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Best Irish Pubs In Detroit

Because everyone is Irish on St. Patricks Day, we've compiled a list of the best Irish pubs to throw down a Guinness around Detroit. Some of the Irish pubs have been standing since the 1800s, while others popped up only a couple of years ago. All rise to the occasion on St. Patrick's Day, serving traditional Irish fare, whiskey and pitcher after pitcher of that famous green beer.
Nancy Whiskey
2644 Harrison St.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-4247

St. Patrick's Day starts early at one of Detroit's oldest bars, still going strong over a century after it first opened its doors for business. Since 1902, Nancy Whiskey has been the home to the best in neighborhood debauchery. And when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, you better believe this place knows how to turn it up a notch. Aside from the usual suspects — whiskey and beer — there will be a live Irish band playing music all day and into the night and plenty of corned beef to accompany a productive day of drinking.

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St. Cece's Pub
1426 Bagley Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-2121

Head over to St. Cece's Pub for the best in traditional Irish drinks and dining. The menu for this crowd includes a traditional Irish breakfast that turns into corned beef and cabbage as the day goes on. And drinks, lots of them. The spot itself is heavenly — imagine stained glass windows, dark oak for days  and a toasty fireplace. But you probably won't notice all the details, especially as the party spills out into the outdoor area. For St. Patrick's Day, this pub will have bangin' music under the tent that will definitely lead to some dancing.

Cornerstone Barrel House
1456 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 914-1438

Cornerstone Barrell House is where it's at. The whiskey, that is. Bottles of whiskey, in all shapes and sizes, line the wall behind the bar. This newer downtown bar has a chill vibe and stylish design that retains an inviting atmosphere. Throw back some whiskey with friends or order a round of Guinness for the table. This is precisely the place to go for a whiskey flight to commemorate this St. Patrick's Day. Remembering how you celebrated the day will be up to you.

Corktown Tavern
1716 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 964-5103

Since Corktown's where it's at on St. Patrick's Day, here's another prime-time player to add to the list of pubs to hit up on St. Patrick's Day: Corktown Tavern. A staple on the pub scene since it opened, this neighborhood favorite is a hot spot on St. Paddy's Day, where the beer tent outside draws the biggest crowd. Get ready for a major day of drinking by ordering from the reasonably-priced menu, which features all the standards. Situated on the parade route, Corktown Tavern packs in the crowds, who go all out for the day — both in drinking and in dressing. Attendees will be decked out in shamrock green and wildly festive attire, from head to toe.

Related: A Night Out In Corktown, Where To Go, What To Do

Sean O'Callaghan's Public House
821 Penniman Ave.
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 459-6666

Guinness is the drink to order at Sean O'Callaghan's Public House on St. Patrick's Day. This dark and dreamy Irish pub serves up traditional drinks, including whiskey, and features a traditional Irish menu alongside contemporary food re-imagined with an nod to its roots. It's just the spot for those who want to celebrate in historic style. There's live entertainment on St. Patrick's Day, where the party starts at five in the morning, when you're still yawning.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and

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