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10 Essential Irish Pubs Around Atlanta

These Irish pubs are serving shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash and pouring pints of Guinness all year long

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St. Patrick’s Day may be around the corner, but that doesn’t mean heading out for bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and stouts at an Irish pub should be relegated to just one day. Many Irish pubs around town are simply the neighborhood gathering spot, no matter the day or time of year. Whether going green for St. Patrick’s Day, meeting the club to watch an early morning soccer match on TV, or simply seeking a dark lager paired with fish and chips, these Atlanta Irish pubs are here for it all.

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Keegan's Irish Pub

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With locations in Smyrna, Woodstock, and Kennesaw, Keegan’s is a family-friendly Irish pub serving everything from reubens and burgers to shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and pot roast on the menu. There’s plenty of Guinness and Harp to go around as well as cocktails and wine. The pub also offers brunch on the weekends, live music, and trivia nights.

Meehan's Public House Downtown

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Meehan’s offers a full menu of classic Irish dishes on the menu, along with reuben egg rolls, fried pickles, and burgers. It’s not unusual to see folks piling into the downtown Atlanta location early on Saturday mornings where the pub pours pints during live soccer matches from overseas. There’s also a location in Smyrna.

Thos. O'Reilly's Public House

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This Sandy Springs Irish pub serves corned beef egg rolls, nachos, and reubens on its menu as well as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, and bangers and mash. Order a pint of Guinness, Harp, or Magners Irish cider or even a Snakebite (Harp and cider). There are other beer and cider combos here, too. For cocktails, try the Maddie Black made with barrel-aged Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.

Fado Irish Pub

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Fadó (pronounced f’doe) includes locations in Buckhead and Midtown. The longtime Atlanta Irish pub features dozens of international beers, local beers, and plenty of Guinness, Harp, and cider on the menu. There’s a happy hour on the weekdays and a weekend brunch as well as occasional live music and late night specials, too.

Limerick Junction

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Located in Virginia-Highland, this is Atlanta’s oldest Irish pub. Limerick Junction specializes in Guinness, live music, imported beers, Irish whiskey, Irish-American fare, and a friendly atmosphere. Order everything from fish and chips and Irish cheeseburger sliders with horseradish cream sauce to Guinness barbecue wings and cottage pie packed with beef, peas and carrots, and gravy topped with horseradish mash and cheddar cheese.

The Elder Tree Public House

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Named after an old Irish tradition in which an elder tree is planted as a sign of protection, this East Atlanta Village pub features American takes on classic Irish favorites. It’s known for creating dishes that are both interesting and comfortable. Skipping the meal and heading straight to the bar? There are over a dozen European beers on draft and a full range of whiskey cocktails. Elder Tree happens to be unmistakably soccer-centric, with soccer club scarves adorning the walls, including Atlanta United.

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

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With locations in Milton and Brookhaven, the Olde Blind Dog features a menu filled with classic Irish pub food, including an all-day Irish breakfast, as well as other bar bites like reuben egg rolls, loaded fries, and sliders. Pair a meal here with pints of Guinness, Harp, or Magners cider or an Irish whiskey cocktail. There’s brunch on the weekends, too.

The Marlay House

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This warm and friendly Dublin-style pub in downtown Decatur includes a rotating tap selection throughout the year of Irish and local beer and cider. For those unable to make it to Decatur, the Marlay House food truck was created to keep Atlantans supplied in the pub’s popular fish and chips. Grab a seat outside on the front patio on a sunny day in Decatur and take a load off with a pint and Guinness-braised beef brisket and potatoes, fish and chips, or shepherd’s pie.

O'Sullivans Irish Pub

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Formerly Mac McGee’s, O’Sullivans Irish Pub continues to serve classic Irish pub fare on Decatur Square, including bangers and mash, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and sides of English peas. Head here for pints of Guinness, Carlsberg, Harp, and Irish cider or scotch, Irish whiskey, and bourbon neat or on the rocks. The pub often tunes its TVs to soccer during the week, including Atlanta United games.

Daddy O'Brien's Irish Ice Cream Pub and Restaurant

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An Irish pub that also sells booze-infused ice cream? That’s right. This Sugar Hill Irish pub features standard pub grub on the menu, including Irish soda bread with cinnamon butter, Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie. There’s even Dutch baby pancakes, Belgian waffles, and pretzels and beer cheese here. But Daddy O’Brien’s goes one step further with the Irish theme and includes a parlor’s worth of ice cream on the menu, some infused with Jameson, Bailey’s, and Guinness. Don’t worry, there’s regular ice cream and ice cream sundaes, too. Make sure to check out the weekly ice cream flavor specials. As for drinks, order everything from pints of Harp and Murphy’s stout to a Black and Tan, a Guinness milkshake, and frozen cocktails.

