Phoenix may be a long way from Ireland, but that doesn’t mean you have to go thirsty in the desert. Here are three great Irish pubs in the Valley of the Sun–the next best thing to hopping on a plane and landing in the Emerald Isle.
Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub. Owned by Seamus and Rosie McCaffrey, natives of Belfast, Ireland, this pub has been a Valley favorite since opening its doors back in 2002. Specializing in Irish and Scotch whiskeys, blended and single malts, the pub also features a full service dining room serving authentic Irish fare and American specialties. Try the award-winning “Harp Battered Fish-n-Chips,” voted Best of Phoenix by The Phoenix New Times since 2002. Entertainment at Rosie’s includes closed circuit televisions airing Irish and international sports, video games, and live music on the main stage. The warm cherry and mahogany furnishings offer an inviting place to spend the evening with family and friends.
Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub. This North Phoenix restaurant/pub is the place to go for authentic Irish pub grub like Shepard’s Pie made with the best quality lamb, savory corned beef in cabbage, and delicious fish ‘n’ chips. Live music and walls of plasma screen TVs make this a lively destination for anyone craving authentic Irish food in a welcoming and contemporary pub setting. Need more reason to pay a visit? Tim Finnegan’s is known for its great specials, including $5.99 lunch specials and Happy Hour specials–even during the weekends–from 4pm to 7pm each and every day.
O’Connor’s Pub. The motto at this friendly neighborhood pub is “Where you’re a stranger only once.” Owner Jimmy O’Connor, a native of County Galway, opened O’Connor’s Pub back in 1990 and has turned this into one of the Valley’s favorite Irish pubs. Enjoy some of the finest Irish hospitality in the Valley at this low-key gem of a pub, which features authentic Irish beer, decor and music, with never a cover charge in sight. Catch the big rugby or soccer match here, enjoy the daily drink specials, or shoot a game of pool or darts with friends. Local seasonal beers and a good selection of bottled micro brews make this a good place to discover your new favorite beer. The food menu is limited, but traditional Irish pub grub like corn beef cabbage is served. O’Connor’s also features one of the best jukeboxes on this side of town.