Top 10 Irish Pubs in the United States
The Plough and Stars – Cambridge, MA
As they would say in Ireland, this place is brilliant. During the day and early evening, the Plough is home to an eclectic mix of interesting Cambridge types in need of refreshments. The Plough & Stars may be tiny, but by night is one of the more popular and crowded bars in the neighborhood. Awarded the Best of Boston for The Best Bar & Irish Pub, The Plough & Stars is the oldest Irish pub in the Boston area.
Paddy Reillys – New York, NY
Paddy Reilly’s is the first and only all-draft Guinness bar in the world. There have nothing else on tap except for Guinness! They also have Irish Celtic rock every night of the week.
Kells Irish Pub – Portland, OR
Kells offers the Northwest’s largest selection of single malt Scotch and Irish whiskies, plus a wide selection of microbrew and imported beers on tap. Warm up next to the grand stone fireplace. Savor a fine cigar in our cigar room. Enjoy outstanding New World Irish cuisine in the comfort of an intimate booth. With live Irish music 7 nights a week, enjoy the best of Ireland anytime at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub. Kells also hosts the annual Portland St. Patrick’s Irish Festival, (the largest on the West Coast) a live music filled event for the entire family which includes traditional cultural activities, events and foods. The festival benefits Providence Child Center, a Portland Care Center for disabled children and their families.
Black Thorn Bar – Boston, MA
The Blackthorn is an authentic Irish bar, drawing on the long tradition and loyal client base in prideful Southie, the strongest Irish neighborhood in Boston. The atmosphere can get a little rowdy, and the bar is elbow to elbow with locals and regulars, but feel free to try it out as a first-timer; they won’t bite. Blackthorn is not a reproduction Irish pub — it’s got a foot firmly planted across the Atlantic. True to its roots and still a little rough around the edges, Blackthorn is as real a deal as there is outside of Ireland.
McGuire’s Irish Pub – Pensacola, FL
McGuire’s Irish Pub first opened in 1977 as a small neighborhood pub in a shopping center. McGuire cooked and tended bar and Molly waited tables and greeted customers. When Molly made her first tip -one dollar- she tacked it to the back bar for good luck. Friends of the pub added to the collection and it soon became tradition. Today you will see over $250,000 one dollar bills hanging from the ceiling throughout the Pub, all of which have been signed by Irishmen of all nationalities.
In 1982 McGuire’s moved to its current location, Pensacola’s original 1927 Old Firehouse. The old “firehouse” look has become a true landmark, and inside the pub, a turn-of-the-century, New York Irish Saloon theme reigns. Guests are often in “awe” as they pass through the theme-oriented rooms at McGuire’s. Whether it’s the Pipers Den, Notre Dame Room, The Irish Links Room or the Ruprecht O’Tolf Wine Cellar, McGuire’s Irish Pub is a 400-seat, 20,000 square foot landmark with a staff of over 200 warm and friendly faces.
Limerick Junction – Atlanta, GA
A longtime staple of Virginia-Highland, Limerick Junction has been one of Atlanta’s most happening Irish pubs for years. The decor isn’t anything fancy — just a big wooden bar and lots of Irish flags. But the casual vibe and friendly staff give the place a genial atmosphere that tends to loosen up more and more as the night goes on. The menu ranges from typical bar food to traditional Irish dishes like fish ‘n’ chips, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Stew.
Black Rose – Boston, MA
Located on the perimeter of Faneuil Hall, even the exterior of the Black Rose emanates the genuineness of the Irish. Offered here are two bustling floors of food, drink and plenty of Irish music. A typical pub menu, the food is good and if you aren”t Irish the music will make you feel like you are. You”ll be dancing a little jig by the time you leave.
The Black Sheep Pub – Philadelphia, PA
Antique bars and a fireplace make you feel right at home inside our three-story colonial townhouse. We offer a wide selection of drinks from around the world to enjoy at lunch, dinner or with a late-night snack. Try our house specialties like the shepherd’s pie or Guinness Irish stew plus plenty of other traditional favorites.
Chief O’Neill’s Pub – Chicago, IL
Formerly a dart bar called Oinker’s, O’Neill’s stands out on a desolate stretch of North Elston Avenue in the somewhat out-of-the-way Avondale neighborhood but that hasn’t impacted its popularity. The pub itself was named after Chief Francis O’Neill, who left Ireland to eventually become the Chief of Police in Chicago (no small task for a poor Irish immigrant). In his honor, O’Neill’s serves up excellent Irish fare, offers traditional Irish music almost every night of the week, hosts a pub quiz on Mondays that many have tried to imitate, throws events on every holiday, anchors the newly created Avondale Street Festival, and has one of the best beer gardens in the city.
Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub – Savannah, GA
You can’t rate Kevin Barry’s on food, beer and service, but on music and fun. This pub has great music is one of the few places where you can actually hear the music and join in. The entertainer are outstanding. You laugh, cry, sing, and maybe even dance all in one evening’s meriment.
Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub – Syracuse, NY
The Local Pub and Tea House – Saratoga Springs NY