Well, my Irish friends and wanna-be Irish friends, it takes a village…and as long as that village has an amazing pub or two we are fine with that! After all, Kevin & I can’t visit all that the US has to offer in public houses, now can we?

So, thanks for the referrals, and they’ll be appearing on the PubMap in no time at all:

McGinty’s Public House

911 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 301.587.1270

The perfect site to people watch in Silver Spring!

A mere 20 minutes from DC, offering an authentic Irish menu, some interesting crafted cocktails, cozy seating, and a patio for people watching in good weather. Most popular dish? Their “Chef’s Sampler” which includes 4 casserole dishes of Irish favorites: beef stew, shepherd’s pie, lamb stew, and braised vegetables. Comes highly recommended by Gretchen Midgley.

Hennessy’s Taverns

143 Main Street, Seal Beach, CA 562.598.6456

Ten locations on the west coast, each one better than the next! Seal Beach was the recommendation from a local (who visits often!) because of their nightly specials. Daily happy hour drinks & noshes, Two-for-One Tuesdays, Wine Up Wednesdays…the list goes on!

O’Malley’s on Main

140 Main Street, Seal Beach, CA 562.430.0631

Live music every Wednesday through Saturday, traditional Irish fare & desserts, and a guaranteed “perfect pint of Guinness.” Can’t ask for more than that!

The above Seal Beach endorsements come from Maryann Shaddow.

Parish Publick House

841 Almar Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 831.421.0507

Famous for their sandwich menu (and Irish roast beef dip is spiked with Jameson), and 16 drafts on tap, their motto? “Where friends become family and family remain friends.” Thanks, Brain Young!

Paddy’s Pub Old City

228 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 215.627.3532

If a cozy, no frills, local hangout is your scene, then Paddy’s is your destination. The creators of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” were inspired by the ‘characters’ at the bar, #truestory

"What kinda beers ya got?" spoken Philadelphia-style

Thanks for the heads up, Matt Higashiyama.

Griffins of Kinsale

1007 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 626.799.0926

Joe Griffin had a vision when he opened his namesake pub…he wanted a true public house atmosphere, as opposed to a local watering hole. Lots of live music, Griffins is often a launching pad for local musicians.

Ireland’s 32

13721 Burbank Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 818.785.4031

Ireland’s 32 opened their doors over 50 years ago, and it remains the place to see & be seen in Burbank. The name? Who can be sure, but I imagine it is related to the unification of the land. 26+6=1

Thank you, William Cullinane, for both of the above recommendations.

Jimmy O’Connor’s

141 South Street, Windham, NY 518.734.4270

“The only authentic Irish Bar in the Catskills!” and a great place to head after a day on the slopes, hiking the gorgeous mountains, or playing a round of golf. Jimmy’s is family-friendly with arcade games, a pool table, an old-fashioned juke box, and a large dance floor.

The Parting Glass

40-42 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 518.583.1916

“Saratoga’s Original Irish Pub” A gorgeous, dark-wooded tavern featuring great pints, hearty bar fare, dart games, and live entertainment.

Thank you, Joanna Ahern, for the two Upstate New York Irish destinations!

Tir Na Nog

1324 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 609.392.2554

Both Kevin and Pam have their roots in Trenton, and the Tir Na Nog is the place to be for Irish descendants. They know it well (as does their friend who recommend it be on the map…Lynn Anzuini!) A small bar with friendly service, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in ambience. Usually live music is playing, check out their calendar.

No blog on Irish Pubs recommendations would be complete without mentioning New York City! Here are four for your review, thanks to Joanna Ahern & Marie Power-Barnes.

The Dead Poet

450 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC 212.595.5370

Dublin House

225 W. 79th Street, NYC 212.874.9528

Rosie O’Grady’s

800 7th Avenue, NYC 212.582.2975

St. James Gate

441 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC 212.362.6202

All with authentic Irish décor, fabulous menus, plenty of drafts on tap, and a fantastic selection of whiskeys. The draw? You get the vibe of the greatest city in the world!


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