Top Irish Bars In Connecticut

March 5, 2015 8:00 AM

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Some of the best Irish pubs are in Connecticut. When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, you can’t turn a blind eye to authentic Irish pubs and restaurants. With the luck of the Irish, you will be entertained, indulge in delicious Irish cuisine and drink plenty of draft beer. Spend this year’s St. Patrick’s Day at one of these Irish pubs.

O’Toole’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
157 Orange St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 562-7468
www.otoolesforapint.com

If you are looking for an authentic Irish bar scene, O’Toole’s is the place to be. Its owners are Irish natives that have created a mix of tradition with new inspiration. Take advantage of the live music, 12 HD televisions and an outdoor patio. Guinness, Magners Irish Cider, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Blue Point Pumpkin Ale, Smithwick’s, City Steam and Harp Larger are just some of the beers on tap.

Blackstone Irish Pub
1678 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike
Southington, CT 06467
(860) 863-5850
www.blackstoneirishpub.com

A local gem in Southington is Blackstone Irish Pub. It consists of one part classy Irish saloon and one part party or a night club atmosphere. It’s the best of both worlds depending on your mood that night. Choose from its large beer list or indulge in traditional food from the menu. The menu includes items such as Guinness cheese dip pretzels, Irish reuben, fish and chips and the Guinness stew. Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for karaoke or live cover bands. Blackstone turns green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Tigin Irish Pub
175 Bedford St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 353-8444
www.tiginirishpub.com

Tigin Irish Pub in Stamford, Connecticut is host to almost daily forms of entertainment. It has early open hours on Saturdays and Sundays to serve its sports lovers. Catch the game on its TVs including soccer and rugby. Saturday nights are dedicated to live music with no cover charge. Put your mind to the test for trivia night every Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, come early for drink and food specials during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Black Sheep
247 Main St.
Niantic, CT 06357
(860) 739-2041
www.theblacksheepniantic.com

Partying at the club is not appealing for everyone making plans to go out. The Black Sheep is an Irish bar and restaurant that provides a more intimate atmosphere. Choose from a more private seating area, sit at the bar or stay warm by the fireplace. In warmer weather, venture outside on Main Street to sit on the patio. The menu combines American and Irish items. The Black Sheep provides entertainment during the week and weekend including Tuesday quiz night, music and a display of sporting events.

Augur’s Irish Pub
29 Water St.
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-4936
www.augursirishpub.com

When it comes to specials, there is something for everyone at Augur’s Irish Pub. Mondays draw in the football and beer lovers with $3 drafts and half-priced appetizers during the games. Wednesday nights are reserved for free trivia with the opportunity to win a prize at the end of the night. Thursday nights are martini night with live acoustic music. Fridays and Saturdays, the pub stays open late with live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday funday has drink and food specials. The bar has 14 draft beers including local beer on tap. The decor gives an authentic feeling of Ireland.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.