Ten Best Irish Pubs & Restaurants in South Florida
It can be hard to relate to Ireland's rolling green hills and blustery (and often impossibly charming) cliffside villages, but if there's one thing South Florida understands, it's how to raise a glass and toast to a damned good time. Perhaps that's why this hot, flat state is home to so many Emerald Isle-inspired digs. After the jump, find Clean Plate Charlie's take on the ten best Irish pubs and restaurants in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Got a (corned) beef with this list? Hash it out in the comments section and tell us who else deserved a nod.
10. J.G. McGuinness Irish Pub & Restaurant
An Irish bar where you're more likely to find a pack of well-heeled women than you would a band of sad poets who are three sheets to the wind. Such a thing exists in Weston -- of course -- where J.G. McGuinness Irish Pub & Restaurant has served the local population of hot moms and whiskey-sipping men since early 2011. The bar's interior was designed by Bar None, a specialty firm that helps non-Irish establishments replicate that trademark Dublin façade, so expect tons of dark, polished wood and textured fabrics. The beer's the thing, though, and J.G. McGuinness has enlisted the experts on that front as well. The draft system was designed by a former Dublin-based Guinness brewer who also supervised the installation. It's not St. James Gate, but it could be the closest you'll find in western Broward.
9. Dicey Riley's Bar and Restaurant
Loud, raucous, loud, packed on the weekends -- and did we mention, loud? -- Dicey Riley's is a Himmarshee mainstay. Booze is the first, second, and third order of business, but a hungry St. Patrick's Day reveler could scare up a spot of the typical Irish pub fare if necessary (something's gotta temper those shots of whiskey). On the topic of March 17, expect a rowdy crowd to pack in early and party on into the wee hours of the mornin'. Weekend nights mean live bands performing the familiar rock anthems of yore, and there are typically more than a few hotties working the bar.
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