Eatin’ of the Green
In addition to the Dogtown and Downtown parades, pub crawlin’ is a big part of any St. Patrick’s Day celebration in St. Louis.
There are many authentic watering holes to choose from. I’ve been to a half dozen, or so, of the local pubs–naturally, none during the pandemic years. (Though I’m surprised someone didn’t promote Guinness as a COVID cure.)
Noteworthy Pub Grub
This is not an exhaustive list, so I am hoping Patty celebrants will update us on some of their favorite Irish pubs.
But first, a few photos from the Victorian landmark and one of the most revered Irish pubs in the world: The Crown Saloon in Belfast.
The Pub that Wears the Crown
Irish Pubs in St. Louis
In no particular order, here are some places where you can find pub fare closer to home. If you’re up for a pub crawl in memory of the venerable saint, here’s a few places to consider:
John D. McGurks Pub and Garden
Pat Connolly Tavern
Opened in in the 40s by County Galway immigrant, Patrick Connolly. Pat’s Place, as it’s often called, lays claim to being the oldest Irish pub in St. Louis. The homey Dogtown gastropub with the “Cheers”-like atmosphere is a gathering spot for Paddy parade goers each year.
Look for fish and chips, corn beef & Swiss, house meatballs, toasted ravioli, soup of the day, mac & cheese, fried chicken, salads, burgers and more. Brunch on Sat. and Sun. Spacious outdoor seating.
Maggie O’Brien’s Restaurant & Irish Pub
Located downtown (2000 Market) and also in Sunset Hills, these pubs cater to sports fans with an array of television screens.
The Big Mag is a 2-pound challenge burger best shared with someone. Look for authentic Irish dishes, too, such as corn beef hash, corn beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherds’ pie. On weekends you can tipple to live Irish music as well.
(The Irish word for cheers and good health is pronounced: SLAHN-cha)