Cleveland has had a sizable Irish-American population since the mid-19th century. That heritage may be found in part in the number of Irish pubs that dot the city. Below are our picks for the best of these.
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Flannery's, in Cleveland's East Fourth Street entertainment district
, is the quintessential Irish pub. It has good, affordable pub fare, live music, and plenty of Irish whiskey, beer, and fun.
Flannery’s Pub - 323 E. Prospect Ave Cleveland, OH 44115 - 216 781-7782
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More of a restaurant than a pub, but still decidedly Irish, Nighttown, in Cleveland Heights
, is a comfortable and delicious Cleveland institution.
With four dining areas and three bars, you never feel crowded, and the consistently good pub fare and dinner entrees make this "the" place to go for a weekday dinner, a Saturday night date, or a post-theater meal.
Nighttown 12387 Cedar Rd. - Cleveland Hts., OH 44106 - 216 795-0550
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Located in Ohio City, just down the street from the West Side Market and the Great Lakes Brewing Company, this cozy neighborhood bar combines the best of the Old Country, such as Guinness on draft and a tasty lamb stew, with neighborhood favorites, like hummus and falafil. It's a perfect place to stop after a morning of food shopping.
The Old Angle - 1848 W. 25th St. - Cleveland, OH - 216 861-5643
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The Flat Iron Cafe, a Cleveland tradition since 1910, is back better than ever after its 2007 fire. The cozy brick-walled bar in the Cleveland Flats offers tasty Irish fare and sandwiches, live music, and even a free shuttle to Cleveland Browns Stadium on game days.
Flat Iron Cafe - 1114 Center St. - Cleveland, OH 44113 - 216 696-6968
Parnell's Pub, next to the Cedar-Lee Theater in Cleveland Heights, is a delightful, cozy, Irish-owned pub, filled with surprises, such as live music on Tuesdays and Fridays and a tasty pub menu. It's only a great place to watch a game--perhaps, a soccer game.
Parnell's opened a second location at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland just in time for St. Patrick's Day 2013.
The HarpWhat's better than a traditional Irish pub with a rooftop patio and views of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie? That's what offered at The Harp, on Cleveland's near west side. The brews are local and Irish, the food's hearty and tasty, and the views are some of the best in Cleveland. The large patio is an ideal place to watch the 4th of July fireworks over the lake, but arrive early.
The Harp - 4408 Detroit Rd. - Cleveland, OH 44113 - 216 939-0200
Moriarty's PubThis storefront pub is an oasis in the middle of downtown Cleveland's skyscrapers. Located on East Sixth Street, in the shadow of the PNC Bank Building and the Fifth Third Building, Moriarty's combines the feel of Dublin with good food and drink. It's also a great place to go after the St. Patrick's Day parade...if you can get in.
Moriarty's Pub - 1912 East Sixth Street - Cleveland, OH 44114 - 216 771-0211
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Yes, they are a chain restaurant, but they still evoke the spirit of Old Ireland. Claadagh's has two locations in Greater Cleveland, at Legacy Village
in Lyndhurst and at Crocker Park
in Westlake. Menu highlights include the Jameson "drunken" steak and the traditional shepherd's pie.
With locations in Independence and Twinsburg, Mavis Winkle's combine the friendliness of an Irish pub with a full restaurant menu. There are traditional Irish favorites, like boxty, Irish stew, and Corned Beef & Cabbage as well as American standards, like chicken wings and burgers. The service is universally friendly and there are plenty of Irish (and non-Irish) brews on tap.
Mavis Winkle's Irish Pub - 5005 Rockside Road - Independence, OH - 216 525-0770
8870 Darrow Road - Twinsburg, OH - 330 405-9001