Looking for Irish pubs in Seattle?
With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, it’s essential to have a decent Irish pub in mind for all of your Guinness and shepherd’s pie needs. Luckily the Emerald City is ready to deliver. We rounded up the top ten Irish pubs in Seattle that offer authentic Irish food, a warm atmosphere, and plenty of Guinness.
Here are our favorite Irish pubs in Seattle, in no particular order:
1. Kells Irish Restaurant & Bar, Pike Place Market
Located in a historic building in Pike Place Market since 1983, Kells boasts one of the city’s largest whiskey collections, organic farm-to-table Irish fare from the Kells family farm, and a schedule full of live Irish music. Their motto is, “If you can’t go to Ireland, come to Kells.”
Address: 1916 Post Alley
2. Owl N’ Thistle Irish Pub, Downtown
Housed in the historic Coleman building in downtown Seattle, Owl N’ Thistle is a Dublin-style pub that often has live Irish music. According to local lore, the pub has at least one friendly ghost in residence. If you get lucky, you might hear the ghost playing the piano.
Address: 808 Post Ave
3. Mulleady’s Pub, Magnolia
This traditional Irish pub in Magnolia has a cozy ambiance with two fireplaces and comfort food. They offer daily happy hour specials, Wing Wednesdays, Thursday trivia nights, and Sunday brunch.
Address: 3055 21st Ave W
4. Shawn O’Donnell’s, Fremont and Pioneer Square
This family-owned-and-operated Irish pub has two locations in Seattle, as well as locations in Everett, Spokane, and Skagit Valley. They go all out for St. Patrick’s Day with multiple events and 17 days of menu specials.
Addresses: 508 2nd Ave (Pioneer Square) and 3601 Fremont Ave N. (Fremont)
5. Molly Maguires, Ballard
This pub with Irish owners offers a traditional Irish menu and weekly live music on Fridays and Saturdays. You can also swing by on Sundays for a traditional Irish breakfast.
Address: 610 NW 65th St
6. Murphy’s Pub, Wallingford
This pub is kid- and dog-friendly and has an outdoor patio during the warmer months. For every St. Patrick’s Day you can expect them to have live music all weekend long.
Address: 1928 N 45th St
7. Conor Byrne Pub, Ballard
This casual Irish pub in Ballard has live music every single night in addition to a large beer and whiskey selection. They call themselves “the most comfortable bar in town.”
Address: 5140 Ballard Ave NW
8. T.S. McHugh’s, Queen Anne
This old-school Irish pub within walking distance of Seattle Center has been around since 1990. You’ll find traditional Irish fare, a good selection of beer and whiskey, and free pool and shuffleboard.
Address: 21 Mercer St
9. Madrona Arms, Madrona
This family-friendly neighborhood pub in Madrona has a fire that will warm you up on a chilly day. They have a rotating beer menu, seasonal cocktails, a kid’s menu, and Irish classics such as corned beef and cabbage in addition to American fare like pizza and burgers.
Address: 1138 34th Ave
10. Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, Capitol Hill
This pub is a laid-back place for grabbing a pint and watching the game. The menu is classic American pub fare, but if you’re in the mood to try the famous Seattle Dog while having a Guinness then this is a solid option.
Address: 908 12th Ave