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Best Irish Pubs In Minnesota

March 3, 2011 3:40 PM

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Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion like St. Patty’s Day, or would just like a pleasant visit to an Irish pub, I got a nice list for some great locations.

Cara Irish Pubs

Minneapolis and St. Paul

Relatively new to Minnesota, Cara Irish Pubs own four great Irish pubs in Minnesota. They include such fine pubs as Cooper Pub in St. Louis Park, The Liffey in St. Paul, The Local and Kieran’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis. Check them out!


995 7th Street West
St. Paul, MN 55102

Shamrock’s has a great atmosphere and even better food — seriously, their burgers rock. Try them out. When you do, enjoy the pub.

O’Gara’s Bar And Grill

164 Snelling Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Website | Directory

In 2011, O’Gara’s celebrated its 70th anniversary and has been owned by the same family for three generations. It’s a “St. Paul tradition,” according to its owner.

O’Malley’s Irish Pub

1775 Radio Dr # A
Woodbury, MN
Website | Directory

This Woodbury family-owned-and-operated Irish Pub, O’Malley’s, was built mostly by hand. It touts its great Irish food and beer.

Claddagh Irish Pub

7890 Main Street N
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Website | Directory

Claddagh’s mission statement promises a clean warm, inviting pub, a genuinely friendly staff, a gathering place for the entire community, exceptional Irish fare and a passion for the perfect pint. I’ve heard good things about this place, so I’d suggest visiting!

Kip’s Irish Pub

9970 Wayzata Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

This place has some great looking décor with authentic Irish food and beer. Enjoy an old pub feel while you take in some great brew.

Charlie’s Irish Pub

101 Water Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082

This pub is located in the beautiful city of Stillwater. Charlie’s has a great 300-foot patio that looks out on to the St. Croix River and the Stillwater Lift Bridge. According to their website, “the pub is named for the first owner, Charlie Lustig, who opened the doors of the pub in 1890. The pub is beautifully decorated in Victorian style with a full bar offering numerous imported and domestic beers.”

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Celts Irish Pub

14506 S Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN
Website | Directory

If you like a lively bar with music, Celts is a great place. I believe this is more of a party bar, so come early if you’d like a more quiet visit!

Dubh Linn

109 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN

Have you ever gone to an Irish pub with comedy stand-up? You will if you go here! With delicious food and a great selection of beer, Dubh Linn is the place to go in Duluth.

Carmody Irish Pub

308 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Located in Duluth and overlooking Lake Superior, Carmody says that its “handcrafted ales produced from Europe’s best malts and locally-grown hops are our gift to your visit.”

There are many other Irish pubs in Minnesota — sorry Keegan’s and O’Donovan’s — and we’d love to hear your suggestions!

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  • Steve

    So there is a bar in Stillwater that has a view of the Mississippi River? Huh. Only if you have great eyesight. More great proofreading at the Pioneer Press.

    • Devoided

      Pioneer Press?? I think this is the WCCO website (But your point is still valid)

      • Lin

        Actually, I’ve been to Charlie’s and there is a view of the river.

  • Erin

    You missed both Keegan’s and O’Donovan’s? And Jake O’Connor’s in Excelsior? And Half Time Rec?? Good thing you got all the hotel bars….zzzz…

    • harryoya

      I think they got it right, it was best Irish bars . The bars you listed are what people from Ireland call “o’bars,” and the Half Time rec (have you fixed the ceiling yet Louie) has not really been an Irish bar since the 90’s.

      • mswanoly

        What are “o” bars?

    • mswanoly

      Keegan’s on University is the best! Great food and lively patrons.

  • Steve

    Patricks in saint peter!

  • Brian

    And Highlander Pub at Rush Creek in Maple Grove!

    • Gopher

      Shame on you for calling a Scotish Bar an Irish Bar! You can no longer set foot in either country!

  • Raisin

    C’mon really? MERLIN”S REST in Minneapolis on Lake St. and 36th ave. Best food ever!

  • JamieinMN

    The Liffey!

  • red

    O’gara’s sucks The food and service. I have sadly known the owner son for years and I hate it but a number of us will not go there again

    • Kathleen

      Plus, they have molesting Vulcans. Another reason to stay away.

  • Craig J

    Wow – how about The Local? And seriously – Celts in Rosemount – that place is just atrocious! And I love the comment about the Claddagh Irish Pub – “I have heard great things”. Apparently this isn’t a first-person account but a random guess. Let me see – I think today I’ll write an article about the 10 best Thai restaurants in the greater Cleveland area since I hear great things about them. Wow.

    • Jodi L

      I think Celts Pub of Rosemount is fun and the food is great!! It brings something new to the southern suburbs! Plus its in an Irish Community that celebrates all things Irish!

    • Brian

      The Local went first under “Cara Irish Pubs.” Try reading.

  • Kathleen

    Kathleen’s Basement is pretty darn good. I can’t give the name of the town or you’ll all come over.

    • Eddiemeboy

      Just sent the directions so we can check it out.

      • Kathleen

        If heading south, turn left at the Mississppi. Watch your step.

  • me

    How about Keegans right across the street from Surdykes Liquore store I think University and Hennepin? They have outstanding food and a great breakfast menu with awesome prices and great service.

  • me

    Keegan’s!! on University and Hennepin

  • Mad Dog

    Who cares about the Irish. I wear orange on St. Pats day

    • common cents

      Whatever, Blyleven.

  • Jules

    Ok, Get the hell out of the cities, and even Duluth and come up to Bemidji. We have Brigid’s Cross! Great beers,food and music! They also showcase area artists. So come on up everybody!

    • EMTG

      That’s what I’m talking about. None of these places have anything on Brigid’s. But there is nothing north of the metro except Duluth, St. Cloud, and Canada to WCCO so they wouldn’t know about it.

    • mike olson

      good answer to many people still think any place north of brainerd is canada.

  • tim

    Do you think these authors of these worthless posts know anything about the subjects? Once again a worthless list.

    • Neil

      If the posts are so worthless, why are you reading, and commenting on them?

  • Kim

    Umm…The Dubliner? Paddy Wagon’s? *L* Also, you should do best local Irish bands! #1 SERFs. They play Rock Irish like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphy!

  • the crux of the biscuit

    I have yet to go into a bar on St. Patricks day that WASN’T Irish, at least for that one day anyhow!!

  • met me laddie there

    Jimmy’s Pour House Sauk Rapids !!!!!!

  • Josef Mengele

    Please Minnesota, drink yourselves to death.

  • Cindy

    Patrick’s in St. Peter! How could you miss that one??

  • Jesse J

    Claddaghs in Maple Grove should be at the top, but thats just me.

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