Although St. Patrick’s Day is typically celebrated around the world every year in March, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bit of Irish fun and flavor all year round. That’s, of course, what the Irish pub is for!
Thankfully, you don’t have to travel to Ireland (though we recommend it!) to enjoy some of these authentic pubs across the US. In fact, there are a number of cities that are home to some of our favorite Irish pubs.
So, if you’re in the mood for a nice pint of Guinness or some whiskey, you’re in luck. Let’s take a look.
Brendan Behan Pub
When you’ve been rated as the best Irish pub multiple times in a city with a large ethic Irish heritage like Boston, you must be doing something right. Brendan Behan Pub features a large selection of beers plus events like trivia night, live Irish music, and even a poetry night.
Austin, Texas has no shortage of fun nightlife, but B.D. Riley’s is one of the most popular establishments in the 6th Street strip. Featuring live Celtic music, watch parties for everything from Notre Dame to soccer, and plenty of tasty pub fare, no wonder it’s a hit.
When you enter Washington, D.C.’s The Dubliner pub, you’ll feel like you’re back on the shores of the Emerald Isle. It’s rumored to be the countries largest seller of Guinness, and because of that features some extra special types on the menu.
The Plough and Stars
Proving that a great Irish pub isn’t just an East Coast thing, San Francisco’s The Plough and Stars has been voted the best Irish pub in the city by local fans and media. It’s easy to see why, since they feature traditional music and events almost every night of the week.
McSorley’s Old Ale House
Some consider this ancient New York City bar, around since the mid 1800s, to feature a few more tourists than locals, but that’s because of the experience. McSorley’s has a gruff atmosphere, sawdust covered floors, and only two beer options (light or dark).
County Clare Inn and Irish Pub
You might not think of Milwaukee when it comes to amazing Guinness, but think again. At the County Clare Inn and Irish Pub, they proudly proclaim that the Guinness brewmaster himself declared they served the best pint in the state. The food and live music is pretty good too.
O’Malley’s 1842 Irish Pub
Unless you knew where to look, you’d never find O’Malley’s tucked away inside an underground tunnel dating back to the Civil War era in Weston, Missouri. Not only is it fully decked out with an Irish look and feel, they also brew their own beers and feature live events.
Chief O’Neill’s Irish Pub
When any discussion of favorite Irish pubs comes around, you can’t leave Chicago off the list, which is why Chief O’Neill’s continues to be a favorite for both locals and visitors. Featuring tons of history, plus live events, and an amazing outdoor patio, it’s a crowd pleaser!
These are some of our favorite Irish pubs, now what about yours? Let us know in the comments!