7 Places in Rhode Island to Get Irish Food

While Newport’s iconic parade may be postponed until September, we can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional Irish feast from these restaurants.

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This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

While Newport’s iconic parade may be tentatively postponed until September, as reported by What’s Up Newp, we can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional Irish feast from these restaurants. Here are a few Irish-themed restaurants and pubs in Rhode Island where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, fish and chips and other classics. There are also a few clever twists on well-known Irish dishes. And don’t forget the Guinness!

McBride’s Irish Pub 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early. Swing by Wayland Square for a block party and Covid-safe, socially distant celebration on March 13 filled with live Irish music in the afternoon and activities for kids in the morning like the shamrock hunt. Join the good folks at McBride’s Irish Pub afterwards for a pint of ale and some Irish eats to feast on outdoors. Order the Irish nachos to start, a tasty dish featuring housemade chips topped with shepherd’s pie lamb filling, cheddar cheese, sour cream and spring onion. Fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and chicken pot pie are all on the menu as well. All of Wayland Square will be closed to traffic and all restaurants will have ample outdoor seating.

The details: Visit facebook.com for event details. March 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 161 Wayland Ave., Providence, 401-751-3000, mcbrides-pub.com

Mews Tavern 

While it may not be an Irish pub, this South County staple boasts the same warm hospitality and boisterous atmosphere that Irish pubs are known for. The pub will be serving mouth-watering St. Patrick’s Day specials as well. Slide into one of the booths in the lively Dollar Bar and indulge in the Irish beef stew poutine, which pairs the hearty Irish dish with crispy fries. Try the corned beef sliders or the corned beef and Guinness mustard Reubenspecially made for the holiday. Bring the whole family, grab a seat by the tree and order a whole corned beef dinner, complete with the classic fixings. Don’t sleep on the beverage specials either. The bartenders will be mixing up tons of Jameson and Guinness drinks all day long. You can also bring the party home by getting your food to-go.

The details: Open daily 11 a.m.-1 a.m. 465 Main St., Wakefield, 401-783-9370, mewstavern.com

Arigna Irish Pub and Coal Fired Kitchen 

Savor all the Irish classics at this cozy pub. The Reuben sandwich, with its Thousand Island dressing, corned beef and sauerkraut is on the menu, while the Irish Tater Kegs add a Reuben flair to  crispy tots and the Roscommon pizza puts a coal-fired spin on the dish. Entrees also include Irish go-to’s like shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash and Smithwick’s Irish chicken, which is served with a side of mashed potatoes and asparagus.

The details: Open daily 11 a.m.-1 a.m. at both locations. 57 Armistice Blvd., Pawtucket, 401-727-2625; 1058 Charles St., North Providence, 401-642-5853, arignairishpub.com

Aidan’s Pub

If you’re dining in, be sure to reserve your St. Patrick’s Day spot quickly! The heated dining cabins at Aidan’s Pub fill up fast. Whether you snag a spot at the waterfront Irish pub or choose to order takeout, Aidan’s Pub serves up all the traditional foods perfect for this feast day celebration. Enjoy a corned beef and cabbage dinner, made special for the holiday. Or try some of the menu staples like the Farmer’s Stew or the Dublin Pot Pie. Wash it down with a pint of Guinness.

The details: Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-midnight, kitchen closes at 9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., kitchen closes at 10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-1 a.m., kitchen closes at 9 p.m.; 5 John St., Bristol, 401-254-1940, aidanspub.com

O’Rourke’s Bar and Grill

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while overlooking Pawtuxet Cove at this homey Irish pub. Find all the traditional eats on the menu, like Guinness beef stew, a corned beef Reuben and shepherd’s pie. Some Rhode Island classics dot the menu too, such as calamari and clam chowder. Enjoy it all while taking in the view.

The details: Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., kitchen closes at 9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., kitchen closes at 10 p.m.; 23 Peck Ln., Warwick, 401-228-7444, orourkesbarandgrill.com

The Fastnet 

Enjoy old-world hospitality at this iconic Newport pub. Serving Irish fare in a traditional pub atmosphere, this is the perfect place to sip on Guinness and feast on corned beef come St. Patrick’s Day. Tuck into a plate of beer-battered fish and chips or try the bangers and mash. The beer list features all of the classic Irish beverages, like Magners Cider and Kilkenny.

The details: 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. daily. 1 Broadway, Newport, 401-845-9311, thefastnetpub.com

Shepherdspie Web

Shepherd’s Pie at Red Stripe. Photo courtesy of Red Stripe.

Red Stripe

Red Stripe is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a selection of menu specials available for dine-in or takeout lunch and dinner on Wednesday, March 17. Guests can choose from traditional corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and whole grain mustard; Shepherd’s pie with ground seasoned beef, carrots, onion, corn and whipped potatoes; and the Red Stripe Reuben with corned beef, sauerkraut, gruyere cheese and Russian dressing. Red Stripe will also have sixteen-ounce cans of Guinness for ringing in St. Paddy’s Day.

The details: Wed. noon-8:30 p.m. 465 Angell St., Providence, 401-437-6950, redstriperestaurants.com



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