Phoenix can’t offer anything in the way of The Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Ireland, but we do have many options where you can sit with a pint and enjoy some great traditional Irish grub.
Here are a few local Irish pubs, each with a touch of authentic brew, music, food, and atmosphere.
Casey Moore’s Oyster House
850 South Ash Avenue, Tempe
Casey Moore’s Oyster House, Old Town Tempe, is known as a mecca for the eclectic crowd that lives, studies, teaches, and works in Tempe. In addition to the freshest oysters and seafood, Casey Moore’s offers a huge selection of draught beers, bottled beer, whiskeys, and spirits. Casey’s, with a shamrock logo and a Blarney Stone, is a great spot that marks off much on the Irish list. Be sure to try an imperial pint of Guinness.
The Dubliner Irish Pub
3841 East Thunderbird Road
The Dubliner is said to be Phoenix’s first pub to serve Guinness on tap. With all kinds of trivia games and live music, it’s fun year-round. Draught beers include Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s; whiskeys include Blackbash, Paddy’s, and even Dew Middleton. If you’re there for a bite too, check out the corned beef sliders, chicken with Guinness gravy, and best of all, Irish stew. Be sure to grab some Irish soda bread to go with it. Wash it all down with what’s on tap.
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub
58 South San Marcos Place, Chandler
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub in downtown Chandler is easy to miss. It’s in a strip plaza with many shops, restaurants, and other bars, which all surround Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. When you enter Murphy’s Law, you’ll know you’ve found your next favorite pub. A good mix of Irish and Arizona ales are on the beer menu, and food options include Irish mac and cheese, Murph’s Reuben sandwich, and St. Ivan fish tacos.
O’Connor’s Pub lets you work on your darts game while drinking a Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, or Magners. It really makes a great neighborhood stop. Have some beer-battered French fries to keep you going while listening to live Irish music. Established in 1990 by Jimmy O’Connor, O’Connor’s Pub is also known for daily specials on Tully Tuesdays, Whiskey Wednesdays, or Thank Guinness It’s Fridays.
4338 West Bell Road, Glendale
This wild West Valley bar is known for its cold drinks, next-level bar food, and annual Saint Patrick’s Day party, with bands, bagpipes, Irish dancers — the works. Scan Padre Murphy’s menu for items like traditional corned beef and cabbage sandwiches, wings, and beer steamed bratwurst. Irish drinks include Guinness, Kilt Lifters, Irish Bombs, Carolans Irish Cream, or maybe just an ice-cold domestic beer.
Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
17045 North 59th Avenue, #103, Glendale
Tim Finnegan’s traditional shepherd’s pie is popular here, made the authentic Irish way with lamb. Serving an all-day Irish breakfast — a large plate of meat, eggs, beans, toast, tomatoes, and authentic white and black pudding. Join the pub trivia or live music, which you can enjoy with a Guinness or Bailey’s tiramisu. Enjoy a festive St. Patrick’s Day party at Tim Finnegan’s too.
Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
18 West Monroe St, Phoenix
A self-proclaimed, “semi-dive bar,” Seamus McCaffrey’s is also known for its jolly and fun Irish atmosphere and great authentic food. Located in the San Carlos Hotel in Downtown Phoenix, this pub offers many craft beer selections to bring out your inner Irish. Don’t forget to try their Irish beef stew or the corned beef & cabbage for the full experience.
If these great Irish options are not enough to get you out and enjoy this popular lucky day, what will?