Denver has had 50 years to perfect the art of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. So, break out the green beads and shamrocks and share in the city’s festivities at Denver’s top authentic Irish pubs.
The Celtic Tavern
Hours: Mon to Fri – 1 p.m. – 2 am, Sat – 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
This isn’t a bar inspired by an Irish bar; this is an Irish bar. The designers literally brought the décor over from their favorite bar in Ireland, and The Celtic Tavern was born. Walk in and the first thing you’ll notice are signposts telling you how far you are from Irish cities and a plethora of Irish witticisms and pictures. On St. Patrick’s Day, you can expect the bar to serve countless pints of Guinness. Also, don’t forget to sample the fish and chips, which might be the best served this side of the Atlantic. If you fancy a cigar, you can head through the interior doors to their sister bar Delaney’s, which is cigar friendly. Don’t miss The Celtic Tavern if you are looking for an authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant
Hours: Mon to Tues, Sun – 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Wed to Sat – 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Keep the authenticity rolling by heading into another imported bar, Fado Irish Pub. The creators of the pub know their Irish history at every level, including music, food, sports, and pub tradition. You’ll find a menu full of European items that you’ve probably never tried, but they are sure to delight. Such items include: Bleu Cheese Lamb Sliders, Smoked Salmon Bites, and a Chicken and Shrimp Boxty. You will be treated to live music and plenty of green at Fado’s, Denver’s largest Irish pub, on St. Patrick’s Day.
Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub
Hours: Tue to Fri – 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun – 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
This bar offers 20 different beers on tap and 50 different whiskeys, but on a nice Spring day, you’ll really want to come here for its beer garden. Yes, Scruffy Murphy’s features a large outdoor area with a bar for all of the lads and lasses to enjoy the sunshine and joviality. The menu features a wide variety of smoked meats and many American foods with an Irish twist, such as the Irish nachos and the monsta pretzels. While most of the bar is American-made, the owner, John Elliot, spent a long time in Ireland researching what makes for the proper Irish pub. Scruffy Murphy’s packs in a crowd on St. Patrick’s day, so don’t be shy and get ready to drink a pint among plenty of new friends.
The Irish Snug
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
The bar is split into two sections: The Irish Snug and Under the Snug. The Irish Snug is upstairs and features the expected laughter and calamity of a bar on St. Patrick’s Day. However, the Under the Snug is more of a leisure area with snooker tables and flat screens. This is ideal for those who like to be in the wild mix, but also wouldn’t mind having a peaceful conversation now and then. Polished wood, bright lighting, classic stone, and drink varieties add to the authentic atmosphere.
Nallen’s Irish Pub
Hours: Daily – 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.
When you want to be sure of a great time, simply head to the Irish bar that’s been around the longest. Nallen’s opened in 1992, long before the Irish pub craze hit Denver, and it owes much of its success to the friendly bartenders who pour a perfect Guinness. The customers at Nallen’s rave about the wonderful character and spirit found in the regulars. It’s encouraging to see a bar succeed for so long without the frills and gimmicks because that means the bar is doing what it’s supposed to: serve drinks correctly, bring you some laughs, and keep you coming back. It also doesn’t hurt that the bar features a rarity in serving Strongbow and Stella Artois on tap.
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