Erin go Braugh! It’s time to break out the top hats and green beers. Fortunately, it doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find a great celebration near you. Irish or not, you’ve got to try these indie pubs for St. Paddy’s Day!
1. Brendan Behan Pub (Boston, Massachusetts)
Named for an Irish writer, “the Behan” is known around Boston as a quality pub. It’s been named the best Irish pub in Boston four times by Boston Magazine, and it was once used as a movie set. Go for St. Patrick’s Day and come back for the weekly trivia nights, poetry readings and live Irish music. Plus, you can always bring your dog with you!
2. Emmit’s Irish Pub (Chicago, Illinois)
Emmit’s has brought Irish flavor and fun to Chicago since 1996, but it’s part of an even longer history of fittingly wild stories. During Prohibition, the site was a bank known to serve some of Chicago’s biggest gangsters. In the 1980s, it became O’Sullivan’s Tavern, a popular hangout, ironically, for Chicago police. Now, Emmit’s is owned by two firemen who have worked to preserve the historic charm and guarantee more noteworthy adventures in the future. To add to the story even more, Emmit’s has also served as a set for Ocean’s Eleven, Playboy photo shoots and more.
3. Tír na nÓg Irish Pub (Raleigh, North Carolina)
The first Irish pub to open in downtown Raleigh, Tír na nÓg is authentic through and through. Live Irish music every night and Irish dancing every month make this pub the perfect addition to your regular routine. On St. Patrick’s Day, the live entertainment starts at 9 a.m. and continues until closing time. Be sure to get there early to enjoy an authentic Irish dinner prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients.
4. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub (Savannah, Georgia)
Located right on Savannah’s lively River Street, Kevin Barry’s blends the best of Irish and American culture. The first floor features an Irish-themed bar and live folk music every night. The second floor contains the Hall of Heroes, a tribute to American service men and women who have been killed in action. It’s all a reflection of the pub’s roots: Kevin Barry’s is named for a member of the Irish independence movement who was executed by the British government. On St. Patrick’s Day, a local radio station will be broadcasting live from the pub, adding to the ever-present Irish-American festivities.
5. The Irish Rover (Louisville, Kentucky)
The Irish Rover embodies the social and neighborly atmosphere of the pubs across the pond. Now a favorite in Louisville, The Irish Rover recently opened a second location in LaGrange, where it joins a vibrant community of small businesses. To celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, the Louisville location will host its annual tent party, complete with live music, dancing and fun for all ages. When you stop by, be sure to try the pub’s signature brew, Irish Rover Red, or one of the many imported options from Ireland.
No matter where you decide to turn it green this year, indie Irish pubs will have the most authentic, local fun. Follow the sounds of the jig and make your way to a local pub in your community for the St. Paddy’s Day celebration with the most craic!
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