The Best Irish Pub in Every State for 2020

Pint of Guinness at Conor O'Neill's. (Photo via Conor O'Neill's) (Conor O'Neill's)
Scott Hartbeck
by Scott Hartbeck
Last updated: 7:00 AM ET, Mon March 9, 2020

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Whether we're talking about an "authentic as can be" tavern filled to the brim with antiques imported from Ireland or simply a good old fashioned Irish-inspired (but American-influenced) sports bar, there's no better place to be on St. Patrick's Day than an Irish pub.

The following are 50 of the finest in the land and all are guaranteed to make your March 17th extra special. Sláinte!

Alabama: Callaghan's Irish Social Club

Callaghan's has been bringing its signature brand of Southern-tinged, Irish-inspired craic to historic Mobile's Oakleigh Garden District since 1946. They are famous for their live music, mouthwatering burgers and for throwing the best St. Patrick's Day soiree in the city.

Alaska: McGinley's Pub

No matter what the Alaskan weather is like outside, you'll be enveloped by Irish warmth inside McGinley's. Locals and tourists alike love the way this pub pours Guinness and blends the flavors of Alaska and Ireland together, with a fine example of the latter being the bangers & mash made with reindeer sausage.

Arizona: Rula Bula Irish Pub

The building that Rúla Búla calls home used to house a saddlery and this sets the tone for a lively mix of Ireland and Old West. Parts of this Tempe pub were constructed in Ireland and they lend a traditional feel to the venue, which also is home to a wonderful patio where you can often hear live music.

Arkansas: Creegen's Irish Pub

Cregeen's (the name is Gaelic for "little rock") has two locations in the state and both will take you to away to the Emerald Isle. Both bars feature an extensive list of Irish whiskeys, tasty pub grub and quality beer from Ireland, America and elsewhere in Europe.

California: The Plough and the Stars

Live music seven nights a week. Authentic Irish ambiance. Perfect pours of stouts, lagers and whiskeys. You won't find a combination like this executed as perfectly as the Plough does anywhere else in the Golden State.

Colorado: Clancy's Irish Pub

The Denver metro area's longest-running Irish pub, Clancy's may have recently moved locations, but they haven't missed a beat. Especially on Tuesday nights, when they host live Celtic music sessions and serve up corned beef & cabbage.

Connecticut: The Harp and Hound

Located in the historic coastal town of Mystic, The Harp is run by an Irishman who has done a splendid job of re-creating a country pub from back home. Stop by for weekly Irish music sessions and to warm your cockles by the fireplace.

Delaware: Catherine Rooney's

They named the pub after their mothers and they go out of their way to make you feel like a cherished part of the family at Catherine Rooney's. The tables in the pub are arranged to encourage conversation, and chances are strong you'll be conversing about the delicious food like shepherd's pie or fish & chips battered in Irish lager.

Florida: McGuire's Irish Pub

Their tagline is "feasting, imbibery and debauchery" and they take all three seriously at both McGuire's locations on the Florida Panhandle. Whether you visit the Pensacola or Destin location, you're in for a treat (and one sensational steak dinner) at this NYC Irish Saloon by the sand.

Georgia: Olde Blind Dog

With locations in Atlanta (Brookhaven) and Milton, the Olde Blind Dog is the place to go for Gaelic good times in Georgia. The pub combines an authentic-as-can-be interior design with delicious food (everything from legit boxty pancakes and Guinness onion soup to an amazing ale and cheddar dip) and perfect pours of Guinness and other excellent beers.

Hawaii: O'Toole's Irish Pub

Home to the finest Irish whiskey collections in the state of Hawaii, O'Toole's serves up the nectar alongside a healthy portion of "O'aloha". The pub is also a hub for sports fans (think seven TVs and a wall of Boston Red Sox memorabilia) and music lovers, featuring live tunes every night of the week.

Idaho: O'Michael's Pub and Grille

The North End's oldest bar, O'Michaels has been pouring pints for Boise ever since 1962. Start your day with breakfast at the pub (the corned beef & hash gets sensational reviews) and finish it off by spending a night listening to their rotating roster of live musicians.

Illinois: O'Shaughnessy's Public House

Nope, your ears aren't playing tricks on you, those are real Irish accents that you're hearing behind the bar. Dark woods and vintage ceiling tiles complete the genuine Irish pub feeling at this beloved neighborhood hangout in Chicago's Ravenswood area.

Indiana: Golden Ace Inn

Four months after the end of Prohibition, four Irish immigrants opened Golden Ace Inn and it's still going strong-and still run by the same family. Yes, they've stood the test of time at The Golden Ace and still know how to throw Indy's biggest St. Patrick's Day bash.

Iowa: Sully's Irish Pub

Okay, bloody marys might not be a traditional Irish libation, but you won't mind one bit when you're sipping one of Sully's sensational eye-openers. Sully's is the oldest Irish bar in Des Moines and in addition to having Tullamore Dew whiskey on tap, it is known far-and-wide for throwing a massive St. Paddy's Day Heated Tent party.

