Craving a pint of Guinness in Hong Kong or a bowl of stew in New Zealand? Check out the best Irish pubs in the world.
There’s nothing quite like the Irish pub, this institution of our country that is at the heart of so many communities, a place where people come together to celebrate and commiserate.
So revered is the Irish pub that many places across the world have attempted to bring it home with them. Indeed, there’s barely a city in the world in which you won’t find an Irish pub.
While many of these projects prove to be poor-quality imitations, there are a few that successfully capture the essence of the Irish pub with a local twist.
To help sort the wheat from the chaff, we look at the 30 best Irish pubs in the world (outside of Ireland).
Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting Irish pubs:
- Don’t expect the Guinness to be as good as it is in Ireland. The black stuff notoriously doesn’t travel well, so your pint is unlikely to reach the same beautifully velvety consistency that you expect in Dublin and the like.
- Irish pubs in Europe are often a place for anglophone travellers to find fellow English speakers. While we advocate leaving your comfort zone, the Irish pub is a good refuge if you need some “home” comforts while travelling.
- On a similar note, Irish pubs tend to serve Irish food. Again, it’s important to eat the cuisine of the country you’re visiting, but if you’re homesick and want a taste of stew, the Irish pub could be the place to go.
- Though Irish pub etiquette is an important part of Irish culture, always assume that you should follow the traditions and etiquette of the country you’re in, even when drinking in an Irish pub.
30. O’Reilly’s, Frankfurt – one of the best Irish bars in Germany
O’Reilly’s, situated in Frankfurt’s city centre, serves a combination of Irish and German cuisine that you can wash down with an impressive wine selection, delightful cocktails, beers, and much more.
Address: Am Hauptbahnhof 4, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
READ MORE: The top 10 best Irish pubs in Frankfurt
29. Brendan Behan Pub, Boston – no-frills beers and music
This pub, named after the renowned Irish writer, is a great no-frills spot in Boston with a great selection of beers on tap and the possibility of a trad session any night of the week.
Address: 378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, United States
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28. Cliffs of Dooneen, Berlin – an unpretentious spot for sport
This unpretentious Irish bar in the German capital is a great place to enjoy hearty food, delicious beers, and some live sports.
Address: Husemannstraße 6, 10435 Berlin, Germany
27. Molly’s, New York – the “most authentic” Irish bar in New York
Molly’s describes itself as the “most authentic” Irish bar in the city, and with its woodburning fireplace and sawdust-covered floors, it’s certainly very atmospheric.
Address: 287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States
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26. Dubliners, Madrid – in the heart of the Spanish capital
Minutes away from the centre of Madrid, you’ll find Dubliners, the best Irish bar in the city, for a bit of craic with local students and visitors.
Address: C. de Espoz y Mina, 7, 28012 Madrid, Spain
25. The Irish American Pub, New York – a welcoming Irish pub with a US twist
New York’s Irish American Pub is a welcoming Irish pub with an American influence. Patrons can’t get enough of the bar food and beer selection while enjoying live sports and the games room.
Address: 17 John St, New York, NY 10038, United States
24. Mr Dooley’s, Boston – great for a session
Mr Dooley’s Irish pub is known for its spontaneous Irish music sessions, authentic atmosphere, and beautiful mahogany bar.
Address: 77 Broad St, Boston, MA 02109, United States
23. Irish Times, Chicago – the best shepherd’s pie in Chicago
This wood-panelled Irish pub serves up excellent food options, including fish and chips, oysters, corned beef and cabbage, and Chicago’s best shepherd’s pie.
Address: 8869 Burlington Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513, United States
22. Murphy’s Pub, Perth – good times on Australia’s west coast
Murphy’s Pub in Perth is one of the liveliest Irish bars in Australia, promising good times with karaoke, quizzes, and live music, not to mention burgers, seafood, pizzas, and more to keep you fed.
Address: 43-44 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210, Australia
21. Neary’s, New York – opened on St. Patrick’s Day
Neary’s opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1967 and has been a much-loved New York Irish pub ever since.
Owner Jimmy Neary sadly passed away in 2021, but his daughter, Una, now runs this old-school place with the same ethos as her late father.
Address: 358 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022, United States
20. Jameson’s Irish Pub, Los Angeles – one of the best Irish pubs in the world
You’re never far from a star in LA, and this is true at Jameson’s Irish Pub, whose Hollywood Boulevard location puts it right along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jameson’s offers an extended Happy Hour from 12 pm to 7 pm, with two-for-one drinks and a wide selection of Irish dishes on its food menu.
