We were recent guests at the opening of Waxy's Modern Irish, a new take in the group of Waxy O'Connor's Restaurants owned by Paul McKenna. The string of more traditional Irish style spots is quite popular but this Waxy's brand is just what it says: more modern. And you can take it from someone who has been to Ireland many times and visited more than his fair share of pubs.
Gone is the peat fire and the menu is updated for a more gastropub feel with offerings like Pork and Leek Sausage, Fingerlings Mash, Seared Salmon in Magner's Irish Cider with stews, battered fish and burgers, as well.
The spot has a nostalgic, real modern Irish feel and all the charm when it comes to service, however, and this opening night crowd was fun but not overly boisterous. We especially liked the two "Cubbies", more private tables off to the side with partitions (without an obstructed view of the full space), private bar service and a flat screen for watching those important rugby games.
There are forty draft lines and a rotation of craft beers available as would be the case in any Irish bar. This particular drink was the Fruitations Cranberry: Absolut Elyx, Fruitations Pure Cranberry, Lime and Orange Soda garnished with Star Anise. Very refreshing, indeed. Waxy's is now open to the public.
1032 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446