Phoenix can’t offer anything in the way of The Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Ireland where I happened to have had the pure joy to visit on St. Patrick’s Day a couple of years ago, we have many options to sit with a pint or a shot and some great traditional Irish grub.
Here are a few Irish pubs, each with a touch of authentic brew, music, food or atmosphere.
Casey Moore’s Oyster House
850 South Ash Avenue, Tempe
Casey Moore, as in the name, is a woman born to Irish immigrants in 1886. She loved to sing and play the piano for friends and family. Casey’s, with a shamrock logo and a Blarney Stone, its a great spot that marks off many on the Irish list. And be sure to try an imperial pint of Guinness.
The Dubliner Irish Pub
3841 East Thunderbird Road
The Dubliner is said to be Phoenix’s first pub to serve Guinness on tap. With all kinds of trivia games and live music it’s fun year-round. serves dishes like corned beef sliders, Irish beef stew, and chicken with Guinness gravy. For a quick bite, get yourself a side of Irish soda bread, or some Jameson chocolate bread pudding. Draught beers include Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s; whiskeys include Blackbash, Paddy’s, and even Dew Middleton. If you are there for a bite too, check our the Corned beef sliders, chicken with Guinness gravy and best of all their own Irish Stew. Be sure to grab some Irish soda bread to go with it. Wash it all down with Guinness or Whisky.
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub
58 South San Marcos Place, Chandler
I have had the luck to find this one and it’s our almost weekly place for Happy Hour. This Irish bar in downtown Chandler is easy to miss, its in a strip building with many shops, restaurants, and other bars surrounding Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. When you enter Murphy’s Law, you’ll know you’ve found your next favorite pub. A good mix of Irish and Arizona ales are on the beer menu, and food options include Irish mac and cheese, Murph’s Reuben sandwich, and St. Ivan fish tacos.
O’Connor’s Pub lets you work on your darts game while drinking a Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, or Magners — So it really makes a great neighborhood stop. Have some beer-battered french fries to keep you going while listening to live Irish music or a game of some kind. Established in 1990 by Jimmy O’Connor, O’Connor’s Pub is also known for daily specials on Tully Tuesdays, Whiskey Wednesdays, or Thank Guinness It’s Fridays.
Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub
906 East Camelback Road
Once upon a time, there was an Irishman from Belfast named Seamus McCaffrey. He opened a little bar in downtown Phoenix, and it was awesome. In 2002, he decided to sell his namesake pub and open a new one on Camelback Road, which he named after his beloved wife, Rosie. Thank the heavens above he did. We don’t know what we’d do without the Harp Battered Fish ‘n’ Chips and wall of whiskey (we’re talking Bushmill’s, five kinds of Jameson, Tullamore, and Paddy’s) at Rosie McCaffrey’s. You’ll also find streaming Glasgow Celtics football, as well as Guinness, Harp, Kilkenny, Smithwick’s, and Magner’s Irish Cider on tap every day at the bar.
4338 West Bell Road, Glendale
This wild west Valley bar is known for its cold drinks, next-level bar food, and the annual Saint Patrick’s Day party; this place trucks in bands, bagpipes, Irish dancers — the works. Scan that menu for items like traditional corned beef and cabbage sandwiches, wings, and beer steam bratwurst. Irish drinks include Guinness, Kilt Lifters, Irish Bombs, Carolans Irish Cream, or maybe just an ice-cold domestic beer.
Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
17045 North 59th Avenue, #103, Glendale
Tim Finnegan’s traditional shepherd’s pie is popular here made with lamb, as is the all-day Irish breakfast — a larage plate of meat, eggs, beans, toast, tomatoes, and authentic white and black pudding. Join the pub trivia or live music, which you can enjoy with a Guinness or Bailey’s tiramisu.
If these great Irish options are not enough to get you out and enjoy this popular lucky day, what will?
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