Keegan's Irish Pub

With locations in Smyrna, Woodstock, and Kennesaw, Keegan’s is a family-friendly Irish pub serving everything from reubens and burgers to shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and pot roast on the menu. There’s plenty of Guinness and Harp to go around as well as cocktails and wine. The pub also offers brunch on the weekends, live music, and trivia nights.

Meehan's Public House Downtown

Meehan’s offers a full menu of classic Irish dishes on the menu, along with reuben egg rolls, fried pickles, and burgers. It’s not unusual to see folks piling into the downtown Atlanta location early on Saturday mornings where the pub pours pints during live soccer matches from overseas. There’s also a location in Smyrna.

Thos. O'Reilly's Public House

This Sandy Springs Irish pub serves corned beef egg rolls, nachos, and reubens on its menu as well as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, and bangers and mash. Order a pint of Guinness, Harp, or Magners Irish cider or even a Snakebite (Harp and cider). There are other beer and cider combos here, too. For cocktails, try the Maddie Black made with barrel-aged Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.

Fado Irish Pub

Fadó (pronounced f’doe) includes locations in Buckhead and Midtown. The longtime Atlanta Irish pub features dozens of international beers, local beers, and plenty of Guinness, Harp, and cider on the menu. There’s a happy hour on the weekdays and a weekend brunch as well as occasional live music and late night specials, too.

Limerick Junction

Located in Virginia-Highland, this is Atlanta’s oldest Irish pub. Limerick Junction specializes in Guinness, live music, imported beers, Irish whiskey, Irish-American fare, and a friendly atmosphere. Order everything from fish and chips and Irish cheeseburger sliders with horseradish cream sauce to Guinness barbecue wings and cottage pie packed with beef, peas and carrots, and gravy topped with horseradish mash and cheddar cheese.

The Elder Tree Public House

Named after an old Irish tradition in which an elder tree is planted as a sign of protection, this East Atlanta Village pub features American takes on classic Irish favorites. It’s known for creating dishes that are both interesting and comfortable. Skipping the meal and heading straight to the bar? There are over a dozen European beers on draft and a full range of whiskey cocktails. Elder Tree happens to be unmistakably soccer-centric, with soccer club scarves adorning the walls, including Atlanta United.

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

With locations in Milton and Brookhaven, the Olde Blind Dog features a menu filled with classic Irish pub food, including an all-day Irish breakfast, as well as other bar bites like reuben egg rolls, loaded fries, and sliders. Pair a meal here with pints of Guinness, Harp, or Magners cider or an Irish whiskey cocktail. There’s brunch on the weekends, too.

The Marlay House

This warm and friendly Dublin-style pub in downtown Decatur includes a rotating tap selection throughout the year of Irish and local beer and cider. For those unable to make it to Decatur, the Marlay House food truck was created to keep Atlantans supplied in the pub’s popular fish and chips. Grab a seat outside on the front patio on a sunny day in Decatur and take a load off with a pint and Guinness-braised beef brisket and potatoes, fish and chips, or shepherd’s pie.

O'Sullivans Irish Pub

Formerly Mac McGee’s, O’Sullivans Irish Pub continues to serve classic Irish pub fare on Decatur Square, including bangers and mash, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and sides of English peas. Head here for pints of Guinness, Carlsberg, Harp, and Irish cider or scotch, Irish whiskey, and bourbon neat or on the rocks. The pub often tunes its TVs to soccer during the week, including Atlanta United games.

Daddy O'Brien's Irish Ice Cream Pub and Restaurant

An Irish pub that also sells booze-infused ice cream? That’s right. This Sugar Hill Irish pub features standard pub grub on the menu, including Irish soda bread with cinnamon butter, Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie. There’s even Dutch baby pancakes, Belgian waffles, and pretzels and beer cheese here. But Daddy O’Brien’s goes one step further with the Irish theme and includes a parlor’s worth of ice cream on the menu, some infused with Jameson, Bailey’s, and Guinness. Don’t worry, there’s regular ice cream and ice cream sundaes, too. Make sure to check out the weekly ice cream flavor specials. As for drinks, order everything from pints of Harp and Murphy’s stout to a Black and Tan, a Guinness milkshake, and frozen cocktails.

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