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Top Irish Pubs Outside of Ireland

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Wherever you are in the world, a trip to a lively Irish pub can help transport you to the Emerald Isle, if only for an evening. With a perfectly poured Guinness in hand, you may find that everything's coming up shamrocks. Sláinte!


McSorley's Old Ale House

McSorley's is a Cooper Union landmark that first opened sometime around the Civil War. It is one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the city. McSorley's serves two kinds of beer, McSorley's Lager and McSorley's Cream Stock Ale, and they are served two mugs at a time. Inside, you'll find sawdust on the floor and historic bric-à-brac alongside photos and news clippings. The menu is simple, with appetizers such as hearty cheese plates. Just be sure to keep the pub's centuries-old motto in mind: "Be Good or Be Gone!"

New York, NY, United States
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The Tipperary

If you're in London and looking for a joint to get a plate of fish and chips and a Guinness to wash it down, there are two options on the table. Either you hop on a Dublin bound ferry, or you head down to the Tipperary on London's Fleet Street for an authentically Irish experience. The Tipperary was established over 400 years ago and has earned the distinction of calling itself the oldest Irish Pub in London. Amongst time-tested standards like Fish and Chips, and Bangers and Mash, the menu includes a wide array of Irish Pub food favorites. The bar also stocks other English Ales and is included in The Good Beer Guide's annual list of high quality pubs.

London, United Kingdom
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Mercantile Hotel Pub

City workers unite at this famous Irish pub located inside the Mercantile Hotel. On a Friday night the excited crowd can grow so large that pub goers hang out on the pavement in front of the bar, enjoying their beer and each others' company. Every week night live bands play in front of a cheering crowd. Come to mingle with the office workers during the week or to relax on a weekend afternoon at Sydney's oldest Irish pub. At lunch times the bistro serves up wholesome pub grub which you can wash down with a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.

Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Brendan Behan Pub

Brendan Behan Pub is small, intimate and dark, and the atmosphere is as Irish as you can get without boarding a plane. Live Irish music 'seisiuns' entertain the loyal patrons, many of whom have a Dublin lilt to their speech as they down their pints of Guinness. A few bowls of chips line the bar, but you cannot buy food here. As you drink, admire the Irish wall decor, make new friends and maybe even dance a jig.

Jamaica Plain, MA, United States
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The Lir Irish Bar

The interiors of The Lir Irish Bar are replete with a golden glow, while the charming beer garden allows patrons to enjoy gusts of fresh breeze while at this popular Irish pub. The bar counter has racks of sparkling liquor and wine bottles and guests are seated on comfortable chairs next to warm fireplaces. The garden is full of potted palms, creepers, old-style lamps and white garden umbrellas. Sip perfectly crafted cocktails and enjoy Irish snacks such as Connemara Chicken and Shepherd's Pie. The high-definition television screens showcase major football tournaments like Champions League, Premier League and the World Cup.

Berlin, Germany
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Healy Mac's Irish Bar And Restaurant

Healy Mac's Irish Bar And Restaurant has been graced by the likes of Oliver Reed, the famous English actor. It is situated in a two-story cottage with the lower room housing the bar and the upper level reserved for private functions. This bar always dons a vibrant look and bustles with a buoyant crowd, who are attracted by the all day happy hours. Like a typical Irish bar, it is big on live music, sports and whiskeys. Tap your feet to popular tunes, cheer for your favorite sports teams and participate in the lively conversations that abound here. Sample liquors such as Russian Standard Vodka, Bushmills Irish Whisky, Tiger Draught and Balvenie Double Wood that has been aged for 12 years. You can also enjoy Irish classics like traditional lamb stew. For the best experience try the Full Irish Breakfast with hash browns, pork sausage and bacon.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kilkenny

The Kilkenny is located at the corner of Alvear and Reconquista. A great Irish Pub with a fine selection of imported beers and drinks to enjoy, Kilkenny is the perfect spot to either start or end your night. Hundreds of party seekers fill the place on a routine basis, which is tending to include a growing number of travelers. While the exterior facade is of traditional Irish style, inside the tables are arranged in an unconventional way that allows for a certain amount of privacy. The friendly staff at Kilkenny also adds to the enjoyable atmosphere.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Mulligans Irish Music Bar

One of the oldest Irish pubs in Amsterdam, Mulligans is always alive with cheer and fun. On the menu are Irish staples like Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, as well as a large selection of regional whiskies. Live performances, mostly Celtic based, provide the background music of the night. Occasionally they host open mic sessions that are open to amateur musicians. Their staff is friendly and the atmosphere mirrors that of a lively pub in Ireland. You know you are in for a good time when you are at Mulligans.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Stolly's

Always crowded and brimming with casual excitement, Stolly's is a favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike. Located on a small street off Rue de Rivoli, it may be hard to find immediately, but this Irish pub is worth the search down the block for a cozy night with friends. Stop by for happy hour specials, usually around 4:30p-8p, and choose from tasty cocktails and a selection of beers. Stolly's is also a favorite spot on summer nights, during which you can relax out on the terrace. If you happen to be in the City of Light for St. Patrick's Day, be sure to stop by this fun spot.

Paris, France
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The Plough and the Stars

People who follow Celtic music love the Plough and Stars, which has been around since 1975. Some of the biggest names in Celtic music perform live here in nightly shows. You might also see traditional Irish dance performances while you enjoy your pint. You will be quite welcome among the friendly and multi-generational crowd. How can anyone be less than convivial with great music, great libations and a great crowd? This charming pub has no food offerings, but you're free to bring your own.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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McVeigh's

Lording over the Yonge and Richmond area for more than 35 years, McVeigh's is where homesick Irish folk go when they want a taste of the Emerald Isle. Here you're transported to a neighborhood pub complete with live Irish bands, waitresses with lilting accents and all the Guinness you can drink. Catch frequent performers The Mad Patties playing, and hear traditional Irish tunes. And the food is just what you would hope for: stews and meat pies alongside burgers and fries.

Toronto, ON, Canada
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Molly Bloom's

This is a real Irish experience as everything from the lamps to its wood paneling comes from Ireland. Molly Bloom's was Israel's first Irish pub and they aim to be authentic. Choose from fish and chips with tartar sauce, shepherd's pie, beef cooked in Guinness and roast beef. There are a great range of Irish whiskeys available and a beer garden behind the restaurant. On Mondays and Fridays, you can listen to live traditional Irish music.

Tel Aviv, Israel
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