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Published May 27th 2011
Sure, and the luck of the Irish will be with you when you visit one of these authentic New York pubs. You don't even have to be Irish, especially on St. Patrick's Day, but having a bit of the Emerald Isle in your blood certainly won't hurt. The pubs listed below are true Irish pubs. A couple of them have been around for many, many years and have their own stories to tell. Even the newer ones, though, have the authentic atmosphere that will make you think you're back in Ireland itself.
Since opening in 1895, this Irish pub has served as a bar and a grocery store (during prohibition). After prohibition, it went back to being a bar and also served as a boarding house. The pub has since come full circle, and is now back to just being a bar. "Shebeen" is irish colloquial for illegal drinking establishment, but don't worry, Molly's Shebeen isn't. It's completely legitimate, so if you're of legal drinking age, come on in and enjoy yourself.
You have two locations to choose from for this famous steak and seafood house (don't worry, there's a bar in there, too. Hey, this is an Irish family-owned restaurant we're talking about here).
This is one of the newer establishments; it's only been around since 1973, but it has already established itself as a "go-to" place for theater-goers and others who are enjoying the sights and sounds of Manhattan. Its central location near Times Square and other attractions make it the perfect place to enjoy a night on the town.
This Irish pub puts a new spin on visiting a bar. On any given night, you may find yourself being served by a guest bartender. That's right. If you want to try bartending just for fun or as a fundraising event, or just to show off your drink mixing and serving skills to your friends, you can request the opportunity to do this at O'Neill's. Just ask the management, and get ready to tend bar.
This family-owned restaurant is the official home of the black 47 band. They play live on Saturday nights, so your group of 15 to 500 can enjoy the sounds. (If your group is rather large, ask about renting the entire pub for a private gathering).
The menu offers traditional entrees that can be found in any Irish pub (but with Connolly's special touch, of course) with something that should please everyone, because the offerings include seafood, steak, and pasta, just to name a few choices. So, come on in and enjoy an Irish meal in one of New York's best Irish pubs.