Houston's Top 10 Irish Bars

As our sister blog Eating... Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeehouse or live-music venue is fair game.

Want to hang out at a legit Irish pub this St Paddy's Day, but can't fathom flying to the other side of the world to do it? Try the west side's Ashford Pub, a dark, dank bar with very Irish owners. What could be better than that? Not much, unless you throw in some free food, plus dirt-cheap drinks, rad bartenders and around 20 beers on tap.

13308 Westheimer, 281-679-6112

Yes, Molly Maguire's is all the way out on Kuykendahl, which may be a haul from the Loop, but inner-loopers would still be fools to pass it over. The beer is cheap, the drinks are stout, and there's Golden Tee a'plenty. Basically, it's a dark, unpretentious neighborhood hangout with a badass St Paddy's Day crowd. If you're over some of Houston's bigger Irish-style haunts, you should make your way out to the 'burbs. You may end up thanking us.

15945 Kuykendahl, 281-580-6167

This pub in the heart of Midtown is one of the best places to pretend you're Irish. Their big-ass St Patty's day party has got live bands, DJs and plenty of green beer -- oh, and they're throwing in crawfish on Sunday. That means it's going to be insane here, so perhaps roll out of bed before noon this time. Even if you're not into green beer, the Gardens has a ton of other brews like Lily & Seamus American Wheat on tap, so you'll be shotgunning along with the faux-Irish crowd before you know it.

2300 Louisiana, 713-900-2500, celticgardenshouston.com

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Location Info


Ashford Pub

13308 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Molly Maguire's Pub

15945 Kuykendahl, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Celtic Gardens

2300 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


2611 Augusta Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Harp

1625 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Shay McElroy's Irish Pub

909 Texas, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Kenneally's Irish Pub

2111 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Molly's Pub (Downtown)

509 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Griff's Houston

3416 Roseland St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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John Hodges
John Hodges

The Gooses Acre Irish Pub didn't even make the list, and it's an actual Irish pub from County Cork, Ireland...

Michael Grossman
Michael Grossman

Very glad that the picture is misleading and that CG is not #1

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