You’ll find a piece of the Emerald Isle right here in Greater Hartford.  So if you are looking for a place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day) check out these great local Irish Pubs.

McLadden’s Irish Publick House

37 LaSalle Road
West Hartford CT 06107

McLadden’s Irish Publick House promises true Irish warmth and hospitality. It is a cozy, traditional Irish pub & restaurant in West Hartford Center.  With authentic Irish beers (they have more than 200 beers) and delicious comfort food you’ll  have a great time with friends.   The feeling is that of a friendly neighborhood pub and they live by the Irish poet William Yeats famous quote: “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met.”  You’ll enjoy “Irish Draft Wednesdays”!  Hours are:  Monday – Thursday 11:30am – midnight, Friday and Saturday 11:30am – 1am, Sunday 11:30am – 11:30pm.  Brunch is served Saturday & Sundays 11:30am – 2pm.

The Half Door

270 Sisson Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 232-7827

Grab that fork and knife and get ready to dig in on some serious Irish food. The Half Door delivers tasty fare “Gastro” style. Mountains of shepherd’s pie, rolling hills of Reuben egg rolls, cobblestones of, well, “Cobblestones” (mini steak and cheese sandwiches with melted cheese, sautéed mushrooms and onions.) Nary a naysayer can be found when it comes to the gratifying grub at the Half Door. Whether you want a simple Caesar or an elaborate corned beef, there’s something for everyone. Of course, it helps that because it’s a “Gastro Pub,” the food is far above typical tavern caliber; it’s always of high quality and market fresh. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vaughn’s Public House

59 Pratt St.
Hartford, CT

Upon stepping in to this Irish oasis, you’ll feel as though you’ve been coming here your whole life. Friendly faces, warm smiles and flowing beer are everywhere. While the bona fide Irish accents add the perfect amount of authenticity, the true appeal of Vaughn’s Public House is the robust Irish food. Stop over for a quick lunch and enjoy a meatloaf sandwich, just like Mom used to make (or quite possibly better). Evenings are for throwing caution to the wind. Really do it up Irish style by diving in to a heaping plate of golden, flaky cod and chips or warm your belly with a steaming bowl of Guinness lamb stew. Follow, of course, every bite with a cold sip of one of the many thirst-quenching beers on tap. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A late-night menu is available.

McKinnon’s Irish Pub

114 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

McKinnon’s opened in the fall of 2002 in the old Charter Oak Bank location in downtown Hartford.  The original bank vault, complete with two multiple ton doors encased with 18 inches of concrete and rebar is home to the kitchen. The solid 24 foot hardwood bar and back piece is the same one that was a fixture at The Old’e Town Tavern in Seattle, WA and featured in the movie “Officer and A Gentleman”.    Besides the history of the place it is a terrific spot for traditional Irish fare like, home made Guinness Lamb Stew, hot corned beef and cottage pie and some newer creations such as Celtic Quesadillas and Claddagh Crab Salad.  Stop in for pint and you won’t be disappointed.  Hours are:  Mon-Tuesday 4pm – 1a; Wed-Thursday 11a – 1a; Friday – Saturday 11a – 2a; Sunday “Closed for Foregiveness”.