Few things can beat a well-poured pint of Guinness — remember to wait a while to top off the pint. Luckily, it’s a feat that a few of Denver’s pubs have mastered. From Wheat Ridge to Wash Park, these Irish bars are good bets for nostalgic fish and chips, shepherd's pie, or corned beef, as well as stouts, whiskeys, and ciders. Many of them play with the classics and incorporate Irish twists (see Guinness batter) into egg rolls, sliders, and even nachos. Either way, these 11 pubs can become the perfect pub crawl for St. Patrick's Day or any weekend.Read More
A Guide to Denver’s Irish Pubs
All-day happy hours, things battered in Guinness, and a whole lot of whiskey
1. Clancy's Irish Pub
Open since 1973, Clancy’s brands itself as Colorado’s oldest and longest running Irish pub. The 10,000-square foot venue possesses two patios, four bars with decently priced scotch, karaoke, and live Celtic music every Tuesday that help make it a lively yet family friendly neighborhood hangout. Menu items blend American and Irish grub into dishes such as the drunken Irishman wings, crock o’ onion soup, and shepherd’s fries and pie.
2. Scruffy Murphy's
Scruffy Murphy’s is a laid-back Larimer Street refuge amid Ballpark's hubbub. Antique stained glass and an old-school wooden bar help to make the pub seem more mature than its 13 years. Despite packed crowds, bartenders serve drinks quickly. Live music from local bands spills from the dance floor to a backyard beer garden and front-facing patio. On weekdays, the kitchen takes on classics like shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and fish and chips.
3. Nallen's Irish Pub
Nallen’s Irish Pub pours the smoothest Guinness in Denver — and has the award to prove it. The LoDo bar is one of the older Irish pubs in the city and has been a mainstay in the community since 1992. The room, decked in Irish memorabilia, can swing from relaxed to raucous (especially when patrons pound $5 PBRs).
4. The Celtic on Market
The Celtic on Market remains a perfect place to grab a pint and catch a game of soccer or rugby in LoDo. The loaded menu features Irish potato boats, Welsh rabbit, Shepard’s pie, and rotisserie chicken.
5. The Abbey Tavern
Over in Park Hill, The Abbey Tavern will welcome any Liverpool FC fan in for a pint. The restaurant reps its team’s gear on the walls and often airs its games on on one of its many televisions. Drinkers will find a small selection of Irish and local beers alongside a smaller selection of whiskey and scotch, as well as decent takes on fish and chips and Scotch eggs. A rotating selection of a beer and liquor of the month is on special daily for $4.
6. Irish Snug
The Irish Snug greets its guests with wafts of fresh fish and chips. With an impressive selection of whiskeys and two floors, the bar's $3 drinks are good for large groups during afternoon and late-night happy hours. An extensive food menu plays with Irish ingredients with dishes such as corned beef egg rolls, Irish potato nachos, and Dublin pie with curry sauce.
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7. The Fainting Goat
Numerous restaurants have called this three-story building home over the years, but the Fainting Goat most recently revamped and revived the worn-out space. The menu is loosely guided by Irish flavors, with more traditional takes on the cuisine popping up in weekly specials. With heaters and its own bar, the third-floor patio is the perfect place to escape heated shuffleboard games.
8. Rory's Tavern
Snag a $12 burger and a beer from one of the two bars the Broadway spot any day of the week. Rory entices diners with other daily deals like shepard’s pie Wednesday and a Saturday prime rib special.
9. Dougherty's Restaurant & Pub
Tucked behind a church between Lincoln and Broadway, Dougherty’s Restaurant & Pub can easily grow from mellow to rowdy. The old school pub and restaurant is gracefully aging thanks to the slew of vinyl nights, daily drink deals, and songs from The Grateful Dead. Regulars swear by the burgers, daily breakfast, and country fried steak and eggs.
10. Irish Rover
Two-for-one wells, wines, and drafts during happy hour pair well with rotating food specials like fish and chips, Irish nachos, and buttery pretzel bites served with an alarmingly yellow (yet delicious) cheese sauce. Mellow diners are advised to avoid the downstairs dance crowds and sit on the upstairs patio. Extensive seating and multiple heat lamps make the upper deck an ideal spot for afternoon drinks and bites, no matter the weather.
11. Finley's Pub
Finley’s Pub is the go-to Irish bar for Wash Park residents, thanks to its variety of local beer, neighborhood feel, all-day happy hour on Mondays, and above-average fare. The Finley burger, a fan favorite, is made with braised short rib and smoked bacon. Regulars also rave about the Cajun tots, shepherd's pie, and buffalo burger.