Nine Irish Brothers
This is a new spot that migr ated to our lovely Mass Ave from up north. Nine Irish Brothers is a faithful take on the Irish pub, with a whole menu full of traditional Blarney-blessed foods like corned beef and cabbage. Jolene Ketzenberger visited this spot and a few times since, so you might want to check out her full review at nuvo.net/food. The long and the short of it is that this is a great spot for food and real, hearty Irish food.
575 Massachusetts Ave., 964-0990, nineirishbrothers.com
This is a great choice no matter where you call home within or without of the 465 loop, because there’s probably one within fairly close driving distance if you’re anywhere near it. You can party at this bar that comes well-stocked with a huge variety of Irish whiskeys up north or all the way downtown. Most of the food on this menu is Irish-themed with a modern twist (corned beef and cabbage egg rolls, for example), with a lot of delicious pub fare to get a little salt and grease onboard before the real celebrating commences. Go to the website to see all the locations, because there’s three to choose from.
Manley’s Irish Mutt
The NUVO readers have spoken, and they voted Manley’s as their favorite pub many times over, not just in the Best Irish category. They serve killer food in their vintage dining room (by which we mean the decor hasn’t been updated in a long, lovely while), like “Irish Nachos,” which is actually a huge plate of fried potatoes covered in nacho fixings, and we are totally fine with that kind of cross-cultural stretch. But don’t get bogged down in starters when you could get a slap-your-momma good “Sammich” as they’re called on the menu, from a huge club to a crunchy Cuban.
7041 10th St, 351-0009
Murphy's at Pat Flynn's
I’ve been going to this neighborhood spot for years, and I still think it’s one of the cutest little places in town. There’s absolutely nothing fancy about it, and that’s exactly what makes it so good. You can get anything here from sandwiches to (very good) prime rib, plus all the usual Irish favorites. Not to mention that it’s at a nice halfway point for Midtowners who don’t want to drive up to 86th or all the way downtown and mess with parking. They’ve got room for big groups if you need a place to take a big party who really likes to eat and drink, plus TVs for all the sports you could ever want to watch. And the tenderloin sandwich is killer.
5198 Allisonville Rd., 475-0181, patflynnspub.com
This is the original, authentic Irish spot to spend your St. Paddy’s day. It’s been around forever, all the food is so good and so cheap (as in, most things are less than $5 cheap), and there is a real neighborhood vibe about the place. Flip back to the music section to get the full rundown of Golden Ace’s festivities, as they throw, far and away, the best St. Paddy’s day celebration of any bar in town.
2533 E. Washington St., 632-0696, goldenaceinn.com
Well, sure, it’s not exactly an Irish bar, but you can get lots of really good beer in a British decor, and some of the best wings in town. We put this one on the list because they have a truly terrific lineup of across-the-pond brews and beer styles on draft. Chatham Tap also
made a previous dining listicle for being one of the best bars in town to watch a soccer game. You can get everything from pizza to fish and chips here, and all the craft beer you can drink.
719 Massachusetts Ave., 917-8425, chathamtap.com
Another great choice for downtowners to hit up this St. Paddy’s day is O’Reilly’s, the Fort Wayne arm of which I have visited. It’s a well-done Irish concept bar, with food that borrows from other cultures as well as a whole menu dedicated to Irish favorites like bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie. Get down there to eat your way through a great bar menu and have a few pints to go with.
36 S. Pennsylvania St., 974-0674, oreillysirishbar.com
111 W. Main St. #100 (Carmel), 571-1116, muldoons.net
Broad Ripple Brew Pub
840 E. 65th St., 253-2739, broadripplebrewpub.com
12525 Old Meridian St. (Carmel), 669-8080, thebrockway.com