Irish pub guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on March 13, 2013 at 5:17 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Irish Rec Room
1023 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 223-3496
This Third Street bar opens its Irish arms to the downtown crowd with a mix of belly-warming entrees and a line of beers to make any craft brew lover blush. Come for the food and drink and stay for the games and other recreation, including the indoor rock-climbing wall.
Judge's Irish Pub
1431 E. North Ave., (414) 224-0605
An Irish corner bar, this is a place to get a cheap brew in the midst of a lively, young crowd. While the social vibe settles in after dusk, there's a great selection of Irish beers on tap at all hours. Visit Judges while you can – it's slated to close on April 6, 2013. New owners hope to reopen soon after with a fresh name and feel - but plan to keep it Irish.
McBob's Pub & Grill
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
McBob's is best for cold beer and pub food on the northwest side. In addition to all the expected pub options, McBob's serves food seven days a week. Visit for breakfast every day of the week beginning at 8 a.m. and sample a McGinnity, Campbell Scramble or McRoberts Plaid.
McGillycuddy's, 1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888
McGillycuddy's is more Water Street than Irish, but it's still a good time. They have both Guinness, Harp, Bass and Smithwick's on tap, as well as several Irish bottled beers. It's open every day of the year, but it's a little bit more open – like most of the places in this guide – on March 17. There's also a menu and the wings are especially notable.
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0721
10842 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 774-9782
With two locations – one in the heart of Downtown Milwaukee, the other in Tosa - Mo's offers a truly Irish combination of good food, good draught and lively socializing. Many aspects of Mo's were selected in, and imported from, Dublin to ensure the décor accurately portrays an original Irish pub. And, listen for the Gaelic dialect you'll hear from some members of the staff whose Celtic roots provide an added dimension of authenticity.
Murphy's Irish Pub
1613 W. Wells St., (414) 344-0116
Murphy's is all Marquette. Sure, it's a Irish bar, too, but it sticks to its ranking by Playboy.com as one of the best college bars in the country as much as it toasts its Irish roots.
4928 W. Vliet St., (414) 453-6200
O'Brien's boasts two bars, ample table seating and a space for playing music. The pub fare is cheap and satisfying, the beer is cold, and the staff is friendly. The regulars swear by the mozzarella sticks.
13225 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, (262) 641-2730
This pub in the heart of Elm Grove hosts set dancing on Wednesdays and live music sessions on Sunday afternoons. There's also a menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches and Friday fish fry.
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
Formerly Slim McGinn's, O'Lydia's opened in 2011 and features an assortment of Wisconsin micro-brews and 16 beers on tap, plus all the classic pub fare, dinner specials and even brunch. O'Lydia's also boasts a 60-person party room, open air patio and enclosed patio bar.
Packy's Irish Pub
4068 S. Howell Ave., (414) 483-4546
This airport-area Irish pub features live music and serves a full Irish breakfast from noon until 3 p.m. on Sundays.
2339 N. Murray Ave., (414) 223-3496
The charming couple that owns Paddy's treats everyone like a close friend, with a warm smile and cold pint. A dimly lit interior (with mounds of M&Ms and Chex Mix on the tables!) is augmented by a great little courtyard (weather permitting, of course).
Taylor & Dunn's Public House
10365 N. Cedarburg Rd. (Highway 57), Mequon, (262) 242-8030
This suburban Irish pub boasts "good drink, good food and good cheer." We hear the corner beef sandwich is among the best you'll find in the state.
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 278-7033
Trinity Three Irish Pubs features three distinct pubs (Duffy's, Foy's and Gallagher's), all with different colors and feels. The food is as Irish as you'll find in Milwaukee: The menu begins by listing a pint of Guinness in the appetizers section, and moves on to Irish stew, shepherd's pie and corned beef on rye, among much more.
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