Best Irish Bars in the U.S.
Think all Irish pubs are the same? That's a lot of malarkey! Grab your pint glass and raise a toast to these 11 outstanding Irish bars in the United States.
McGillin's Olde Ale House, PhiladelphiaPhilly's oldest continuously operating tavern, McGillin's began pouring pints in 1860. Chock-full of Old World character, the beloved bar serves the only stout brewed in Ireland, offers a menu filled with pub classics such as shepherd's pie, and throws an epic St. Patrick's Day party. 960 1280
McSorley's Old Ale House, New York CityCraft beer snobs, be damned! McSorley's patrons have tw beers to choose from at this historic pub: light or dark. It opened in 1854, making it one of the city's oldest bars, and feels simply like a down and dirty classic. If you get hungry, order the cheese plate; a hunk of cheddar and a thick slice of onion will do your belly right (or wrong, depending on how many brews you've downed…). 960 1280
Galvin's Public House, ChicagoThe Irish owners of Galvin's, Paul and Kathy Galvin, take their heritage — and their long family history of bar proprietorship — seriously. Much of the interior decor is sourced straight from the Emerald Isle, and some of the fireplace's stones even hail from Kathy's parents' house in Ireland. Irish classics such as bangers and mash fill the menu, and Galvin's has made St. Paddy's Day into a six-day celebration. 960 1280
The Burren, Somerville, MassachusettsYou'll want to leave the confines of downtown Boston to find the region's most authentic Irish pub, the Burren. The bar is owned by 2 Irish fiddle players and has become a must-stop spot for Irish music icons including U2 and the Chieftains; it even hosts live Irish music or Irish step-dancing events most nights. 960 1280
John D. McGurk's, St. LouisThis 20,000-square-foot behemoth opened as a one room pub in 1978, but today, John D. McGurk's features plenty of rooms, bars and even an outdoor garden where you can get your Irish drink on. Chow down on classics, such as corned beef and cabbage or bangers and mash, before tossing back pints of Irish brews and whiskies — all to the tune of nightly live Irish music. Slainte! 960 1280
Emmit's Irish Pub, ChicagoHoused in a building that once served as a haven for Chicago's legendary gangsters, Emmit's opened in 1996 under the ownership of two local firemen. With dozens of beers and nearly 40 whiskies and scotches (including Jameson on tap!), Emmit's makes sure no one goes home thirsty. 960 1280
Doyle's Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MassachusettsServing pints and Irish-inspired grub since 1882, Doyle's gives the Burren a solid run for its money. This classic pub, a favorite hangout of local politicians for decades, pours plenty of Irish brews. 960 1280
Tom Bergin's Tavern, Los AngelesIrish coffee lovers (and let's face it, who isn't?) will want to hightail it to Tom Bergin's, which is said to have brought the tipple to Los Angeles in the 1930s. According to local legend, the creators of Cheers used to visit the bar and tapped it as inspiration for their classic TV show. Today, cardboard shamrocks with the names of patrons scrawled across them canvas the ceiling. 960 1280
The Irish Bank, San FranciscoGrab an outdoor table along the alley where the Irish Bank sits, and kick back for a Guinness-filled evening. On weeknights, a convivial after-work crowd tends to fill the bar, which is made homey with a slew of antiques, photos and wooden decor. 960 1280
The Harp, ClevelandConnect to your Irish roots, if you've got 'em, at the Harp, where live Irish music fills the air, Irish beers and whiskies line the bar, and the menu is filled with Irish favorites such as boxty, a stuffed potato pancake. Patrons can sit at the bar, admiring the striking stained-glass backdrop, or grab a table on the patio overlooking Lake Erie. 960 1280
The Dubliner, Washington, D.C.In a city known more for its politics than its Irish watering holes, the Dubliner is a welcome respite and has been a Capitol Hill favorite since it opened in 1974. An outdoor patio stretches along Massachusetts Avenue and is perfect for filling up on Irish fare and a Guinness while people-watching. Indoors, you can listen to live Irish music in the evenings while sipping a rare Irish whiskey. 960 1280
Invest in Foreign MarketsResearch ahead of time if there’s going to be a farmers’ market near you. Use the website Local Harvest to find farmers' markets throughout the U.S. When traveling abroad, markets are the perfect way to really get to know an area, be it your own city or one in another country. It’s a great way to practice language skills and learn about local culture, meet people, find out about good restaurants and learn about what else is going on during your stay. There’s plenty available to snack on even if you’re not planning to cook during your visit. If you’d like to bring any produce home from other countries, check the federal customs regulations first. 960 1280
Cart SmartFarmers markets can get crowded, and cumbersome wagons can become more of a burden than a help. Markets are often set up on dirt or gravel lots, which can be difficult with smaller wheels, too. Consider collapsible rolling carts or caddies with larger wheels that have a more manageable profile. Backpacks are also handy when traveling. 960 1280
Paws Before Taking FidoFarmer’s markets can be a great time to spend walking together with your best furry friend. But many markets have asked that dogs stay home, if not out-right banned canines. Check if the market is dog-friendly before going. Some markets may even have a dog park or area set up that has water and shade. If not, make sure to bring water for your dog, and consider the temperature before leaving your dog in a vehicle while you shop. 960 1280
Keep It CoolBring reusable ice packs to keep your purchases cool as you peruse under the summer sun. You can also keep a cooler in your vehicle for storing purchases, if it’s convenient, so you don’t have to carry them around. Insulated lunch boxes can be carried in backpacks, bicycle panniers and other bags for ease. Often, you may want to go out to breakfast or lunch after the market, and a cooler with ice packs will keep your purchases fresh while you enjoy the rest of your day. 960 1280
Shop TalkWhen vendors aren’t busy ask about their farms and if they supply local restaurants, if they are online and if they invite the public to visit their farms and buy direct. Establishing a relationship with local food producers helps you get the best produce and creates closer ties with the local growers’ community. 960 1280
Good Things to ComeIf you're staying in a country for a semester or longer period of time, ask vendors what produce they’ll have later in the season, and start researching recipes. They may also recommend other vendors' produce and share recipes. Ask what they do during the winter months for fresh, local food. 960 1280
Consider volunteering at the local farmers’ market on your next trip. It's a great way to meet people. From setting up booths to engaging with social media, there are plenty of areas in which to help out. Booking live music, answering SNAP and EBT questions, setting up chairs, greeting visitors and answering general questions are all areas where volunteers are needed. Find the market’s information booth (staffed by volunteers) and ask about how to help.
Surf ‘n California burritoDid You Know? While popular for years in the north-Atlantic states, legend has it that the term "surf and turf" was first used at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
Dish 1: Surf n’ Turf Burrito
Where: Lucha Libre, 1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103 960 1280
BBQ Shrimp from Deanie'sDid You Know? In Louisiana they’ve been harvesting shrimp for 400 years. In the 17th century local fishermen cast their nets into the Gulf to catch the first batch of prized prawns.
Dish 2: BBQ Shrimp
Where: Deanie’s, 1713 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA 70005 960 1280
Killer Hogfish SandwichDid You Know? In 2009, 283,015 lbs. of hogfish were caught in Florida.
Dish 3: Killer Hogfish Sandwich
Where: Hogfish Bar and Grill, 6810 Front St, Stock Island, FL 960 1280
Alligator RibsDid You Know? Alligator meat is similar to pork in texture, lower in fat than chicken, and tastes amazing!
Dish 5: Alligator Ribs
Where: Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613 960 1280