Orlando’s Best Irish Pubs
Whether you're looking for a bit of craic, or a place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day properly, here are some great spots to check out.
With its sunshine and subtropical climate, Orlando might be the last place you think of when it comes to finding a great—and authentic!—spot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But you would be wrong to dismiss it. Here, among the palm trees, you’ll find a surprising number of cozy spots that offer traditional Irish flavors, incredible Irish entertainment, and yes—the perfect Guinness pour. (No small feat, if you know what you’re about.)
In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, we’re sharing our favorites. But to be sure, you’ll find incredible Irish hospitality in an around The City Beautiful, regardless of the time of year you visit.
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
Visitors to Disney Springs are accustomed to seeing immersive venues and restaurants, but Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is the real deal, with an interior sourced from pubs and churches across Ireland.
Guests are treated to nightly live music and Irish step dancing with an ever-changing musical lineup representing some of Ireland’s most incedible talent. And with a state of the art sound and projection system, the entertainment rivals the delicious food as reason enough to spend the evening.
But—the food. Executive Chef Mark O’Neill has put his stamp on the menu with new flavors that have quickly become some of our favorites. The Worth the Wait Beef Sandwich lives up to its name, with 12-hour braised beef, sauteed mushrooms, onion straws, smoked cheddar and garlic aioli, served on a ciabatta roll.
But there are endless examples of inventive dishes, plus all of your classic favorites, including Shepherd’s Pie and Fish and Chips. (There’s even a banging good gluten-free fish and chips that you’ve gotta try.) Paired with a myriad of beer, wine and cocktail options (and yes, plenty of whiskey and gin among them), it’s easy to visit over and over again, and never have the same dish twice. raglanroad.com
Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival
If you are in town for St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to stop by the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The party, which takes place Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17, features a non-stop line up of award-winning bands and musical talent, which includes fan favorites such as Strings & Things, TradGad, Maca and many more.
The family-friendly event also features complimentary face painting, and children are invited to the stage each hour or so to learn a little about traditional Irish step dancing.
New in 2020, guests can experience an Irish Whiskey Tasting Menu on Monday, March 16, during the festival. Available from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m., this prix fixe option offers three courses with perfectly paired, whiskey-based cocktails, and is $60 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. For all of the mouthwatering details, visit the Raglan Road website.
The full menu will be available on all festival days, including brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Guests visiting on St. Paddy’s Day will pay a $10 cover charge per person, but arrive early: seating is on a first come, first-served basis that day only.
Reopening Claddagh Cottage was a labor of love for owners Scott & Vicki. The couple loved the small, neighborhood pub, even more because they met there. When it came up for sale, they excitedly bought it. Their enthusiasm was immediately dampened, however, when they learned that the building where the pub was located had been sold.
The couple set about to reopen in their own space, and in 2018, that’s exactly what they did. With their new location on Curry Ford Road, they sought to recreate the spot they loved so well. These days, the cozy space is the perfect place to grab a pint or a glass of wine, or to tuck into a menu of from-scratch, traditional Irish fare. Music lovers should stop by every other week for Irish Session Wednesdays, and enjoy the performances—or join in the jam. claddaghcottageirishpub.weebly.com
Fiddler’s Green is a Winter Park staple that has delighted Central Florida patrons for nearly 24 years. Located near Rollins College, the pub is beloved by students and a regular, older clientele alike—and that pleases owner Donal O’Brien to no end. “People of all ages mix very well together here. We want people to have a feeling of warmth and welcome. We’re all about conversation and inclusiveness.”
But there’s more to be had than atmosphere. The pub offers 86 different whiskeys and has 24 beers on tap, including imports and crafts.
It’s the food, however, that often surprises guests, as authentic dishes, like Fish and Chips, are made from scratch.
Look for live entertainment four nights a week as well, with special entertainment all day long. The pub will open at 9 a.m. on St. Pat’s to celebrate the occasion properly. fiddlersgreen.pub
The Harp & Celt
Located in Downtown Orlando, The Harp & Celt prides itself on being the perfect local hangout for catching this week’s football match up (and yep — we mean soccer.)
But that’s not all. With a cozy interior that’s meant to encourage conversation, and not drown it, The Harp & Celt is a great spot for catching up with friends or swapping news with the barkeep over a pint.
Look for monthly trivia nights and special events around notable soccer matches. While the menu solid classics like Cottage Pie and traditional Irish Breakfast on the weekends, in the past, monthly Curry Nights offered a variety of authentic Indian curry dishes, and required advance reservations. We’re hoping these return! harpandcelt.com
Lake Mary serves as home to this local watering hole, inspired by the great tradition of Irish pubs. During Wine Down and White Claw Wednesdays, Liam’s offers an All You Can Drink special on select wines and White Claw Hard Seltzer for $15, which also includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live music. Whiskey lovers will prefer $5 specials on a selection ranging from Jack Daniel’s to Bushmill’s.
Liam’s will celebrate St. Paddy’s Day a little early with a free block party taking place on Saturday, March 14. liamfitzpatricks.com