Whether it's St. Patrick's Day—or even just St. Patrick's season—or you're just in the mood for a perfectly poured Guinness or the rich comfort of a piping hot, delicious shepherd's pie, there's no shortage of good reasons to seek out a fun, friendly Irish pub or restaurant. Fortunately, there are plenty of great options in and around Orlando. Any of these places are sure to satisfy your itch for a festive Irish dining or drinking experience.
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
Here you’ll find traditional music, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers, familiar ales and even genuine fittings from old bars in Ireland, while the menu offers creative contemporary interpretations Irish classics. There's no shortage of fun and high-quality food and drink here. And, if your timing is right, make sure to catch the annual Great Irish Hooley.
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Go through one door and you’re in the Harp, an Irish restaurant; go through the other and you’re in the Celt, an Irish pub, and a pleasant one at that. There’s a distinctly Gaelic vibe in the decor, and little touches like the wood and slate floor and hardwood tables make it seem like it’s been there for decades. You won't hear Irish music, but it's a blast to watch soccer or rugby here.
Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub & Eatery
Situated at the intersection of Orange and Fairbanks Avenues in Winter Park, this large Irish pub is just outside Orlando but easily accessible and always worth a visit. It started out as the Prince of Wales, which is hardly Irish, but it converted over a decade ago and changed the menu to include all the basics. Live Irish music and pub games are a big part of the draw.
If you find yourself craving the Irish experience while at Universal Studios, pull up a bar stool or sit at one of the full-service restaurant's tables at Finnegan's. The food is surprisingly authentic for a theme park experience, the atmosphere is lively and the service friendly, there's a good variety of drinks, and there's often live Irish music playing.
This cozy place in the heart of downtown Orlando was founded in 2004 by a native Irishman. Serving more than 150 different whiskeys, this is one of the best places for this Irish favorite in Florida. Regulars can achieve local fame on the wall if they hit certain milestones in The Whiskey Club, and don't miss the World Famous Pudding Shots.