18 Most Authentic Irish Pubs in America

#18 The Plough & Stars — Cambridge, Mass.

While at one time in its long history, The Plough & Stars provided a more traditional Irish pub experience, these days, they’ve strayed some from convention in favor of popular music acts, and a more contemporary menu which takes its cues less from Ireland itself, and more from all the places around the U.S. that the Irish have made their home. Lacking in the cheesy trademarked tchotchkes, The Plough & Stars has historic literary pedigree — the revered journal Ploughshares was founded here, and takes the bar as its namesake.