Despite having the nickname ‘The Emerald City’, Seattle actually has a rather minor population of Irish-Americans, especially when compared to some of the cities found along the East Coast. That’s not to say you cannot find a few establishments that pay homage to the Irish, and you can get more Irish that a pub, and there are countless Irish pubs to be found throughout Seattle. So whether you are looking for a taste of Guinness or just want to experience the famous Irish hospitality, there are countless great pubs to found in Seattle that are well worth visiting. Here’s our pic of the bunch:
Mulleady’s Irish Pub
Out of all of Seattle’s Irish pubs, Mulleady’s is certainly one of the best when it comes to food. In terms of the cuisine on offer, it is similar to your traditional pub in a sense, but it is of such a high quality that others pale in comparison.
Poutine, pork belly, and root vegetables are notable side dishes that are an example of this, as too are mains such as beer battered fish with chips or Shepard’s pie. Entrees, sandwiches and burgers offer more of a standard pub food, although the ingredients used are fresh and much more diverse than most other locations.
In terms of drinks, the whiskey selection if worth checking out, as you can find several authentic Irish malts and blends on offer. Although not everyone has a taste for something as strong as whiskey, so the great selection of Irish-inspired cocktails will go down a treat with others.[This photo of Mulleady’s Irish Pub is courtesy of TripAdvisor]
The atmosphere found in Irish pubs is always one of their most appealing aspects, and Conor Byrne knows how to replicate that genuine Irish pub feel. Not overtly big in size, live music and bustling crowds make this venue with worth visiting.
Drinks come in many options, with your traditional Irish whiskeys available, along with a good few beers. There are plenty of local brews to enjoy as well, and whenever there is a live band playing Conor Byrne comes to life.
Owl’N Thistle Irish Pub and Restaurant
This venue has quite the history having first opened all the way back in 1930. Needless to say, it has become one of the most recognised and popular Irish pubs in all of Seattle, and is one of the go-to locations for the annual St Patricks day festivities.
Although you will find the Own’N Thistle to be a great venue regardless what time of the year it is. A lively atmosphere coupled with great food and drink have helped to ensure it has remained popular for so long – plus a daily four hour long happy hour means you can save plenty of cash when you’re there!
Found underground in a basement, the dim lighting and brick walls give a really unique ambience that certainly calls back to many of the small watering holes found in Ireland. Live bands will often play Irish folk songs which helps to add to the bustling atmosphere of one of Seattle’s favourite Irish pubs.[This photo of The Owl ‘N Thistle Irish Pub and Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor]
Murphy’s Irish Pub
A quintessential Irish pub, Murphy’s has the claim of being Seattle’s oldest Irish offering. A charming location that has recently went through mini makeover that saw it add great offerings such as a brunch menu and live music performances, Murphy’s has all of the hallmarks you could hope for from an Irish pub.
For example, the impressive selection of drinks makes you know just how Irish this pub is, and with the likes of micro-brews, Irish lagers, and various whiskeys, you can be sure to find an Irish beverage to your liking.
The food menu is the most expansive, but offers lots of Irish-inspired dishes, including stout beef stew and bangers and mash. The aforementioned brunch menu features a traditional Irish breakfast that has all of the trimmings, although you can find lots of standard American dishes too such as French toast and biscuits and gravy.[This photo of Murphy’s Irish Pub is courtesy of TripAdvisor]
Molly Maguire’s Pub & Fine Eatery
While Molly Maguire’s may not be the largest Irish pub in the city, it is definitely one of the most fun to visit, thanks to the fine selection of games to play with friends, and of course the great range of Irish drinks on offer.
Dartboards really help to emphasise the Irish pub ambience, and even first time player will have a laugh trying their hands at a one of the world’s best pub sports! Pool tables also make for a night of fun entertainment, and helps to add to the lively atmosphere found here.
The food is menu isn’t the most expansive, with basic offerings such as sandwiches the most you will find, but fans of beer will love the great range of brews on offer. Weekly live music performances also make Molly Maguire’s a great spot for a night out.
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
Kells is another favourite Irish pub for Seattleites, and is found in the famous Post Alley above Pike Place Market, where it will regularly be bustling with thirsty pub-goers. The outdoor patio area is great for unwinding with a drink and taking in the surrounding sights, whilst the interior features that small but homely atmosphere that sets this Irish pub above many others.
The food menu features affordable Irish grub, such as the traditional Irish breakfast and various pasties such as sausage rolls and steak and kidney pie, not to mention a wide selection of classic Irish pub food.
It also boasts a massive selection of single malt whiskeys along with the likes of Guinness and various largers on tap – the drinks found here are very much like those found in Ireland.