In celebration of St. Patrick's Day (coming soon!), this post from our friends at Trazee Travel breaks down the Irish pubs to hit in New York City.
With one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world, New York City is a great place to celebrate all things Irish. The city is also home to many authentic Irish pubs. Visit one of these spots for a pint of Guinness, live music and an Irish meal.
McSorley’s Old Ale House
The oldest bar in New York City, McSorley’s sticks to its authentic tavern roots —you’ll find sawdust on the bar floor to soak up spilled beer. Only two types of beer are on tap, dark and light ale, poured by the Irish bartenders. A bit of history: Women weren’t allowed into McSorley’s until 1970.
Molly’s is a traditional Irish pub and restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side. Opened in 1895, the space served as a grocery store during Prohibition. Today, Molly’s offers guests bar grub alongside classic Irish dishes, including Shepherd’s Pie.
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar
This Irish pub is best known as a great spot for live music. Check out weekly performances by Irish rock groups and Celtic crooners. Paddy Reilly’s has a generous daily happy hour from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
The Dead Rabbit
The newest bar on this list, The Dead Rabbit holds the prestigious title of World’s Best Bar in 2015 at the Spirited Awards, the industry’s highest accolade. Don’t let the 2013 opening deter you — The Dead Rabbit is authentic. The co-owners previously worked together at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast. Enjoy cocktails and small plates and everything in between. You can even order Irish groceries from behind the counter.
A subway ride away in Queens, Donovan’s Pub features a full food and drink menu with Irish-American favorites. The burgers often make “best of” lists in New York City.