So Many Pubs, So Little Time: New York's Best Pubs

A bar and a pub are both places where people get together to drink alcoholic beverages and engage in revelry. We can't deny that revelry is pretty fantastic. Pubs in particular often have tradition behind their walls, as they were built as community gathering points in British villages. Community gatherings plus beer are a time tested formula, in America as much as across the pond.

Even though New York has upwards of 8.5 million people, the comradery of a pub environment is much appreciated. 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. Eat amongst some authentic monastery decor at the Wicked Monk and quench your Catholic guilt with pitches of quality beer or cider.

Although McSorley's Old Ale House is the oldest Irish tavern in New York City, all of our 10 Best pubs easily deliver the feel-good experience you're craving. Bottoms up.



With two popular Irish pubs in New York City, Peter Dillion's is part billiards guy's club and part Guinness heavy pub. Inexpensive drinks and rowdy people is not a combination for everyone, but it is a combination for many people, judging by...  Read More



Although baseball is a minority sport in Ireland, many of us know that it has been a big part of America's history. Foley's NYC is a bar with divided interests that works: part Irish pub with well-spaced tables and a good recipe for fish &...  Read More



Ignore the word "Cafe" in An Beal Bocht, because at its heart, this is a good, quality, Irish pub. Step inside this traditional pub and you'll feel as though you've been swept off to the Emerald Isle – mahogany accents and bar, candles, and...  Read More

Lower East Side
St. Dymphna's


Known for traditional Irish eats with upscale twists, this bar calls out to those seeking to satisfy both hunger and thirst. St. Dymphna was believed to have ruled a section of Ireland in the 7th century. She is now the patron saint for the...  Read More

Financial District


Located in a brownstone from the 1800s, The Dead Rabbit has the charming vibe of old New York. It even looks a little like old Manhattan. Inside, there are photos on the ceiling (in case you want to reverse the effects of looking at your phone...  Read More

Financial District


Often open until 4am, The Irish American Pub & Restaurant is dedicated to the good life, one pour at a time. With lots of seating available in rich dark woods, this neighborhood bar still appears delightfully cozy. Try the French Dip...  Read More

Financial District


The neighborhood that O'Hara's is located in took a hit after 9/11. They commemorate the strength that has been shown in rebuilding efforts and human spirit with a huge photo album with tributes, newspaper clippings and letters. You can request...  Read More



The pulpit. Stained glass windows. Marble headstones representing the seven deadly sins. Do these sound like things that belong in a bar? Certainly not, but Irish pub The Wicked Monk makes it work, serving a cheeky side of Catholic guilt...  Read More



If you can tell your friends that you will meet them at Cock and Bull NYC without tittering, then you are more adult than the rest of us. Influenced by gastropubs of Great Britain, there is more focus on the food than usual. Chicken pot pie is...  Read More



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. Try one of each for true homebrew diversification (two glasses are cheaper than the price of...  Read More


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