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You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy one of the many traditional Irish pubs in Denver. You also don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to drink a pint of Guinness and eat a plate full of delicious corned beef and cabbage. In fact, most of these great watering holes offer the traditional fare year-round, so you can get your Irish cravings taken care of any time of the year. From smaller pubs to a couple of the largest bars in town, the spirit and energy of Ireland lives on with a strong following in Denver, so make sure to check out these great Irish bars for a memorable time this weekend.
The Irish Snug
1201 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
Located in central Denver, near the State Capitol, is one of Denver’s most popular traditional Irish pubs. The Irish Snug is a favorite of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, thanks to its warm booths, energetic servers and rich Irish traditions. You’ll find more than 20 different Irish Whiskeys to try, including 21-year Bushmills, 18-year Jameson and Middleton, the rarest of the selection and one of the smoothest Irish Whiskeys you’ll ever try. The food here is also a step above normal bar fare, with delicious items like Irish Cheddar Mac n Cheese, traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie and even Bangers and Mash. Stop by during happy hour and enjoy plenty of cheap drinks and food without breaking the bank.
The Irish Rover Pub
54 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Since 2005, the Baker neighborhood in Denver has been home to The Irish Rover Pub, another of Denver’s famous Irish watering holes. It’s a smaller bar, with the same look and feel of a traditional Irish Pub, with a long oak bar that is the centerpiece of this comfortable location. Lots of traditional Irish fare is served up here, including Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash and a traditional Irish Breakfast, all of which would be perfect with an ice cold Guinness, some whiskey or even a classic scotch. The Irish Rover is the type of place where the bartenders learn your name and your favorite stool always seems to be available. You’ll make new friends, enjoy some great company and fill up on all the traditional Irish flavors.
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The Celtic on Market
14th & Market
The Celtic advertises that it takes a modern approach to traditional Celtic food, but you simply have to try the amazing (and award-winning) Irish fish and chips. A large plate of the perfectly fried morsels goes very well with an ice cold beer from the more than 50 different brews on tap, or with a sample from one of the largest whiskey selections in Colorado. You’ll also find live music every weekend which, more often than not, is authentic Irish music, perfect for getting you in the mood to enjoy this local favorite. While you are there, you can even place a bet or two with the off-track betting for horses or greyhounds. So kick back with your pals, enjoy the perfect pour of Irish beer and you may even win enough money to cover your tab.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.