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The Best Irish Restaurants To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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Tessa ZuluagaAuthor

In a 2024 survey, adult Americans were asked whether they would be celebrating St. Patrick's Day or not. 62% of U.S. respondents stated they intended to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year. St. Patrick's Day is enthusiastically embraced by people of all backgrounds. From dressing in all green attire to enjoying Irish music and dance, Americans tend to immerse themselves in the festive spirit. Many flock to Irish pubs and restaurants to enjoy corned beef and raise a pint of Guinness or a shot of Jameson in honor of the occasion.

However, if you’re really lucky, you’ll get to celebrate at one of the best Irish restaurants that serve the best Irish food. In this article, we’ll break down the best St. Patrick’s Day restaurants in 2024 and what you can expect from them on March 17th. Green beer right this way...

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Top 20 St. Paddy’s Day restaurants

The Dubliner - Washington, DC

First up, if you live in Washington DC, lucky you! The Dubliner is known for its live music. This spot has been one of DC’s top Irish restaurants since 1974. The Dubliner is one of America's largest purveyors of Guinness Stout, and the only purveyor of Auld Dubliner Amber Ale, a wonderful brew made exclusively for The Dubliner. They also produce their very own Dubliner Irish Whiskey! Don’t worry though, these drink specials pair well with their eats. From their world-famous Fish n' Chips to their Irish Beef Stew, your tastebuds will be satisfied all around.

Fado Pub & Kitchen - Dublin, OH

From Dublin, Ireland, to Dublin, Ohio, Fado Pub & Kitchen looks forward to the St. Patrick’s Day celebration all year long. This spot has the perfect Irish ambiance, as all of the decor was constructed and imported from the owner’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Fado has an entire calendar of events for the week leading up to the holiday including live music, a St. Patrick’s Day parade party, and more. Ohio locals, check it out!

The Black Rose - Boston, MA

If you’ve ever gone out in Downtown Boston near Faneuil Hall, you’ve probably heard the Irish live music blasting from this spot. The Black Rose has been serving the folks of Boston corned beef sandwiches and shepherd’s pie since 1976. Check out The Black Rose this year for authentic Irish coffee and amazing live Irish music. They always have a large musical lineup leading to March 17th, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

The Irish Bank - San Francisco, CA

The Irish Bank Bar & Restaurant is one of America's most authentic, historically accurate, and romantic Irish pubs. Located in its own lane in the heart of downtown San Francisco, this restaurant serves traditional Irish fare from a solid Irish breakfast to a tasty reuben. On the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, The Irish Bank always throws a block party with traditional Irish music, celtic rock, and plenty of restaurant specials. A must try!

The Dawson - Chicago, IL

If you’re in Chicago and want to celebrate at a restaurant that has plenty of delicious menu items that everyone will like, check out The Dawson. With amazing St. Patrick’s Day party events such as live music, Shamrock Shimmy’s Bottomless Burlesque Brunch, and more...you have to visit. Sip on Irish mules while enjoying corned beef and taking in the beautiful, airy ambiance of The Dawson this St. Paddy’s Day.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House - Philadelphia, PA

You probably already know that Philadelphia has some historical, iconic bars, but have you heard of McGillin’s? Shortly after the Liberty Bell cracked and long before ground was broken for City Hall, McGillin’s Olde Ale House opened its doors. Its beer taps have been flowing since 1860 — making it the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia! Going to Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade?  Stop by for authentic Irish stout, St. Patrick’s Day cocktails, green beer, and a rotating list of Irish food specials.

Erin Rose - New Orleans, LA

What’s better than Irish coffee? Frozen Irish coffee! Erin Rose is located in New Orleans and offers $4 frozen Irish coffees from 10am - 2pm daily! This is such a great spot to enjoy a drink, watch a game, or sit by a window and take in the French Quarter views. Erin Rose is known for its “killer poboys” but they also offer a whiskey grilled cheese made with aged English cheddar & Irish whiskey on wild flour whole grain bread. We’ll take 3 and a frozen Irish coffee, please!

The Dead Rabbit - New York, NY

If you’ve ever lived in New York, you probably know that the Financial District gets a little busy on St. Paddy’s Day. The Dead Rabbit is located right in FiDi and has been listed as one of NYC’s best scotch whiskey bars. The Dead Rabbit offers three distinctly different dining and drinking experiences: The Taproom, The Parlor, and the Occasional Room. It’s a concept that works, and the bar remains one of the most awarded pubs in the world. Check out The Dead Rabbit for Irish point oysters, an Irish cheese board, and much more!

Con Murphy’s Irish Pub - Philadelphia, PA

Come on, the place is called Con Murphy’s...you know it’s going to be good. This Philadelphia-based Pub is classy yet comfortable with traditional Irish fare and plenty of Guinness. The pub is a tribute to an old friend from Ireland, Con Murphy, and a tribute to the Irish community in Philadelphia. Join them for a weekend of St. Paddy’s Day to enjoy live music and homemade sausage rolls.

