Voted the best bar in the world in 2015 and 2016, The Dead Rabbit has a strong case for claiming the title of the best Irish bar in New York, and indeed the world. Founded by two Belfast natives who moved to New York to build the dream (and boy did they deliver), The Dead Rabbit’s mission is simple – bringing the Irish pub into the 21st Century.
From its award-winning cocktails and quality range of whiskey to its famous Irish coffee, if there’s one Irish pub above all others that you simply must grace with your presence in New York, make sure it’s The Dead Rabbit. If this is what the 21st Century has in store for Irish pubs around the world, then we’re in good hands.
Serving food until 3am, and drink until 4am, seven days a week, O’Lunney’s on Times Square is one of the most popular Irish pubs in New York. The location on Times Square will often draw in passersby, and whether this is for a brief visit or a couple of hours, the atmosphere in O’Lunney’s is Irish hospitality at its finest. A great starting point if you want to find out some of New York’s hidden gems, with the friendly bar staff just waiting to share their local knowledge.
For a truly unique Irish pub experience in New York, then look no further than Molly’s on 3rd Avenue. Founded back in 1960, the bar is unlike anything else you will come across in NYC, with sawdust gracing the floor to provide that truly authentic feel to an Irish country pub. A wood-burning stove provides more character to the bar that New York Post once dubbed “New York’s finest Irish pub”. Surely that’s reason enough to visit Molly’s (as if the sawdust floor wasn’t reason enough).
Located in the heart of Broadway, Molloy’s Irish Pub is a charming pub that opens late seven days a week. Boasting one of the best pints of Guinness in the whole of New York, Molloy’s also has over 20 varieties of beer on tap and a great selection of cocktails on offer. Molloy’s was voted the most authentic Irish pub in New York by Irish Pubs Global, and it certainly delivers a true Irish experience in the heart of NYC. A games area and regular karaoke also offer something a little different.
Situated in Manhattan, near to the Empire State Building, The Playwright Irish Pub exposed brick and wooden pub, whose interior really helps to create a charming ambience. This is a pub you must visit when in New York, and for the sports fans among you, this will not disappoint, as the bar has over 50 TV screens spread across 2 floors showing all the latest live sport. Be sure to put The Playwright on your NYC pub crawl list.
With an exterior that resembles the famous Temple Bar, The Irish Pub NYC was established in Midtown Manhattan in 1939 (that’s a lot of pints). The popular wood-panelled sports bar boasts a good selection of beer, whiskey, scotch and bourbon, while the hearty grub on offer, also proves a hit with the locals.