As one of the nation's oldest cities Philadelphia saw large numbers of Irish immigrants as early as the 17th century with Irish Quakers and their Irish Catholic servants and continuing into the 20th century.
Many of those immigrants settled in the region giving Philadelphia one of the nation's largest Irish-American populations. As a result, there are a large number of Irish Pubs and Restaurants located in the area. Here are a selection of our favorites in the City of Philadelphia.
Those craving more than pub fries and poppers can check out The Bards, a cozy pub with a fireplace that serves jazzed up Irish fare. Menu highlights include warm goat cheese salad with roasted walnuts, barbecued salmon and potato pancakes filled with ham and cabbage or broccoli and cheese. The Bards also hosts traditional Irish musicians every Sunday night. Selected by City Paper as the "Best After Work Drink in Philadelphia."
2013 Walnut Street,
The Black Sheep
The Black Sheep is an Irish-owned bar in a polished Center City townhouse, serving great food and a large selection of beer. House specialties include shepherds pie and Guinness Irish stew plus plenty of other traditional favorites. The multi-floor venue features darts, a juke box and six TVs including one plasma screen.
247 S. 17th Street,
The Blarney South
The Blarney Restaurant combines old world tradition and atmosphere with the demands of today's modern society. Featuring something sure to tempt every palate, the restaurant is a great destination for casual dining or social get-togethers. Thursday nights feature traditional Irish impromtu music sessions with fiddler Harold Dunn.
328 South Street
Downey's offers casual elegance in an Irish Pub Atmosphere. filled with antiques and Irish memorabilia. Downey's has an open top deck with a view of the Delaware river as well as cafe seating along South Street. Open 365 days a year for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night snacks. The bar, imported from Ireland, is a popular meeting place for local sports stars and visiting celebrities.
526 South Front Street
(215) 625 9500
Fado is a Dublin-based pub chain known for its Guinness and Irish home-cooking like boxties, grilled salmon sandwiches and shepherd's pie. The Philadelphia outpost is particularly cozy with many of its tables situated around a large fireplace.
15th & Locust Streets,
For traditional Irish pub fare and rousing conversation, try Fergie's Pub. They are proud of the fact that they have no distracting televisions. Visitors are free to concentrate on great conversation, good drink, the Old Dublin charm and their popular burger menu.
1214 Sansom Street,
Billed as the largest Irish pub and entertainment complex on the East Coast, Finnegan's Wake attracts enormous crowds on the weekends. The four-level complex hosts a variety of live entertainment, including Irish musicians and Top 40 cover bands. Finnegan's is also home to a small gift shop selling Irish clothing, trinkets and crafts.
537 N. 3rd Street,
The Irish Pub
At both locations of The Irish Pub, a regular crowd of students, business types and locals enjoy imported beers and hearty pub fare. Both locations feature high ceilings, carved cherry wood bars and signed photos of Irish-American celebrities that enhance the decor. The menu features Irish-American fare with their specialties being their crab cake platter, buttermilk ale fish & chips, chicken thumb platter and chili.
1123 Walnut Street,
2007 Walnut Street
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