This Irish bar on steroids (pictured above) may be the only reason to visit the no man's land between Murray Hill and Koreatown.
11 E. 36th St.; 212-532-3740
East Village Irish pub (good for groups) that doesn't beat you over the head with all the usual Paddy signifiers.
510 E. 11th St.; 212-982-3929.
A Salt & Battery
A fish-and-chips shop that literally reeks of authenticity.
112 Greenwich Ave.; 212-691-2713.
An Beal Bocht
Riverdale's homey tribute to Irish heritage and Guinness consumption.
445 W. 238th St; 718-884-7127.
Blarney Rock Pub
Perhaps the best of the city's blarneys, but not the place to discuss your plans to build or renovate with nonunion labor.
137 W. 33rd St.; 212-947-0825.
Failte Irish Whiskey Bar
An Irish pub that'll remind you why Irish pubs are so popular in the first place.
531 Second Ave.; 212-725-9440.
The Half King
Owner/author Sebastian Junger is the initial draw, but this traditional pub has much more to recommend it.
505 W. 23rd St.; 212-462-4300.
Iggy's Keltic Lounge
Not what you'd expect alongside ultra-swank Torch or thrifty-chic Barramundi, but Iggy's is just what Ludlow Street needed.
132 Ludlow St.;
An intimate and welcoming neo-tavern, where no one will mind if you monopolize a window seat and nurse your pint all night.
180 Grand St.; 718-384-5008.
The undisputed champion of NYC drinking institutions for the frat boy in all of us.
15 E. 7th St.; 212-334-1390.
An "authentic" Irish pub that actually lives up to that overused adjective.
287 Third Ave.; 212-889-3361.
A revisionist Irish pub for those who think and drink big.
298 Lafayette St.; 212-431-1200.
Friendly barkeeps and frothy pints of Guinness -- no shamrocks or other kitschy greenery...
209 E. 5th St.; 212-477-0030.
Swift Hibernian Lounge
Pub appeal refined to the basics: dark wood, dim light, cozy seating and good beer (lots of it).
34 E. 4th St.; 212-260-3600.
Tir Na Nog
An Irish bar almost worth braving St. Patty's day crowds for.
5 Penn Plaza; 212-630-0249.
A welcome refuge for drinkers who've outgrown the usual Upper East Side bar crawl.
229 E. 84th St.; 212-327-4450.