Get Comfortable at Portland's Best Irish Bars

by Alexander Frane on Mar 13, 2015 in Roundups
Get Comfortable at Portland's Best Irish Bars

Portland’s a bit like Ireland—there is a lot of paleness, rain and, of course, beer; It makes sense that we would have a number of great Irish bars. Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a pint of Guinness and check out local Irish music. Did we miss any? Let us know your favorite on our Facebook or Twitter.  

Biddy McGraw’s
The menu defines this more as an Irish bar than its musical guests do, as Biddy McGraw’s hosts a wide variety of rock, folk and jazz. It also has darts and a weekend brunch. (6000 NE Glisan St.; 503-233-1178)

County Cork
An Irish pub focusing on the most rustic side of the nation. They serve the usual fare and host weekend performances by Irish bands, along with games like darts. County Cork also serves the community, donating time and space to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line. (1329 NE Fremont St.; 503-284-4805)

Katie O’Brien’s
This casual sports bar opens at 8 AM for breakfast and serves Irish-style pub food throughout the day. Like many bars on this list, they also serve as a music venue for local bands. (2809 NE Sandy Blvd.; 503-234-8573)

Kells
Arguably Portland’s most famous Irish pub, Kells serves an Irish menu, complete with gaelic spelling, and features a tap list full of Irish beer. There’s also a venue space for Irish music, a cigar room and TVs regularly showing live games of American soccer, International Football and Rugby. (112 SW 2nd Ave.; 503-227-4057)

Down the street from Kells restaurant and pub is the brewery, which serves similar cuisine and beer, but also features more casual happy hour pub grub. Kells Brewery also showcases Irish bands regularly. (210 NW 21st Ave.; 503-719-7175)

Maher’s
A family owned joint in Lake Oswego, this neighborhood restaurant and bar serves Irish cuisine and features an impressive list of Irish whiskeys. (352 B Ave., Lake Oswego; 503-305-8087)

Mulligan’s
An Irish-style dive bar that has been a staple for SE Hawthorne for decades, Mulligan’s still provides a casual, friendly neighborhood bar for the area. (3518 SE Hawthorne Blvd.; 503-235-6390)

Paddy’s
One of the most beautiful bars in the city, with a massive, backlit, mirrored wall of spirits, Paddy’s serves the traditional Irish food found on most menus on this list, but at a high quality. (65 SW Yamhill St.; 503-224-526) 

Top image via Flickr; Kells image via Kells


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