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Zane Lamprey’s Top Irish Pubs in the United States

Zane Lamprey’s Top Irish Pubs in the United States

March 1, 2013 2

Zane Lamprey has traveled the world to learn and experience the best drinking the world has to offer. While filming over 120 episodes on drinking in 60 different countries, Zane has come across quite a few Irish pubs. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Zane has put together some of his favorite pubs in the US. We all have our favorite pubs, but these are the ones that have stuck with Zane over the years.

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Coleman’s Irish Pub (Syracuse)

100 South Loweel Ave., 315-476-1933, Colemansirishpub.com

“It’s one of my favorite Irish bars. There’s a stoplight outside. Usually red is at the top, [but] the locals smashed it with rocks so many times because they didn’t like [British] red at the top, so now it’s the only place in the country where the [Irish] green light is on top. At Coleman’s, it feels like you’re stepping into Ireland; there’s even a small door for leprechauns.”

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The Wild Colonial Tavern (Providence)

250 South Water St., 401-621-5644, wildcolonial.com

“We just shot here for the Providence episode [of Drinking Made Easy]. It has probably the least irish-sounding name. It’s an Irish pub, but i has the feel of a neighborhood pub. It was one of the best Irish bars we’ve been to so far.”

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Tom Bergin’s (Los Angeles)

840 S. Fairfax Ave., 323-936-7151, tombergins.com

“This is where I realized the magic of the Irish pub. It doesn’t have windows,  and it has this great center bar with booths around it that all feel very Irish. The Bartenders-whether they’re cast this way because it’s hollywood-are all irish or have an Irish accent.”

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McSorley’s Old Ale House (New York)

15 east 7th St., 212-473-9148, mcsorleysnewyork.com

“Arguably the oldest bar in New York, though five bars lay claim to it. It has sawdust on the floor and the menu includes just two house beers:  light beer and dark beer. It’s a lot like an Irish pub, because if you go far out in Ireland, you don’t have many choices for beer. “

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Pat O’Brien’s (New Orleans)

718 Saint Peter St., 504-525-4823 patobriens.com

“It’s a great New Orleans take on an Irish pub. Obviously, you won’t gt many hurricanes in Ireland. But what’s great is that Pat O’Brien’s doesn’t lock itself solely into being just an Irish pub.”

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Owl N’ Thistle Irish Pub (Seattle)

808 Post Ave., 206-621-7777, owlnthistle.com

“It’s a great, inexpensive place to go for happy hour with good food and good beer. Seattle is probably the city in the country that feels [most like Ireland] because of its weather.”

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Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub (Savannah)

117 W River St., 912-233-9626 Kevinbarrys.com

“You’re in Savannah, so you know you’re in the South. They have a great feel and great food. you walk into Kevin Barry’s, and you feel like you’re in Ireland.” The Second-floor balcony doubles as a museum dedicated to soldiers past and present.”

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Galway Arms (Chicago)

2442 North Clark St., 773-472-5555, galwayarms.com

“It’s got a great patio [that’s open] during the summer and in winter; it’s [also] a great place to go inside and hide from the weather. They really nail the food, [especially the] fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. I go there every time I’m in Chicago. “

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McGillin’s Olde Ale House (Philadelphia)

1310 Drury St., 215-735-5562 mcgillins.com

“It’s not really a traditional Irish pub, but it does have that Irish feel. It’s one of the oldest bars in Philly, and they have an amazing drink list with the best local beer and a great selection of Irish beer. “

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2 Comments »

  1. Matthew Taylor March 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Bring Drinking made easy to Pittsburgh and I will take you around to some killer Pubs and Brew Houses.

  2. Doug March 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    McNamara’s in Nashville, TN. You guys should check it out.

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