If you can't go to Ireland for a vacation, you can do the next best thing: Get yourself to an Irish pub for some Irish stew, colcannon, shepherd's pie, coddle, Irish soda bread, and potato soup. Find a cozy booth, and don't even think about not having a Guinness. Slainte!
Dunleavy's is a family-owned pub that has been serving up burgers, meatloaf, fried fish, pot roast with all the fixings and a whole raft of beer since 1989. It's a cozy neighborhood place where you'll get a friendly hello on every visit.
Conor O'Neill's takes its traditionalism seriously. The pub was built and designed in Ireland and takes the role of the pub in Ireland seriously, too. It's a full-on social experience, complete with traditional Irish music nights along with live entertainment at other times and trivia nights. O'Neill's has such a long list of imported beer on draft that you'll need time to make your choice. It prides itself on keeping it at the perfect temperature and it's always served in a 20-ounce pint glass.
Besides its famous burgers, O'Neill's offers up a huge menu of Irish and American favorites like potato and leek soup, roast beef sandwich, shepherd's pie, Irish boxty and fish and chips, steaks, and salmon, among many other choices.
O'Mara's has a broad menu of sandwiches, salads, soups, entrees and desserts, mostly skewing American rather than Irish, although it does include potato soup and Bailey's Irish cheesecake for dessert. You'll often dine with live music in the background at O'Mara's, either by local musicians or karaoke.
At The Dow (formerly Dick O'Dow's) the theme is "a drink comes before a story" and that pub vibe still carries through the entire new experience. A garage door rises to bring the outside in, under soaring 30-foot ceilings and a fresh new menu of shareable plates designed to complement one of the 40 unique beers on tap daily.
This downtown Detroit Irish pub has a great bar menu, with several burger choices, shepherd's pie, fish and chips, corned beef and Swiss cheese sandwich, triple grilled cheese and fried cod. Plus, of course, a long list of draft and bottled beers. It's got live music and free shuttles to the Detroit Lions games, which makes it a great place to grab a bite and a beer before or after the game.
John Cowley's serves mostly American fare with a bit of an Irish twist, like the Downtown Dublin burger, with a burger and corned beef, cheddar, caramelized onions, and Thousand Island dressing. Of course, it has potato soup. The pub was designed in Ireland and has a 50-foot oak bar, where those pints of Guinness (or your favorite draft) feel right at home. The fireplace is welcoming on Detroit's many chilly days and creates a quintessential pub atmosphere. Live entertainment and big-screen TVs finish the picture.
Sean O'Callaghan's calls itself a Victorian Irish pub and its bona fides are its mahogany woodwork and stained glass. If you didn't know better you'd think you were in Dublin or Belfast. It takes its menu seriously and uses locally sourced ingredients in its scratch kitchen. Irish favorites on the menu include Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips and shepherd's pie. The pride of the bar is its list of 70 Irish whiskeys, along with single-malt scotches and bourbons. Live music is on tap along with the brews every Friday night.