Kansas: O'Malley's Irish Pub

If you like karaoke, craft beer and Irish whiskey, then O'Malley's is your spot in the Sunflower State. At last count, their whiskey list had nearly a hundred bottles and their beer list holds over 250 names. Take a trip around Ireland by taking their Irish Whiskey Challenge (sampling 65 whiskeys over any amount of time) to get your name on the wall.

Kentucky: The Irish Rover

When Louisville wants to escape to Ireland for the day, there's only one place to go: The Rover. Sometimes quite literally too as this genial pub in the historic Clifton-Crescent Hill neighborhood also leads organized tours across the pond each April and October.

Louisiana: Molly's at the Market

There are several high-quality Irish pubs in New Orleans, but only Molly's is the official starting point and finish line of an annual Irish Parade. This laid back bar is the perfect antidote to the crowds on Bourbon Street and no visit is complete without sipping one of their famous frozen Irish coffees.

Maine: Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant

There aren't enough superlatives to describe the atmosphere of this waterside pub in Portland. From fantastic food and live music to characterful features and fixtures reclaimed from Ireland (including an inviting snug and warming pot belly stove), they do everything right.

Maryland: Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant

They were watching European soccer at Sláinte long before it was trendy. Consistently rated Baltimore's top bar to watch the beautiful game, the pub opens early for breakfast, bloody marys and mimosas. And when it comes to St. Paddy's, one day isn't enough here as they celebrate the "17 Days of St. Patrick's Day".

Massachusetts: The Plough and Stars

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to Irish-inspired bars in the Bay State, but the Plough & Stars is ahead of the pack. They've been bringing craic to Cambridge for over 50 years and they show no signs of slowing down. Stop by for live music every night and an excellent selection of beer and posh pub grub.

Michigan: Conor O'Neill's

The only authentic Irish pub in Ann Arbor, Conor O'Neill's has earned a big reputation for its traditional atmosphere and its range of fantastic beers and burgers. The bar also hosts lively Irish music sessions every Sunday evening.

Minnesota: The Local

From the vintage books on the wall to the snug nooks and crannies hiding throughout the pub, the Local looks and (most importantly) feels like a gathering place. It just so happens that it also pours some of the finest Irish whiskeys and beer you'll find west of County Kerry.

Mississippi: Fenian's Pub

Fenian's is the flagbearer for Irish pubs in Jackson, serving up Old World classics with a Southern accent in a casual, fun atmosphere. The pub is also the perfect home base for all your St. Paddy's Day shenanigans needs.

Missouri: O'Connell's Pub

You can definitely find shinier and more stylish Irish bars in the 'Lou, but year after year, O'Connell's tops them all. How they do it? They keep things simple: friendly service, casual atmosphere and simple-yet-scrumptious burgers.

Montana: The Celtic Cowboy

The pub's name pays tribute to a legendary Great Falls citizen-a Welshman who was the first European settler in the county-and the menu pays homage to Irish flavors. Breakfast features Scotch eggs and "bangers & hash" while the pub menu stars an Irish Reuben, fish & chips and corned beef & cabbage. Or, you could always just stick to the great pours from the bar, you can't go wrong either way.

Nebraska: The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head's beautiful bar was designed in Dublin, built in Wexford, and hand-finished in Nebraska. The pub takes its inspiration from the legendary Brazen Head pub in Dublin (said to be the oldest in the country) and the fine interior is matched by an equally impressive roster of food featuring Irish boxty and other traditional fare.

Nevada: O'Shea's Casino

While it's technically true that you can find more traditional Irish pubs in Las Vegas, you can't play beer pong while sipping some of the Strip's most budget-friendly beer at those fine establishments. O'Sheas has been beloved by fun-loving tourists and locals alike for decades now and one visit will show you why it made the list.

New Hampshire: Kelley's Row

Kelley's Row has been entertaining-and pouring drinks for-guests for generations now, become a much-loved part of the local community along the way. Pair up your pint with a cut of their famous prime rib.

New Jersey: The Irish Pub

They broke the mold when they made this cherished Atlantic City pub and hotel. Offering some of the best values in town and a rich history that includes time spent as a speakeasy and being the inspiration for a Monopoly game piece, if these memorabilia-clad walls could talk, they would spin a one-of-kind yarn.

New Mexico: Two Fools Tavern

Were the two friends behind this bar foolish for thinking that an authentic Irish pub would work in the heart of Albuquerque? One sip of stout and bite of the Guinness stew or fish & chips will tell you they were crazy like a fox.

New York: McSorley's Old Ale House

Pop stars, presidents, plotters and everyone in between has raised a pint at McSorley's, the Big Apple's longest continuously-operating bar.

