As one of the countries with the highest number of ethnically Irish people, it’s little wonder that the United States has so many Irish pubs! While some of them are Irish in name only, there are others that offer truly delightful, authentic Irish experiences. I’ve done my research to find the best Irish pubs in the country! Who knows—maybe one of them is near you! Check out this list to find the U.S.A’s best Irish pubs.
1 The Black Rose, Boston
The Black Rose is a Bostonian staple—it’s been around for over 40 years! This is the best place to get Guinness, and you don’t have to limit your beer to a beverage. You can also get Guinness beef stew! Come in the evening for live Irish music. If you’re planning to visit earlier in the day, be sure to get an Irish coffee. Word has it that this place serves one of the best.
2 The Dubliner, Dallas
The Dubliner has been around for a long time, and its popularity isn’t waning. Although it has changed over the years—a front porch has since been added and the juke box has disappeared—it’s still a great place to grab a whiskey and relax after a long day. The culture here is nice, too. It’s a good place for conversation, not picking up dates. The world needs more places like this.
3 Macallans Public House, Brea, California
You can find just about any kind of Scotch and whiskey here—even labels you’ve never seen before in your life. The food here is awesome! Be sure to stop in for dinner.
4 The Plough & Stars, San Francisco
San Francisco is full of people from all around the world, including a decent number of Irish. The Plough & Stars attracts many Irish patrons, so you know it has to be the real deal! Come here for good times and good drinks.
5 Tír na nÓg, Philadelphia
I’m going to go ahead and admit that I have absolutely no clue how to pronounce “Tír na nÓg.” But with a name as authentic as that, how could you expect the bar to be any less awesome? The food here is what really makes the bar stand out. The chef has taken Irish classics and given them a new life for the New World!
6 Rúla Búla Irish Pub and Restaurant, Tempe, Arizona
As the hometown of one of America’s most notorious party schools, Tempe has more than its fair share of bars. However, Rúla Búla isn’t your typical party bar. This is about as authentically Irish as you can get in Arizona, where green is about as scarce as mythical Leprechauns. If you’re feeling the need for some luck ‘o the Irish, come here for live music, good food, and a European flair.
7 The Blarney Stone Pub, Fargo, North Dakota
On cold winter days in Fargo, you need a strong drink to warm you up. This is a great place to get one! The Blarney Stone has good Irish drinks, but it’s actually a lot more popular for its awesome pub fare. You can everything from seafood to breakfast-for-dinner!
8 Barry’s Old School Irish, Webster, New York
New York certainly has a strong Irish subculture, and that subculture isn’t limited to the big city. Head to Webster for a lot of fun and great music! St. Patrick’s Day is a week-long shindig here. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area. The celebration includes Irish dancing, whiskey tasting, and more!
9 Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Honolulu
Yes, even in Hawaii, you can find a good Irish pub! You may be surprised to learn that this place is a huge local favorite. If you’re in vacation on Hawaii and need a drink and a break from the sunburns, be sure to stop in.
10 Rí Rá, Las Vegas
Sin City is one of those places where you pretty much can’t get away from the alcohol. Still, this place is worth checking out! It’s also a nice hideaway from the noise and neon of the Strip. Enjoy live Irish music every day of the week along with great pub fare.
11 O’Connors Restaurant & Bar, Worcester, Massachusetts
Of all the Irish pubs on our list, this one has the most interesting decorations. Inside and out, you’ll find all sorts of relics from the Emerald Isle! It’s kind of like a museum with a liquor license. You’ll spend as much time looking around as you do drinking!
12 O’Tooles Public House, Grand Rapids
Love games? You’ll like this bar! It has both types of games—sports on TV and board games at the bar. You’re guaranteed to enjoy one or the other, and even if you don’t, you’ll still have a good time with a glass of beer and a slice of pizza. This is a great place to hang out and watch your favorite sporting event!
13 Raglan Road Irish Pub
What makes this pub really fun is the fact that it’s literally in the middle of Walt Disney World. Sure, that gives it a bit of a kitschy look and cartoony feel, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the live music and dancing!
14 McSorley’s Old Ale House, New York City
The East Village in Manhattan is home to one of the best Irish pubs outside of Ireland! This is the oldest Irish pub in New York, and it still has all the old-fashioned charms of its early days. This was once a man’s domain—it didn’t even allow women inside the doors until 1970, and then only when threatened by the law!
As you can see, there are a lot of great Irish pubs in the States, from East Coast to West! Next time you’re on a road trip, be sure to check out one or two of these. Short of going to Ireland, you’ll never find better Irish bars!