Darcy's Village Pub
93 Willard Street, Quincy, MA 02169
Unlike other sections of this restaurant-rich city, West Quincy tends to have more in the way of local bars than dining spots, including a few places that are rather rough-and-tumble dives. But one complex just off the Southeast Expressway more than makes up for the lack of restaurants in this section of Quincy, with the Common Market Restaurants featuring everything from a European-style bistro to a family-friendly seafood place to a pasta cafe to a yogurt bar and more. And this sprawling place, which features eateries on both sides of Willard Street, also includes a neighborhood bar called Darcy's Village Pub that is a bit like some of the other drinking establishments in West Quincy--a spot that is frequented by locals and is a bit rough around the edges--and it is also like some bars in other parts of the city in that it has some really good bar pizza, as well as some excellent thin-crust New York-style pies.
Darcy's is a dark, moody spot that feels a little like an Irish pub in some ways. Dark woods and attractive old-fashioned lamps add a touch of atmosphere to the place, which is laid out in a very simple manner--a few high-top tables to the left, and a long bar to the right that tends to dominate the spot. A small and somewhat private-feeling outdoor patio can be found to the right of the bar, with the "beer garden" typically being more crowded than the indoor section on warm summer nights. Like many old-school drinking joints, people often eat right at the bar, chatting with the congenial bartenders who have "Boston" written all over them and seem like they wouldn't have been out of place in a Beantown watering hole from 100 years back. The local (and slightly dive-y) feel of Darcy's seems a bit odd in a way, as it literally shares a wall with the upscale Cafe de Paris, but once inside the pub, you tend to forget that it is indeed part of a complex that features upscale and family-friendly eateries.
Don't expect inventive comfort food or high-end pub grub at Darcy's; this is certainly not that kind of place, unless you consider cheddar sticks and chicken tenders to be nouvelle cuisine. But among the familiar onion rings, potato skins, burgers, buffalo chicken wraps, steak and cheese subs, and fish and chips are a couple of mighty impressive pizzas, one of which is a South Shore staple (bar pizza). The individual bar pies lean toward the higher end of the scale in quality, with a slightly pliable crust that holds spicy sauce and a greasy mix of cheeses that extends to the very edge of the crust. For those who like thin-crust pizza, the larger-sized pies are what you want to get here, as the foldable slices are a lot like what you might find in the Big Apple--or for that matter a relatively similar place in Somerville called La Hacienda that has the same small bar pizza/large thin-crust pizza setup. By the way, Darcy's does have one item on the menu that you won't find at a lot of Boston-area bars and pubs, namely pasties. These baked pastries, which are popular in England and Australia, are Americanized a little bit at Darcy's, as they are filled with steak and cheese or buffalo chicken here. Options for beer and wine are limited, with American beers being king (and wine being mostly an afterthought), while mixed drinks and shots are available as well.
In a city full of hidden gems, Darcy's is a particularly little-known spot in part because it is nearly impossible to find (it sits on a bumpy one-way street in a mostly residential and industrial area) and also because it is buried within a complex that is known more for its higher-end spots and takeout places. And while it isn't the best place in the Boston area for bar pizza or thin-crust pies, Darcy's is one of those rare spots that has both options, with each being well worth ordering. Willard Street in West Quincy isn't exactly Moody Street in Waltham or Mass. Ave. in North Cambridge when it comes to dining, but there are a few decent options in the general neighborhood, including this obscure old drinking spot.
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