Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or the middle of summer, there’s no place quite like an Irish pub. They exist to honor the long-standing tradition of community and camaraderie, best experienced around plates of mouth-watering food and rich, flavorful brews.
And in the spirit of luck, we rounded up seven of our favorite pubs right here in town! Skip the plane ride and step into one of these Irish pubs in the Portland area for a true taste of Ireland, complete with hearty Irish fare, plenty of Guinness and whiskey, exciting atmospheres and live music.
Since 1983, Kells has been a mainstay for Irish fare and beer in Portland. In addition to hosting the region’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration, this pub and restaurant serves craft beers and delicious Irish fare all year long. Plus, Kells features a laid-back cigar lounge downstairs, a spacious ballroom upstairs for private parties, and live music every single night. They source their organic, home-grown ingredients from the Kells Family Farm and brew their own beer at their brewpub in Northwest Portland.
T.C. O’Leary’s is a quaint community pub modeled after your traditional Irish pub, where customers are welcomed with a warm atmosphere, friendly staff, and Irish-inspired food and drinks. Owner Tom O’Leary grew up in Killiney, Ireland, worked for years as an actor in Dublin, and as a bartender in Irish pubs in New York and Portland. He is now sharing what he loves most about pubs back home: the communal and inviting atmosphere, hearty food, and of course — the whiskey and Guinness. T.C. O’Leary’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day over the course of several days with live music, Irish dancers, delicious food and beer, and other festivities.
Photo Courtesy of Paddy’s
Dating back to 1979, Paddy’s is the oldest Irish pub in downtown Portland. But the building dates back even further — to 1878 — and has hosted a variety of tenants over the years, including a fishmonger, a furniture store, a cigar shop, a florist, and more. Today, Paddy’s is a lively hotspot serving traditional Irish fare and a wide selection of drinks, including more than 600 spirits displayed at the antique bar. Don’t miss their “Ripple Machine,” which uploads an image from your phone and imprints the image onto the beer foam in malt. And each St. Patrick’s Day, Paddy’s shuts down the streets for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, benefiting The Children’s Cancer Association.
Located in the historic Ladd’s Carriage house, The Rookery Bar, nestled upstairs in the Hayloft, is a gastropub inspired by the British Isles. It is a warm and inviting space for locals and travelers alike to come in for pristine comfort food, small-batch classic cocktails, and a warm, convivial atmosphere. With live music featured three days a week, a top-notch happy hour, as well as billiards, it’s the perfect spot to hang out with friends. The downstairs features the popular full-service restaurant, Raven & Rose. Serving lunch, brunch, and dinner, guests are greeted with exemplary service and a menu leaving patrons wanting more.
Photo Courtesy of The Dullahan Irish Pub
Situated in Lake Oswego, The Dullahan Irish Pub is a fantastic family-friendly Irish pub. Simply put, they pride themselves on good food, good drinks, live music and social events. And they do all of that very well! Not to mention, they have an incredible outdoor patio and sports on the TV all summer long. Dig into their delicious Irish fare, from corned beef with cabbage to bangers and mash, complemented by a pint of Guinness or a whiskey flight.
The Dullahan is hosting a five-day festival for St. Patrick’s Day this year, starting Friday, March 13th, with live music from morning until night every day, along with bagpipers, Irish dancers, face painting for kids, and character drawings for all, plus plenty of giveaways. Sunday will be a family-oriented day and Monday, they will have a battle of the bands where all proceeds go to local school music programs.
Nestled in the heart of Sherwood’s historic Old Town shopping and arts district, Clancy’s is a lively, authentic Irish pub serving home-cooked classics and comfort food. Each dish is created using the freshest ingredients and the finest Northwest seafood, creating a true hometown dining experience. Clancy’s has a seasonal patio, pub games, trivia on Tuesday nights and more happenings — plus a three-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration every year!
Shanahan’s is the go-to neighborhood pub in downtown Vancouver. If you’re looking for a fine-dining destination, Shanahan’s might not be right for you — and they’re the first to admit that! But what you will find is: a friendly bar with a high-caliber menu, friendly faces and a fun time. With more than 20 beers on tap and a variety of menus for all meals of the day, plus an outdoor patio, pool tables, arcade games and more, Shanahan’s is the place to be — whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or a hot summer day.
Éirinn go Brách!
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