6001 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
This pub is a neighborhood bar in St. Louis’s most Irish neighborhood, making it the perfect place to kick off your St. Paddy’s Day festivities after the Dogtown parade. Nick’s is known for cheap beer and reasonably-priced food, which attracts a lot of college kids and other young folk. The service can be slow even on a normal night, so the regulars know to order two beers at a time and drink double-fisted. Expect live music and a rowdy crowd, especially if you come by late in the evening.
John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub
1200 Russell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104
When St. Louisans are ready to party, we head to Soulard, and McGurk’s is the Irish pub of choice in that neighborhood. Fish and chips, live Irish music and a spacious patio are usually the big draw at McGurk’s. The popular pub is always crowded, but on St. Pat’s Day, the place is a madhouse of drunken revelry. Authentic Irish beers on tap, a real pub atmosphere with wooden floors and brick walls, friendly staff, and the perfect Soulard location for bar-hopping keep the crowds coming.
1208 Tamm Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Seamus McDaniel’s is another neighborhood pub in Dogtown, the Lou’s most Irish neighborhood. This pub is ground zero for St. Patrick’s Day partiers after the Dogtown parade. You really can’t miss the place, it’s right on the parade route and the entire front of the building, sign and awning are bright green. (They’re bright green all the time, that’s not just St. Paddy’s decor.) If you’re looking for a big crowd that pours out onto the sidewalk, all stirred up from the parade and ready to party, look no further than Seamus McDaniel’s. Or the sidewalk in front of Seamus McDaniel’s.
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4652 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
If you’d rather get out of the party neighborhoods around Soulard and Dogtown, come to O’Connell’s on Shaw Avenue. It’s a laid-back Irish pub that focuses on food as much as beer, offering up typical pub fare like burgers, soups and sandwiches. There’s a good variety of beers on tap, and the atmosphere is old-school pub, with lots of wood and a mounted moose head on the wall. For St. Pat’s Day, expect to wait in line to get a table.
1025 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
The Dubliner is a more upscale Irish establishment, as one would expect on Washington Avenue. This will be the place for up-and-coming young St. Louisans to see and be seen on St. Patrick’s Day, or on the Saturday before, following the downtown parade. It’s also the place to go if you have a date you want to impress. Expect to spend more, but the food is terrific, with lots of fresh, local ingredients, and a atmosphere can’t be beat.
Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com