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Ultimate Guide To The Best Irish Bars In New York

By louisejohnston

December 20, 2016 at 12:18am


With strong ties between America and Ireland, it's no surprise that you can't turn a corner in New York without spotting an Irish bar. From perfect pints of Guinness to drinking Irish whiskey neat you just can't beat the craic you get from these world famous boozers. So here's our ultimate guide to the best Irish bars in New York:

Galway Hooker Pub

Before you get ahead of yourself let me remind you that a Galway Hooker is actually a traditional sailing boat. But as the catchy name suggests, frequent punters adore this authentic pub. They've an upstairs bar, a downstairs bar, a Jameson room, confession room and a bullshit corner. Nothing is done in halves here!



It would have been a sin to not include this institution. Said the be the oldest Irish tavern in Manhattan, McSorley's has a geniune Irish feel about the place. Entering this pub, you'll feel like you've been transported back in time as it's full to the brim with character.


The Irish Haven

It doesn't get better than this. It doesn't look like your typical Irish bar, in fact it feels more like a dive bar but it much loved by the locals. Guaranteed craic here.

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Molly's Shebeen

This list wouldn't be complete without a mention of Molly's. You'll get a big warm 'failte' upon entry. In fact, this bar is probably more authentic than the actual Irish pubs in Ireland. Complete with sawdust and a log-burning fire, Molly's boasts the heartiest menu in the city that along with a pint of the black stuff will leave you feeling completely cosy.


Jameson's Bar & Kitchen

What could be more perfect? Nothing, that's what. Our obsession with whiskey dates back a very long time, a story too long to tell but an Irish bar called Jameson's? It excites us and many too much to put into words.


The Late Late

The newest addition to the Irish bar scene in the city, The Late Late certainly carries an gaelic vibe, but with an 1960's Irish living room twist. This lower east side local has already made waves, featuring on publications like The New York Times and Forbes and recently hosting Florence & The Machine at an after-party after the Governor's Ball. This is a lively bar with an awesome menu to match.

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These guys are known for their beastly burgers... we recommend you line your stomach with a pint of Guinness and then feast on one of the mouth-watering burgers and wash it all down with another pint! You'll get a nice warm Irish welcome upon entry too which really adds to the whole experience.


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Donnybrook is absolutely perfect if you have a big group out on the town. Their big long tables make for some great drinking areas. Come here to watch the football or celebrate birthdays - you'll find it hard to fault the place.


Mugs Ale House

This is the closest you'll get to an Irish pub in Williamsburg. They've a great selection of reasonably priced micro brews here too but we recommend you just order the Guinness - you're in an Irish establishment after all!


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Dublin 6

If you're looking for the food - drinks combo come here. Friendly staff, amazing food, great bar service... this place never disappoints. This is probably the perfect hangover venue, their bloody Marys are the ultimate cure.

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Paddy Reilly's Music Bar

Paddy Reilly's is a great place to start the night - or even end the night on a high note. They always have local musicians on stage revving the crowd. Some even might go as far to say that a pint of the black stuff here is better than anywhere in Ireland...

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The Dead Rabbit

These guys have won a few handfuls of awards for best bar over the past couple of years since opening their doors to the public. Notably determined to keep the American-Irish vibe alive, this bar really embodies everything that's amazing about the connection. You literally feel like you're walking into a Hollywood set.


The Landmark Tavern

Last but not least, The Landmark Tavern is one of the best Irish pubs in the city. They've a great selection of drinks, super-friendly staff and a menu full of comfort food. It's a little far out but most certainly worth the trip!

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