Address: 6681 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States
19. Hartley’s, New York – a modern Irish bar in Brooklyn
Hartley’s, a modern Irish bar in Brooklyn, has become a beloved local hotspot, consistently earning recognition as one of the top establishments across the city’s five boroughs.
It successfully blends with the trendy Brooklyn crowd while maintaining its authentic Irish charm.
Address: 14 Putnam Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States
18. The Quiet Man, Melbourne – a lively pub for a bit of craic
The Quiet Man Irish Pub in Melbourne is a lively pub to have a great time with both Melbourne locals and Irish expats.
Address: 271 Racecourse Rd, Kensington VIC 3031, Australia
17. Fadó, Chicago – where to watch the footie in Chicago
Fadó has a few sites across the United States, but one of its best is its Chicago location. Its goal when it first opened was to bring the best of Dublin to Chicago, and this is a goal that it continues to strive towards to this day.
It’s also one of the best places in the city to catch European football (soccer) matches.
Address: 100 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, United States
16. The Green Dragon, Boston – the “Headquarters of the Revolution”
The Green Dragon is renowned as one of Boston’s top Irish pubs and boasts a rich historical legacy: its nickname is the “Headquarters of the Revolution”, as it served as a meeting place for revolutionaries during the American War of Independence.
Today, The Green Dragon welcomes a diverse crowd and offers a full lunch and dinner menu featuring Irish American dishes and traditional New England seafood options.
Address: 11 Marshall St, Boston, MA 02108, United States
15. P.J. O’Brien’s, Sydney – the best in the city
P.J. O’Brien’s is a chain with a couple of locations in Australia, but many consider its Sydney pub to be the best in the city.
With more and more Irish people emigrating to Australia every year, it’s no surprise to find a pub in Sydney that offers live Irish music every weekend, alongside great lunch and dinner options, live sports, and the best Irish and local whiskies and beers.
Address: 57 King St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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14. Irish Haven, New York – a Brooklyn institution
Irish Haven opened its doors in Brooklyn in 1964 and has remained a key part of its neighbourhood ever since.
Closure worries in 2011 forced locals to take matters into their own hands, with one taking ownership of the bar to keep it open.
This old-school, no-frills pub feels genuinely Irish rather than simply Irish-themed.
Address: 5721 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220, United States
13. O’Hara’s, New York – a Manhattan bar with history
Just across the street from the World Trade Centre, O’Hara’s suffered extensive damage during the 9/11 attacks in New York.
However, in typically resilient New York Irish fashion, this pub wouldn’t stay down for long and reopened its doors within a year.
O’Hara’s remains particularly popular with the fire officers who helped save many lives on that tragic day in 2001 and will surely continue to serve locals and visitors for years to come. As a result, O’Hara’s is one of the best Irish pubs in the world.
Address: 120 Cedar St, New York, NY 10006, United States
12. The Irish Times, Vancouver Island – Canada’s best Irish pub
This Irish pub in Canada opens at eight in the morning every day, with its happy hour providing excellent drinks options between 9 and 11 am and again between 3 and 5 pm.
Its extensive range of food options includes Irish staples and Canadian fare, and make sure to try its world-famous Irish coffee, especially on a cold Vancouver night.
Address: 1200 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Y2, Canada
11. The Wild Rover, La Paz – the highest Irish bar in the world?
Bolivia’s La Paz has an incredible elevation of 11,942 ft (3,640 m), making it the highest capital city in the world.
So, could the Wild Rover be the highest Irish pub in the world? Either way, visitors to this Irish bar are guaranteed a good time.
Situated above a backpacker’s hostel, the Wild Rover is often staffed by Irish backpackers and serves up drinks and a party atmosphere to the resident travellers. Let’s just say hostel residents are often glad they haven’t got far to go…
Address: C. Comercio 1476, La Paz, Bolivia
10. Grand Khaan Irish Pub, Mongolia – the black stuff in cans
This Irish pub in the Mongolian capital serves up its Guinness in cans – a masterstroke considering the city’s remoteness and the stout’s problems travelling.
Grand Khaan Irish Pub offers an eclectic mix of local and Irish culture and hosts a huge St. Patrick’s Day celebration across its two floors.
Address: Soul St, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
9. Delaney’s Kowloon, Hong Kong – a basement bar in Hong Kong
From the outside, Delaney’s looks small and unassuming, but behind its door is a 3,000-ft basement bar serving all your alimentary pub favourites. This is certainly one of the best Irish pubs in Asia.
Address: Basement, Mary Building, 71-77 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
8. The Drunken Poet, Melbourne – the best toasties in the city
Melbourne’s cosy Drunken Poet doesn’t have a TV, instead choosing to focus on live music and craic. All of its live music gigs are free entry for patrons.
