When it comes to Irish pubs, Philadelphia is spoiled for choice. Not only are there tons of lively spots, but many are also full of history, local character and authentic Emerald Isle touches. On St. Patrick’s Day, lift a pint and say “sláinte” at these favorite spots, where the Guinness flows and Irish culture and good times are plentiful all year long.
You can’t talk about Irish pubs in Philly without mentioning McGillin’s. After all, it’s the city’s oldest continuously operating bar, claiming a liquor license first pulled in 1860, the year Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of these United States. Crowds contribute to a lively vibe any time of year, but expect even more action on St. Patrick’s Day. 1310 Drury St., 215.735.5562
Opened in 1972 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, this homey bar claims to be the model for Monopoly’s red hotel game piece. In Philly, there are two locations—2007 Walnut St. is centrally located in Rittenhouse Square, while 1123 Walnut is near Forrest Theatre, a gem of a playhouse showcasing Broadway touring companies and more. 2007 Walnut St., 215.568.5603; 1123 Walnut St., 215.925.3311
The same family has owned this South Street fixture for 35 years. It’s primarily a favorite for catching the game, but also offers Quizzo and live music, plus a lovely little beer garden upstairs. 611 S. 3rd St., 215.574.9495
This picturesque Center City watering hole draws locals for a pint, yes, but also to watch top soccer matches, grab a bite before a show and even get their groove on with deejays and dancing. 1500 Locust St., 215.893.9700
With its bright blue exterior and circa 1830 building, Moriarty’s is hard to miss. Inside, find a collector’s trove of knick-knacks and 28 taps for drafts, from familiar favorites like Chimay to local brews like Victory’s Java Cask. 1116 Walnut St., 215.627.7676