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: 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).
Swift Hiberian Lounge: This 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.)
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.
Have I missed your favorite Irish pub in New York? Let us know in the comments!