by Molly Priesmeyer - 262 Reviews - 117 List
Looking for the perfect St. Pat's Day celebration in the Twin Cities? Party till you're blue (or green) in the face at these authentic Irish pubs and restaurants. (Photo courtesy of Kieran's Irish Pub)
Updated: April 12, 2010
After the parade, partygoers gather here where happy hour begins as soon as the doors open at 6:30am. Of course there's green beer on tap, as well as basketball on every TV overhead. But the Liffey is all about its Black and Tans, bangers and mash, and double-decker party atmosphere.
Another St. Paul favorite, great folk music, scotch and Guinness have been flowing from this Irish bar since 1983. More than nine Irish beers are on tap and on special during the day and evening. And for a special St. Pat's treat be sure to try out the Bailey's cream pie.
What's more Irish than a genuine Irish pub? If you're in Minnesota, there's nothing comes with more luck of the Irish than a bar actually built in Ireland and shipped to the Twin Cities. Keegan's on University is the perfect stand-in for the real thing and was recently voted one of the top 40 pubs in the United States by the Irish Voice. Seriously. They're that Irish.
Don't want to deal with downtown crowds? Looking for something a little darker and cozier? Head to the no-frills McMahon's on Lake Street, where Irish whiskey, bingo and the Irish blues turn this area of South Minneapolis into an all-day St. Paddy's Day party.
Famous for its happy hours, this downtown Irish pub features the real deal: Fish and chips; Corned beef Reubens; Guiness; Black and Tans; Harp; Bass; and Finnegan's Irish Ale. Stop in on St. Pat's Day for live music and general Irish mayhem.