Everyone seems to find a little Irish in them during the month of March. In order to fake the part well (or truly celebrate your Irish heritage), be sure to swing by one of the Valley’s Irish pubs for corned beef and cabbage and a pint of Guinness.
Casey Moore’s Oyster House provides a laidback atmosphere on historic, and rumored haunted, grounds. Rúla Búla Irish Pub & Restaurant appeals to the masses including Irish-fare-seeking foodies, pub music groupies and college-aged bar hoppers (this one’s located along Tempe’s popular Mill Avenue). And at Tilted Kilt, servers dressed in red mini-kilts deliver comfort foods and specialty beer cocktails to sports fans.
Casey Moore’s Oyster House
This is one of those everyone-fits-in neighborhood locales—known equally for its oysters and Irish fare, draft beer and whiskey selections, spacious patio and rumored haunts. Casey Moore’s sees the likes of foodies, nightlife seekers, hipsters, ghost hunters and anyone else looking for a place to hang out in the Tempe area.
Rúla Búla Irish Pub & Restaurant
Downtown Tempe’s provider of Irish fare and weekend live music resides behind bright yellow doors inside the historic Andre Building, an old saddlery and harness shop, along Mill Avenue. Rúla Búla’s name was taken from an Irish Gaelic expression meaning “uproar and commotion.” The pub remains true to its past and to Ireland through its décor. Try the Irish Chips with Guinness barbecue or Killarney dipping sauces, and The “Ultimate” Brat. Reccurring events include pub quiz nights, comedy nights and live music nights.
Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
An impressive scotch and whiskey collection plus a lineup of specialty Irish beers are housed behind the bar at this downtown Phoenix pub. Traditional favorites include the corned beef and cabbage or steak and Guinness stout boxty, and the Irish beef stew. Swing by for live music on Friday nights.
Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Fans of the Glasgow Celtics football team take refuge in this central Phoenix pub. All matches are aired live on TV and team memorabilia lines the walls. Rosie McCaffrey’s aims to replicate a classic Irish cottage with the vibe of a traditional Irish pub, complete with a horseshoe-shaped bar. From the menu, try the Irish Poppers (fried cheese, potatoes and green chiles), Irish Reuben Egg Rolls, Harp-battered fish and chips and the “Scotch Egg” Meatloaf.
The Dubliner Irish Pub & Restaurant
First established in 1986, The Dubliner has been owned by an Irish duo since 1997. The kitchen serves Irish —shepherds pie, chicken boxty, bangers and mash, Irish beef stew—and American—burgers, wraps, nachos, wings—dishes, and the all-day Irish breakfast includes two eggs, sausage, rashers (bacon), black and white pudding, tomatoes and beans. The spacious pub is optimal for big groups and hosts live music, open mic and team trivia nights.
Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
Combining the old with the new, Tim Finnegan’s aims to be a modern-day Irish restaurant, with the décor of the old pubs. Several pasties are on the menu—served with HP Sauce, of course—and entrées include a mix of Irish classics and American favorites. Intriguing dishes to try include corned beef and cabbage taquitos and Rueben sliders. Stop by for pub trivia on Tuesdays, open mic nights Wednesdays and karaoke Saturdays.
It may be an Irish pub, but it’s also a Seattle Seahawks bar during NFL season. For sharing plates, opt for the Crispy Cod or Pulled Pork Sliders, Tempura Green Beans or lamb nachos. The drink menu lists several mule cocktails to choose from, including one called the Irish Dentist.
A people pleaser, Padre Murphy’s appeals to Irish pub seekers, off-track betters and sports fans. UFC fights are aired for the 21-and-older crowd. Daily food specials highlight everything from fish fry and corned beef to ribs and shrimp jambalaya. And for kicks, corn dogs pair quite well with Guinness.
Opened by Irishman Jimmy O’Connor in 1990, the family-owned pub has music performances and a strong list of bottled beers. Darts, pool and video games are available for play inside this small but friendly North Mountain neighborhood pub.
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub & Ale House
Murphy’s Law is nestled amid a collection of great local restaurants and shops along San Marcos Place in downtown Chandler. This neighborhood pub features whiskey Wednesdays (plus two-for-one fish and chips), and live music every Wednesday-Saturday. If those aren’t enough reasons to visit, the intriguing Guinness stout chili and free-brownie Fridays should do it.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
Adjacent to the home of the NFL Arizona Cardinals, it should come as no surprise that Cardinals fans flock to McFadden’s for game time. And on weekend evenings, the locale transforms into a key destination for nightlife at Westgate Entertainment District (dress code and cover charge after 9 pm). Expect twists on traditional Irish fare and $5 Jameson all day, every day.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
This might not be the authentic Irish pub your grandfather told you about, but sports fans love the wings—with six sauces to choose from—and the mini-kilt-wearing servers. Entrées include everything from shepherds pie to ribs, pulled-pork mac & cheese to fish tacos; choose from 18 beers are on tap here.
The pub’s website states that its name is from a book written by Irishman Robert Boyle in the 1600s, which linked apothecary practices as chemistry. The theme is carried through with apothecary items used as décor throughout the pub, and a nod to the Irish with traditional dishes and drinks. The menu adds in modern American dishes, and the pub doubles as another Valley home for Seattle Seahawks fans.
Chambers on First
Formerly called The Turf Irish Restaurant & Pub, Chambers on First now serves a New American menu, but remains true to its Irish roots with its décor and an extensive whiskey lineup.