South Boston

Irish pubs, copper and brick buildings, and waterfront activity typify Southie.

South Boston, or “Southie” as it’s affectionately called, exudes a cinematic quality. Not far from Downtown via the T, Southie boasts panoramic views of Pleasure Bay and locals whose accents still hint at their Irish ancestry. Although the movies often portray it as a tough as nails neighborhood, South Boston has steadily exposed its softer side—organic markets, waterfront parks, and new condominiums are continually springing up in this beloved and storied community.

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On the Map

South Boston is bordered by Leather District, Chinatown, Downtown, Roxbury, Financial District, South End, and Dorchester

Logan International Airport: 35 minutes on the T
Downtown Boston: 25 minutes on the T
Boston Common: 20 minutes on the T
Harvard Square: 30 minutes on the T

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

A Working Neighborhood Rooted In Irish Pride

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Colloquially called "Southie," South Boston boasts character unlike any other.

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It sports a small-town feel where locals settle their beefs on the pitch or over a tall pint.

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In Southie, Saturday is Rugby Day at Moakley Park.

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Southie works hard, plays hard, and prays hard.

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Historically an Irish-Catholic neighborhood, churches dot the neighborhood's centers and squares.

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The neighborhood is known for its survival instincts.

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It's common to hear Southie called "one tough cookie."

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It grew out of hard-working industrial roots.

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Sticking together through it all, Southie continues to evolve.

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Unused warehouses are reimagined into environmentally-conscious apartment complexes.

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Blocks of color enliven Southie's residential blocks.

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People keep their eye on Southie.

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We hear Mul's corned beef hash is the finest thing to touch the flat-top this side of the Mississippi.

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Combine its prideful small businesses with newcomers looking to share Southie's can-do attitude, and it's easy to see why it's a neighborhood to watch.

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South Boston's Erin go Bragh Attitude

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Southie remains Boston's bastion of Irish pride.

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Its old-school Erin go Bragh affection is a city institution.

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Come Saint Patrick's Day, its bars and pubs overflow like the foam on a Guinness.

On the Banks of Pleasure Bay

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South Boston's location on Pleasure Bay adds to its appeal.

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The sandy shores of the bay are one of the city's most popular destinations for sunning, swimming, and friendly competition.

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It's also a popular destination to find peace and quiet.

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Ships ahoy.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam

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Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.