Pub Guide

All the Twin Cities pubs in one place.

Anchor Fish & Chips fried fish fillet
This beloved neighborhood spot in Northeast turns out delicious, crisp fillets of Alaskan cod, resting on mounds of chips (as they call them in the mother country, or cottage fries as they are known around these parts). Other Irish specialties fill out the menu, such as chips with curry or gravy and meat or lentil pasties. Irish beers on tap, as well as Nordeast, of course.
302 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-676-1300,

Twin Cities standby Brit's is the place to sink your teeth into a Scotch egg, sip a cup of tea, gulp a glass of beer, or unwind with some lawn bowling for an Isles experience in the heart of Minneapolis.
1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-3908,

Casper and Runyon's Shamrocks burger and beer
There aren’t many real Irish staples to be found on the menu here—even the tasty Leprechaun Legs (deep-fried green beans) are classic Midwestern bar food. All the same, the guys who also run the Nook serve up a fine burger, and Shamrock’s still parties hard, Emerald Isle style. Its location is a perfect place to get sidetracked on the way to St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
995 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-9925,

Celts pub Rosemount new interior
The brightly renovated Celts in Rosemount serves American pub fare along with traditional Irish plates such as shepherd's pie and bangers and mash, with many an Irish whiskey or brew to bring out your inner Celtic spirit.
14506 Robert Tr. S., Rosemount, 651-322-7995,

Claddagh irish pub shoppes at arbor lakes gothic dining room
Owned by an Irish food entrepreneur, Claddagh aims to bring a friendly and hospitable pub atmosphere to the Midwest. With Irish and American comfort food, from cabbage and corned beef to mac and cheese (and the Jameson glazed burger somewhere in between), you can relax over a meal after celebrating or shopping at the surrounding outdoor mall.
7890 N. Main St., Maple Grove, 763-773-7400,

Cooper pub exterior patio
Minneapolis has the Local, St. Paul has the Liffey, and Cooper is their suburban sister pub in St. Louis Park. Dig into a burger or a curry, or indulge in a Guinness chocolate mousse to match the vibe of the big, belle époque interior. Sidle up to the bar to soak in the imported woodwork—and a drink—if you’re feeling thirsty.
1607 Park Pl. Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-698-2000,

Dubliner Pub patio boots and Guinness
The Dub’s glowing neon signs are a warm addition to this stretch of University Ave., where the pub has long held a reputation for serving excellently poured beers with no side of pretense. Stop by for live music most nights of the week, Irish dance lessons on Wednesdays, or to relax on the patio with a pint.
2162 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-646-5551,

Haltime Rec interior pool table
The Halftime Rec’s days of all Irish all the time may be over since it refocused the music room on country western acts. That said, the place is still decked out in shamrocks, you can still catch an Irish act there every so often, and the Guinness tap at the bar is far from running dry. If that doesn’t make you feel lively, the cheap drinks and ample bar games selection will.
1013 Front Ave., St. Paul, 651-488-8245,

Jake O'Connors Public House irish pub interior
The vibe is right at this cozy, dark wood filled pub in Excelsior, where the charming old school atmosphere meets a tasty, contemporary pub menu and a bar stocked with Irish and Minnesota classics (taps from Harp to Summit). Snag a comfy booth, a tall pint of Guinness, and a friend or two if your celebrating style is less rowdy, more laid back.
200 Water St., Excelsior, 952-908-9650,

Keegan's Irish Pub crafted wooden bar interior
Inspired by Guinness’s Irish Pub Concept, Keegan’s pleases its Northeast neighbors with a bar built in (and transported from) Ireland along with a menu of Irish classics, such as the corned beef dinner, steamed cabbage and all. The taps skew a little more craft than Celtic, with Guinness taking its place between selections from Lucid and Surly.
16 University Ave. NE., Mpls., 612-252-0880,

kieran's irish pub dowtown minneapolis bar interior
Kieran's is primed for the next 20 years in its Warehouse District location. Specialties include wee burgers, the Guinness pot roast sandwich, fish and chips, and a boatload of Irish whiskey. A great spot for Happy Hour, and Twins pre-gaming.
85 N. 6th St., Mpls., 612-339-4499,

