It's not easy to pick favorites among New York City's many delightful Irish pubs. However, I've done a lot of research (hiccup) to help you find the 5 best Irish pubs in Manhattan, where the best pints and the most welcoming atmospheres await.
Headed to the big parade? Try one of these 5 best Irish pubs along NYC's St. Patrick Day parade route to really revel in the atmosphere.
McSorley's Old Ale House
Established in 1854, McSorley's is New York City's oldest continuously operated saloon and offers a uniquely old-school pub experience. Take in the history, the sawdust-covered floors, and the legendary back room where the ale flowed during Prohibition. Women have only been welcomed at McSorley's since 1970 (and the ladies' room was installed 16 years later). There are just two kinds of beer available – McSorley's Light and McSorley's Dark – and you'll have to belly up to the bar to get a pint, since there are no stools.15 E. 7th St., btwn 2nd & 3rd aves.; mcsorleysnewyork.com
Molly's Shebeen Pub
Molly's is a warm and welcoming traditional Irish pub with sawdust on the floor and a log-burning fireplace. The pub is famous for its shepherd's pie and well-poured pints of Guinness at reasonable prices. 287 3rd Ave., btwn E. 22nd & E. 23rd sts.; mollysshebeen.com
Swift Hibernian Lounge
Swift offers one of the city's best draft selections, a laid-back atmosphere, and a pleasingly diverse crowd. Named after author Jonathan Swift, the pub has church-pew booths and a mural that pays homage to its namesake. 34 E. 4th St., btwn Lafayette St. & the Bowery; swiftnycbar.com
Paddy Maguire's Ale House
Paddy Maguire's boasts a generous selection of beers on tap and offers 12 flat-screen TVs showing sporting events from football to beach volleyball. The original doors from Ireland give the pub an authentic touch. Plus, the proprietor, Patrick Maguire, is a former jockey from Limerick, Ireland. 237 3rd Ave., btwn 19th & 20th Sts.; paddymaguiresnyc.com
Doc Watson's is a great neighborhood Irish pub on the Upper East Side. There's a garden in the back where you can enjoy your pint alfresco in warm weather. You'll also find a pool table, darts, digital jukebox, and occasional live traditional Irish music. 1490 2nd Ave., btwn E. 77th & E. 78th sts.; docwatsons.com