by Julie Fairweather
It all started way, way, way back in 1894 when Michael
“Nuf Ced” McGreevy opened up his 3rd Base Saloon on
Boylston Street in Boston. The venue soon became the ‘it
place’ for ballplayers, politicians, and celebrities to see and
be seen. The 3rd Base Saloon was best known as the place
where die-hard baseball fans known as the “Royal Root-
ers” hung out to talk baseball and cheer on their beloved
Boston Americans – now known as the Boston Red Sox.
The 3rd Base Saloon got its name because, like 3rd base, it
was the last stop before home.
The 3rd Base Saloon was Boston’s original sports bar
decorated in a baseball theme with pictures of players and
a scoreboard on the outside wall. Michael McGreevy’s
nickname “Nuf Ced” was given to him because that was
what he shouted to end barroom disputes usually about
the Boston Americans and the Boston Braves, “Nuf Ced!”.
McGreevy amassed a rich collection of photographs,
clippings, and other baseball memorabilia and was always
bustling with activity before and after games at Fenway
Park. When Prohibition forced McGreevy to close 3rd
Base, he donated his collection to the Boston Public
The theme song of the “Royal Rooters” was “Tessie” from
the Broadway musical “The Silver Slipper”. McGreevy
was immortalized in a 2004 remake of that song by the
Irish American rock band Dropkick Murphys. It also
became part of the soundtrack for the movie “Fever Pitch”
which told the story of avid Red Sox fans during the 2004
All of this leads up to when Dropkick Murphys’ lead man,
Ken Casey, decided to open up another 3rd Base Saloon on
Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay and call it Mc-Greevy’s.
It’s important to understand the history behind
this nostalgic venue because it explains the passion be-
hind the concept. I also sheds a little irony on a barroom
history because the bar created to emulate the 3rd Base
Saloon … McGreevy’s … has become very much the 21st
Century version of this historic bar.
McGreevy’s is the must experience first-and-last-stop
before the Red Sox games and also the place to hit before
heading for home for the night. That is all thanks to the
venue’s welcoming atmosphere, incredible food, and ce-
lebrity cache. You literally never know who you are going
to see hanging out at McGreevy’s. Maybe it will be one
of the Dropkick Murphys, a good pal of the band … say,
Bruce Springsteen for example, a Red Sox player, or studs
from the visiting team.
After all, McGreevy’s is the venue where Mike Napoli
spent the majority of his now legendary “shirtless Satur-
day” pouring shots for fans, spraying patrons with beer,
and celebrating the Red Sox 2013 World Series victory
before heading over to Daisy Buchanan’s – shirtless and
ready to finish his world championship celebration.
Which brings us to today’s reality. Daisy Buchanan’s has
since closed. And McGreevy’s has become more popular
than ever. Many of Daisy’s celebrity-magnet staff have
moved over to McGreevy’s and the venue has become
known as the definitive last stop of the night for many
of Boston’s sports legends looking to kick back and relax
with their adoring fans after a hard night on the field.
So yeah, McGreevy’s has great drinks, down home and
downright delicious food, a welcoming and gregarious
staff, and it is owned by the Dropkick Murphys. If that is
not enough to lure you into stopping by the next time you
are headed into or leaving Fenway Park, McGreevy’s has
also taken over as the place where you are most likely to
have a post game beer with sports celebrities hanging out
after the big game. Nuf Ced.
Be sure to visit http://www.mcgreevysboston.com/
for more information