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You love pub food, whiskey and folk music, but could do without the frat bros that can sometimes overrun the city’s rowdier shamrock-emblazoned spots. Luckily, NYC is home to some of the most charming Irish bars this side of the Emerald Isle. Grab a pint and settle in for come corned beef hash and traditional music.

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Don’t let the size of this Clinton Hill pub fool you. Sure, it’s teeny, but the bartenders are welcoming and turn out top-notch cocktails. Get the Mary O (Landy's cognac, Aperol, prosecco and lemon) and an order of the Irish cheddar popcorn. Monday nights, the locals flock to hear live traditional Irish music.

14 Putnam Ave., Brooklyn;

Peter McManus Café

This no-fuss institution has been a serving up whiskey, beer and burgers since the early 1900s. Originally opened in 1911, the spot briefly closed during Prohibition, before the family reopened the pub in 1936. Order the Knappogue Castle 12 year and don’t forget to come back in the summertime for Stickball Sunday.

152 Seventh Ave.;

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Dead Rabbit

The Dead Rabbit

If you’ve never tried one of the Dead Rabbit’s innovative cocktails, you need to head to this Financial District favorite, stat. Opened by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry (both originally from Belfast) back in 2013, the Dead Rabbit has been named the world’s best bar several times. The two-story space recently expanded its taproom but the place still fills up fast, so get there early to snag a table.

30 Water St.;

An Beal Bocht
An Béal Bocht

An Béal Bocht

Hop an uptown 1 train, take it up all the way up to 238th Street and you’ll find one of the city’s homiest Irish pubs. Depending on the day, you might find Irish music playing, a poetry reading or maybe even some live theater. There’s a decent selection of both Irish and local beers to drink while you tuck into the Gaelic burger (topped with Irish bacon, sautéed mushrooms and cheddar) or the shepherd's pie.

445 W. 238th St., Bronx;

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Part Irish pub, part East Village watering hole, this St. Marks haunt regularly draws crowds for its cozy ambience, grilled cheese sandwiches and a patio made for people-watching. Stop by during the excellent happy hour (3 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends) for $18 wine carafes and beer and cocktail specials.

122 St. Marks Pl.;

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The Wren

What do you get when you expertly combine muddled mint, Jameson Irish whiskey, lemon and simple syrup? The Jameson Smash, a special St. Patrick's Day cocktail you’ll find at the Wren. Named after an old Irish pagan holiday, this chic Bowery eatery has a healthy selection of seasonal cocktails and elevated pub fare (including a super-popular brunch).

344 Bowery;

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McSorley’s Ale House

Stepping onto the sawdust-covered floors at McSorley’s is about as close as you can get to going back in time. Established in 1854 (and believed to be NYC’s oldest continually operating saloon), the dim space is wallpapered with decades-old artwork and newspaper clippings. Your drink options are simple: light or dark beer. (P.S. Take your time enjoying that pint, as a matter of principle—the space didn’t allow women until 1970.)

15 E. Seventh St.;

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The Landmark Tavern

There’s nothing posh about this old-school Irish bar (it opened back in 1868), but the bangers and mash are top notch, the Guinness is served just right and the Irish folk music is almost always playing. 

626 11th Ave.;

Molly’s Pub and Restaurant Shebeen

One look at the rustic, wood-paneled space and you’re going to want to stay a while, so settle into a booth by the fireplace before ordering a pint of cider beer and the fish and chips.

287 Third Ave., Gramercy;

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Wilfie & Nell

This homey, farm-to-table pub pays homage to owners Mark and Simon Gibson’s youth in Dublin and their grandparents’ origins in Belfast (the eponymous Wilfie and Nell). Go for brunch: The Irish eggs benedict (poached eggs over griddled country ham and Gruyère, served on house-made soda bread) and the Irish coffee with hand-whipped cream are not to be missed.

228 W. 4th St., West Village;

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