One of the Back Bay's most popular and boisterous sports bars has hosted its last watch party, as the Dropkick Murphys-affiliated McGreevy’s will not be reopening. The Irish pub and sports bar's ownership includes Ken Casey, frontman of the Dropkicks; after shutting down along with the rest of the city's bars in mid-March, it never reopened.
“McGreevy’s was my start in the restaurant business, but I have sad news: McGreevy’s will not open after the pandemic,” Casey said in a recent interview with Boston Man Magazine. “It’s heartbreaking to me. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll open in another location. But the landlord wanted April rent, and full May rent…and June — what are you going to do?”
After opening on Boylston Street in 2008, the bar soon found its groove as a popular place to watch the Sox and Pats, as well as a lively spot on key dates such as the Boston Marathon and St. Patrick’s Day. The venue also hosted countless fund raisers and community events. Casey’s other venues, Yellow Door Taqueria in Dorchester and the South End, and Lower Mills Tavern in Dorchester, remain open.
"We had 12 great years," said Casey in a social media post. "It was the hang out for some of our favorite Dropkick Murphys fans . The staff (past and present), the regulars, and the fans are all family to us and always will be. We are thankfully able to move our staff to our other locations (@yellowdoortaco and @lowermillstavern). Rest In Peace McGreevy’s #covidsucks."
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