to someone else to sign, so when I retrieved my card they said it had no charges on it, but the next day I had a hefty charge on my card that someone else had signed for. They gave this other person their credit card back and gave them my bill to sign. Not that guys fault though, it's McSadden's screw up.\r\n\r\nAlso, a friend was looking for a lost article of clothing, and the bouncer told her it was ""not his problem"". \r\n\r\nThere's too many bars downtown to put up with the jerks at this one.

1
★☆☆☆☆

They gave my bill to someone else to sign, so when I retrieved my card they said it had no charges on it, but the next day I had a hefty charge on my card that someone else had signed for. They gave this other person their credit card back and gave them my bill to sign. Not that guys fault though, it's McSadden's screw up.\r\n\r\nAlso, a friend was looking for a lost article of clothing, and the bouncer told her it was ""not his problem"". \r\n\r\nThere's too many bars downtown to put up with the jerks at this one.

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Just stopped in for a drink in the middle of a snowstorm, great comfortable atmosphere, attentive service at the bar.

4
★★★★☆

Just stopped in for a drink in the middle of a snowstorm, great comfortable atmosphere, attentive service at the bar.

Pros: Warm casual atmosphere, great service

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Here I am born and raised on the East Coast, however live in SF. I went there a few weeks back to meet up with some friends. One of my friends happens to be a good looking female. I arrived with one other friend and we order around for the girls and ourselves. It turns out that one of my friends was getting played on by a fellow she just did not care to be bothered with. I said some none threatening things just get him off my friend's back. The selfish kid decided to say, fine then I will have you kicked out. Moments later without any notice or warning from the Bouncers. Boston Police Department, the kid I had exchanged a few words with, and a bouncer escorted me out with no explanation. They wouldn't even let me sign off on my tab.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Here I am born and raised on the East Coast, however live in SF. I went there a few weeks back to meet up with some friends. One of my friends happens to be a good looking female. I arrived with one other friend and we order around for the girls and ourselves. It turns out that one of my friends was getting played on by a fellow she just did not care to be bothered with. I said some none threatening things just get him off my friend's back. The selfish kid decided to say, fine then I will have you kicked out. Moments later without any notice or warning from the Bouncers. Boston Police Department, the kid I had exchanged a few words with, and a bouncer escorted me out with no explanation. They wouldn't even let me sign off on my tab.

Pros: location

Cons: staff, bouncers, djs, everything except the area outside the bar, overcrowded

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someone preying on MEN at this bar. I have reliable knowledge of a hetero man being drugged etc.at this bar. It's a crazy world. Stay safe

1
★☆☆☆☆

someone preying on MEN at this bar. I have reliable knowledge of a hetero man being drugged etc.at this bar. It's a crazy world. Stay safe

Cons: watch your drink!

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I had never heard of this bar until this past weekend when I met some of my friends in town after work for drinks. My first thought when I entered was that the bar looked just like a frat house. There was not a ton of room to stand so people were constantly bumping into me and my friends. The beers were about $4, which is lower than average so that was a plus. Also, there are a couple of people who mention this place as a good pick up joint - I don't know about the ladies that were there, but the men were only so-so. I was hoping for their sake they were independently wealthy or had great careers.

3
★★★☆☆

I had never heard of this bar until this past weekend when I met some of my friends in town after work for drinks. My first thought when I entered was that the bar looked just like a frat house. There was not a ton of room to stand so people were constantly bumping into me and my friends. The beers were about $4, which is lower than average so that was a plus. Also, there are a couple of people who mention this place as a good pick up joint - I don't know about the ladies that were there, but the men were only so-so. I was hoping for their sake they were independently wealthy or had great careers.

Pros: cheap beer, no line

Cons: too crowded, small bathroom

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I was at the McFadden's Halloween Party last night (Tuesday 31st) hoping to win the advertised $1000 costume contest prize. There were some good costumes there which people had spent a lot of time making, it was very busy and I had a lot of fun. I was Optimus Prime.\r\n\r\nHowever, I left disappointed at 1am because no one could tell me what was happening concerning the contest. Today, I heard from other friends who stayed on after me, that the contest did not happen, no prize was awarded and it got a bit ugly. I find it difficult to believe an establishment would act in such an unethical way.\r\n

