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(Mental Floss)   Because it's St. Patrick's Day, here are the best Irish bars in all 50 states   ( mentalfloss.com) divider line
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2017-03-17 12:24:06 PM  
Free hints:

> If the Irish bar has a neon shamrock in the window, do not enter, it will not be a proper Irish bar

> Learn how to properly pour a pint of Guinness, then go in and demand they pour one.  If they do it wrong, walk out, the pint will be shiate.

> If the barman draws a shamrock in the head on top of the pint with the tap, you are allowed to pour it over his head and smash the glass in his face.

> Guinness does not travel well - about 20 miles from the brewery is the limit.  You can drink a Guinness-like liquid in America, but it will not be a Guinness.

> If someone puts a NORAID box (or similar to fund Sinn Fein) under your nose and asks for a contribution, smile politely, say you'll get some change from the car, walk out immediately, do not look back and do not return.  (The Brits would like to thank those who contributed to NORAID for teaching them over a 35-year period how to live with and combat IRA terrorism.)
 
2017-03-17 12:47:49 PM  
Is Paddy's Pub first?
 
2017-03-17 02:46:14 PM  
Jack Quinn's in Colorado Springs is pretty good.
 
2017-03-17 02:58:01 PM  
John D McGurks, St Louis, MO?   That's a funny way to spell O'Malley's, Weston, MO.
 
2017-03-17 03:02:03 PM  
They made the right call for WI.  County Clare is a great pub, and the inn part is very nice.
 
2017-03-17 03:07:31 PM  
protip: the Irish flag is green, white, and gold.  Calling that color 'orange' can be a very bad idea.
 
2017-03-17 03:09:20 PM  
protip: referring to Derry as 'Londonderry' while in the republic is similarly unwise
 
2017-03-17 03:11:56 PM  
do you have blood sausage and black pudding?
 
2017-03-17 03:13:12 PM  
scans for Tennessee....
scans for McNamara's....

McNamara's found, nothing further to add, as they were spot on.
 
2017-03-17 03:16:53 PM  
Is it amateur night again?  Already?
 
2017-03-17 03:23:03 PM  
ElPresidente:

> If the barman draws a shamrock in the head on top of the pint with the tap, you are allowed to pour it over his head and smash the glass in his face.

This happened to me at The Left Bank in Kilkenny Ireland, apparently I missed my shot at smashing a glass.
Guess I have to go back.
 
2017-03-17 03:33:50 PM  
yay Rula Bula (AZ)!  used to go there *all* the time when i lived in Tempe.  one of Pat Tillman's favorite hangs.

they make a pretty awesome boxty and shepherd's pie.  all the food is great.  and the suds are great too.  farking love Rula bula!
 
2017-03-17 03:35:43 PM  
Looks at list.. California: McDonalds WTF!
;-)
 
2017-03-17 03:36:14 PM  
I've been to Kelly's Logan House (DE), it's alright but I've never seen the appeal of an "Irish" pub.
 
2017-03-17 03:37:39 PM  
Kell's has a great marketing budget, but Paddy's has better food a few blocks away.
 
2017-03-17 03:45:02 PM  
 Good to know that The Irish Times ranked the Louisiana entry as a top ten pub outside of Ireland. If you're ever in New Orleans check it out. Finn McCool's. It's definitely a locals place in a local part of town, but why would you drink at a tourist bar?

/not Irish, but can spot a bullshiat "Irish pub" a mile away
 
2017-03-17 03:45:26 PM  

adder1: scans for Tennessee....
scans for McNamara's....
McNamara's found, nothing further to add, as they were spot on.


McNamara's is the one place I avoid on this day because EVERYBODY goes there. Fortunately, they rock every day. Well-earned reputation.
 
2017-03-17 03:46:37 PM  

ElPresidente: Free hints:

> If the Irish bar has a neon shamrock in the window, do not enter, it will not be a proper Irish bar

> Learn how to properly pour a pint of Guinness, then go in and demand they pour one.  If they do it wrong, walk out, the pint will be shiate.

> If the barman draws a shamrock in the head on top of the pint with the tap, you are allowed to pour it over his head and smash the glass in his face.

> Guinness does not travel well - about 20 miles from the brewery is the limit.  You can drink a Guinness-like liquid in America, but it will not be a Guinness.

