Portland may be thousands of miles from the Emerald Isle, but you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day year-round here. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly pub, live music or a pint of Guinness, check out these Irish pubs in Portland. Slainte!
County Cork Public House
Looking to bring the kiddos to an Irish-style tavern? County Cork Public House is a family-friendly spot located only a few blocks away from inviting Irving Park. This laidback neighborhood pub offers a full bar (including Guinness on tap) and plenty of no-nonsense bar food. Devour Irish-style favorites like bangers and mash, fish and chips and beef stew made with Murphy’s Irish stout. County Cork also boasts a spacious back patio for sunny days, and often hosts local bands playing traditional Irish tunes.
Kells Irish Pub
A local chain founded in Seattle by an Irishman, Kells Irish Pub is a Northwest Celtic institution. In addition to hosting the city’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the bar attracts flocks of international sports fans. Stop by to watch a variety of rugby and soccer (or should we say football?) matches on the big screen. Cheer on your team while sipping a draft Guinness and snacking on lamb stew or a Ballycastle sausage roll. The snug Cigar Room offers the largest selection of single malt Scotch in the Northwest. Kells brews their own Irish beers at their own brewpub in Northwest Portland, which also hosts an Irish Beer Festival for St. Patrick’s Day.
Just south of Portland in the suburb of Lake Oswego, you’ll find an enclave of Irish charm at Maher’s Pub. This family-friendly spot boasts a spacious outdoor patio, live music and sports on the TV all summer long. Tuck in to corned beef with cabbage, bangers with mash and shepherd’s pie, along with Irish beer or cider on tap. Sample from the long list of Irish whiskeys, including aged and single malts, with a generous whiskey flight.
The O’Neill Public House
Inside humble neighborhood spot O’Neill Public House, you can almost imagine you’re in a small-town tavern in Ireland. Live bands play almost nightly, including plenty of traditional music. The tap list will satisfy any Hibernophile with beloved Irish brews like Harp, Guinness, Murphy’s and Smithwick’s. Victuals at O’Neill’s range from American bar fare (think grilled cheese and nachos) to Irish staples like Guinness beef stew.
Paddy’s Bar and Grill claims the distinction of being the oldest Irish bar in Portland. Opened in 1979 in the historic Powers Building, the bar features a wall filled with more than 600 kinds of liquor and humble Irish charm. Irish mainstays on the menu include lamb stew, bangers and mash, curry chips and a creme brûlée made with Bailey’s; on tap you’ll find Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Magner’s cider. For Paddy’s annual St. Patrick’s Day festival fills the street with live bands, Irish dancers, bagpipers and whiskey tastings.
If an Irishman moved to Portland and opened an Irish-style bar with a Pacific Northwest attitude, you’d have T.C. O’Leary’s. Thomas Christopher O’Leary designed the pub to perfectly blend Irish hospitality and Portland cool. Alongside draft Guinness and Irish coffee made with Tullamore Dew, you’ll find Oregon wines and cocktails rivaling any mixologist’s creations. The Irish appreciate farm-fresh ingredients as much as Portlanders, and that’s reflected in classic Irish dishes made with local ingredients. The breakfast blaas (doughy rolls with your choice of filling) come with house-made sausage, black pudding and a fried egg. O’Leary’s also offers brunch on weekends and hosts live Irish music weekly.
Erin go Bragh!