The best pub in USA: Where to enjoy Guinness, Irish knickknacks and more
One of Ireland’s greatest contributions to drinking culture is the Irish pub, which is cherished the world over for its comforting ambiance and hefty pints. But with the Irish pub genre taking a turn towards chain bars and nouveau gastropubs, it’s sometimes hard to know where to find the best spot to sip a pint of the black stuff or enjoy a plate of corned beef and cabbage. To help, Foursquare compiled this list of the top-rated Irish pubs in the US based on customer reviews. Users can sort the list by recently added should they want to try something new, or by distance to their home for a local choice, or even by name if they’re looking for a place that feels familiar.
McGillin’s Old Ale House
This Philadelphia tavern opened in 1860 and is rich with history. It boasts an Old World feel and serves up a full menu of pub favorites. And it’s no stranger to fame — the bar hosted Abe Lincoln and E.E. Cummings, and it’s even appeared in a Deadpool comic.
While the menu isn’t a requirement for making the list, The Daily Meal looks at it to assess how well a bar is serving its community. The food is rated on three key categories: quality, taste and plating/presentation. A bar’s atmosphere is also taken into account, as is its fidelity to tradition or innovative excellence.