North Carolina: The Workmen's Friend

It's hard to hammer down what is the most impressive thing about The Workman's Friend. For starters, there's the idyllic garden, the warming fireplace, the delectable menu that seamlessly blends the best of Irish and Southern flavors (pickled fried okra sits next to Irish stew) and excellent service executed with a smile. How about all of the above?

North Dakota: The Blarney Stone

With two locations in North Dakota and one south of the border in Sioux Falls, the Blarney Stone is the go-to spot for a pint of Guinness in this neck of the woods. In addition to libations, the food menu features a collection of Irish and American favorites.

Ohio: The Harp

Where else can you admire sweeping views of Lake Erie and listen to live Irish music? Nowhere, and this is to say nothing of the gorgeous stained glass and an excellent food menu that features authentic boxty cakes. Suffice to say, there is nowhere else you want to be in Cleveland on St. Patrick's Day.

Oklahoma: Kilkenny's Irish Pub

What do you get when you combine Ireland and Oklahoma? Kilkenny's. The pub has become a gathering place for Tulsa, offering guests a chance to feel as though they've crossed the Atlantic without ever stepping foot outside of the city limits.

Oregon: Paddy's Bar and Grille

Paddy's is Portland's oldest Irish bar, home to St. Patrick's Day festivities that have long become a cherished institution in the city. Each year, March 17th features traditional dancing, live music and assorted revelry. Don't be surprised if you're back on the 18th, 19th, or 20th of March, either.

Pennsylvania: Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle

As the name would indicate, live music is a big part of the magic here, with St. Patrick's Day typically featuring 12 hours of traditional sounds. The bar is also the headquarters for Notre Dame football fans in Pittsburgh in addition to hosting regular Ceili dance sessions.

Rhode Island: The Fastnet Pub

This Newport pub takes its name from Ireland's most southerly lighthouse and it has become a beacon for those craving a little craic. The bar has over 30 beers on draft and dedicates Sunday nights to live performances of Irish music in addition to showing sailing events and rugby games on the screens.

South Carolina: Tommy Condon's

There's only one genuine Irish pub hidden among the numerous taverns in charming Charleston and it's Tommy Condon's. Pull up a chair inside (or on their atmospheric patio) to enjoy the sounds of live music and a mix of Irish and Palmetto State hospitality.

South Dakota: McNally's Irish Pub

From the dark worn woods to the vintage copper ceiling and fireplace, McNally's has nailed the aesthetic of a real Dublin pub. They haven't put style over substance here though as the food, drink and staff provide the warmest of Irish welcomes.

Tennessee: McNamara's Irish Pub

After years of playing at other establishments in the area, Sean McNamara decided to open up his very own Irish pub in 2010 and the rest is history. McNamara's has evolved into a mecca for Irish music and food lovers in Nashville, combining a homey atmosphere with excellent service.

Texas: The Dubliner

It's not just a name, this pub truly is owned by a gentleman from Dublin and he has done a sensational job of importing Irish hospitality to East Dallas. Come for the perfect pours of Guinness, stay for the cheerful atmosphere and cozy fireplace.

Utah: Flanagan's on Main

Park City certainly knows how to party and there's nowhere better to have a proper Irish "knees up" than at Flanagan's on Main. Visit over St. Patrick's Day to see the pub at its best.

Vermont: McGrath's Irish Pub

This was the first bar in the state to serve Guinness on draft they are still keeping the Irish spirit alive at this seasonal bar at the Inn and Long Trail. Everyone is treated as part of the family here and in addition to a solid roster of live music you are in for a few surprises, like a boulder that doubles as a couch.

Virginia: Murphy's Grand

Murphy's Grand has been offering Northern Virginia a taste of the Emerald Isle for over 40 years and it's still the perfect place to enjoy some Irish pub food, sip a pint or two and watch the big game.

Washington: The Owl N' Thistle

The Owl N' Thistle may be located a stone's throw from Pioneer Square, but once inside, you will feel like you are a thousand miles away and surrounded by céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes).

West Virginia: Paddy's Irish Pub

From the moment Paddys moved into the historic Tiffin House, they have fit perfectly into the neighborhood. Locals have fallen in love with this endearing Irish pub with the garden and you are sure to follow suit.

Wisconsin: County Clare Irish Pub

County Clare is both a pub and hotel steadfastly dedicated to bringing all things Ireland to Milwaukee. The pub features 20 stained glass windows (each brings a special aura to the room) and a cozy snug, complete with wood-burning stove. To say nothing of their talent at pouring stout, which has been recognized by the Guinness brewmaster himself.

Wyoming: Pat O'Hara Brewing Company

This brewpub has quickly become Cody's favorite place for live music, excellent beer and Irish-inspired bites. Stop by to be treated like an old pal, sip fresh suds and feast on favorites like shepherd's pie and fish & chips.

Rise a pint at these exceptional outposts of the Emerald Isle.

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