By Daniel Cooper

Pittsburgh has a diverse history of neighborhoods that were once separated by ethnicity. Grocery stores, delis and pubs were the glue that kept these areas rich in culture and traditions. Many Irish pubs still thrive in Pittsburgh and not just on St. Patrick’s Day. This list of pubs serves up the best traditional Irish food and drinks in town and features that indefinable Celtic ethos.

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Piper’s Pub

1828 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat – 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Kitchen Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(412) 381-3977
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East Carson Street in the Southside has hundreds of bars and restaurants. But if you are looking for an authentic Irish Pub look no further than Piper’s. Carrying a variety of scotch and beer, the pub has the best variety of authentic Irish and Scottish whiskey. If you are a futbol (soccer) fan, there is no better place to watch a game. Usually opening early for European matches, the most rabid soccer fanatics can be found here. If you go to watch a match, make sure to get there early as seating is at a premium.

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Monterey Pub

1227 Monterey St
Pittsburgh, PA
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 3 p.m. to midnight; Fri to Sat – 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Kitchen Hours: Mon to Sat – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(412) 322-6535
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If you are looking for an intimate, authentic pub go to Monterey Pub. Nestled on a cozy residential street in the Mexican War Street neighborhood of Pittsburgh, this pub is welcoming and friendly. This is definitely the kind of place where you expect locals to hang out and that everyone knows each other. Don’t miss out on their delicious food, especially the Guinness Nachos which feature shredded beef simmered in wonderful Guinness beer.

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Claddagh Irish Pub

407 Cinema Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Kitchen Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(412) 381-4800
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In the heart of Southside Works is Claddagh Irish Pub. Ranked the number one Irish Restaurant by Pittsburgh Magazine, it serves probably the best Irish fare in the city. The actual restaurant is a bit larger than your normal ‘pub’, but provides one of the most rustic interiors in the city. With high ceilings and a private dining facility, patrons find wall-to-wall Irish flair around the bar. There is also a nice patio outside for summertime seating on those cool nights.

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Mahoney’s Restaurant & Lounge

949 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Hours: Mon to Wed – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thurs to Fri – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
(412) 471-4243
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Located in the heart of downtown on Liberty Avenue, this pub is often overlooked because of its location. However, it provides some of the best pub food and atmosphere in the city. Recently renovated with a more appealing glass front, the pub still retains the natural charm of an Irish tavern. Order from an array of seafood, grab a draft of Guinness Stout and kick back and relax.

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Paddy’s Pour House

215 East Main Street
Carnegie, PA
Hours: Mon to Sat – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Tue to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sundays vary
(412) 279-0770
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Paddy’s is located in Carnegie and is one of the older Irish pubs in the area. Started back in 1979 the pub features Irish whiskey, beer and classic Irish food. Featuring live Gaelic music on most Friday’s and Saturday’s, the pub includes ‘Irish Night’ on Tuesdays featuring half price drinks after 8p.

Daniel Cooper has resided in Pittsburgh for over 10 years. He enjoys a wide variety of music and arts. On most weekends he can be found enjoying the public parks of the county.