Neatly tucked behind the buildings of Newton Centre, the Attic sits upstairs from the Union Street Bar and Grille restaurant. Furnished with 22 TVs, two bars, and a dining room, the Attic also hosts live music, karaoke, and trivia nights. Casual dress. No cover. Open Mon through Fri from 11:30 am to 1 am, and on Sat and Sun at 10:30 am. Late-night menu is served until 11:45 pm Thurs, Fri, and Sat.
Mashed potatoes and Irish soda bread make this one of the cozier nooks in Brookline Village. Of late Murphy's has also become home to a burgeoning reggae/dub/world-music scene that's spawned a vigorous Sun-night series, Live and Direct, as well as the club's own record label, Pub Records. Live music begins at 10 pm every night. Sunday brunch served. Cash only. Open daily from 11 am to 2 am. No cover.
O’Leary’s is a no-fuss Irish pub that pours a mean Guinness. Open Mon through Sat from 11:30 am to 1 am, Sun from noon to 1 am. Go online to view the pub’s live-music schedule.
THE PUBLICK HOUSE BEER BAR AND KITCHEN
Unpretentious, loud, and stocked with beers containing up to 12 percent alcohol. More than 150 brews, including artisan-crafted beers at the bar-within-a-bar known as Monk’s Cell. Some of the seats are wooden pews, so you can pray for a hangover-free morning. Slightly refined pub fare, trivia on Sun nights.
WASHINGTON SQUARE TAVERN
The perfect combination of local pub and upscale dining establishment. Co-owner Gerry Finnegan does seem truly to know everybody’s name, and the chef turns out a mix of traditional bar food and delectable palate-pleasers. Dinner served Sun through Thurs from 5 to 10 pm, and on Fri and Sat until 11 pm. Sunday brunch served from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Bar open daily until 2 am. No reservations or take-out.