8 Authentic Irish Spots to Celebrate St. Paddy’s
We got the dish on the local spots with the frothiest Guinness, the greasiest bangers and the heartiest shepherd’s pie around.
Friday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish celebration marked by feasts, parades and a touch of the drink. We’ve compiled a list of eight authentic Celtic pubs where you can drink draft like James Joyce and eat your Irish heart out, without a glass of green hooch in sight.
McBride’s Irish Pub, 161 Wayland Ave., Providence, 401-751-3000, mcbrides-pub.com
The Celtic Touch: Where else is Guinness listed as an appetizer? The Galway shepherd’s pie can’t be beat; it's made with lamb, as it should be. In a nod to the authentic Irish goodbye, the bar, which is attached to a funeral home, hosts a “Last Call” toast each night in memory of the dearly departed. Requests are encouraged.
Patrick’s Pub, 381 Smith St., Providence, 401-751-1553, patrickspubri.com
The Celtic Touch: The beer is cheap, the Irish whiskey is strong and, on St. Paddy’s Day, the doors open at 8 a.m. What’s more, this Smith Hill mainstay is a sponsor of Providence’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island, 50 America St., Cranston, 401-944-3233, irishclubri.org.
The Celtic Touch: Did you catch the name? This statewide club and pub hosts Irish events throughout the year. On St. Paddy's, catch some live step dancing, music, corned beef sandwiches and soda bread samplings.
Doherty’s East Avenue Irish Pub, 342 East Ave., Pawtucket, 401-725-1800, dohertys.com
The Celtic Touch: Belly up by a local and hear tales of the original East Ave Cafe, where you could get free corned beef and cabbage all day on St. Paddy’s. You’ll have to pay $12.99 in the twenty-first century, but it’s worth it — especially when you can wash it down with one of about a zillion different on-tap beers.
County Cork Irish Pub, 50 Waterfront Dr., Warwick, 401-732-2675, countycorkirishpub.com
The Celtic Touch: Pair your Guinness with an Irish stew made with — you guessed it — Guinness. Less adventurous eaters should stick with the "County Cork" theme and order Irish nachos or the very tasty corned beef Reuben. This waterfront restaurant opens at 5 p.m. on Fridays.
Galway Bay Irish Pub, 156 South Bend St., Pawtucket, 401-722-1210, galwaybaypawtucket.com
The Celtic Touch: It’s a local-yokel dive with a philosophical soul. Clutch your draft Smithwick’s and check out Irish sayings and photographs on the wall. Oh, and they serve corned beef all day on St. Paddy's. What more could you ask for?
Buskers Pub, 178 Thames St., Newport, 401-846-5856, buskerspub.com
The Celtic Touch: Order Seamus’s Irish breakfast. It doesn’t matter if it’s 9 p.m. — just eat. You’ll need extra housemade brown bread to sop up what’s left of your eggs, rashers, bangers, pudding and baked beans. A hint: Jameson goes great with breakfast.
The Brazen Hen, 4 Canal St., Westerly, 401-348-8100, thebrazenhen.com
The Celtic Touch: Classy Celts flock to the Brazen Hen for its long list of whiskeys and Irish beers on tap, including Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp and Blacksmith. Lest we forget our Irish roots: There’s nothing classy about bangers and mash, and the Brazen Hen offers this traditional dish and shepherd’s pie, plus pricier Guinness sirloin and Irish whiskey steaks.
This story was originally published in March 2015.