> If someone puts a NORAID box (or similar to fund Sinn Fein) under your nose and asks for a contribution, smile politely, say you'll get some change from the car, walk out immediately, do not look back and do not return.  (The Brits would like to thank those who contributed to NORAID for teaching them over a 35-year period how to live with and combat IRA terrorism.)


It not like the plastic paddys can tell the difference between a real Guinness and the slop brewed in Canada that they sell in the US.
 
2017-03-17 03:48:58 PM  

JNowe: John D McGurks, St Louis, MO?   That's a funny way to spell O'Malley's, Weston, MO.


Me, before reading the article:  "I bet they end up going with some POS St Louis shiite bar"
Me, after reading the article: "Dammit, they even managed to throw in a G D toasted ravioli reference"

I appreciate that you have a more enlightened point of view, but you still misspelled Kelly's in Westport in Kansas City.

(OK, so if I ever get back up Weston way with the opportunity, might have to stop by O'Malleys...)
 
2017-03-17 03:50:47 PM  

ReverendLoki: I appreciate that you have a more enlightened point of view, but you still misspelled Kelly's in Westport in Kansas City.


Lol.  They said Irish bar, not frat bar.
 
2017-03-17 03:54:30 PM  
Your Irish bar sucks.
 
2017-03-17 04:06:49 PM  
There are a bunch of Irish bars in Hoboken. I generally don't go to them, especially on amature drunk a$$hole day.
 
2017-03-17 04:19:45 PM  

alomar: ElPresidente:

> If the barman draws a shamrock in the head on top of the pint with the tap, you are allowed to pour it over his head and smash the glass in his face.

This happened to me at The Left Bank in Kilkenny Ireland, apparently I missed my shot at smashing a glass.
Guess I have to go back.


Kilkenny has more hotel rooms per capita than Las Vegas.  It is a town that is entirely populated by tourists.  If you were gonna get a shamrock in your beer while in the country, it would be in Kilkenny.
 
2017-03-17 04:31:02 PM  
I had a three month assignment in Athlone, Ireland a few years ago. I spend a few evenings here...
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2017-03-17 04:42:28 PM  
Maryland - James Joyce Pub - really?  That place is corporate and touristy as fark.  Not a lick of it has any authenticity, least of all the bullshiat menu which appears to be a copy/paste job out of some english pub chain.
 
2017-03-17 04:57:09 PM  

ElPresidente: Free hints:

> If the Irish bar has a neon shamrock in the window, do not enter, it will not be a proper Irish bar

> Learn how to properly pour a pint of Guinness, then go in and demand they pour one.  If they do it wrong, walk out, the pint will be shiate.

> If the barman draws a shamrock in the head on top of the pint with the tap, you are allowed to pour it over his head and smash the glass in his face.

> Guinness does not travel well - about 20 miles from the brewery is the limit.  You can drink a Guinness-like liquid in America, but it will not be a Guinness.

> If someone puts a NORAID box (or similar to fund Sinn Fein) under your nose and asks for a contribution, smile politely, say you'll get some change from the car, walk out immediately, do not look back and do not return.  (The Brits would like to thank those who contributed to NORAID for teaching them over a 35-year period how to live with and combat IRA terrorism.)


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2017-03-17 04:59:57 PM  
I beg to differ:

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2017-03-17 05:30:27 PM  
Vermont: Red Fox Inn.
I can't believe Vermont has an inn named after the guy who played Fred Sanford
 
2017-03-17 05:48:12 PM  

ElPresidente: Free hints:

> If the Irish bar has a neon shamrock in the window, do not enter, it will not be a proper Irish bar

> Learn how to properly pour a pint of Guinness, then go in and demand they pour one.  If they do it wrong, walk out, the pint will be shiate.

> If the barman draws a shamrock in the head on top of the pint with the tap, you are allowed to pour it over his head and smash the glass in his face.

> Guinness does not travel well - about 20 miles from the brewery is the limit.  You can drink a Guinness-like liquid in America, but it will not be a Guinness.

> If someone puts a NORAID box (or similar to fund Sinn Fein) under your nose and asks for a contribution, smile politely, say you'll get some change from the car, walk out immediately, do not look back and do not return.  (The Brits would like to thank those who contributed to NORAID for teaching them over a 35-year period how to live with and combat IRA terrorism.)



