Pubs

Who doesn't love a pub? Steeped in tradition and devoted to camaraderie, these neighborhood hangouts charm everyone. Plus, what kind of complaint could you have for a place that serves hefty pints, savory pub grub, and a constant dose of hospitality? We choose only the best pubs in New York to give you a feel for how good these places can be. Enjoy a glass of your favorite ale, a plate of fish and chips, and all the tall tales you can bear. Although McSorley's Old Ale House is a tradition in town, all of our New York pubs easily deliver the feel-good experience you're craving.

10 Molly's
One of the city's coziest watering holes, Molly's is Irish through and through, from friendly staff all the way down to the hardwood floors covered with sawdust. Open for lunch and dinner, this is a great place to grab a bite, especially if you've got the flavor for bangers and mash, lamb stew or corned beef and cabbage. Even better, they keep an array of delicious quaffs on tap, including Guinness Stout (o' course!), Murphy's Stout and Irish Amber, Bass, Harp and McSorley's. TRAIN: 6 to 23rd St; N, R, W to 23rd St (212-889-3361)

9 O'Lunney's Times Square Pub
Little wonder these attractive digs attract such a loyal crowd — After all, it's a classy place to grab a pint in the Theatre District, what with the 16-foot ceilings, expansive horseshoe-shaped bar, the skylight, exposed brick wall, earthy colors and tiled floor. O'Lunney's also earns applause for its kitchen fare, a surprisingly eclectic array of dishes like Hungarian goulash, corned beef and cabbage, Yankee pot roast and Gaelic steak. Their weekend Irish breakfast is a well-attended affair. TRAIN: N, Q, W, S, R, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 to Times Sq (212-840-6688)

8 Kinsale Tavern
A true, fun-loving Irish sports pub, Kinsale takes very little about itself seriously. That is to say, folks from all walks of life are welcome to stop by here, grab a stool, order a pint and watch whatever closed circuit action's on the tube — Premiership matches, hurling, Gaelic football, rugby, and even college or NFL football. They complement the sports with great selections of whiskey and beer culled from all corners of the British Isles. For an especially fulfilling day, stop by on Sunday for their Irish breakfast, which many regard as one of the best in town. TRAIN: 6 to 96th St; 4, 5 to 86th St (212-348-4370)

7 Tír na nÓg Irish Bar & Grill
This handsome pub is a true godsend for weary travelers who've just arrived to Penn Station. Aye, Tír na nÓg is a fun, casual place to grab a bite to eat (their menu features everything from Blue Point oysters to the traditional Irish breakfast). And, if you're so inclined, you can complement your meal with a cold, frothy draught or even a glass of Shiraz. You're sure to be impressed by the architectural remnants salvaged from pubs back in the Old Country, the telltale dark-stained wood, the hand-carved wall fixtures, the Gaelic wall script that chronicles the seasons, and the lovely Waterford chandelier. TRAIN: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St-Penn Station (212-630-0249)

6 Ulysses
After doing the work thing (or, for tourists, the Stock Market tour), some folks need a place where they can loosen their ties, unwind, munch on a gyro, and sip a professionally-poured, 20-ounce pint o' stout. Stained wood trim, red brick walls and a long, beautiful bar serve up a scene that would make even Homer and Joyce feel at ease, and the good times generally spill over to the streetside dining area when the weather cooperates. A free shuttle service makes runs every 20 minutes between here, Puck Fair and Swift. TRAIN: 4, 5 to Bowling Green; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Wall St; N, R to Whitehall St (212-482-0400)

5 O' Flaherty's Ale House & Restaurant
O'Flaherty's exudes style and elegance, whether you are in the cozy fireplace area or under the stars in the garden. Rising stars or actor wannabes often can be found playing pool here. The trendy crowd will be dressed to the nines, so dust off that special outfit to wear. Billiard tables, large-screen TV's and live music nightly. TRAIN: A, C, E to 42nd St-Port Authority (212-581-9366)

4 Patrick Kavanagh's
Patrick Kavanagh's is the consummate NYC sports pub: dark mahogany accents, real Irish barkeeps and, plenty of rich Guinness draught. The pub's cozy atmosphere and excellent service will make you feel like you stumbled into your home away from home. Kavanagh's is also THE place in Murray Hill to catch live local, out of town and international sporting events. The menu features everything from appetizers to succulent hamburgers and sautéed shrimp. With its chummy staff this place also enjoys a good bit of popularity with business types, who flood in here after work for a pint or two. TRAIN: 4, 5, 6 to 33rd St (212-889-4304)

3 McSorley's Old Ale House
An old, emerald standby with close to 150 years under its belt, this Irish bar offers only two distinct libations: McSorley's Light and McSorley's Dark. A younger, primarily male crowd regularly darkens the doors of this tried but true neighborhood haunt. TRAIN: 6 to Astor Pl; NF to 2nd Ave (212-473-9148)

2 O'Connor's Bar
Nestled between Bergen and Dean Streets, this Irish-style pub may be older than the bricks surrounding it. Step back a few decades when you enter this charming Park Slope watering hole — wooden booths, a rotary phone, and an attractive bar add much to the character of the place. Factor in the traditional and modern Irish tunes that hum through the stereo system, and you have a true Irish experience right in Brooklyn. Best of all, Irish draught prices are more than reasonable. TRAIN: D, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave; B, M, N, R to Pacific St (718-783-9721)

1 St. Dymphna's
Known for traditional Irish eats with upscale twists, this bar calls out to those seeking to satisfy both hunger and thirst. Guinness flows freely, and live folk music can be heard on weekends. A lovely garden behind the pub welcomes guests to sit outside and relax during warm weather. TRAIN: 6 to Astor Pl (212-254-6636)


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Maps and Directions

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Molly's 10Best List Arrow
Type: Pub
Neighborhood: Gramercy
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O'Lunney's Times Square Pub 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Pub
Neighborhood: THEATRE DISTRICT
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Kinsale Tavern 10Best List Arrow
Type: Pub, Sports Bar
Neighborhood: UPPER EAST SIDE
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Tír na nÓg Irish Bar & Grill 10Best List Arrow
Type: Pub
Neighborhood: GARMENT DISTRICT
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Ulysses 10Best List Arrow
Type: Late Night / After Hours, Pub
Neighborhood: FINANCIAL DISTRICT
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O' Flaherty's Ale House & Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Type: Late Night / After Hours, Live Music, Pub
Neighborhood: Theatre District
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Patrick Kavanagh's 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Pub, Sports Bar
Neighborhood: Murray Hill
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McSorley's Old Ale House 10Best List Arrow
Type: Pub
Neighborhood: East Village
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St. Dymphna's 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Late Night / After Hours, Pub
Neighborhood: Lower East Side