Saint Paddy’s Day is coming up, and what better occasion to hit all the best NYC Irish pubs? Get ready to fill up on Guinness delicious Irish-American food. Here are the five places you need to go:
5. Mugs Ale House
This Williamsburg bar offers an impressive rotating draft and bottle selection of beers. Instead of happy hour, they have a monthly beer special: for a whole month, at any hour, you can get a pint of the beer of the month for only $2. It’s hard to beat the prices here.
This family business in Queens boasts great beer, great food, and great atmosphere. It was founded in 1966 by Joe Donovan, the son of Irish immigrants who actually worked for beer brewers in Ireland. On top of its authenticity, the food at this bar delicious, and earns great ratings on its own.
Not much has changed since the 1854 founding of the oldest tavern in the city, and they like it that way. McSorley’s is known for its simplicity—they only serve two drinks: light ale or dark ale. But their short drink menu doesn’t stop the customers from pouring in.
2. Molly’s Shebeen
The decor in Molly’s will really make you feel like you’re sitting in a pub out in the countryside in Ireland, rather than in the middle of Midtown. The Irish stew is highly recommended, and it pairs perfectly with a rich stout.
1. Paddy Reilly’s
Paddy Reilly’s comes in at number 1 because of their live music offerings. This self-proclaimed “first and only all Guinness draft bar in the world” hosts weekly performances of traditional Irish music and Celtic rock. They also have open mic nights.