The nasty pub down the road from a place I lived 20 years ago *directly* funneled money to the IRA.  None of that namby-pamby SinnFein crap.

Cheap beer, sticky seats, and they had a bar shuffleboard table.  What a great place The Ould Sod was.  They've hipstered it up a bit now.

Bastards have an outdoor pati'o now
 
2017-03-17 06:22:53 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: protip: referring to Derry as 'Londonderry' while in the republic is similarly unwise


Another tip: while there, avoid making remarks about the fresh, sweet smelling Derry air.
 
2017-03-17 06:35:37 PM  
Plough and Stars in Cambridge, MA. I did guess either that or The Druid in Inman Square, Cambridge. Though the Druid is tiny. Hardly any room for the musicians to play.
 
2017-03-17 06:54:27 PM  

ElPresidente: > Guinness does not travel well - about 20 miles from the brewery is the limit.  You can drink a Guinness-like liquid in America, but it will not be a Guinness.


This is a true statement, haven't been able to find a decent pint since I moved here. I'm not worried as I have found better stouts here - Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro - yum!
 
2017-03-17 06:57:16 PM  
When I lived in NY, McSorleys was the place I would avoid on St Patricks Day.  Did it once,  never again.  Any other time I was good with dropping in and getting the dark.

I used to go to Mustang Harrys.  Dont know if its really an Irish Pub but the bartenders and staff were definitely Irish right off the boat.  It is right around the corner from Penn Station.  Good sheperds pie.

The NY choice, Id never heard of but it was in the bronx so that may explain it.
 
2017-03-17 07:06:15 PM  
Winston-Salem, NC
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2017-03-17 07:07:51 PM  
Pensacola here.   Mcguires is as awesome as it sounds.   No sarcasm.  They also brew on site.          Kiss the Moose.
 
2017-03-17 08:29:29 PM  
Kell's isn't a proper Irish pub.  It's "Green Beer Irish".  Biddy's used to be, but they sold off somewhere along the past few years.  Still looking for a replacement in PDX.
 
2017-03-17 09:21:27 PM  
California's L.A. winner claims the Irish Coffee over the Buena Vista?

/fightin' words
//you better believe a citation is needed
 
2017-03-17 09:22:40 PM  

IrishinTexas: ElPresidente: > Guinness does not travel well - about 20 miles from the brewery is the limit.  You can drink a Guinness-like liquid in America, but it will not be a Guinness.

This is a true statement, haven't been able to find a decent pint since I moved here. I'm not worried as I have found better stouts here - Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro - yum!


Try Fort Collins Brewery Double Chocolate Stout or Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout.

You're welcome!
 
2017-03-17 09:52:55 PM  

ElPresidente: Guinness does not travel well - about 20 miles from the brewery is the limit.  You can drink a Guinness-like liquid in America, but it will not be a Guinness.


That's not true. I have had proper Guinness in America, but the lines have to be absolutely clean. You can tell at a glance--when they pull the pint if the head is anything other than pure white, it's not going to be properly creamy. (I used to work around the corner from the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. I knew how to cut past the tour to get to the free pub at the end.)

/Prefer Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, anyway.
 
2017-03-18 04:48:49 AM  

rickythepenguin: yay Rula Bula (AZ)!  used to go there *all* the time when i lived in Tempe.  one of Pat Tillman's favorite hangs.

they make a pretty awesome boxty and shepherd's pie.  all the food is great.  and the suds are great too.  farking love Rula bula!


Before I clicked I said "If they don't have Rula Bula for AZ, the list is crap." List did not disappoint.
 
2017-03-18 10:08:53 AM  
Talondel:  Before I clicked I said "If they don't have Rula Bula for AZ, the list is crap." List did not disappoint.

fibber mcgee's in tempe (dobson and elliot, i think) is also pretty 'authentic'.  and they're the Tottenham supporter's club so i go there from time to time on matchdays.  nothing like a carlsberg at 9AM.....
 
2017-03-18 11:12:52 AM  

rickythepenguin: yay Rula Bula (AZ)!  used to go there *all* the time when i lived in Tempe.  one of Pat Tillman's favorite hangs.

they make a pretty awesome boxty and shepherd's pie.  all the food is great.  and the suds are great too.  farking love Rula bula!


I was just up there a week or so ago, and loved it. Im gonna make sure I go there more often when I visit my friend in Tempe
 
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