Top Ten Irish Bars

Click for a slideshow of the Field Irish Bar & Eatery.

You're not, like, obligated to get a Guinness at this Fort Lauderdale pub, which is run by people actually from Ireland and throws one of the biggest St. Pat's parties in Broward, but it couldn't really hurt. A favorite haunt of New Times staffers, Maguire's has a utilitarian quality to it, in that it's a spot for all occasions: a jumping-off point for a night of hard drinking, postwork happy-hour boozing, dinner with Mom and Dad, a solo pint to sit and contemplate life's great injustices — whatever your bag.

4. Slainte Irish Pub, 1500 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-742-4190; Sunday's St. Patrick's Day party starts with Irish breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by live music and entertainment from 3 p.m. to close and food and drink specials all day.

This community-minded, Zagat-rated pub in Boynton Beach recently underwent a major overhaul with an upgrade to the interior and an expansion of the outdoor and lounge seating areas. Newly appointed executive chef Christopher Palmer's menu offers a loose, hipped-up interpretation of Irish pub classics like basil-pesto-infused "green eggs and ham" and an Irish "happy meal" complete with potatoes and a pint of Guinness. At 5,000 square feet, the made-over restaurant offers plenty of nooks and crannies to accommodate St. Patrick's Day partiers and the potent beverages — like the fruity and alcohol-soaked "Celtic breeze" — necessary to keep 'em feeling festive.

If you must eat as well as drink, try the corned beef and cabbage at the Field Irish Pub & Eatery.
Jessica Daly
If you must eat as well as drink, try the corned beef and cabbage at the Field Irish Pub & Eatery.


Click for a slideshow of the Field Irish Bar & Eatery.

3. O'Shea's Irish Pub, 531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-3865; St. Patrick's Day weekend block party starting at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with live music, a street party, Irish dancers, and food and drink specials.

O'Shea's on Clematis is a good, solid bet in a part of West Palm Beach where the tending-to-trendy choices may come and go with the tides. A neighborhood favorite since 1994, O'Shea's is Irish to the hilt, with a space that's decked out in festive décor no matter the time of year. Two other things to know about O'Shea's: It's puppy-friendly, and it gives you the power to grab your own beer. Tuesday nights, the spot hosts a "yappy hour" with a free drink for anyone who brings a (well-behaved) pooch to the patio. Meanwhile, a Draft Master allows guests to pour their own priced-by-the-ounce Guinness or Harp. It's a good spot for that snobby friend who never stops bitching about how "no one knows how to pour a Guinness in this town" — here's your chance, buddy!

2. Tim Finnegan's Irish Pub, 2885 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach; 561-330-3153; St. Patrick's Day weekend celebration starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with traditional Irish dancing, music, and food, plus food and drink specials all weekend.

Tucked away in an unassuming plaza south of Delray Beach's thriving downtown restaurant scene rests a little piece of the Emerald Isle. Tim Finnegan's is a good honest bar for the good honest drinking man/woman. It's the kind of place where a single lady can feel comfortable settling in for a pint, without fear of a pack of horny brahs spilling their Irish Car Bombs on her as they race to get absolutely shit-faced before the end of happy hour. Friendly staff, live Celtic music, and fair prices: It's like a little pot of gold at the end of Delray's rainbow.

1. The Field Irish Pub & Eatery, 3281 Griffin Road, Hollywood; 954-964-5979; Gates open at noon on Sunday for St. Patrick's Day festivities, and admission is $10.

There's something cozy about the Field that warms the cockles of the heart. The interior is outfitted with gleaming wood surfaces, a fireplace, and room after room filled with dog-eared books, weathered photos, and other old-timey knickknacks. Outside, a comfy patio is built around a towering Banyan tree, and leashed, well-behaved pups are invited to share your shepherd's pie or corned beef and cabbage. As a past winner of New Times' award for Best Poured Guinness in South Florida, the bar can be counted on to supply a solid Irish brew to accompany that traditional plate of bangers and mash coming from the kitchen.

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frankd4 topcommenter

....AND yes that picture of the corned beef and cabbage at the Field Irish Pub & Eatery is the real deal and don't overlook those FRESH carrots = i had a seperate side of of them and added a little cinnamon


How is Murphy's Law not on this list?  Come on, now. It’s a Battle of the Bonos this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! They'll have concerts by 2U and UV (South Florida’s best U2 tribute bands), Almost Journey, authentic Celtic dancers, strolling bagpipes, Irish DJs, traditional food and fare, drink specials and more. Plus, this is an Irish pub that is actually owned by a couple from Ireland. 


frankd4 topcommenter

the thing of it is ........... ST PATs DAY is for getting DRUNK = period = the FOOD component is IRRelevant

this need not, GETTING DRUNK, be done in an "irish" bar,  so this list is IRRelevant to what to do ON ST PATs DAY .......... and as far as i am concerned,  the places on this list that I DO FREQUENT,  i will stay away from this FRI and SAT (and maybe even SUN)

WHY ? they will be OVERrun by irish as well as "irish for the day" meaning all factors will be taxed..........parking, accomodations, service, quality, the day wears on