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 gravy and meat or lentil pasties. Irish beers on tap, as well as Nordeast, of course.
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.
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, crnook.com
After a successful reopening following a fire last year, the brightly renovated original 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.
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.
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.
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 Mondays, or to relax on the patio with a pint.
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.
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.
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 traditional Irish breakfast, black pudding and all. The taps skew a little more craft than Celtic, with Guinness taking its place between selections from Lucid and Surly.
Twenty years ago, Kieran’s in downtown Minneapolis opened on St. Patrick’s day. Yep, that means this year promises not only the usual holiday festivities that pack one of the TC's biggest and best known pubs with partiers, but also a celebration of Kieran’s 20th anniversary of pint-soaked fun. The Jameson is flowing, so dive right in.
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, kipspub.com
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 capitol city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins, the Liffey’s Guinness tap is St. Paul’s holiday headwaters.
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.
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.
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 regular live music, dark stained wood interior, and traditional Irish libations keep the setting classic and casual.
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. No TVs, just friendly chatter—and occasionally live music and Morris dancers. The full Irish breakfast (and maybe a bloody Mary) will help you get a head start on the holiday festivities.
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.
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.
This 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, ogaras.com
Why should you have to drive into the city on a day that’s all about eating, drinking, and being merry (and drinking)? Snag an Irish Dog—all beef hot dog with pickled cabbage and mustard aioli—and a pint, and kick back at this hand-crafted, family-owned spot in Woodbury.
A low-key neighborhood pub on nights when the Xcel 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.