1
★☆☆☆☆

I was at the McFadden's Halloween Party last night (Tuesday 31st) hoping to win the advertised $1000 costume contest prize. There were some good costumes there which people had spent a lot of time making, it was very busy and I had a lot of fun. I was Optimus Prime.\r\n\r\nHowever, I left disappointed at 1am because no one could tell me what was happening concerning the contest. Today, I heard from other friends who stayed on after me, that the contest did not happen, no prize was awarded and it got a bit ugly. I find it difficult to believe an establishment would act in such an unethical way.\r\n

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I'm not to fond of Downtown anyways. McFadden's is too popular. Takes forever to get a drink upstairs. Downstairs is hot and smells like dudes. Not a cheap night on the town.\r\n\r\nHowever, if your looking to get some this is the place. Guys: Amazingly hot girls. Girls: you are severly out numbered

4
★★★★☆

I'm not to fond of Downtown anyways. McFadden's is too popular. Takes forever to get a drink upstairs. Downstairs is hot and smells like dudes. Not a cheap night on the town.\r\n\r\nHowever, if your looking to get some this is the place. Guys: Amazingly hot girls. Girls: you are severly out numbered

Pros: Lots of people

Cons: Crowded, Trendy, Long Lines

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Place wasn't crowded when i arrived around 9 and it took 25 min to get a drink and i was sitting at the bar. Halfway into the night, the men's bathroom upstairs was flooded and no one fixed it. Plus the one toilet was broken and covered with a trash bag. Way to run an awful place management. The crowd was the only place that partially saved the night.

2
★★☆☆☆

Place wasn't crowded when i arrived around 9 and it took 25 min to get a drink and i was sitting at the bar. Halfway into the night, the men's bathroom upstairs was flooded and no one fixed it. Plus the one toilet was broken and covered with a trash bag. Way to run an awful place management. The crowd was the only place that partially saved the night.

Pros: crowd

Cons: bathroom, service, price

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This place is great! Went there with a bunch of friends and they all loved it. The drinks were strong and reasonably priced. It gets crowded so get there early if you want a good spot. And the woman, oh the woman-very good talent. Definetaly recommend this place.

5
★★★★★

This place is great! Went there with a bunch of friends and they all loved it. The drinks were strong and reasonably priced. It gets crowded so get there early if you want a good spot. And the woman, oh the woman-very good talent. Definetaly recommend this place.

Pros: TALENT

Cons: crowded

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I went to McFaddens with a group of my girlfriends and we had an aweful experience. We waited about 45 minutes in the rain to get in...and when we got in the place was not even at capacity. They held the line outside to make the place look like it was a popular place to be. Inside the drinks were expensive and the service was horrible. The DJ was the worst of all. He didn't like us because we were from a town that he thought was snobby...over his microphone he proceded to talk bad about us in front of the entire bar. When we approched him about the situation he took a drink and threw it on my friends head. Extremely inappropriate and unprofessional. I will NEVER return the that bar and I hope that you don't either!

1
★☆☆☆☆

I went to McFaddens with a group of my girlfriends and we had an aweful experience. We waited about 45 minutes in the rain to get in...and when we got in the place was not even at capacity. They held the line outside to make the place look like it was a popular place to be. Inside the drinks were expensive and the service was horrible. The DJ was the worst of all. He didn't like us because we were from a town that he thought was snobby...over his microphone he proceded to talk bad about us in front of the entire bar. When we approched him about the situation he took a drink and threw it on my friends head. Extremely inappropriate and unprofessional. I will NEVER return the that bar and I hope that you don't either!

Cons: DJ, Service, Long Line

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On my first trip to Boston, I met with friends at McFaddens. Not only were the drinks overpriced and the wait staff completely inattentive, the DJ was awful. Along with the terrible music he played, he called out two guys that we were with just because they happened to be fans of an opposing hockey team. He got the whole bar to crowd our table and flip them off. We had to leave after that; it was ridiculous. I will never go back and frankly, after an awesome day of sight seeing and shopping in a great town, he left me with a very negative view of what some people in Boston are like.

1
★☆☆☆☆

On my first trip to Boston, I met with friends at McFaddens. Not only were the drinks overpriced and the wait staff completely inattentive, the DJ was awful. Along with the terrible music he played, he called out two guys that we were with just because they happened to be fans of an opposing hockey team. He got the whole bar to crowd our table and flip them off. We had to leave after that; it was ridiculous. I will never go back and frankly, after an awesome day of sight seeing and shopping in a great town, he left me with a very negative view of what some people in Boston are like.

