The Best Irish Bars in Lower Manhattan
Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or just in the mood for a Guinness, there’s nothing like a good Irish pub. New York City, at one point in history home to more Irishmen than Dublin itself, boasts an abundance of such pubs. You can find one in almost any neighborhood, but a few standout options are found right here in Lower Manhattan.
Here are the best Irish bars in Downtown NYC for grabbing a pint, some pub grub and a good time.
1. The Dead Rabbit
The Dead Rabbit isn’t just one of NYC’s best Irish bars: it’s perhaps the city’s, or even the world’s, best bar in any category. You don’t have to take our word for it—here are just a few awards the establishment has received since opening in 2013:
- World’s Best Bar 2016
- Best Bar in North America: 2013 – 2016
- World’s Best Cocktail Bar 2015
- World’s Best Cocktail Menu: 2013, 2015
- Best American Cocktail Bar 2014
- World’s Best New Cocktail Bar 2013
You get the picture. Don’t expect your typical pub adorned with Irish flags and shamrocks everywhere, but do expect a fine selection of Irish whiskeys, gourmet pub food and bartenders who treat their craft like a fine art.
30 Water Street
2. The Dubliner
Visitors and Financial District nine-to-fivers alike flock to the historic Stone Street, the first paved street in New York, to eat and drink at this famed Irish bar and restaurant. A replica of an authentic Irish pub, The Dubliner will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the cobblestone streets of the Old Country. On sunny days, patrons enjoy beers and bar food all hours of the day on the outdoor tables.
45 Stone Street
Situated next to the 9/11 Memorial, O’Hara’s served as a popular watering hole for Ground Zero workers after the attacks in 2001. To this day, the pub pays tribute to its NYPD and NYFD patrons by lining the walls with police and fire badges. You’ll find a delightfully mixed crowd, from finance guys to tourists to neighborhood locals, sitting down for a $3 draft Bud Light any day of the week.
120 Cedar Street
4. The Beekman Pub
Since 1936, the Beekman Pub has been catering to the Wall Street crowd with cold beer, freshly made food and friendly staff. Although it’s an Irish pub, the Beekman makes sure to remind you where you are, with vintage 9/11 photos, American flags and NY Rangers memorabilia. It’s hard to beat their prices too, daily food and drink specials plus $3 Bud Light pints during weekday happy hour.
15 Beekman Street
5. The Full Shilling
This old-world Irish restaurant and bar redefines “authentic” with its 100-something-year-old interior bar shipped directly from a pub in Belfast, Ireland. Complementing the ambiance is a hearty menu of Irish comfort food like beer-battered fish and chips, bangers and mash or shepherd’s pie, along with a selection of 17 draft beers. Expect to see lots of suits grabbing some after-work eats and libations, but the friendly staff will make you feel right at home.
160 Pearl Street
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