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Many Irish pubs to choose from
Many Irish pubs to choose from
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Here are New Orleans' Essential Irish Pubs

Go here on St. Patrick's Day and beyond

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Many Irish pubs to choose from
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New Orleans is home to a lot of great drinking spots, but Irish pubs are the places to to connect with the regulars over a glass of whiskey or a pint of beer. Often, these are also solid neighborhood bars exactly for that reason — that's where people head to connect.

What follows is a guide to Irish pubs that check off each item of the list of what makes a great Irish pub — decent prices, conversation, approachability, and sometimes some sports on the TV.

All of these places celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a serious way — from parades to food and drink specials to crazy contests. Just visit the social media pages or websites of each spot to find out what's on tap for the holiday.

Been to any of these pubs and had a great or terrible experience? Let us know in the comments or by email. Editor's note: This map is arranged in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boondock Saint

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731 Saint Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4950
This place's charm is its cozy serenity, even though its so close to Bourbon Street. Inside, expect lots of beers on tap and a great jukebox. It's also conveniently located across from Preservation Hall.

2. Erin Rose

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811 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-8619
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"Despite being just steps from the eternal lug and slug of Bourbon Street, [Erin Rose] still feels as deeply rooted as other establishments on tree-lined streets," says writer Allison Alsup. The It's the kind of cramped bar where people go to chat, catch up on events, and drink reasonable priced booze. Try the frozen Irish coffee.

3. Fahy's Irish Pub

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540 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 586-9806
Fahy's has all the essential characteristics of a decent Irish pub - pool tables and darts, cheap drinks, and a space that is cramped enough to encourage people talk to each other. Located in the Lower French Quarter, it's a convenient spot for tourists, service-industry workers, and neighborhood residents to take a break.

4. Finn McCool's Irish Pub

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3701 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-9080
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Another Irish pub in Mid-City, this locals' favorite is big on football. Going beyond the usual indoor screens for sports, this place also has two outdoor screens. The original owners came from Belfast in the 1990s and opened the kind of spot they remembered from home in 2002. It is now owned by a regular and fellow Irishman, as well as a local, "dabbling" restaurateur. The quintessential neighborhood bar, this is the place that pulls people back again and again.

5. Markey's Bar

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640 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 943-0785
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Serving the Bywater area since the 1940s, the bar thankfully hasn't changed as much as the area around it. In fact, the clientele is a cool little mix of old-school regulars and hipsters that have only recently docked in New Orleans. Decent pub grub is available.

6. Mick's Irish Pub

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4801 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-9113
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Nothing fancy, this Mid-City pub has been pouring pints for over a century. The atmosphere is all about the community formed within the pub's walls. Things like crowdsourcing food from its patrons for Saints games makes the watering hole feel like your friendly neighbor's boozy potluck, but way more fun.

7. Molly's at the Market

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1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-5169
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Molly's is a great Irish bar. It's also a great bar. Period. Located across from the French Market, it's a spot where eccentric locals hang out and enjoy the always good service and drinks. A downtown St. Patrick's Day parade usually makes Molly's its starting point.
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8. Parasol's

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2533 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 302-1543
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Tucked around the corner from Tracey's, this spot is mostly a neighborhood hangout. Parasol's has a pretty extensive menu with lots of fried seafood, roast beef poboys, and other New Orleans faves. Try the Irish sundae, potato salad with roast beef debris.

9. The Holy Ground

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Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-6828
This cool Mid-City pub is known for its free food during Saints games. It's a relaxed place to drinks and play darts. It's also a great place to stop during Endymion when it's Carnival season.

10. The Kerry Irish Pub

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331 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Easily accessible to tourists and others on Decatur Street, Kerry Irish Pub often has live music with no cover charge. It doesn't serve food, but it's a solid place to grab a Harp or Guinness. It's also roomier than most other Irish bars in town.

11. Tracey's

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2604 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 897-5413
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This Irish Channel spot isn't just a pub - it's a food destination. The roast beef po-boy is the must-try item on the list, but the other po-boys, gravy fries, and freshly shucked oysters are also worth writing home about. Plenty of TV screens adorn the walls, making it an easy spot to catch whatever televised sports are on.

1. Boondock Saint

731 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
This place's charm is its cozy serenity, even though its so close to Bourbon Street. Inside, expect lots of beers on tap and a great jukebox. It's also conveniently located across from Preservation Hall.
731 Saint Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70116

2. Erin Rose

811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112
"Despite being just steps from the eternal lug and slug of Bourbon Street, [Erin Rose] still feels as deeply rooted as other establishments on tree-lined streets," says writer Allison Alsup. The It's the kind of cramped bar where people go to chat, catch up on events, and drink reasonable priced booze. Try the frozen Irish coffee.
811 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

3. Fahy's Irish Pub

540 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Fahy's has all the essential characteristics of a decent Irish pub - pool tables and darts, cheap drinks, and a space that is cramped enough to encourage people talk to each other. Located in the Lower French Quarter, it's a convenient spot for tourists, service-industry workers, and neighborhood residents to take a break.
540 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70112

4. Finn McCool's Irish Pub

3701 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Another Irish pub in Mid-City, this locals' favorite is big on football. Going beyond the usual indoor screens for sports, this place also has two outdoor screens. The original owners came from Belfast in the 1990s and opened the kind of spot they remembered from home in 2002. It is now owned by a regular and fellow Irishman, as well as a local, "dabbling" restaurateur. The quintessential neighborhood bar, this is the place that pulls people back again and again.
3701 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Markey's Bar

640 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Serving the Bywater area since the 1940s, the bar thankfully hasn't changed as much as the area around it. In fact, the clientele is a cool little mix of old-school regulars and hipsters that have only recently docked in New Orleans. Decent pub grub is available.
640 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

6. Mick's Irish Pub

4801 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Nothing fancy, this Mid-City pub has been pouring pints for over a century. The atmosphere is all about the community formed within the pub's walls. Things like crowdsourcing food from its patrons for Saints games makes the watering hole feel like your friendly neighbor's boozy potluck, but way more fun.
4801 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Molly's at the Market

1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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Molly's is a great Irish bar. It's also a great bar. Period. Located across from the French Market, it's a spot where eccentric locals hang out and enjoy the always good service and drinks. A downtown St. Patrick's Day parade usually makes Molly's its starting point.
1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Parasol's

2533 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Tucked around the corner from Tracey's, this spot is mostly a neighborhood hangout. Parasol's has a pretty extensive menu with lots of fried seafood, roast beef poboys, and other New Orleans faves. Try the Irish sundae, potato salad with roast beef debris.
2533 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. The Holy Ground

Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119
This cool Mid-City pub is known for its free food during Saints games. It's a relaxed place to drinks and play darts. It's also a great place to stop during Endymion when it's Carnival season.
Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. The Kerry Irish Pub

331 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Easily accessible to tourists and others on Decatur Street, Kerry Irish Pub often has live music with no cover charge. It doesn't serve food, but it's a solid place to grab a Harp or Guinness. It's also roomier than most other Irish bars in town.
331 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Tracey's

2604 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
This Irish Channel spot isn't just a pub - it's a food destination. The roast beef po-boy is the must-try item on the list, but the other po-boys, gravy fries, and freshly shucked oysters are also worth writing home about. Plenty of TV screens adorn the walls, making it an easy spot to catch whatever televised sports are on.
2604 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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