Top Five Real Irish Pubs

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1. Connor’s Pub
6331 Ferguson St., 317-255-5039
The clientele at this Irish dive bar in Broad Ripple ranges from hippies to post-match hurling teams. (Hurling is the national sport of Ireland, you know.) Order the fried cheese balls and enjoy the show.

A Guinness draft delivered at the Claddagh Irish Pub downtown—replete with shamrock "stenciled" atop the foam in the bartender's perfect pour.
A Guinness draft delivered at the Claddagh Irish Pub downtown—replete with shamrock “stenciled” atop the foam in the bartender’s perfect pour.

Photo by Michael Schrader

2. Pat Flynn’s
5198 Allisonville Rd., 317-475-0181
Don’t expect a lot of Emerald Isle tchotchkes here. Just a friendly, low-key pub vibe and traditional fare like Irish stew and shepherd’s pie.

3. Brockway Public House
12525 Old Meridian St., Carmel, 317-669-8080
This far-north “industrial pub” draws a loyal following with its fish ’n’ chips, Celtic fiddle performances, and European League Soccer nights.

4. McGinley’s Golden Ace Inn
2533 E. Washington St., 317-632-0696
Opened in 1934 by Irish immigrants, the Golden Ace has a no-frills decor and 10-item menu, but the crowd spills out to the adjoining lot for St. Patty’s weekend.

5. Claddagh Irish Pub
Several locations
The chain-enforced Irish knickknacks covering the walls do not distract from Claddagh’s hearty stews and curries, batter-dipped fish ’n’ chips, and the bar’s very busy Jameson taps.

 

This article appeared in the March 2013 issue.

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