With a reputation for being a great city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country, it’s no surprise that Pittsburgh also has plenty of great Irish pubs. Whether you’re looking for a good pint–and not just Guinness–or some authentic Irish food, here are some of the best places to visit.
Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle
2329 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mullaney’s has been around since 1992, since its owners recognized a need for a traditional Irish pub in Pittsburgh. In addition to the usual bar classics like live music and trivia night, Mullaney’s also offers Ceili dancing every Tuesday at 7 p.m., and you can head there to watch Notre Dame games all season long. They also have a few annual events. St. Patrick’s Day is a given, but they also celebrate Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, Oysterfest, the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, a Guinness Toast, and Finnegan’s Wake. You can also enjoy their traditional Irish food, including Guinness Lamb Stew and such classics as shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and corned beef and cabbage.
1828 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Family-owned pub Piper’s, located on Pittsburgh’s South Side, is a favorite for those who are looking to enjoy beer and a soccer match–and Piper’s even has its own fantasy league. Open daily, Piper’s is a Scotch-Irish pub offering a taste of both cuisines, with Scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie, slow-braised beef in an Irish-stout-infused stock, corned beef and cabbage, ham and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, and more. They also offer typical pub fare like burgers and chicken fingers, as well as vegetarian-friendly dishes. Of course, they also have an extensive selection of beer and cocktails.
1227 Monterey St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
“A little piece of Ireland in Pittsburgh,” Monterey Pub is located in the Mexican War Streets on Pittsburgh’s North Side, with both traditional and unique food offerings. Guinness, of course, is a prominent menu feature, found in their Shredded Beef Nachos, Shredded Beef Wrap, and boxty. Other Irish fare includes bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips.
Riley’s Pour House
215 E. Main St.
Carnegie, PA 15106
Riley’s Pour House has consistently been ranked among the best Irish pubs in Pittsburgh, open at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, offering a full Irish breakfast followed by live entertainment through the afternoon and evening. Or you can enjoy a classic Irish dinner with such dishes as fish and chips, lamb stew, Jameson Whiskey Marinated Flat Iron Steak, and more. Chase it down with a good selection of Irish whiskey or imported beer.
McMinn’s Pub & Grille
3925 Willow Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
If you’re looking for an afternoon drink, check out the friendly atmosphere at McMinn’s. And if you love Guinness, they might have something cool for you–the bar recently celebrated the beer with a Guinness Night, offering free on-site engravings of a glass with the purchase of a Guinness.
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Janelle Sheetz is a 20-something closed-captioner by day, writer by night, just outside of Pittsburgh. She also regularly contributes to AXS.com and Examiner.com, and her writing has also been featured on The Billfold and Neutrons Protons.