There’s more to being an “Irish Pub” than serving Guinness and slapping some Celtic art up on the wall. Check out the best pubs in and around Detroit for the nearest thing you’ll find outside of Dublin, including The Old Shillelagh, The Blarney Stone Pub, Gus O’Connor’s Public House, The Claddagh Irish Pub and Pat O’Brien’s Tavern.


The Old Shillelagh

349 Monroe Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-0007

John Brady and Charlie Taylor opened the Old Shillelagh in February of 1975. Charlie, a singer, brought in his fans, and John, who had lived part of his boyhood in Dublin, kept the place oiled and running. They also claim to host “The World’s Biggest St. Patrick’s Day Party,” which is open to much debate outside the pub’s walls…

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The Blarney Stone Pub

27253 Woodward Avenue
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 541-1881

The Blarney Stone Pub is an Irish Sports Bar somewhat like “Cheers.” No, you won’t see Ted Danson, but you will feel the “Cheers” atmosphere while watching Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Pistons, and Lions games.


Gus O’Connor’s Public House

324 Main Street
Rochester, MI 48037
(248) 608-2537

Gus O’Connor’s was designed and built in Waterford, Ireland (home of Waterford Crystal) by O’Sullivan Interiors, one of only five Guinness-approved authentic Irish pub builders in the world. The finished pub was shipped to the States and then reassembled here in Rochester, Michigan.


Foran’s Irish Pub

612 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226-3450
(313) 961-3043‎

Foran’s Irish Pub, like many things in Detroit, feels as if it has always been and will always be there. An old standby neighborhood bar, Foran’s, is a favorite hangout of the City Hall gang, being that it is just a block away, but politicos and the city’s finest aren’t the only regulars. Stop on by, grab a beer and some grub before a night out in Downtown.


Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

318 S Main St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
(734) 665-2968

With Guinness, Murphy’s Stout, Murphy’s Red, Smithwick’s, Newcastle, Bass, and Boddington’s on tap this pub has a solid base of beer fans. Plus, the food is amazing. Anything on the Irish Fayre section is worth its weight in gold. The atmosphere is a perfect mix of Emerald Isle, meets college town. Don’t miss the live traditional music Sunday evenings.


Pat O’Brien’s Tavern

22385 East 10 Mile Road
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 771-5715

Pat O’Brien’s is an old-fashioned, traditional Irish pub with the best deep-fried perch around. With 60 years in operation, the neighborhood bar offers LCD and plasma TVs and boasts the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in town.