Best Irish Pubs in NYC

New York City is full of great Irish Pubs and as such, it is often hard to select favorites. There are many delightful Irish pubs scattered throughout NYC and usually our selection is based on proximity. The closer we are, the less walking or driving we have to do and the quicker we fill our craving. However, sometimes taking a little longer trip can be full of rewards. Below are some great places to go to based on their appearance, service, and of course great drinks! Here are the top 10 most authentic New York Irish pubs. Go try a few of these great Irish Pubs, we guarantee you won’t be thirsty.


1. McSorley’s Old Ale House

Location: 15 E 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, 212-473-9148

Established in 1854, McSorley’s is a gem in New York City. It is one of New York City’s oldest and continuously operated saloons. Come by McSorley’s and experience an atmosphere unlike any other. From the moment you step in, your journey back in time begins. Experience its sawdust-covered floors and a backroom rich in history. The legendary backroom was one of several places were ale flowed during Prohibition. For those ladies looking to grab a beer, step on in. But beware, women have only been welcomed at McSorley’s since 1970! McSorley’s in New York City is a fun place to go to and grab a beer with some friends. If you are one of those who gets overwhelmed by having too many choices, have no fear as there are only two kinds of beer available. McSorley’s Light and McSorley’s Dark are sure to quench your thirst.

 2. The Irish Rogue

Location: 356 West 44th Street, New York - (212) 445-0131

The Irish Rogue is your typical Irish Pub with a new 21st century look. With an environment where you feel at home and the comforts of sofas and great service, there is nothing more you could want from an Irish Pub. Their highly rated service staff are sure to attend to your every need. With specials all week and a lounge to go with the experience, the Irish Rogue is sure to intrigue and appeal to all sorts of patrons.

3.Tir Na Nog

Location: 34 East 4th Street between Lafayette Street and Bowery, 212-260-3600

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Tir Na Nog is yet another unique Irish experience incorporating the warmth of an Irish pub with the new American cuisine. As with many Irish pubs, they still maintain their roots through the incorporation of great drinks, charm and hospitality. This Irish Bar and Grill serves its patrons great ales and food produced by the skillful hands of Executive Chef Matthew Geraghty. Geraghty takes the traditional foods of Ireland and gives them a makeover. New flavors through a revolutionary cuisine are sure to make your taste buds happy.

4. The Mean Fiddler

Location: 266 West 47th Street, New York - (212) 354-2950

Not the average Irish Pub but a revolutionary new place where you can have fun and enjoy a few drinks with good friends. Enjoy some musicevery night at 10pm as their in house DJ spins comes on the decks to spin some tunes. Their happy hour specials are great and averagely priced for NYC. Come experience The Mean Fiddler for a good time in New York City.

5. Maggie’s Place

Location: 21 East 47th Street, New York - (212) 753-5757

Located in Midtown Manhattan, the small and family owned business brings many delights to its patrons. The Irish Pub and restaurant first opened its doors in 1974 and has been in the family ever since. Their experience and roots straight from Dublin, Ireland produce not only great drinks but also a new menu of flavors.  The atmosphere is accented by the lights and their reflection on the wooden areas.

5. Doc Watson’s

Location: 1490 Second Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets

Located in the Upper East Side, Doc Watson’s is a great Irish Pub. With their garden in the back, patrons are able to enjoy their pints al fresco. A perfect place to go during the summer to drink and enjoy your cold beer outside in the warm weather, after all that’s what beer is for! For those who prefer to stay inside; you will also find a pool table, darts, and great live traditional Irish music.

6. Molly’s Pub & Shebeen

Location: 287 3rd Avenue near 22nd Street, 212-889-3361

Molly’s is a traditional Irish pub with sawdust on the floor and a glowing log-burning fireplace. Molly’s Pub & Shebeen is famous for its Shepherd’s Pie and pints of Guinness. Their prices are generous and are sure to make you night fun while also going easy on your bank!

7. Swift Bar

Location: 34 East 4th Street between Lafayette Street and Bowery, 212-260-3600

Named after the legendary author Jonathan Swift, Swift offers one of the city’s best draft selections. The modern pub has church-pew booths and a marvelous mural that pays its respects to its namesake.  Swift’s a casual and relaxed atmosphere, attarcts a diverse crowd of individuals looking for some good drinks and a fun time. While attracting a diverse and modern crowd, Swift maintains its roots. On Tuesday nights, patrons can enjoy traditional Irish music (seisiuns).

8. Slàinte

Location: 304 Bowery New York, NY 10012 (212) 253-7030

From the moment you see Slàinte, its shear sign and outside decor motivates you to step in. Their large selection of drinks and bar grub is sure to fill your appetite and quench your thirst. Unlike some places, their kitchen is known for using the freshest ingredients. This leads to food prepared to perfection. As always, they have plenty of specials, the most memorable is their early bird weekend special. Take advantage of this brunch special on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm: grab some food and ask your server about the complimentary drink!

9. Blarney Rock Pub

Location: 137 West 33rd Street, New York (212) 947-0825

In another great location, Blarney Rock Pub is Near Madison Square Garden, Macys ,the Empire State and Penn Station. Grab your next drink before heading home or if you are a first time visitor to NYC, grab a quick lunch, a great Irish breakfast or enjoy happy hour from 5pm to 8pm. Great drinks, great staff, and they are always ready before a Knicks or Rangers game!

 10. McGee’s Pub and Restaurant New York City

Location: 240 West 55th Street, New York - (212) 957-3536

A friendly Irish neighborhood pub located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Its proximity to Central Park, the Theater District and Times Square makes this a great meeting point. Bring a few friends and catch your favorite sports game or catch up alongside some great beer.