Five terrific bars help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2014 in Minnesota. See another five top bars of 2013 list in a previously published article Best Bars To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2013 In Minnesota.

Charlie’s Irish Pub – An Original Irish Bar
101 Water St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-6000

This beautiful Victorian-style pub has been serving drinks since 1890 when Charlie Lustig first opened its doors. Subsequent owners honored Charlie by bestowing the bar with his name at a later date. This pub is located in the beautiful city of Stillwater. A grand 300-foot patio overlooks the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge on the picturesque St. Croix River.
Related: Stillwater Lift Bridge

O’Malley’s Irish Pub – Best Family-Owned Irish Pub
1775 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN
(651) 578-7007

Handcrafted booths, comfortable sofas around the fireplace and a hand-built bar make this Woodbury family-owned-and-operated Irish pub really special. O’Malley’s, named after Beth’s maternal grandfather, Tim O’Malley, has been in business since St. Patrick’s Day 2005. Check the website for more about O’Malley’s week-long celebration so big it has grown to fill a tent.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The Local – Best Irish Whiskey
931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 904-1000
The Local has claimed to have poured more Jameson Irish Whiskey than anyone else in the world every year for the last four years. This bar features 23 varieties of Irish whiskey and six varieties of Irish beer. Ten unique meeting places invite patrons to enjoy an array of social interaction. Hardy souls can enjoy the spring air on Nicollet Mall. Couples should investigate the dimly lit hideaway dubbed the Kissing Room. Groups may choose to reserve Arthur’s Table, where patrons pour their own pints of Guinness or Harp. Associates can meet in the Boardroom, Sanctuary or Hollow. A weekly schedule features countless live rugby and soccer events such as the English Premier League, Scottish Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and MLS. Just as enjoyable conversation, fun and entertainment is practiced in Irish pubs, so is The Local a place to go for a little Irish “craic.”

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Celts Irish Pub – Best Party Bar
14506 S. Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN
(651) 322-7995

Serving Rosemount since 2001, this lively bar features music, revelry and merrymaking. Patrons are advised to come early if they’d like a quiet visit. Celts’ success in serving the southern suburbs has proliferated into establishments now serving Inver Grove Heights in 2004 and Farmington in 2010.

The Liffey – For Minnesota Wild or Ordway Devotees
175 W. 7th St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 556-1420

Check out The Liffey before or after your next Ordway performance or Wild game for hospitality that can only be Irish. Also give it a whirl on St. Patrick’s Day. Dublin’s famous river can also mean “life” in Irish. Hence, this Minnesota’s river town establishment is also named after the illustrious Irish landmark. The second-story outdoor deck seats 150 for a grand evening in the capital city.

Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at