Raglan Road Irish Restaurant & Pub - Disney Springs, FL

We didn’t forget about you, Florida! Raglan Road is a real Irish bar that was conceived by an Irishman. It was built in Dublin by Irish craftspeople using Irish materials and shipped over to Florida. It’s also filled with Irish chefs, barmen, servers, musicians, dancers, bands, food, drink, stories, banter, song, and more. If you’ve ever wanted to experience a real Irish bar without flying hours to Dublin, then come to Raglan Road. It’s as Irish as Irish could be! Check out their Mighty St. Patrick’s Day festival this year.

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McDonough’s Restaurant & Lounge - Savannah, GA

If you want to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day while also tearing up the karaoke stage, you have to check out McDonough’s Restaurant & Lounge. Located in Savannah, GA, McDonough’s has been voted “Best Karaoke Bar in Savannah” for over 10 years running. This spot is also the headquarters for the St.Patrick’s Day Festival in Savannah every year. If you’re looking for a great beer menu and an even better time, you have to check out McDonough’s.

The Landmark Tavern - New York, NY

Located in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC, The Landmark Tavern has been around since 1868! This is a great spot to go to before a Broadway show or after a day spent on Pier 94, but an even better spot to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. The beautiful wooden bar here will transport you out of the city and into an authentic Irish eatery. They offer corned beef hash and cabbage year-round and make for a great spot to enjoy an Irish beer from stouts to ales.

Molly’s Shebeen - New York, NY

Another one for the big city, Molly’s Shebeen is located in Gramercy in NYC. Around since 1895, Molly’s only didn’t serve as a bar during the prohibition era. This is a pretty iconic NYC spot, in fact, Jimmy Fallon has been a regular here for over 20 years. Molly’s serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends from 11am - 4pm. They have plenty of festivities planned for St. Paddy’s weekend- check ‘em out!

Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant - Chicago, IL

We’re back with another Chicago recommendation for all those who are going to see the iconic green river! Chief O’Neill was the General Superintendent of Police in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century and was known for his extensive career in the force. He then started an Irish musical tradition and collected over 2,000 tunes in manuscripts, which would result in several published works. This pub is a dedication to Chief O’Neill and all he did to keep Irish music playing even through the Great Famine. Celebrate Chief O’Neill’s legacy with incredible music and tasty Irish cuisine this March 17th.

The Kerryman - Chicago, IL

Now known as one of Chicago’s liveliest Irish bars, located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s River North Neighborhood, The Kerryman is a little piece of Ireland.  The 3 owners all hail from Co. Kerry Ireland. Whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner, an after work pint or late night dancing, the staff at The Kerryman are here to make you feel welcome and at home. A St. Patricks’ Day restaurant must-see!

The Harp - Boston, MA

If you’ve ever been to a Boston Celtics game or seen the Pats play, you’ve probably stopped by The Harp before. With two locations just steps away from 2 New England sports destinations, TD Garden and Gillette Stadium, The Harp has become a neighborhood institution in both Boston and Foxborough. The Harp Boston will be celebrating St. Paddy’s with Irish food specials, live music, step dancers, and bagpipers! The menu includes everything from Irish bread pudding to shepherd’s pie, and more.

Kitty Hoynes - Syracuse, NY

Kitty Hoynes opened in Syracuse, NY in July 1999 in the historic Crown Building on the corner of West Fayette and Franklin in Armory Square. The Chef here, Damien Brownlow’s philosophy of food is founded on his culinary principles of freshness, seasonality, and a focus on quality, locally sourced ingredients scratch-made with care to enhance their flavor. Through his travels to Ireland, combined with his endless creativity, Chef Damien takes on tradition, bringing classic Irish flavors to new heights. Check out Kitty Hoynes this St. Paddy’s Day for traditional Irish cuisine and Guinness!

Franklin Cafe - Boston, MA

Another Boston hot spot, Franklin Cafe is located in the South End on Shawmut Ave. For over 25 years, The Franklin serves a full menu daily from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. among creative cocktails from the city’s best bartenders, world-class wines at an unbeatable value, and local microbrews. The Franklin has been recognized by The New York Times, Gourmet magazine, the London Sunday Telegraph, and more as one of the best restaurants in Boston. They have also been named "Best of Boston" by Boston magazine more than a dozen times. A must try, especially on March 17th!

McGuire’s Irish Pub - Pensacola, FL

McGuire’s Irish Pub first opened in 1977 as a small neighborhood pub in a shopping center. In 1982, McGuire’s moved to its current location: Pensacola’s original 1927 Old Firehouse. Inside the pub you’ll find a turn-of-the-century, New York Irish Saloon-themed 615-seat restaurant. This is a lively spot that offers happy hour 7 days a week! Make sure to check out this pub this St. Paddy’s Day!

The Gage - Chicago, IL

Looking for Millennium Park views? Book a reservation at The Gage located on South Michigan Ave. On St. Paddy’s Day, this spot features live music and bagpipers! All week long, guests will enjoy Guinness, corned beef sandwiches with Guinness-soaked Swiss cheese on rye, colcannon, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie. There will also be special Irish breakfasts and more. This is a Chicago must!

Luck of the Irish

Enjoy this St. Paddy’s Day at one of these incredible Irish pubs and restaurants. Make sure to wear green and drink responsibly! If you enjoy your experience, make sure to leave a kind online review to let the restaurant know!

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