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Best Irish Pubs in America – Thrillist Nation



While at least 94% of the people who go out on St. Patty’s Day claim some Irish blood, we, at Thrillist, were shocked by the lack of a fine compendium of great Irish pubs in this country. Many of the frankly bare-bones lists we did find included chains, nouveau gastropubs, and other offensive picks. Incensed, we had no choice but to set loose our two most Irish Catholic editors on a quest to find the top pubs all over the country. As always, let them know what they missed in the comments. Go raibh maith agat:

Tom Bergin’s (Los Angeles, CA)
As the story has it, a man named Joe Sheridan invented Irish Coffee at the Shannon Airport in 1938, and, soon after, famous SF columnist Stanton Delaplane brought said recipe to Tom Bergin’s (and SF, of course), and they’ve been known as “the house of Irish Coffee” ever since. Bergin, a lawyer from Boston with Irish roots, opened the bar in 1935, and it has the second oldest liquor license in LA County, and, as even more legends have it, the creators of Cheers frequented the bar and used it for inspiration for the show. Though it has since passed on from the Bergin family through two iterations of ownership and was closed for an interval, they’re now back and’ve kept the famed cardboard shamrocks painted with names of regulars that cover the bar’s ceiling. And yes, to answer the obvious followup: Kiefer Sutherland IS one of them.

Note: Tom Bergin’s is the ONLY LA pub to make the list, and one of 3 pubs west of Texas to be noted.

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