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7 Irish Pubs in Louisville, KY

You can feel the luck of the Irish at any of these Derby City establishments.

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O’Shea’s Traditional Irish Pub will have live music all day on St. Patrick’s Day. | Photo by @u2photography

Louisvillians might be downing green beers this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day, but there’s never a bad time to imbibe the Emerald Isle way in Derby City.

Lucky for you, we’ve got all the info you need on the 502’s Irish pubs.

O’Shea’s Traditional Irish Pub, 956 Baxter Ave.

It might be a bit chilly this St. Patrick’s Day, but if you want to spend some of the holiday outside, O’Shea’s is the place for you. It features two outdoor courtyards, including one with a large — dare we say Instagram-worthy — copper fountain.

Patrick O’Shea’s, 123 W. Main St.

This Whiskey Row pub is steeped in history — it’s located inside a former a historic distillery building that dates to 1870. It became Patrick O’Shea’s in 2006. Pro tip: The chicken tenders here might be the most underrated in the city.

The Irish Rover, 2319 Frankfort Ave.

The owner of this pub hails from Ireland — Michael Reidy is from County Clare, near the craggy Atlantic coastline in the western part of the country. The Rover is also housed in an historic setting, with the building dating to 1859.

Shenanigans Irish Grille, 1611 Norris Pl.

This neighborhood bar is just a bit off the beaten path, and it really is for the neighborhood — the menu features items named after the Highlands, Deer Park, and Bellarmine University.

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Molly Malone’s is decorated for the occasion. | Photo by LOUtoday

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, 933 Baxter Ave.

What makes an Irish pub? Well in “Molly’s” case, it’s Irish ownership. Two Irishmen opened the pub 22 years ago. Pro tip: Molly’s is frequently home to live Gaelic music and it’s also a favorite spot for local soccer fans.

The Raven Irish Pub, 3900 Shelbyville Rd.

The Raven is Louisville’s home for rugby, showing all of the sport’s major international tournaments. The kitchen here also imports several ingredients from Ireland for its menu, including Guinness beer which it uses in a hearty beef stew.

Flanagan’s Ale House, 934 Baxter Ave.

Flanagan’s has been in business since 2000. As the name implies, it’s a great place for a pint of ale — Flanagan’s offers 150 craft & import beers with 18 on draught.

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