After more than 45 years in business, the owners of O'Connell's have proven they know how to keep customers happy. The pub is often lauded for having the best burgers in town, but the crowds also line up out the door on Fridays for fish and chips. O'Connell's doesn't have Irish music, but for true Irish pub atmosphere, it can't be beat.
4652 Shaw Ave., at Kingshighway Blvd.
McGurks is the place to go if you want to hear authentic Irish music. The owners bring in musicians to play during the night. On weekends, especially if the weather's good, McGurks' large patio area will be packed with a good percentage of the city's Irish population. The Irish and non-Irish also pack McGurks for its full Irish menu featuring favorites like Guinness Stew and Bangers and Mash. If you're a Guinness fan, few places offer a better "pour."
1200 Russell, Soulard
Seamus McDaniel's is located in the heart of Dogtown, St. Louis' beloved Irish neighborhood. The building has been an Irish pub for decades, making it a favorite with locals and out-of-town guests alike. Seamus McDaniel's has a small traditional Irish bar area, complete with a few cozy booths, but the rest of the bar is designed to fit in plenty of tables. That means the decor and atmosphere are fairly basic, but that there's plenty of room to seat the masses that come for Seamus' famous burgers. Seamus also has a huge outdoor patio.
1208 Tamm Ave.
Pat's is another St. Louis restaurant with a long history. It opened in Dogtown in 1942 and has been a popular neighborhood hangout ever since. You'll find soups, salads, and chili on the menu, but the real reason to go to Pat's is for its fried chicken. The 1/2 fried chicken with fries and coleslaw goes perfectly with a cold beer.
6400 Oakland Ave
Tigin is a chain restaurant, but it has still got the feel of a nice Irish pub, due in large part because of its location on historic Washington Avenue. Bartenders pride themselves on pouring a great Guinness or they'll happily serve you a hot Irish coffee on a cold day. Tigin also has a great selection of traditional Irish food. There's fish & chips, bangers & mash, boxties and an all-day Irish breakfast complete with black pudding.
333 Washington Ave
Helen Fitzgerald's is really an American sports bar and restaurant with a bit of Irish flavor, but there are still many reasons to go. It has one of the best happy hours in St. Louis. It's also a great sports bar with walls of flat screen HDTV's to watch the game. If you're wanting something that reminds you of the Emerald Isle, try the Irish Stew or a shot of Jameson.
3650 South Lindbergh