You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate a great Irish pub. And since all of Atlanta seems to turn green on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a fine time to visit one of Atlanta’s several Irish pubs. Here are six favorites.
Fado Irish Pub, Midtown and Buckhead. On St. Patrick's Day, Fado brings live music with Josh Brannon and Justin, plus Irish dancers. As they say at Fado, “Paddy Hard.” Order corned beef and cabbage to go with your Guinness or opt for the Irish breakfast consisting of two eggs, Irish sausage, rasher, black and white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes and Guinness cheddar bread.
Rí Rá Irish Pub, Midtown. When your stomach begins to growl on St. Patrick's Day, head to this pub and try banger bites: bangers wrapped in puff pastry and served with Guinness ketchup; sliders: beef, Irish cheddar and caramelized onions on a brioche bun; or shepherd’s pie.
Meehan’s Public House, Downtown, Atlantic Station and Buckhead. Got the munchies? Visit Meehan’s in this, the “Irish season,” and try jumbo pretzels with queso and Guinness mustard aioli. Maybe add fried pickles and local deviled eggs. Or go all out with Irish bangers and mash.
Olde Blind Dog, Brookhaven. If you’re hungry and feeling your Irish, you can't go wrong with Braveheart’s fish and chips or Irish stew.
The Elder Tree, East Atlanta Village. If you go for breakfast, try an Irish toast: challah dipped in cream, cinnamon, vanilla eggs and -- can you believe it -- Baileys. This treat is served with breakfast potatoes. For a dinner appetizer, go for the lamb sliders served with stout mustard and house pickles.
Pub 71, Brookhaven. Pub 71 features 18 beers on tap and bottle selections that rotate monthly. No surprise, Pub 71 menu items include fish and chips and shepherd's pie along with great appetizers, burgers and sandwiches.
For a complete list of St. Patrick’s Day events in Atlanta check here.
Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.