Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at these popular Irish pubs!
Located on Banks Street in Mid-City, Finn McCool’s has been a popular pub since it opened in 2002. Known for its congenial atmosphere, and for creating and maintaining New Orleans’ premier soccer club, Finn McCool’s has offered festive events every St. Patrick’s Day since its inception. In years past, the neighborhood bar has hosted a block party, featuring Irish music from local and international performers, parades, free Irish food and even a contest for the best decorated potato. Recently, the kitchen at Finn McCool’s was taken over by beloved local chef Michael Gulotta of MoPho, who has dubbed the installment Rum & The Lash, with a menu that features dishes like pimento cheese, crispy Brussels sprouts and juicy burgers. 3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080, finnmccools.com
Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar
After vacating its original location at Parasol’s, the Carreras family reopened their popular bar on Magazine Street inside an old brick warehouse. Featuring tons of flat-screen TVs, pool tables and taps, Tracey’s is the perfect spot to catch the end of the 66th annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade and party with the revelers who land there. With lots of green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and overflowing spirits of the holiday, Tracey’s is a fantastic spot to feel all the Irish luck and love on March 14. 2604 Magazine St., (504) 897-5413, facebook.com/traceys.bar
Molly’s at the Market
Experience Jim Monaghan’s 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade, which begins and ends at Molly’s at the Market on Decatur Street. The parade features formally dressed riders in carriages, marching groups, local bands and Irish-inspired throws. Open since 1974, Molly’s offers a long wooden bar, and high tables and stools, that has played host over the years to French Quarter denizens, service-industry workers, artists, musicians and writers and has been dubbed “the Cheers of Lower Decatur Street.” 1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169, mollysatthemarket.net
The Irish House
Both an Irish restaurant and pub, The Irish House — owned and operated by Chef Matt Murphy — started a New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day tradition dubbed Irish Week. Finding no good reason to isolate St. Patrick’s celebrations to a single day, Murphy’s bar and restaurant has hosted a week filled with Irish-inspired events like whiskey tastings, trivia, a bagpipe salute, and live music from both international and local Irish bands. Last year, The Irish House even hosted competitions for the sexiest Irish man and the loveliest Irish lass. Located on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Melpomene Street, The Irish House regularly offers brunch, lunch and dinner with a menu that features both traditional Irish dishes and local Creole fare from potato and leek soup and Shepherd’s Pie to a cochon de lait po-boy and blackened Gulf fish. 1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595- 6755, theirishhouseneworleans.com