As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, we’re sure you’re thinking about which watering holes to visit for the occasion. To help with your decision, we’ve found the 25 best authentic pubs in the country.
"Authenticity" is a tricky concept, but we've in considering it in the context of Irish pubs far from Irish soil, we've selected places that not only have a good selection of Irish (and non-Irish) beers, whisky, and other beverages, and sometimes a good selection of Irish and American pub fare, but also places that have roots. That doesn't necessarily mean they've been around for decades (though some have — in some cases more than a century), but they somehow capture the spirit of Ireland, whether through the heritage of the owners, the history of the buliding or the interior (some pubs actually import actual bars and room dividers from the old country), the character of the clientele, and, often, the presence of live music.
The Irish, of course, are well distributed around America, and we've found authentic Irish pubs in many parts of the country. If you're in Washington, D.C., be sure to stop by The Dubliner for a pint of Guinness. For those on the West Coast, we recommend kicking off the night at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Los Angeles. If you’re into starting the day off right, read on for bars that open midmorning, like The Grafton in Chicago. Whether you plan a bar crawl or decide to settle at one place, consider trying one (or, if the logistics work) a few of these finds for a true Irish pub experience. Many pubs have celebrations leading up to the big day, so be sure to check those out as well. We guarantee you will have good craic — Irish for a good time, fun in great company. Cheers!