Regardless of whether or not you are Irish or not, Irish pubs and bars have been popular for generations. The following are a list of 10 different Irish bars and pubs located throughout the U.S. that are well known for their Irish food, drink, Irish music, and camaraderie.
McSorley’s Old Ale House
Established in the year 1854, McSorley’s Old Ale House is the oldest of New York City’s bars and saloons. Noted patrons from John Lennon to Abe Lincoln have had pint and spent time in McSorley’s Ale House. The walls of this famous establishment are covered with historic information and the floors are strewn with sawdust to give them an authentic and unmistakable appearance.
Known as being the “Home of the Perfect Pint”, the Snug in Boston offers an extensive menu along with wonderful entertainment. Ellen and Ed, the owners of The Snug, are always awaiting the arrival of visitors. The Snug is perhaps most well-known for its European draft system which is state-of-the-art.
Grafton Pub & Grill
The Grafton Pub & Grill in Chicago, which is named after a renowned street located in Dublin, is well known for its hospitality, and for its selection of over 70 beers, and a collection of Scottish and Irish whiskies. Along with beer and whisky, the Grafton Pub & Grill boasts wonderful American and Irish comfort foods and live music Sunday through Wednesday.
Buskers is a Irish Bar and Restaurant which is family owned and located in Newport, Rhode Island. After its renovations in 2003, this quaint location became the cozy niche which is enjoyed by visitors today. It has a great selection of food and beverages, a genuine Irish atmosphere complete with pictures, artifacts, and antiques.
Anna Liffey’s is an Irish Bar located in New Haven Connecticut, which has received the Head Brew Master’s “Perfect Pint Award”. Each Sunday, visitors can enjoy live Irish music, Tuesday night for Trivia night and each Saturday to enjoy local bands.
Kells in Portland has become well-known as the as the U.S.’s #1 Irish Restaurant and bar and has served its many visitors for 25 years. People who come into Kells Portland are met with wonderful food, unparalled service, live Irish music 7 days a week, and a welcoming atmosphere.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia, was opened the year that Lincoln was elected as president, soon after the Liberty Bell was cracked and before the breaking of the ground for the construction of Philadelphia City Hall. Established in 1860, this Ale House is the oldest tavern still operating in Philadelphia.
Kevin Barry’s Pub, which is situated in Savannah, Georgia, is located on the Savannah River in one of the city’s oldest buildings. They also offers delicious food, a wide selection of beers and alcohol, as well as live Irish music. Kevin Barr’s which is opened in 1980, is a well-known spot for military personnel, and is known across the world as a wonderful Irish spot.
Fado Irish Pub
The word Fadó, which is translated as “long ago”, is a perfect name for this bar that is steeped in culture and a genuine atmosphere. Fado Irish Pub in Washington DC, is the perfect location for family outings, office lunches, and fun nights full of food, drink, and music.
The Kerry Irish Pub
The Kerry Irish Pub in New Orleans, was established in 1993, was initially a haven for those who enjoyed live Irish music but quickly became a location for people who wish to enjoy all types of music including rock, folk, country, Irish, roots rock, bluegrass, and other types of soul music. The venue is always available to local as well as visiting musicians.
There are numerous Irish bars and pubs scattered throughout the country, many of which are very enjoyable. However, if you find yourself living in or visiting an area close to these bars, they are a sure ticket to an enjoyable and wonderful time out.
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