Lori Joe Miller Farr

America has twice as many people of Irish “primary descent” as the population of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland combined. According to a Trulia study, the most Irish cities in the United States are Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Unfortunately, as in the case of Tom Bergin in Los Angeles and Patrick of Pratt Street in Baltimore, America has lost some of its long-running family-owned Irish pubs. Come have a drink with these independent customs officers when you are in town.

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McSorley’s Old Ale House
15 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-9148
www.mcsorleysoldalehouse.nyc

Women! Head to the East Village to get a dose of history with your ale – “Light or Dark?” it’s a standard hello – at McSorley’s. Claiming to be the oldest continuous bar in America and certainly one of New York City’s oldest businesses, founded in 1854, was only for men until a Supreme Court ruling changed that in 1970. Even Abraham Lincoln visited McSorley’s. What hasn’t changed? Sawdust on the floor, firefighter helmets, vintage photos and newspaper clippings covering the walls, and an old serviceable copper stove in the corner. Order a plate of cheese and onions or a head of bacon with red cabbage.

Doyle’s Cafe
3484 Washington St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-2345
www.doylescafeboston.com

A century before beauty! But in this place there is both. Great Boston has enough wonderful Irish pubs to fill this page multiple times. At Doyle’s on the Jamaican Plain this attraction with well-used bar stools and dining booths has been welcoming people since 1882. First, put Sam Adams in your glass, and because the brewery is nearby, this is the right place if you want something new and something else Sam’s releases. The kitchen offers significant rates that also go beyond bar snacks. Wings to wings and burgers to Boston clam chowder, as well as a Sunday brunch served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury str.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 735-5562
www.mcgillins.com

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Authenticity near the town hall. McGillin’s has been killing him ever since the crack in Liberty Bell was still fresh. McGillin’s opened as Bell in Hand Tavern in 1860, when Honest Abe was elected president of this (33 in all) United States. Upstairs lived a customs officer with his wife Catherine and their 13 children. More than a century and a half later, awards are still pouring in from both the major media and fans, recognizing this place as the best bartender, the best happy hour in the city of brotherly love and one of the dozens of true Irishmen in America. taverns. There are 30 draft beers, including Adamstown by Stoudt’s, a regional brewery from Eastern Pennsylvania.

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John D. McGurk Irish Pub and Garden
1200 Russell Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri, 63104
(314) 776-8309
www.mcgurks.com

It is not the oldest pub in the world, but it is one of the busiest and winners of numerous awards that confirm this claim. Wander through the rabbit vine rooms with brick walls decorated with artifacts reminiscent of over 40 years in business. Or head to three bars and a fountain in a landscaped garden of 15,000 square feet to become one of the best places for a pleasant afternoon in the Midwest. Musicians come from Cork, Galway and Derry to make sure McGurk’s unrivaled Celtic atmosphere is as authentic as you’ll discover through a pond in Dublin. No wonder they pour more Guinness than anywhere else in the state.

Buena Vista
2765 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 474-5044
www.thebuenavista.com

Ding, ding, ding! Across the road from the turn of the Buena Vista cable car is an institution. It is impossible to tell the story of San Francisco and the emergence of Irish coffee in America in 1952 without telling the story of The Buena Vista. Take your eyes off the breathtaking view of the bay from this hilly corner to read the sign mounted on the outside wall. Better yet, go to the table by the window and try an Irish coffee or two. Bartenders in white jackets immediately fill a dozen tulip-shaped glasses lined up on a long wooden bar using just a recipe from Tullamore Dew whiskey and Peerless coffee. Yes, of course, they also pour Guinness.

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