(video: The Old Shillelagh — Ron Dewey/WWJ)
These neighborhood spots are where it’s at when it comes to Irish pubs in the D. Their welcoming atmosphere makes them the prefect choice to meet friends and catch up after a long day or busy week. Many local pubs even feature entertainment and games, making them an excellent gathering place for locals and out-of-towners to interact.
Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar
1408 E. Fisher Service Drive
Detroit, MI 48207
Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar is a sports bar with an Irish twist. It’s a really inviting spot and a great place to meet up with friends. This Irish pub will play virtually any game you want to watch. If the event you are into isn’t on one of the flat screens, just ask. The house specialty is whiskey and there are many to choose from. If you have a ton of random facts floating around in your head, be sure to drop that knowledge at Trivia Night every Wednesday. You’ll definitely have fun, and there’s even the chance that useless knowledge will win you a prize.
McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar
1460 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
A comfortable spot with a consistently friendly staff makes this neighborhood watering hole one of the best around. McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar offers customers a great draught selection and food specials, including an appetizing array a step above typical bar fare. Live bands and pool tables make this a fun spot for friends to gather while the complimentary shuttle that buses patrons to and from the game make it a hit with sports fans.
Gaelic League Irish American Club
2068 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
With live Irish acts and a roaring fireplace, the Gaelic League Irish American Club can’t be beat. This is one of the undeniably authentic Irish spots in the city. It’s a cozy spot with a delightful mix or warmth and familiarity. There’s a great neighborhood vibe, the crowd and bartenders are friendly and it seems like there’s always some sort of fun event going down.Related: Top Neighborhood Bars In Detroit: Corktown
The Old Shillelagh
349 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
On the corner of Monroe and Brush sits The Old Shillelagh. This well-loved dive has plenty of things that make it a favorite stop before and after games: the eclectic crowd, live music and free shuttles to and from games. Head over to this Irish pub for a beer and maybe even a hamburger and for some fun on game nights or any day of the week.Related: Best Bars With History In Detroit
Danny’s Irish Pub
22824 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
If you love pinball machines, loud music and maybe even some green beer (if you show up on St. Patty’s Day), then Danny’s Irish Pub might be your spot. The dartboard and pinball machine makes this a killer place to meet for drinks after work. A jukebox is available for your listening pleasure and there’s even Trivia Nights on Mondays. Oh, and don’t forget the free popcorn – the perfect snack to go with your Guinness.
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 www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.