Cons: staff, pricing, attitude

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This place is awful! The service is slow, the drinks are over priced, and the dj's suck. Don't go here unless you want to pay to get verbally abused. I recently went here and the DJ was a complete jerk. He told everyone that they could walk by our table and flip us off because he basically didn't like the same hockey team. Childish, I think so. So if you walk by and see a line for the door, just keep walking it will save a lot of anguish and money.

2
★★☆☆☆

This place is awful! The service is slow, the drinks are over priced, and the dj's suck. Don't go here unless you want to pay to get verbally abused. I recently went here and the DJ was a complete jerk. He told everyone that they could walk by our table and flip us off because he basically didn't like the same hockey team. Childish, I think so. So if you walk by and see a line for the door, just keep walking it will save a lot of anguish and money.

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I have never seen so many good looking people in one place ever! They play great music, you can be upstairs and a part of the huge party or go downstairs and relax in the Blue Room and talk and drink with friends. The bartenders are awesome, and contrary to other reviews the management has always been really nice and accomodating. I definitely recommend it.

5
★★★★★

I have never seen so many good looking people in one place ever! They play great music, you can be upstairs and a part of the huge party or go downstairs and relax in the Blue Room and talk and drink with friends. The bartenders are awesome, and contrary to other reviews the management has always been really nice and accomodating. I definitely recommend it.

Pros: Great Happy Hour, Lots of Eye Candy, Great Staff

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This location has gone through so many changes...Finally a better crowd, better music but still poor management. I have to say, this is definitely a good place for a single gal to go. There are alot of young professionals and eye-candies. Bartenders are very energetic and friendly. Plenty of room to dance downstairs....but no AC!

4
★★★★☆

This location has gone through so many changes...Finally a better crowd, better music but still poor management. I have to say, this is definitely a good place for a single gal to go. There are alot of young professionals and eye-candies. Bartenders are very energetic and friendly. Plenty of room to dance downstairs....but no AC!

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Wonderful new pub in boston. Lines are long but worth the wait. THe clientele is nice, bouncers are polite...and the bartenders? Well, can't get prettier then one of them...and she can pour a MEAN drink.....

5
★★★★★

Wonderful new pub in boston. Lines are long but worth the wait. THe clientele is nice, bouncers are polite...and the bartenders? Well, can't get prettier then one of them...and she can pour a MEAN drink.....

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Our experience (and you can be rest assured it will be our ONLY experience @ McFaddens) was horrendous. Service was AWFUL and the manager with the attitude/power trip needs to go if McFaddens wants to be more than just the 'new' spot to try out. There are a wealth of other bars that we'd rather have fun at.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Our experience (and you can be rest assured it will be our ONLY experience @ McFaddens) was horrendous. Service was AWFUL and the manager with the attitude/power trip needs to go if McFaddens wants to be more than just the 'new' spot to try out. There are a wealth of other bars that we'd rather have fun at.

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Horrendous service. The bouncers managing the line let everyone in who ""knows someone"" with absolutely no regard to the people who are actually waiting in line. They are rude and arrogant. Management is poor and they do not care about their customers. Inside is fairly well decorated but there's nothing special about this scene to justify the snottiness. Crowd is suburban and not upscale. Not worth visiting.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Horrendous service. The bouncers managing the line let everyone in who ""knows someone"" with absolutely no regard to the people who are actually waiting in line. They are rude and arrogant. Management is poor and they do not care about their customers. Inside is fairly well decorated but there's nothing special about this scene to justify the snottiness. Crowd is suburban and not upscale. Not worth visiting.

Message from McFadden's

Conveniently nestled between Faneiul Hall & the Financial District, McFadden's is the most dynamic establishment in Boston to combine both work & play. Offering lunch, brunch, dinner, crazy nightlife or an exciting place to watch sports, the many facets of McFadden's will never disappoint you. McFadden's is equipped with state of the art technology including digital surround sound, ten 42" plasma TV's & a NEW large projection screen TV. Whether you are a part of Red Sox Nation or from out of town, we will make it comfortable for you to watch whatever team you are rooting for. If you are looking for a premier nightspot to party as a couple, as a single or as a group of friends, McFadden's Boston will always be the perfect place to have a great time. With Boston's best DJs, nuttiest bartenders & courteous staff, you will experience the best Boston has to offer.

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In Short
With a handful of tables that contain personal TVs and several other screens scattered about, McFadden's maintains a modern sports bar atmosphere. Once the big game ends, patrons head downstairs towards the dance floor…

Key Points

  • Amazing Sunday Brunch
  • Set Up Your Private Party Now
  • $3 Drinks Every Wednesday 6pm-9pm
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