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Inside Erin Rose bar in the French Quarter.
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Here Are New Orleans's Essential Irish Pubs

Go here on St. Patrick's Day and beyond

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Inside Erin Rose bar in the French Quarter.
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New Orleans is home to a lot of great drinking spots, but Irish pubs are some of best places 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 — they’re 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 Parasol’s block party to Fahy’s many food specials. Just visit the social media pages or websites of each spot to find out what's on tap for the holiday, as things remain different this year.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Mick's Irish Pub

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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.

Finn McCool's Irish Pub

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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.

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The Holy Ground

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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.

Tracey's

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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.

Parasol's

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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 po’boys, and other New Orleans faves. Try the Irish sundae, potato salad with roast beef debris.

Parasol’s St. Patrick’s Day party
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Fahy's Irish Pub

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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.

Erin Rose

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Erin Rose is a French Quarter respite, a compact dive with “if you know you know” yet welcoming vibes. 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.

Boondock Saint

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This place's charm is its cozy serenity, even though it’s 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.

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The Kerry Irish Pub

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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.

Molly's at the Market

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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. The downtown St. Patrick's Day parade that makes Molly's its starting point is off for 2022; here’s hoping for its return in 2023.

Markey's Bar

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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 mix of old-school regulars and hipsters that have only recently docked in New Orleans.

The exterior of Markey’s bar, a deep red building with a shabby white sign. Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Mick's Irish Pub

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.

Finn McCool's Irish Pub

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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.

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The Holy Ground

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.

Tracey's

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.

Parasol's

Parasol’s St. Patrick’s Day party
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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 po’boys, and other New Orleans faves. Try the Irish sundae, potato salad with roast beef debris.

Parasol’s St. Patrick’s Day party
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Fahy's Irish Pub

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.

Erin Rose

Erin Rose is a French Quarter respite, a compact dive with “if you know you know” yet welcoming vibes. 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.

Boondock Saint

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This place's charm is its cozy serenity, even though it’s 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.

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The Kerry Irish Pub

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.

Molly's at the Market

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. The downtown St. Patrick's Day parade that makes Molly's its starting point is off for 2022; here’s hoping for its return in 2023.

Markey's Bar

The exterior of Markey’s bar, a deep red building with a shabby white sign. Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

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 mix of old-school regulars and hipsters that have only recently docked in New Orleans.

The exterior of Markey’s bar, a deep red building with a shabby white sign. Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

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