Has the nagging winter kept you cooped up in your tiny apartment for far too long? Then it’s time to be social. Get out and about in NYC to celebrate with the Irish! Grab a Guinness and a few shots of Jameson, followed by a plate of traditional Irish fare. These are some of the best Irish pubs in NYC so you can party like you’re in the Emerald Isle.
Biddy’s Pub, 301 E 91st St
Owned by two Irishmen, Barry and JJ, this tiny pub is a hidden gem off Second Avenue. The beloved neighborhood spot doesn’t serve food, but you can order delivery from any of the nearby restaurants such as Delizia or Pio Pio. Known for its regulars and friendly staff, Biddy’s promises a memorable experience if you can get inside the door. Order a pint, play some darts, and have a wild Irish time.
Finnegan’s Wake, 1361 1st Ave
This old-time Irish spot has been a staple in the neighborhood for decades, and you can’t get much more Irish. Although Finnegan’s Wake attracts an older crowd, inevitably the ages will vary on the feast of St. Patrick. Take in some of the memorabilia from the past, including a portrait of James Joyce, while you sip your beer in the taproom.
McSorley’s Old Ale House, 15 E 7th St
This pub is a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting New York City. Established in 1854, McSorley’s boasts the title “New York’s oldest continually operating saloon,” and does it with pride. You’ll only find two types of alcoholic beverages here, McSorley’s Light and McSorley’s Dark, so drink the Jameson before you arrive!
St. James Gate, 441 Amsterdam Ave
Owned by Kevin, Paul, and Siobhán, all hailing from the Emerald Isle themselves, the menu at this Upper West Side staple offers plenty of delicious options. Their calamari is some of the best anywhere, and the fish and chips can’t be topped. Get there early for a seat and grab brunch or an early dinner. Otherwise, you’ll be fresh out of Irish luck with only a few pints o’ Guinness to wet your whistle.
The Crooked Knife, 232 W 14th St
This comfy bar is conveniently located a stone’s throw from the 1/2/3 trains on Seventh Avenue and the A/C/E on Eighth Avenue, so you can stumble to the subway after you imbibe. Known for some of their froufrou cocktails, the Crooked Knife features brewsky options as well. Try and grab the lounge seating in the front window if you’ll be hanging out for several rounds.
Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Ave
Opened as an Irish saloon on the shores of the Hudson in 1868, this quintessential NYC tavern is one of the oldest continually operating establishments remaining in Manhattan. With a full menu including Irish dishes like Corned Beef and Cabbage and Bangers and Mash, as well as other bar favorites like burgers and wings, Landmark keeps your food cravings in mind. The friendly service and old-world atmosphere, not to mention the vast selection of beer and single malt whiskeys, will make the trip to 11th Avenue worth your while.
Plus, I was lucky to go to Ireland last year! Read about my adventures here.