The Empire City has more Irish bars and restaurants than any other city in the world, the legacy of how immigration and love of tradition created a strong and vibrant Irish-American community. It also benefits from hundreds of thousands of tourists and students from Ireland, and other stars in the global Irish universe.

Every borough in the city has at least one Irish stronghold with terrific Irish pubs and restaurants. But it's a safe bet that there are great bars dotted all over the city map, from cozy neighborhoods to Times Square. The sign of a shamrock in a pub's window is just about a sure sign that a proper pint and a great time is waiting inside for you!

If you are looking a landmark Irish establishment in the city, then why not try McSorleys, the legendary Irish bar that first opened its doors in 1854. Women were not allowed in until 1970!

McSorley's Old Ale House is located at 15 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003. Ph: 212 474 9148

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It's where they dye the river green. If you're in town, a visit to Fado Irish bar is a must. They have a week of events planned this St. Patrick's season and they don't disappoint.

Events include, a charity head shave, music every night, rugby and soccer matches on big screens, a Guinness night, and platters of Irish food.

Fado in Chicago (which has 10 other bars across the U.S.) is located at 100 W Grand Avenue, Chicago. 312-836-0066


The beer taps at McGillin's Olde Ale House have been flowing since the 1860's and this St. Patrick's Day will be on exception. Although the Philadelphia parade will take place on Sunday, March 14, McGillin's will be celebrating the Irish saint throughout the week with beer specials and a heck of a party.

McGillins is located at 1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia. 215-735-5562


If it's an authentic Irish bar you're looking for in the Bay area to celebrate your St. Patrick's Day then a trip to O'Reilly's Irish Bar is a must. Friendly staff, great food, and beer are what will be on offer on St. Patrick's Day as well as lots of fun to go around.

To have a sunny St. Patrick's Day visit O'Reilly's at 622 Green Street, San Francisco. 415-989-6222

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If it's the sunshine, good food, and a nice cold beer you're seeking then may we recommend, Waxy O'Connors - described by locals as a truly authentic Irish pub with great grub. The bar is having a three-day Patty's bash and welcomes everyone to come in and join the fun.

Since opening their doors in December 1997, Waxyis has provided a warm, yet exuberant atmosphere that feels like home-away-from-home for yacht crew and business professionals alike. Patrons enjoy imported beers and mouth watering traditional Irish and American fare.

1095 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 954-525-WAXY 

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Bennigan's Grill and Tavern in Richardson, Texas is preparing for an influx of Irish American's this St. Patrick's Day. The bar is an upbeat place to kick back with friends and family. It's the best pub in Texas to experience the genuine spirit of Irish hospitality. The bar is famous for it's Turkey O'Toole sandwich and its Oh Baby Back Ribs.

501 W. George Bush Hwy. Ste. 140 Richardson, Texas 75080 469-277-6371


Kevin Barry's Pub is one of Georgia's most talked-about Irish bars. Located in Beautiful Historic Savannah, Georgia, Kevin Barry's looks over the Savannah River from one of the city's oldest buildings. Adding to this fantastic surrounding, the Irish pub offers delicious food, live Irish Music, and a fine selection of spirits.

Prior to Kevin Barry's opening, there was no Irish music south of Washington DC. The bar is most known for its music sessions and is expecting a huge crowd to gather this coming St. Patrick's Day to join in a sing-song.

117 West River Street Savannah, Georgia. 912-233-9626

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The Dubliner Restaurant and Irish bar is the place to be if celebrating Paddy's day in Washington DC. Located right off the halls of Congress, The Dubliner always has a full house.

The Dubliner was established in 1974 in the best of a long barkeeping tradition. In keeping with pride and tradition, The Dubliner has recreated an authentic Dublin City Pub on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Dubliner could as easily occupy a corner of O'Connell Street as Massachusetts Avenue.

Many of the friendly staff are fresh from Ireland and as colorful as any character in James Joyce's Dubliner, for which our pub is proudly named. Whether you're in Washington for business or pleasure, make sure to stop by the Dubliner for a drink to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

520 N. Capitol Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 202-737-3773.

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* Originally published in 2012.