St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis: 10 St. Louis Pubs to Get Your Irish On
Pubs in Ireland are much more than drinking holes. These establishments are a place where you see friends and family, a low-key spot to spend the night enjoying yourself – a home, for some regulars, away from home.
And while an ideal St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis certainly includes Guinness and Jameson, Irish culture extends far beyond alcohol. So if you’re looking for a good corned beef sandwich or a hearty potato soup to complement that draught, here are 10 St. Louis restaurants that will make you feel like you’re back in the Old Country.
10. Helen Fitzgerald’s
This Syberg’s spin-off is the place to be for an Irish-American bash. The menu doesn’t scream authenticity, as the restaurant specializes in standard bar and pub dishes. But if you’re looking for a great time, flowing drinks and Syberg’s signature hot wings under a good-time Irish setting, this is the place to be. It’s a place to enjoy Irish drinking culture without leaving behind the American bar essentials. This grill has enough pub favorites to please any hungry and thirsty patron, and plenty of St. Patty’s specials to keep your celebration going through the weekend.
Helen Fitzgerald’s, 3650 S. Lindbergh Blvd., South County, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.984.0026, helenfitzgeralds.com
9. The Pat Connolly Tavern
The beloved bar known to many in Dogtown as Pat’s Bar and Grill has a new name – and is back under the ownership of the family who originally opened the place back in the 1940s. That means a pared-down menu of classic pub fare, as well as a roster of a brews with connections to either St. Louis or Ireland. Unusual among the city’s Irish bars, it also has an impressive list of classic cocktails; new owner Joe Jovanovich (grandson of the eponymous Pat) found the bar’s original drink menu in his mother’s attic and based the current list off it nearly word-for-word.
The Pat Connolly Tavern, 6400 Oakland Ave., Dogtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.647.7287, patconnollytavern.com
8. John D. McGurk’s
McGurk’s is more a Missouri mainstay than an Irish one (it was founded in Soulard back in 1978), but feels like it belongs on another continent in a more fun time. An eclectic mix of Irish music, extensive food-and-drink offerings, a vast layout that includes plenty of cozy nooks and a genuine up-for-anything vibe have made this bar a St. Louis mainstay. Musical guests from Ireland sometimes even fly out to perform here, while the giant outdoor garden makes this the place to party on warm days. A menu comprised of pub favorites and American standards is available, so there’s something here for both a family dinner or a raucous night out with friends.
John D. McGurk’s, 1200 Russell Blvd, Soulard, Missouri, 314.776.8309 and 108 S. Main St., O’Fallon, Missouri, 636.978.9640, mcgurks.com
7. O’Leary’s Pub
If you’re out looking for some hearty Irish cheer, look no further than O’Leary’s Irish Stew, a mix of carrots, Guinness and spices. The pub’s Potato Soup, topped with Cheddar and bacon, is another made-from-scratch option. A number of American favorites are alongside these Irish staples, so there’s something for every hungry party guest. Just make sure to come thirsty as well – this South County bar has drink specials every day of the week.
O’Leary’s Pub, 3828 S. Lindbergh Blvd. #118, Sappington, St. Louis, Missouri. 314.842.7678, olearysrestaurant.com
6. Seamus McDaniel’s
Dogtown has long enjoyed a strong Irish presence, and Seamus McDaniel’s is a key part of that. Through its community involvement, this bar has been at the forefront of keeping tradition alive in the area since the ’90s —the owners are even acting as grand marshals of the Dogtown festivities this year. The restaurant has plenty of specials the day of the parade, so there’s no excuse not to stop by. Grab a pint of the bar’s house-brand Irish ale while you’re at it.
Seamus McDaniel’s, 1208 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.645.6337, seamusmcdaniels.com
5. O’Shay’s Pub
If you find yourself in The Grove and fancy an Irish twist to your evening, the staff at O’Shay’s would be happy to accommodate. The restaurant’s casual approach to traditional dining features dishes such as Corned Beef Tacos, O’Shaypherd’s Pie and the “Kilkenny Burger,” a 1/2 pound corned beef patty with Swiss and horseradish sauce. The bar’s extensive selection of Scotch, whiskey and beer will take the edge off, while a fun sports bar vibe keeps the party going even after dinner service is over.
O’Shay’s Pub, 4353 Manchester Ave., Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.932.5232, oshayspub.com
4. Llywelyn’s Pub
Just about everybody in St. Louis has a Llywelyn’s Pub near them. With five STL locations, the restaurant is a popular drinking hole. But it also carries an extensive selection of Irish/Welsh dishes, which were just updated Monday. Llywelyn’s owner actually traveled to Ireland last year to see what pub fare was popular, and so contemporary Irish cuisine has influenced this brand-new menu. Thus Pub Curry, with a mix of vegetables, shrimp and rice doused in yellow curry, is now an option. The new menu also features some classic Irish ingredients served non-traditionally, like the Irish Breakfast Sandwich or Guinness-braised Steak Flatbread. Whatever you’re craving, there’s a location right around the corner to help make your dream a reality.
Llywelyn’s Pub has five locations in the St. Louis area, including 17 West Moody Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri, 314.962.1515, llywelynspub.com
A variety of Dublin pub offerings and a traditional feel make this downtown St. Louis bar feel like a classic. Staple dishes include traditional Irish beef stew, corned beef hash, a reuben sandwich on hearty rye bread, Guinness-infused shepherd’s pie and even Irish nachos: thick-sliced potatoes (naturally) topped with Cheddar, onions and jalapeños, then toasted in a skillet and served hot with sour cream. The restaurant is also home to what might be the city’s greatest mashup of authentic Irish fare with a St. Louis staple – the Irish slinger features mashed potatoes and corned beef topped with eggs, chili, cheese and onion. Flannery’s is a go-to for the sports-watching crowd, but it’s also a great spot to catch live music every Wednesday.
Flannery’s, 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.241.8885, flanneryspub.com
2. Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant
The Gaelic name says a lot even before you set foot inside this downtown bar. What roughly translates to “small cottage” accurately describes the environment that Tigrin has created for customers. OK, so it’s not quite a house in the traditional sense – no warm bed is on offer, alas. But we’ll settle for servings of Corned Beef & Cabbage, Blackened Chicken & Shrimp Boxty and Shepherd’s Pie. And since many menu items here are made with Guinness, including the barbecue sauce and cheddar bread, you’re not going to find a more festive setting unless you fly overseas. The restaurant has plenty planned on and around St. Patty’s this year, so a fresh pint just might be in order.
Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant, 333 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314. 241.8666, tiginirishpub.com
1. Molly Darcys Pub
Located in the Seven Gables Inn, this pub traces its heritage back to a town in southwest Ireland called Killarney. The original Molly Darcys opened there more than 10 years ago, with this second location in the heart of Clayton following in September 2008. With its strong Celtic background, it’s only natural the restaurant serves authentic Irish dishes like lamb stew and pot pie. The quaint and welcoming atmosphere provides all the more reason to stop in and stay awhile.
Molly Darcys, 26 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.863.8400, mollydarcyspub.com
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