Kip's Irish Pub St. Louis Park waitress in front of casks
The painted map of Ireland on the ceiling of this pub adjacent to the Marriott in St. Louis Park is a nod to the country where Kip’s rich wooden interior was built and which inspires the bar’s casual and hospitable attitude. In addition to the Irish tap selection, Kip’s also has a series of house cocktails—hot and cold—where Irish whiskey figures prominently.
9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-367-5070,

The Liffey pub Saint Paul Irish crafted bar interior
Nodding both to the Mississippi and to Dublin’s Liffey River with its name, this inviting downtown pub has become a bit of a St. Paul landmark in its own right. Just a quick jaunt from Rice Park, where the capital city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade ends, the Liffey’s Guinness tap is St. Paul’s holiday headwaters.
175 West 7th, St. Paul, 651-556-1420,

The Local pub in minneapolis hand crafted dark wood bar and stained glass
Something about this pub’s seemingly endless snugs, nooks, and crannies gets visitors feeling thirsty and a little feisty—the Local’s reputation for serving more Jameson than anywhere else in the world holds true in spirit even in years when the title goes elsewhere. A prime downtown spot to celebrate any day, not just St. Patrick’s.
931 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-904-1000,

salad and shrimp at Manitou station in White Bear Lake
This pretty building in White Bear Lake houses a cozy bar with a fun and polished take on Irish pub food favorites with items such as a Scotch egg burger and Irish fritters with pumpernickel breading. Music every night of the week, plus craft cocktails and Irish and craft taps, keep things lively and bustling.
2171 4th Street, White Bear Lake, 651-426-2300,

McCormick's Pub and Restaurant Wayzata patio and sign
With more upscale American fare than the usual pub offerings, McCormick’s nods to its Irish inspiration through items such as the Guinness-braised burger and seafood selections. The pub’s dark stained wood interior and traditional Irish libations keep the setting classic and casual.
331 Broadway Ave. S., Wayzata, 952-767-2417,

Merlins Rest British pub exterior patio
This paneled pub is a neighborhood favorite, with a seasonally changing menu of pub cuisine inspired by the Isles, tasty taps, and of course, the Whisky Bible, with single malt tastings once a month. You won't find a game on the TV here (except for English Premier League Soccer), mostly just friendly chatter—and occasionally live music and Morris dancers.
3601 E Lake St., Mpls., 612-216-2419,

Morrissey's Irish Pub bar and bottles
Morrissey’s is a charmingly low key, no fuss pub. It’s an Irish bar through and through, not because it’s drenched in green and shamrock décor, but because it’s a comfortable and friendly place to knock a few back and nibble on chips in curry sauce. The hefty whiskey selection, imperial pints, and tasty pub grub don’t hurt, either.
913 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-465-8555,

O'Donovan's Irish Pub downtown Minneapolis patio facing target center
A convenient spot for a drink before games at the Target Center, this bar’s owner aims to deliver the easygoing atmosphere of his home country’s neighborhood watering holes here and at O’Donovan’s brother pub, Jake O’Connor’s in Excelsior. The bar is proud of its potatoes as well as the pours, with a menu well stocked with spuds.
700 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-317-8896,

O'Gara's Bar and Grill
This 74-year-old St. Paul staple serves up brews and bar food in a shamrocked sports bar setting, where neighborhood regulars come to linger and where students and the recently graduated from nearby colleges come to party. A huge St. Patrick’s day bash, and the fact that the bar’s birthday is the night before, promise bright green and rowdy revelry.
164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-3333,

Appetizers and Guinness at the bar of O'Malley's Irish Pub in Woodbury
Why should you have to drive into the city on a day that’s all about eating, drinking, and being merry (and drinking)? Snag a homemade shepherd's pie and a pint, and kick back at this hand-crafted, family-owned spot in Woodbury.
1775 Radio Dr., Woodbury, 651-578-7007,

patrick mcgovern's irish pub brick exterior west 7th st paul
A low-key neighborhood pub on nights when the Xcel Energy Center is hockey-free, Patrick McGovern’s takes up two levels of a red brick Victorian building—more Irish downstairs, more sports bar upstairs. The bar’s best feature, though, might be the greenhouse style patio area, with plants and even a waterfall to give you a taste of spring while we’re still snowed in.
225 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-5821,