On St. Paddy's Day, everyone is Irish. By Irish, I mean drunk.
By everyone, I mean everyone, so why the hell aren't you drunk yet? Go to one of these places, order a shot of Power's, and then another, and then a Guinness (or Ring of Dingle — keep it local if you can). By this point you'll be ready to play the bagpipes, and that draft under your kilt will be feeling mighty nice.
McGinley's Golden Ace Inn
You haven't really celebrated an Indy St. Paddy's until you've been to the Golden Ace. The Ace opened its doors four months after Prohibition ended in 1934 and it has been an unending Irish party ever since. Join the massive, genial crowd for live Irish music, plenty of beer to go around, and don't miss out on a burger (maybe the best in the city).
2533 E. Washington St., 317-632-0696,
Nine Irish Brothers
To find an Irish pub as authentic as this newer spot on Mass Ave you'd have to go all the way to Lafayette, where the original location resides. Honestly though, the dark wood bar, the brass tap, and the friendly service and customers make this place feel like it's been here for years. It has everything a pub should be, including strong booze, good grub, and a great time.
575 Massachusetts Ave., 317-964-0990,
119 Howard Ave., (West Lafayette),
If you're looking to get off the strip in Broad Ripple, and you're in the Irish spirit, this is the place to go. Located on a dead-end street, this dive will be packed full of regulars sipping on snakebites and knocking back shots of Bushmills. On St. Paddy's they throw a great tent party, and it's definitely a change of scenery from the usually quiet neighborhood pub. P.S. There's a good chance you'll find yourself laying back on the bar and having liquor poured directly in your mouth, so maybe practice at home first. Oh, and bring bills, as it's cash only.
6331 Ferguson St., 317-255-5039
But, but, but, it's German. I know, but if there are two countries that are more similar in their affinity for drinking than Ireland and Germany, I can't think of any. Also, like I stated before, we're all Irish on St. Paddy's. Finally, this place throws one of the biggest bashes in celebration of the late, great St. Pat; so grab a Warsteiner and take a break from all that Guinness.
401 E. Michigan St., 317-636-0396,
Murphy's @ Flynn's
I live about three minutes from this place, and it is one of my favorites (especially now, with the inclusion of Murphy's steaks!) The crowd here is always unassuming and open to great conversation. Slide up to the bar, grab a beer, order a steak like you're Ron Swanson and maybe a baked potato to keep with the Irish theme, and start a friendly chat with the people you meet. You'll find yourself coming back time and time again.
5198 Allisonville Rd., 317-545-3707,
Broad Ripple Brewpub
The one that started them all. The Brewpub was the first of its kind in Indy and continues to be a fan favorite. The place, especially its patio, is always busy, but St. Patrick's is a special kind of crazy. This is one of the few places in town where you can try a house-brewed, hand-pulled, cask ale, the way they do them in Ireland. Plus, they have the perfect St. Paddy's day food option for you vegans out there, vegan fish and chips (they rival most real fish and chips); so you can celebrate and keep your animal conscience heart at ease.
842 E. 65th St., 317-253-2379
O'Reilly's Irish Pub
If you're looking for a place to celebrate in Mile Square and you prefer a river of green beer over a canal of green water, look no further. This Irish concept bar comes with a big menu full of items for everyone, so even if you don't like bangers and mash (why the hell wouldn't you?), they will have plenty for you to eat. P.S. They now have a brand new location in Greenwood for all of you Southsiders that don't want to deal with the parade traffic Downtown.
36 S. Pennsylvania St., 317-974-0674; 8923 S. Meridian St., 317-884-9335, oreillysirishbar.com
Manley's Irish Mutt
Any Eastsider knows the Mutt is the place to go for a decently priced beer and good company; if that happens to come with some Irish Nachos, well then so be it. You — NUVO readers — have picked Manley's as the best pub in the city many times and it's for a good reason. This is a locally owned and operated establishment that has served this city for a long time, and the Irish Mutt family is made up of good people that want to do right by Indy.
7041 E. 10th St., 317-351-0009
Yes, it's a chain, but it's a damn good chain. Join the lively crowd at either the Northside or Downtown location for a round or two of some 12 year Redbreast, corned beef and cabbage rolls, and a full Irish breakfast. Remember, the key to a long day of drinking is starting it right with a hearty meal.
Multiple Locations, claddaghirishpubs.com
The Irish Lion
Don't worry, Bloomingtonians — we haven't forgotten you, and neither has St. Patrick, for only a saint could have granted you with such a perfect Irish establishment. Grab a booth with your friends and party your asses off with yards of Murphy's, some Guinness ice cream, and a bowl or two of coddle (a stew made of sausage, bacon, potatoes, and more, the perfect hangover cure.)
212 W. Kirkwood Ave., (Bloomington),
Brockway Public House
Boasting "the most sophisticated draft beer system this side of St. James Gate," Brockway serves up a damn fine glass of Guinness. Drink a couple of those, eat one of their signature shepherds pies and you'll soon be telling tall tales of your time in the old country.
12525 Old Meridian St., (Carmel)
Langton's Irish Pub
"Craic" is that thing that you can't define, but know it when you see it or, rather, feel it. It is that high-energy feeling of community that makes the local pub the favorite community gathering place. This may be the newest entry on the list, but this place has quickly made itself a fan favorite in Carmel and I have to say that it is due to its Craic. So, make your way in and make yourself a part of this community.
710 S. Rangeline Road., (Carmel)
There are dive bars and neighborhood bars and then there is Si Greene's. I remember my dad telling me stories of stopping in Si's when he would leave the Ford plant (this was before I was even born). The place has stood the test of time and it has plenty of regulars. It's definitely a divisive establishment, it is a place you'll either love or hate; something I love about Si's though is it is what it is, and it doesn't try to be anything else. Bring a friend, enjoy a bottled beer, and settle into the slightly weird yet fun place that is Si Greene's.
5109 E. 10th St., 317-353-6474
A pub free St. Pat's for me
Don't want to spend your day bar hopping, but still desire deliciously cool draughts of ale and a convivial crowd? Look no further than the Fourth Annual Blarney Bash on Georgia Street. Starting at 2 p.m., party the day away with live music from My Yellow Rickshaw and Living Proof, pints o' green beer (say it like an Irishman), and food trucks. Tickets are only $5.
If getting sloshed for St. Pat's isn't your idea of fun don't worry, there are plenty of events going on around the city that don't involve pints of beer and some dude named Connor screaming, "Kiss me I'm Irish!" A family friendly affair, including live music and local celebrities, will be taking place downtown during the Hoosier Lottery greening of the canal on Wednesday. Then, on Thursday, The St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. and is followed by a block party.
"May those that love us, love us; and for those that don't love us, may God turn their hearts; and if he can't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so that we may know them by their limping."
— My Favorite Irish Proverb
Have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's Day! Sláinte
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