On top of a range of Irish beers and whiskies, the Drunken Poet also prides itself on serving some of the best toasties in Melbourne.
Address: 65 Peel St, West Melbourne VIC 3003, Australia
READ MORE: Top 10 best Irish pubs in Melbourne
7. Dublin Ushuaia, Patagonia – the southernmost Irish pub in the world
For an Irish pub in a unique place, you’d be hard-pressed to better Dublin Ushuaia in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego.
The town of Ushuaia is a departure port for many Antarctic cruises, so it’s a good spot to warm up with a few whiskies before you set sail!
Address: 9 de Julio 168, V9410DDD Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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6. Mulligan’s, Taupo – an unforgettable night in New Zealand
Found in the North Island’s peaceful Taupo, Mulligan’s biggest draw is perhaps its renowned Tuesday pub quiz. But if you come for the quiz, you should stay for the food. The mouthwatering menu includes Irish staples alongside local dishes.
Pair this incredible food with a mixture of Irish beers and whiskeys or a New Zealand wine, and you’re in for an unforgettable night.
Address: 15 Tongariro Street, Taupō 3330, New Zealand
5. Chief O’Neill’s Pub, Chicago – the best Irish pub in Chicago
Named for the city’s Cork-born chief of police at the turn of the 20th century, Chief O’Neill’s opened its doors just before the turn of the 21st century.
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Widely regarded by locals as the best Irish pub in Chicago, this popular watering hole prides itself on its food, service, and overall welcoming atmosphere, just like any Irish pub should strive to do.
Address: 3471 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, United States
4. The Black Rose, Boston – the best stew in Boston
The Black Rose has been at the heart of the Boston Irish pub scene since 1976 and is well known for its Irish cuisine, including some of the best stew in the city.
The Boston Globe once called it the “Fenway Park of Irish pubs” due to its Guinness, its food, and its dedication to keeping tradition alive in this fiercest of Irish American cities.
Address: 160 State St, Boston, MA 02109, United States
3. The Auld Shillelagh, London – a Roscommon pub in London
The Auld Shillelagh opened its doors in 1991 and has been serving locals with some of the best Guinness available in London.
It’s a great place in London to watch live GAA games on television and is known for its particularly rowdy St. Patrick’s Day parties that are certainly not for the faint of heart!
Address: 105 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0UD
2. The Dead Rabbit, New York – consistently voted the best bar in the world
Down in Manhattan’s financial district, you’ll find the Dead Rabbit, which has been consistently recognised as one of the best bars in the world since its inception in 2013.
Thanks to the experience and expertise of its native Belfast owners, the Dead Rabbit is perhaps best renowned for its cocktails but offers three differing experiences across its three rooms: the Taproom, the Parlour, and the Occasion Room.
Address: 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004, United States
1. McSorley’s Old Ale House, New York – the oldest pub in New York
Opened in 1854, McSorley’s is the oldest surviving pub in New York City and one of the best Irish pubs in the world.
It takes its name from founder John McSorley, a County Tyrone man who arrived in New York via Liverpool during the Great Famine.
Its walls are adorned by all types of Irish and New York ephemera, and its ale – its two variants the only beverages available – is served by great, no-nonsense bartenders, most of whom are of Irish descent.
Address: 15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, United States
Finn McCool’s, New Orleans: This beloved New Orleans establishment offers live sports on TV, quiz nights, and pool tables.
The Fiddler’s Elbow, Rome: One of the first Irish bars in Rome, the Fiddler’s Elbow remains as popular today as it was when it first opened in 1976.
Paddy’s Irish Pub, Cusco: This backpackers’ hotspot is a great place to refuel with an Irish breakfast and a pint after a visit to Machu Picchu.
Your questions answered about the best Irish pubs in the world
If you’ve still got questions, you’ve come to the right place! In this section, we answer some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions about the best Irish pubs in the world, as well as some that appear often in online searches.
Where are the best Irish pubs in the world?
The best Irish pubs in the world are in Ireland, of course! But elsewhere, cities with a large Irish diaspora – such as New York, Boston, and London – have worthwhile Irish pubs.
Is Guinness nice outside of Ireland?
If we’re honest, you’re unlikely to find a pint of Guinness as nice outside of Ireland as in Ireland. That said, don’t knock it until you try it when visiting Irish pubs across the world.
Are there good Irish pubs in Europe?
While, as mentioned, the best Irish pubs are often found in places with sizeable Irish populations, some European cities have good Irish pubs that cater towards travellers seeking to meet like-minded people.