As only the proper lads and lassies of Pittsburgh know, an Irish pub is one of the few places that one can go for true camaraderie, and a helluva good whiskey or ale. The Irish were one of the first nationalities to settle on the shores of the Allegheny as far back as 1794, and they left behind a rich, lasting legacy. Today, these traditions are kept alive and well in all of Pittsburgh’s fine Irish establishments – the following are merely a small representation of what’s in store for you, mo chara.
1828 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Whether you need a Strongbow from the tap to whet your palate, or a satisfying boxty to warm your chilly bones, Piper’s is the place to be. Friendly, affable staff will quickly learn your name, and you’ll instantly feel at home in Piper’s warm, inviting atmosphere. In addition, Piper’s single malt scotch list is unparalleled, and its excitement over the World Cup is second-to-none. If you want the full experience of Carson Street, with a little less lip gloss and a little more family, get your arse over to Piper’s this weekend, and see what all the fuss is about.
Riley’s Pour House
215 East Main St.
Carnegie, PA 15106
If the authentic Irish pub experience is what you’re seeking, look no further than Riley’s Pour House. With consistently delicious fare that feels it’s been flown in directly from the Isles, live music and a homegrown feel that’s 100 percent family-oriented, it is evident that Riley’s is powered by love. The bar’s whiskey and ale selection is also divine, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find another establishment that’s so genuinely Irish with the right amount of yinzer thrown in. Head down for the big game, one of Riley’s fun-filled events, or pop by for a bite – you won’t be disappointed.
Harp And Fiddle
2329 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Visit Harp and Fiddle for its British Isle-inspired cuisine such as shepherd’s pie and bangers ‘n mash, and not-so-Anglophile choices such as Asian fish tacos and burgers. But stay for the extensive draught list that includes Guinness, Smithwick’s, Murphy’s, Newcastle and Woodchuck, among many others. Travel the Strip, and at the end of that lonesome stretch you’ll find this tiny hidden gem in the rough that the locals call ‘their bar.’ Also, be sure not to miss the St. Paddy’s Day party that keep H&F rockin’ for two straight days, both before and after Pittsburgh’s iconic parade.
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3382 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Two words – Guinness salmon. Two more words – yes, please. This Irish Pub, tucked neatly away in the North Hills, offers a convenient respite from the chain restaurants of McKnight Road, with a pleasant, Irish-steeped atmosphere that’s also Steeler-nation friendly. American and Irish fare complements a varied and delightful spirit menu and extensive draught list. Friendly, attentive staff rounds out this outstanding establishment that is well on its way to becoming your once-a-week haunt.
1227 Monterey St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Tucked away in the historic Mexican War Street area of Pittsburgh’s North Side, you will find Monterey Pub, a lovely dive with a funky Irish bent. It’s a small bar/restaurant that’s a favorite spot for locals and non-locals alike to meet, drink and eat. The menu is vast and features everything from sandwiches and salads to larger entrees – there’s genuinely something for everyone here. Prices are slightly lower than what one would expect in what’s arguably Pittsburgh’s hippest neighborhood. Visit for one of Monterey’s great special nights, including $1 off burgers and martini Mondays, flatbread pizza night and $1 off Corona Thursdays.
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