The Best Irish Pubs in New York

Irish pub in NYC

McSorley’s: One of New York’s best Irish pubs Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Looking for an Irish pub in New York? Good thinking: New York City’s Irish community is huge and vibrant. And if you can’t visit the city over St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating with a pint at one of the city’s great Irish pubs is the next-best way to enjoy New York’s Irish heritage!

Here’s our list of some of the best New York Irish pubs!

McSorley’s Old Ale House: Established in 1854, this East Village saloon is New York’s oldest pub. With its original wooden bar, coal-burning stove, walls plastered with historic memorabilia, and sawdust-strewn floors, a drink at McSorley’s is like stepping back in time. They serve only their own brew, McSorley’s Ale and Lager, two mugs at a time. The daily menu of pub fare is posted on chalkboards. Location: 15 East 7th St (between 3rd and 2nd Ave.)

Rocky Sullivan’s: This hopping pub in Red Hook, Brooklyn (an easy commute from Manhattan on the water taxi) offers a great selection of beers, pub grub, and brick-oven pizza. The pub boasts a terrific roof deck and features a series of readings, open-mike events, and live music. You can count on plenty of traditional Irish music during their “Unrepentant St. Patrick’s Day Celebration”, too! Location: 34 Van Dyke St. (at Dwight St.)

Molly's, an Irish pub in NYC

Molly’s, a great New York Irish pub Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Molly’s: Just like an old-world public house, Molly’s has a working fireplace, dark, cozy atmosphere, wooden carriage booths, and sawdust-covered floor. There are plenty of brews on tap, and Molly’s is renowned for their food, especially the shepherd’s pie and burgers. Visit Molly’s, and you’ll feel like you’re visiting the old country. Location: 286 Third Ave. (between 22nd and 23rd St).

The Swift Hibernian, an Irish pub in New York

The Swift Hibernian, one of our favorite Irish pubs in New York Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Swift Hiberian LoungeThis Nolita pub (close to McSorley’s, if you’re pub-crawling) was named one of America’s Best Bars of 2012 by Esquire. And no wonder: It’s got a warm community vibe and a large selection of ales. The pub has a full week of events for St. Paddy’s Day, too, including a Literary Brunch, an evening of Irish whiskey cocktails (with free Irish hors d’oeuvres), Irish music, and Irish craft beers. Location: 34 E. 4th St. (between Lafayette St. and Bowery)

O’Flaherty’s Ale House and Restaurant: A large, comfy pub on midtown’s “Restaurant Row,” O’Flaherty’s has areas with fireplaces, couches, a pool table, dart board, and outdoor garden space. They offer live music, pool challenges, and a great happy hour daily from 4 to 7pm. Location: 334 W. 46th St. (between 8th and 9th Ave.)

McSorley's Old Ale House

McSorley’s, a historic NYC pub Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Foley’s: This rollicking midtown pub has a large selection of beers and ales, an extensive food menu, a friendly staff, and a lively crowd. Not to mention some serious pieces of history—like the 120-year-old mahogany walls and tiled floors, the Tiffany stained-glass windows rescued from the original Waldorf Astoria hotel, and the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, complete with tons of baseball memorabilia. Location: 13 W. 33rd St. (between 5th and 6th Ave.)

Stout NYC: This huge pub and restaurant near Penn Station offers an extensive selection of beers (more than 20 on tap, 100 bottled, and 25 varieties of stout), and a menu of pub grub, burgers, oysters, and more. It can get crowded and noisy (hey, it’s a pub), so come early. Location: 133 W. 33rd St.

Also on W. 33rd St. are some other great Irish pubs, including Jack Dempseys’ (a few doors from Foley’s) and Rattle & Hum, one block east—making for a great Irish pub crawl!

Have I missed your favorite Irish pub in New York? Let us know in the comments! 

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  • Love this! Thanks! NYC has got tons of Irish character and heritage and these are fantastic picks. My fave spot to drink is Puck Fair on the Lower East Side (Lafayette). Not quite an Irish pub, but a great spot for microbrews and typical pub fare. Check out our post on Manhattan at ifiwereyoublog.wordpress.com for more of our faves.

    Thanks for the great posts!

    • Thanks, Katie. Must head over to Puck Fair ASAP. (Research…of course).
      Look forward to reading your post.

  • Liam Cahill

    Surprised and disappointed that Jimmy Nearys is not included. Great food, great drink and a real Irish welcome.