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Serving Cambridge since 1934

The oldest family owned pub in Cambridge. Serving cold beer and warm friends since 1934.

Welcome to Paddy's Lunch

Paddy’s Lunch is the oldest family owned pub in Cambridge. The atmosphere is timeless and has grown to become a home away from home to countless neighborhood regulars and new passers-by everyday.

It’s the perfect place to bend an elbow with a cold beer and good conversation.

Whether you are looking for a place to hang out with friends, watch a game, or throw some darts, Paddy’s is the spot for you. Come and experience the charm and tradition of Paddy’s Lunch, the best dive bar in Cambridge!

A Neighborhood Institution

Paddy’s was started in 1934 by Patrick and Margaret Fennell, immigrants from Ireland. In the 1960s, the Fennell’s daughter Margaret “Peggy” Fennell Ryan took over the operation with her husband Harry “Bubby” Ryan. In 1998 Peggy’s daughter, Ruth Ryan Allen, took over and remains the current owner today.

Paddy’s has served generations of Cantabrigians, everyone from firefighters and lawyers to local politicians.

A Dive Bar Making History

For the past 90 years, Paddy’s has been run by three generations of women from the same family. 

The oldest family-owned bar in Cambridge has played a large role in the community since it opened its doors, and for the past 13 years, has hosted a 5k that raises money for girls’ sports.

What people are saying...

Wicked Local

Doling out good times since Prohibition

 June 24, 2021

A deliberately unpretentious Irish pub that has been doling out heady brews of kinmanship and good times since Prohibition ended its short reign 88 years ago.

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time out green 5

11 oldest bars in Boston

June 28, 2023

The oldest family owned pub in Cambridge, dating back to 1934. A classic dive bar in the best sense of the term, the cozy spot welcomes all with well-priced drinks.

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Eater Boston

Boston’s Essential Dive Bars

 February 13, 2024

This dive doesn’t actually serve lunch (that would make too much sense), but they’ve got cheap beers and classic old Cambridge hospitality in spades.

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Business Hours:

Sunday – Wednesday 10AM – 1AM

Thursday – Saturday 10AM – 2AM


Located between Harvard Square and North Cambridge.
On the Corner of Sherman Street and Walden Street.
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