Top 14 Irish Pubs in NYC to Celebrate St. Patrick and more

Top 14 Irish Pubs in NYC to Celebrate St.  Patrick and more
Top 14 Irish Pubs in NYC to Celebrate St. Patrick and more

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Irish immigrants have had a big influence on New York’s drinking culture since the 1820s, leading to an abundance of Irish pubs in the city. However, many fake Irish pubs have appeared over the years. Secret NYC has listed the best authentic Irish bars, including McSorley’s Old Ale House, which may be the oldest bar in New York, and the Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant, which is known for its live Irish music and classic dishes like fish and chips. Other bars include The Dead Rabbit, An Beal Bocht Cafe, Donovan’s Irish Pub and PJ Clarke’s.

Top 14 Irish Pubs in NYC to Celebrate St. Patrick and more

Drinking culture in the Big Apple was largely shaped by Irish immigrants who arrived in the city in the 1820s. So it’s no surprise that Irish pubs remain among the oldest bars in New York. However, many fake Irish pubs have sprung up over the years. And with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we’ve decided to share some of New York’s best authentic Irish bars with you, according to Secret NYC.

1. McSorley’s Old Ale House, East Village

Let’s start with the most obvious – McSorley’s is often referred to as one of the most authentic Irish bars in town. In fact, he claims to be the oldest bar in New York, founded in the middle of the 19th century. It has a long history in the East Village. Since the days when women were not allowed to enter the bar! Madness, right? Fortunately, today everyone can drink a pint of beer there.

Where: 15 E 7th St

When: Monday – Saturday from 11:00 to 01:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 01:00

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2. Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant, Midtown

If you’re looking for delicious food to wash down with Guinness, we recommend Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant, which has two different locations in Midtown. The restaurant’s menu features such classic dishes as fish and chips, chicken pie with chicken, unreal cutlets and mashed potatoes. Connolly’s is very famous for live music, with an Irish band performing live almost every night. This year on St. Patrick’s Day, Irish music will be played here all day starting at noon!

Where: Times Square – 121 W 45th St

Midtown East – 14 E 47th St

When: Monday – Friday from 9:00 to 02:00 (Times Square), Monday – Friday from 10:00 to 01:00 (Midtown East).

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3. Playwright Irish Pub, Midtown

The Irish pub Playwright Irish Pub is as authentic as possible. There is an extensive beer list and Irish and American style dishes prepared by an award-winning chef. This place is a great sports bar. Its employees pride themselves on being “a destination for locals and tourists looking to see the fight of the century or their favorite hometown team.” It offers daily lunch and dinner menus, happy hour menus, late night bar menus and weekend brunch (11:00 to 15:00).

Where: 27 W 35th St

When: Daily from 11:30 to 04:00

4. The Dead Rabbit, FiDi

This award-winning place opened in 2013 and has since served what some New Yorkers call “the best Guinness in New York.” Founded by two Belfast-based managers Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, The Dead Rabbit offers many amazing features. Including the largest whiskey collection in the US, a cozy Irish pub taproom and more. If you are looking for a classic pint of beer or want to try one of their cocktails then this is a must visit place.

Where: 30 Water St

When: Sunday – Thursday from 12:00 to 02:00, Friday – Saturday from 12:00 to 03:00.

5. An Beal Bocht Cafe, Bronx

Cafe An Beal Bocht opened in 1991 and quickly became a staple. It hosts live performances by Irish and local musicians, as well as theatrical performances and art exhibitions, as well as poetry. An Beal Bocht is Gaelic for “poor mouth”. And in honor of this name, the theater company “Poor Mouth” was created here!

Where: 445W 238th St

When: Monday – Friday from 11:00 to 02:00, Saturday – Sunday from 10:00 to 02:00.

6. Donovan’s Irish Pub, Woodside

Donovan began in 1966 when New York firefighter Joe Donovan purchased the Clover Leaf bar. It didn’t take long for it to become the favorite haunt of the Irish community. Offering good food at reasonable prices, this pub soon became a favorite meeting place. One of the main attractions here is the live traditional Irish music that keeps people coming back for more.

Where: 57-24 Roosevelt Ave

When: Monday – Sunday from 11:00 to 23:00

7. Molly’s Shebeen, Gramercy

Founded in 1960, Molly’s has changed its name many times over the years. But what has never changed is that the true Irish spirit has always been at the heart of this bar. They call themselves “the most authentic Irish bar in New York” and their regulars can’t get enough of traditional Irish and American cuisine.

Where: 287 3rd Ave

When: Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 to 01:00, Sunday – Monday from 11:00 to 23:00

8. Paddy Maguire’s Ale House, Gramercy

The owner of this pub, Patrick Maguire, used to be a jockey in Limerick, Ireland. With outdoor pool tables and live sports on TV, this is a great place to hang out. Here you can watch a game or two and drink some Guinness.

Where: 237 3rd Ave

When: Monday – Sunday from 23:00 to 4:00

9. Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar, Kips Bay

Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar was opened in 1986 by Steve Duggan of County Cavan. His desire to make the pub truly Irish went so far that the flooring for it was imported directly from Ireland! If you are looking for a great no frills bar to enjoy live music and drinks, this is the place for you.

Where: 519 2nd Ave

When: Monday – Sunday from 23:00 to 4:00

10. The Landmark Tavern, Hell’s Kitchen

Operating since 1868, the Landmark Tavern is an Irish coastal saloon opened by Patrick Henry Carley. It is one of the oldest operating establishments in New York. To taste the most delicious and authentic corned beef and mashed potatoes or beef and cabbage, you need to go here.

Where: 626 11th Ave

When: Monday – Sunday from 15:00 to 22:00

11. PJ Clarke’s, Multiple Locations

Today, PJ Clarke’s has three locations in New York. But the first one, which still stands on the same spot in Midtown, opened in 1884. Irishman Patrick “Paddy” J. Clarke, known for his bootlegged Canadian scotch and tub gin, gave the pub its name. Since then, it has been a staple in New York.

Where: Midtown – 915 3rd Ave

Lincoln Square – 44 W 63rd St

Tribeca – 250 Vesey St

When: Additional information here

12. Peter McManus Cafe, Chelsea

The oldest family bar in New York, serving patrons since 1936, Peter McManus Cafe is one of New York’s most popular Irish pubs. Delicious and authentic Guinness on tap and good company is the place to go.

Where: 152 7th Ave

When: Monday – Sunday from 12:00 to 04:00

13. Ear Inn, Hudson Square

The Ear Inn, located in the historic James Brown House, is one of New York City’s oldest operating drinking establishments. Transformed into a bar by Thomas Clock, the atmosphere has not changed much since the building was built in 1770. Pop in here for shepherd’s pie and a pint of beer.

Where: 326 Spring St

When: Monday – Sunday from 12:00 to 04:00

14 Jack Jones Astoria

Jack Jones is a gastropub that serves casual food and absolutely amazing cocktails. Every Thursday, Friday and Sunday there is live music, and on weekends from 11.00 to 16.00 there is a brunch where you can get a full Irish breakfast with a pint of Guinness. You can also check out their Siopa Beag – a nod to early gastropub culture, when Irish pubs merged with grocery stores to increase business. So visitors can choose from a variety of homemade jams, pickles, breads, Irish goods and local produce.

Where: 38-01 Ditmars Blvd

When: Sunday – Thursday from 11:00 to 03:00, Friday – Saturday from 11:00 to 04:00.

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