In the Indianapolis area and in the mood for Irish food and beer? You need to look no further. This roundup of the best, most authentic Irish pubs in Indianapolis is sure to exceed your craving's expectations. Get the scoop on Indy's most beloved Irish establishments -- most of which also feature live music and Irish sports viewing.
The Claddagh Irish Pub has established itself as one of the top pubs in Indianapolis. Their three locations (downtown, north, and Plainfield) all boast beautiful aesthetics and great food. Their menu is varied, featuring lots of Irish classics such as corned beef and cabbage, bangers and champ and shepherd's pie. On Mondays, the Claddagh offers a great deal -- buy one, get one free fish and chips with the purchase of two beverages. Each location offers events throughout the month including trivia nights, DJs and live music -- Irish and otherwise. During St. Patrick's Day, there's plenty to celebrate with various large events at each of the pubs.
For over 75 years, McGinley's Golden Ace has brought Ireland to Indianapolis. Established just four months after prohibition by Irish immigrants John and Ann McGinley, the Golden Ace Inn is still owned and operated by the McGinley family, making it the oldest Irish pub in Indianapolis. Their basic menu is very fairly priced and includes their most famous item -- homemade cheeseburgers. The pub hosts many events throughout the year and of course, a large tent party every St. Patrick's Day.
Enjoy great food, drinks, sports, at O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Restaurant. O'Reilly's offers 9 HDTVs, a 7-foot big screen, and all the games, so you won't miss your favorite sports teams. Their extensive menu includes appetizers, burgers and many specialty entrees. O'Reilly's location just north of Bankers Life Fieldhouse makes it a popular sports bar downtown.