Monday, July 13, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Best Irish Pubs Outside of Ireland

Ireland is famous for its rolling green hills, mythical leprechauns, and pub culture. Although you’ll have to visit Ireland in order to experience that beautiful green countryside, you likely won’t have to go far to take part in the pub scene! All around the world, Irish pubs have sprung up in city centers, much to the delight of the drinking crowd. Are any of them near you? Check out this list to find out where you can find the best Irish pubs outside of Ireland!

1    The Auld Shillelagh, London

Where else but London would you find the best Irish pub outside of Ireland? The Auld Shillelagh looks rather humble from the front, but it is much bigger inside than you would expect! Come here for a cozy, traditionally Irish feel, a wide variety of favorite Irish spirits, and live pub music.
The Auld Shillelagh, London
2    Irish Pub Koblenz, Germany

Head outside Frankfurt, Germany for a chance to visit the best Irish pub in the country. This bar is run by Shay Dwyer, an Irish man with a passion for good beer and good conversation. If you like Irish beer, this is the best place in the area to get it! The pub is always filled with locals and travelers enjoying a drink and perhaps even live music. The food is almost as good as the beer, so be sure to visit Irish Pub Koblenz around dinner time!
Irish Pub Koblenz, Germany
3    The Galway Arms, Toronto

There’s a little bit of everything and a taste of every culture in Toronto! The Galway Arms is one of the best places to experience Irish culture in the city. This place is good for both its authentic Irish atmosphere and its food. If you’re used to regular pub fare, you’ll be in for a treat—the chef at the Galway Arms is a master! He creates Traditional Irish dishes that are consistently a notch above the rest. Come here to watch the game, drink a popular Irish beer, and get a good meals with friends.
The Galway Arms, Toronto
4    The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, Australia

The Drunken Poet is a treasure of a pub. There are few like it in Australia! Unlike the many themed pubs in the area, The Drunken Poet is not cliché or inauthentic. This is as close to the real deal as you can get in Melbourne! It serves Australia’s best Irish whiskey, and it’s a great place to meet new friends. There are even paintings of actual Irish poets on the walls! As a plus, this pub hosts live music five nights a week.
The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, Australia
5    Healy Macs, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

You might not expect to come across an Irish pub in Asia, yet here it is. Healy Macs is a great place to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur. You’ll find excellent service and an equally pleasing menu! This is a popular place for tourists, and many people enjoy coming to watch sporting events. Don’t miss it if you’re in KL!
Healy Macs, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6    The Irish Times, Vancouver Island, Canada

In the very heart of Victoria, this Old World pub will whisk you across the Atlantic as soon as you step foot in the door! The Irish Times is located in a former bank building that was constructed in the 19th Century. It still features an impressive Victorian fireplace, dark wood, and the original etched glass windows. The look of this place is pretty cool, and it’s worth visiting just for a chance to sit in a place with a lot of history and listen to the live Celtic music. However, the food and drinks are pretty great in their own right! Enjoy Irish classics like shepherd’s pie as well as Canadian faves—pizza, anyone? By the way, don’t forget to try the Irish coffee—rumor has it that it’s incredible!
The Irish Times, Vancouver Island, Canada
7    Wild Rover, Cusco, Peru

This pub and hostel is a great place to stay and drink while you’re touring Peru. The Wild Rover is proof that you don’t have to go broke on high-end accommodations to have fun! The sleeping quarters here are safe, comfortable and welcoming, following in Irish traditions of hospitality. However, if you decide to stay elsewhere, be sure to visit for a drink! You’ll find cheap Irish beer and good pub food as well as a stunning view and friendly faces from around the world.
Wild Rover, Cusco, Peru
8    Mulligan’s, Amsterdam

Nobody parties like the Dutch, and nobody drinks like the Irish. Put it together and you’re sure to have a crazy experience! Mulligan’s in the Netherlands is a popular place to go for a pint and live music. This bar is authentically Irish, but it doesn’t serve food. It does, however, air Irish sports on its TVs, so you can enjoy some football with your beer and music!
Mulligan’s, Amsterdam
9    O’Neill’s Madrid

Not far from the Puerta del Sol, O’Neill’s brings a taste of Irish culture to the streets of Spain. While Spain has a fascinating drinking culture of its own, sometimes it’s nice to go experience something different for a change! This is certainly the best way to do it. The staff at O’Neill’s is friendly and helpful, and you’ll be sure to get some of the best ribs or fish-n-chips you’ve ever tasted.
O’Neill’s Madrid
10    De Danú, Toulouse

Even France has a great Irish pub to try! De Danú is the largest Irish bar in the city center, and it’s popular for good reason. The sports-loving crowd throngs here for a chance to see rugby and meet the famous Irish sports star, Trevor Brennan! If you’re in the area, head over here to taste the good food and experience the fun atmosphere for yourself.
De Danú, Toulouse
Which of these Irish pubs would you put on your drinking bucket list? There are so many great bars to choose from! If you’re wondering why no American pubs made it on this list, don’t worry – we have a whole post about the best Irish pubs in the USA. You’ll find even more cool Irish pubs to visit!


  1. Mandy Robinson
    July 14, 2017 - 12:15 am

    My friend lived in Germany for a while and said that they have some great ones there.

  2. July 14, 2017 - 7:49 pm

    Irish pubs… There are so many of them, even outside Ireland. From this list number 7 . Wild Rover, Cusco located in Peru looks like most Irish- so many fun and good vibes, happy people and good times.


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