The 10 Best Irish Pubs in St. Louis

To get everyone in the St. Patrick's Day spirit, here's an Irish poem about drinking:

Some Guinness was spilled on the barroom floor
when the pub was shut for the night.
Out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse
and stood in the pale moonlight.
He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor,
then back on his haunches he sat.
And all night long you could hear him roar,
"Bring on the goddamn cat!"

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We don't know who wrote it or when it was written, but we can relate. Celebrating Irishness with Guinness and Jameson makes us feel mighty, too. And when Gut Check needs a drop of liquid courage or when we feel like tapping our toes to an Irish jig, we know that St. Louis' Irish pubs will be there to whisk us away to the Emerald Isle.

Here are our picks for the best Irish pubs in town:

See also:
- St. Patrick's Day Poll: Downtown vs. Dogtown

- Five Irish Drinks to Sip on St. Patrick's Day

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The Dubliner
(1025 Washington Avenue; 314-421-4300)
The Dubliner calls itself a "European gastropub," but the food and drink menus are totally Irish. The décor is all dark wood, but there's a nice mix of open space and intimate booths to suit any level of privacy. There's also a loft overlooking the first floor for your people-watching pleasure. Perhaps the best thing about the Dubliner, though, is what it often advertises as the soup of the day: whiskey.

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Helen Fitzgerald's
(3650 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills; 314-984-0026)
Helen Fitzgerald's is not merely an Irish bar: It also houses a trivia night, beer-pong tournament, karaoke, open-mic night, DJs and live music. The menu features a variety of Irish favorites including corned beef and cabbage, and Irish stew, but the bar also offers pizza, wings and quesadillas. With flat-screen TVs, dartboards and banquet rooms, it's less an Irish bar than it is a playground. And we're definitely OK with that.


Location Info

The Dubliner

1025 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Helen Fitzgerald's

3650 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Sunset Hills, MO

Category: Music

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub

1200 Russell Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Molly Darcys

26 N. Meramac Ave., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Nick's Irish Pub

6001 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

O'Connell's Pub

4652 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

O'Malley's Irish Pub

1900 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Pat's Bar & Grill

6400 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Seamus McDaniel's

1208 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant

333 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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12 comments
sandy286
sandy286

O'Connell's has always served on paper and never had "to go" food. 


skelly15mo
skelly15mo

Oconnel's used to be good.   Since the change in ownership, they now serve food in paper containers!.  sucks big time;l.


jaredshill
jaredshill

Helen's? seriously? you might as well go to applebees. and why the hell isnt Rileys on here? this list is whack.

jealousblues
jealousblues

Playing at Tigin tonight.

Been there only once before but the food was great, im hoping its busy tonight 

Tom Keightley
Tom Keightley

Riley's on Arsenal St Awesome Irish Pub, aye!

Teresa Harms
Teresa Harms

Helen's? Just cause it sounds Irish doesn't mean it deserves to be called a pub!

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Definitely Not O'Connell's.....Crappy Service trumps Everything. Hoosier Dive at Best

Timothy Gatti
Timothy Gatti

I was sure there was no way you were going to give Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant St Louis any love. But you did. And you should -- best pint of Guinness in St. Louis.

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