St. Patrick’s Day descends upon cities around the United States this Saturday, which means pubs will be packed to the gills with Irish descendants–or, more so, Irish enthusiasts–as they knock back drinks and sport green-tinged garb. While the idea of bar crawling to the tune of “Molly Malone” might not appeal to you, it’s always good to have list of reliable Irish watering holes for whenever the mood strikes. Whether you’re in L.A., Miami, or New York City, these bars, many known less for their elegant decor than their exuberant charms, will do the trick.
NEW YORK CITY: McSorley’s Old Ale House
Reportedly open since 1854, McSorley’s Old Ale House is one of the oldest in the city. (They proport the oldest.) Regardless of the exact details, this 7th Street bar is an East Village stalwart, where customers drink up at wooden tables, sawdust underfoot.
15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
NEW YORK CITY: Molly’s Pub and Restaurant Shebeen
You won’t get a lot of natural light at Molly’s, but you will get an undeniably comfortable interior to wile away the remnants of winter in. The bar, with its whitewashed facade and wood-burning fireplace, looks less suited for 3rd Avenue than it does Dingle or Dalkey. While some Irish pubs are recommended for atmosphere alone, this place gets top marks for traditional fare. In other words: tuck into that bowl of lamb stew with fearless gusto.
287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010
LOS ANGELES: Tom Bergin’s
After rumors of its closing earlier this year, Tom Bergin’s assured us they’d be sticking around awhile longer. The famed Irish pub has been a Fairfax Avenue staple for decades, and while they’ve indeed closed the kitchen and have adjusted their hours, this legendary spot still stands. Head here Thursday through Saturday, between 5 p.m. and 12 a.m., for kitschy decor and its famed Irish coffee.
840 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
LOS ANGELES: Tam O’Shanter
So technically Tam O’Shanter is a Scottish restaurant, but they’ve got plenty of love for their Irish neighbors, and even go as far as throwing a St. Patty’s Day party every year. As far as decor goes, this place is pure Hollywood, with a Disneyland-meets-studio-backlot feel. It’s been family-owned-and-operated since 1922, and is about as cute as they come.
2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
MIAMI: The Field Irish Pub & Eatery
If you’re a diehard pub-goer, consider visiting The Field Irish Pub & Eatery in Ft. Lauderdale. Both its interior and exterior offer more charm than any of its Florida peers. Outside, a sprawling banyan tree greets you upon entrance. Inside, it’s all warm wood and fireplaces, with customers holing up in the cabin-like space. The food menu sticks to the classics, like fish ‘n’ chips and shepherd’s pie. Come here on the right night and you’ll be treated to a Rod Stewart cover band.
3281 Griffin Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
MIAMI: Finnegan’s Way
Few Irish pubs can boast beachfront property. Unlike the wood-walled interiors of most, Finnegan’s Way looks out onto the boardwalk facing the Atlantic Ocean. The Ocean Drive spot has outdoor seating, too–another feature you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. What it lacks in, say, refinement, it makes up for in views, people-watching, and its proximity to our very own Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel.
1344 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photo courtesy of Bence Boros