Whehter you knew it or not, the Irish culture is alive and well in New Orleans, with a large portion of the population able to claim an Irish heritage. As a result, many Irish establishments, particularly pubs, have popped up over the years, and there are plenty to visit on your visit to New Orleans this St. Patrick’s Day. This is not at all an exhaustive list of the many Irish pubs located throughout New Orleans—they are merely a few in a sea of the Irish culture of New Orleans.
Finn McCool’s (3701 Banks St)
Located in Mid-city, Finn McCool’s, also known as simply “Finn’s,” always celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. This year they have everything from the “Kilts of Many Colour’s Pipes and Drums Band” to a school of Irish dancing on the Friday before St. Patty’s. On the actual day, the pub throws a block party with music, free food, Irish karaoke and a mini float parade where revelers don boxes and march around the block.
Finn McCool’s was started by Belfast-born New Orleans visitors-turned-locals who were attracted to the area and how it felt like home. The bar has grown to be one of the most beloved Irish pubs in the city. It was recently named Best Neighborhood Bar in Gambit Magazine’s Best of the Big Easy Awards, and it won four Best Bartender awards between 2007 and 2010.
Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur St)
On the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day, Molly’s hosts the Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Parade complete with music and dance krewes from around the city as well as dressed riders on horse-drawn carriages. On a normal day, this popular bar on Decatur St caters to locals and visitors alike, serving up a great selection of beer and liquor and harboring a photobooth to boot. You’ll never find a dull moment at a spot like Molly’s.
Kerry Irish Pub (331 Decatur St)
With Guinness flowing on two taps on a large selection of Irish whiskeys, Kerry Irish Pub is another French Quarter Irish joint (on the other side of the Quarter) that’s popular with both locals and visitors. It’s perhaps best known for its revolving calendar of top-notch live music from a wide range of local artists, from Irish and Celtic music to rock, blues, country, folk, honky tonk and more. On St. Patrick’s Day, Kerry Irish Pub will serve up its normally Irish-heavy blend of drinks and music, so if live music is what you seek, this is a perfect destination.
Each year, Parasol’s throws a huge block party for St. Patrick’s Day, this year on both the Saturday before and Monday, the actual St. Patty’s Day. This is an annual event that locals flock to each year, and it’s perhaps one of the biggest celebrations in the entire city. Opened in 1952 in the Irish Channel neighborhood, this restaurant, famous for its po-boys, has become a popular neighborhood spot, but it’s also a great place for visitors to catch all the St. Patty’s Day action.
These are just a few of the many Irish pubs located throughout New Orleans where you can find a great celebration being held in honor of St. Patrick’s Day this year. Just don your green, and find the one with the right kind of party for you.