By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 04, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2012. Find readers' results in 50 categories, including an editors' pick, in this series of articles that run daily in the Bars and Clubs section of

Wow, Milwaukee, when it comes to Irish pubs in Brew City, you really love County Clare. The Lower East Side hotel bar and restaurant has nabbed the title of best Irish bar, as voted by, for at least the sixth straight year.

And, once again, Paddy's Pub ran a pretty close second.

It's not hard to see why we love these two very different places. County Clare, 1234 N. Astor St., is also a small inn and serves some great authentic food, including Irish root soup, shepherd's pie and a mean corned beef and cabbage. With one corner home to a toast fireplace and couches and other open for regular live music, County Clare rarely feels cramped (except, of course, on St. Patrick's Day).

Paddy's, 2339 N. Murray Ave., on the other hand feels more like your Irish friend's living room. It has a great patio for use during the summer months, too, that has become one of the East Side's best warm weather gathering places.

For its pick, the editorial staff couldn't resist selecting a vintage riverfront favorite, The Harp. editors' pick: The Harp


2. Paddy's Pub
3. Brocach
4. Trinity Three Irish Pubs
5. McBob's
6. Mo's Irish Pub
7. The Irish Pub
8. The Harp
9. Champion's Pub
10. McGillycuddy's
11. O'Lydia's
12. Fitzgibbons' Pub
13. Slim McGinn's
14. Packy's
15. Shemmy N Lemmy's Irish Rec Room