Irish bars can be found in every nook and cranny of New York City, but that doesn’t make it authentic. Mostly owned by Irish families and being Irish-themed, they still do not give you that Irish experience, some of them are just really flimsy and some pretending to be.
Best Irish Bars in NYC
In the city that is home to the Great Irish Bar, the culture of pubs is emerging and some even say that its a new generation attraction.
If you find yourself in DC longing for a Guinness or a Guinness-adjecent, just head to the Washington DC union station and be on your way to one of these amazing and authentic bars.
Here’s a list of some of the best Irish bars in New York City:
1. McSorley’s Old Ale House
McSorley’s claims to be opened in the year 1854, being the first pub and one of the oldest bars in New York City, allegedly. As you walk in you might just believe so with its run-of-the-mill ambience, like it hasn’t changed since the year it was built. They only serve two beers, McSorley’s light and dark house ale.
2. Swift Hibernian Lounge
Swift Hibernian Lounge is really a one of a kind. Its always buzzing with regulars and serves Guinness, Smithwick’s and traditional Irish whiskey cocktails. Named after author Jonathan Swift, this bar is all about the literary and had a timeless feel to it. You can enjoy live Irish music here on Tuesdays along with a plate of classic corned beef and cabbage tacos.
3. Molly’s Pub & Restaurant Shebeen
287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
Molly’s is where you go when you are in a mood for something that’s evergreen and never changes. Being one of the few authentic Irish pubs in the city, the place looks like a rural Irish shebeen(illicit bars that sell alcohol without license) but has a completely rustic charm with sawdust floors, dim lights and a wood-burning fire. You can find a variety of Irish beers on tap and really good bar food, here, at Molly’s.