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St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and so is your chance to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland and all things Irish. What better way to do it than in an Irish pub with a pint of Guinness?
For those who can’t make the trip over to Ireland, Foursquare has carefully curated a list of the best Irish pubs in the US, according to customer reviews.
The winners were selected based on data taken from Foursquare City Guide, which takes into account its users’ likes, saves, tip sentiment, and its “proprietary hotness score.”
So if you’re looking for a tipple on March 17, these are good places to start.
25. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant (Atlanta, Georgia)
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Fadó takes St. Patrick’s Day very seriously and is hosting two celebrations this year: one that took place on March 11 and the other coming up on March 17. Tickets cost $20 per day, which gives you access to the live music and pop-up beer tents.
On a normal day, Fadó is a great place to go to watch sports, drink beer, or enjoy one of its signature Moscow Mule cocktails.
24. McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (Houston, Texas)
A popular live music venue, McGonigel’s is also famous for its fish & chips and shepherd’s pie – traditional meals from the UK. You can’t buy liquor here, but it’s a good place to come for a pint of Guinness or a glass of wine.
23. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub (Brookhaven, Georgia)
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On March 17, Olde Blind Dog Brookhaven, located in a suburb of Atlanta, will be hosting an indoor/outdoor party with live music, food, and liquor. It’s known for having an eclectic menu with dishes like bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potato), fish tacos, and curry.
22. Rúla Búla Irish Pub and Restaurant (Tempe, Arizona)
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Rúla Búla serves up hearty plates of food and Irish beers along with a bit of “Craic,” which is an Irish term for a lively atmosphere. This traditional-looking pub also offers live music.
21. O’Tooles Restaurant & Pub (Richmond, Virginia)
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Local favorite O’Tooles has been going since 1966. It’s famous for its homemade onion wings and killer happy hour deals. Head there on a Tuesday for half-price burgers.
20. The Blarney Stone Pub (Fargo, North Dakota)
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Blarney Stone gets rave reviews for its food. On the weekend you can choose from its “Dinner in Dublin” specials menu, which includes some of the Irish favorites: breakfast with sausages, bacon, eggs, and baked beans.
19. Maggie Miley’s Irish Pub (Normal, Illinois)
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This popular pub was set up by the great-grandson of two Irish immigrants who settled in Illinois in the early 1900s. It’s as traditional as they come; the bar was designed by a company from Dublin, Ireland, crafted on the East Coast by Irish carpenters, and shipped to Normal. They serve up hearty plates.
18. Barry’s Old School Irish (Webster, New York)
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Owners Danny and Jessica wanted to bring a little bit of quaint Irish life back to their hometown. This cozy pub has become the center of community life. It will be celebrating St. Patrick for an entire week with live music, Irish dancing, and whiskey tasting.
17. JP Fitzgerald’s (Hamburg, New York)
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JP Fitzgerald’s has it all: with over 20 screens, it’s the place to watch sports in the neighborhood. There’s a bar area with live music and a separate formal restaurant where you can host your own banquet.
16. Murphy’s Bar & Grill (Honolulu, Hawaii)
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If you find yourself craving a shepherd’s pie in Hawaii, you know where to go. This Irish pub is in an unlikely spot, but it’s still a local favorite.
15. Rí Rá (Las Vegas, Nevada)
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Found in the thick of Las Vegas, Rí Rá is the go-to place for fish and chips and a pint of Guinness when you’re in town. There’s live Irish music seven days a week.
14. O’Connor’s Restaurant & Bar (Worcester, Massachusetts)
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O’Connor’s is well worth a visit for the decorations alone. Full of Irish trinkets and bric-a-brac, they do a good job of making you feel like you’re on the Emerald Isle.
13. Sean Bolan’s (Bel Air, Maryland)
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Known for its large beer selection, Sean Bolan’s is a popular late-night hangout to listen to live music. It’s open seven days straight in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day.
12. O’Tooles Public House (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
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O’Tooles is an Irish pub-come-sports bar which serves burgers and pizza. You can sip on a whiskey while playing board games at the bar.
11. Nine Fine Irishmen (Las Vegas, Nevada)
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Just off the Las Vegas strip, this Irish hangout pours the best Guinness in the city, according to one Foursquare customer.
10. D’Arcy’s Pint (Springfield, Illinois)
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D’Arcy’s Pint is most famous for its “Shoes,” which are meat or veggies served over Texas toast and piled high with fries and homemade cheese sauce. Wash it down with a Guinness for a typical “light” Irish lunch.
9. Nine Irish Brothers (West Lafayette, Indiana)
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This family-owned-and-operated pub is known for its live music on the weekends. One Foursquare reviewer claims it’s the best pub they’ve visited outside of Ireland.
8. JK O’Donnell’s Irish Pub (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
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This Irish pub has a good selection of beers and serves up all of the Irish favorites, including shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. But it’s actually most adored for its pretzel bites, which come served with a cheese dip and Guinness.
7. Raglan Road Irish Pub (Lake Buena Vista, Florida)
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Since it’s in the middle of Disney World, it makes sense that Raglan Road presents a pretty theatrical version of the Irish pub. There’s live music and dancing on the stage most evenings, so if you’re planning a trip on March 17, you won’t miss out on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
6. Galway Bay Irish Restaurant (Annapolis, Maryland)
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Finish off a hearty meal with a traditional Irish coffee at Galway Bay. Known for its generous portions and comfort food, it has become a local favorite.
5. Celtic Ray Irish Pub (Punta Gorda, Florida)
Celtic Ray is the only establishment of its kind in Punta Gorda, serving traditional Irish pub favorites and imported beers. Check out the list of events for St Patrick’s Day, which run throughout the month.
4. McMullan’s Irish Pub (Las Vegas, Nevada)
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McMullan’s is more about the food and drink that it is the decor. This laid-back spot is a favorite for good Irish grub and Guinness. End on a high note with a traditional Irish sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
3. Jack Quinn’s (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
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This St. Patrick’s Day, Jack Quinn’s has a special offer. You can skip the crowds and pre-order one of its “Pot o’ Gold” dishes: corned beef with cabbage, and take it to eat at home. Alternatively, dine in and listen to some live jazz music while you work your way through their Irish whiskey collection.
2. McGuire’s Irish Pub (Pensacola, Florida)
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McGuire’s is all about the atmosphere, and this has helped to make it the second-most popular Irish pub in the US, according to Foursquare reviews. The ales are brewed on-site, and there is live music on the sunset deck most nights.
1. McSorley’s Old Ale House (New York, New York)
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In the heart of Manhattan’s East Village, McSorley’s is the oldest Irish pub in New York. It famously didn’t allow women inside until 1970 when it was legally required to. This drinking hole has become a favorite of nearby NYU students, local Manhattanites, and tourists alike.