Traditional Irish pubs consist not only of traditional free flowing brews, Irish Fare, and Celtic music, but also warm, casual interiors, and a strong sense of comradery among patrons. Here in the Mile High City, we have no shortage of authentic Irish pubs where we can delight in a pint of Guinness and get in touch with our inner Irish spirit. The best part is that it doesn’t need to be St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy the spoils of Ireland!
Nalleen’s might be a little rough around the edges, but it’s what many would consider a proper Irish pub. The family owned, no frills spot gives an authentic Irish feel despite its trendy LoDo surroundings. Nalleen’s has been around since 1992, making it the oldest Irish pub in Denver. This St. Patrick’s Day, why not celebrate at an Irish pub who knows how to do it right. Relax in the outdoor tent and enjoy Irish dancers and bagpipers throughout the day. The beer may not be green at Nallen’s, but they offer all the most classic Irish brews, including Guinness.
While Nalleen’s might be Denver’s oldest Irish pub, the title of Colorado’s longest standing Irish pub goes to Clancy’s. Since then, Clancy’s has come to be known for its warm and friendly environment and delicious food. And has a long-standing tradition of offering live Celtic music every Tuesday evening. If you’re looking for a low-key celebration away from the madness of downtown, head to Clancy’s for live Irish music and traditional Irish cuisine. With four different bar tops, you probably won’t even have to wait in line for a beer.
The Celtic Tavern sits in the heart of downtown. The whiskey is poured strong, there are a wide variety of beers to choose from, and the traditional Irish menu items do not disappoint. The Celtic Tavern enjoys influences from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall and has dedicated themed areas of the pub to each nation. The new location is connected to Delaney’s cigar bar where you can enjoy their humidor. Fancy some off track betting? You can bet on races downstairs where there is a second bar. The Celtic Tavern is the perfect spot to spend this St. Patrick’s Day in the middle of all the downtown action.
Finley’s is a warm, comfortable neighborhood pub that provides Pearl Street with an excellent craft beer selection, upscale pub food, and friendly service. Situated in the heart of Washington Park, it’s a place for neighbors to gather and celebrate, rather than zone out on TV. Not only will you find Irish-fusion bar food like Irish nachos, fish and chips, or an Irish Cuban sandwich, but Finley’s also serves one of the best burgers in town. If you’re looking for a more casual, authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience, Finley’s Pub fits the bill.
At the Abbey Tavern, there are no illuminated shamrocks and no leprechauns on the walls. Instead, the Abbey Tavern focuses on Irish hospitality and warmth, the Irish way of comfort. The owners really wanted to focus on the neighborly aspect of things and create a hangout where you can bring your family and friends. The kitchen serves up classics like Shepard’s pie, corned beef Reuben, and Guinness beef stew. Many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations here in the United States lose their authenticity. But the Abbey Tavern brings back the cozy authentic flair for those who are wanting to enjoy a more traditional holiday.
The Irish Rover is named after a well-known Irish folk song that is sung with great enthusiasm in Irish pubs after a few pints. Situated in the heart of the Historic Baker District, The Irish Rover’s narrow layout mimics pubs back in Ireland. With rooftop views of South Broadway and the downtown Denver, you can enjoy the spring weather while tipping back a classic Irish red ale. The Irish Rover offers the choice of three bars, all of which will be open for St. Patty’s, along with bagpipers making appearances throughout the day. Move between the rooftop bar and back patio, or head inside for the traditional Irish pub comforts.
What is a Snug? The history of the “snug” began in Ireland in the late 19th century. It was typically a small, very private room that had a frosted glass window, set above head height, accessing the bar. The snug was for patrons who preferred not to be seen in the public bar. Among the many Irish pubs across Denver, The Irish Snug manages to maintain its own unique personality. The bar resembles many old-world pubs, with a mirrored bar, classic dark wood, and leather booths. The Snug has been a Colfax standby for over 13 years and always draws an eccentric crowd. But on St. Patrick’s Day, the place is a hot spot for St. Patrick’s day enthusiasts dawning their favorite festive green garb and who are sure to be over imbibing.
Scruffy Murphy’s has the old-worldness of an authentic Irish pub with its authentic antique stained glass and the dark wood of its back bar and bar top. But don’t be fooled, it’s not your neighborhood pub for slowly poured beers and quiet conversation. Scruffy Murphy’s boasts a raucous atmosphere that fits its name as well as it’s Ballpark surroundings catering to young bar hoppers. There is something always happening at Scruffy Murphy’s, whether it’s live music or drink deals. And St. Patrick’s Day is no different. If you’re looking for some place to get rowdy, Scruffy Murphy’s is sure to deliver.