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The 5 Best Irish Bars in Milwaukee

Updated on May 26, 2011

Enjoy a Pint in a Milwaukee Irish Pub!

Despite being known for a heavy German heritage, Milwaukee is a city filled with many entertaining Irish bars to enjoy a pint of Guinness or six. In that way, Milwaukee is a little like the Boston of the Midwest, although the sports teams are nowhere near as good and the accent isn't quite as exaggerated.

Go Red Sawwwwx! I'm from Baaaaastin! You get the picture.

Water Street, North Avenue and National Avenue in Milwaukee each have an Irish pub or two to stumble out of and even more Irish bars, taverns and watering holes can be found in neighboring cities, including The House of Guinness in Waukesha and O'Donoghues in Elm Grove.

If you're looking to wet your whistle with a Jameson, Powers or another Irish whiskey, Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp or Strongbow, there are many Irish bars in Milwaukee to suit your needs, but if you are looking for the best, I mean the very best for St. Patrick's Day or any day, than these are the 5 Best Irish Bars in Milwaukee:

Grab a Guinness at The Dubliner Irish Pub in Milwaukee


Get Your Guinness Beer Gear on

5) The Dubliner

Address:124 W. National Avenue

Have you ever been to Grafton Street in Dublin? I didn't think so. Not to worry.

The Dubliner brings all the charm, excitement and beer of the famous Ireland locale to Milwaukee. Save yourself a few hundred euros on plane tickets and spend it on a pint or two at this new, up-and-coming Milwaukee Irish Bar.

Opening in March of 2010, The Dubliner features a wide selection of quality import beers, including some you've likely never heard of and certainly will want to try, such as the Edmund Fitzgeral porter, the Westmalle Triple and of course, the Wells Banana Bread.

Banana Bread Beer? Why not?

This Milwaukee Irish bar also features a wine list that is pretty top notch, if you're into that kind of thing. Wine, that is.


Tues. - 1/2 Price Draft Beers
Wed. - 1/2 Price Appetizers
Thurs. - 1/2 Price Import & Craft Beers
Fri. - Sat. - $5.00 Select Martinis
Sun. - Complimentary Wine Tasting 4-8
Tues. - Fri. - Happy Hour, $1 off everything

4) The Irish Pub

Address: 124 N. Water Street

The name pretty much says it all. The Irish Pub is, well .... the quintessential Irish pub in Milwaukee. What the bar lacks in creativity, it makes up in quality food, drink and atmosphere.

The Irish Pub in Milwaukee serves all the classic Irish beers, including Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Strongbow and Magner's along with some rarer brews such as Boddingtons and Carlsberg. Cheers! The menu features such Irish fare as Guinness Beef Stew, Irish Nachos and Buffalo Wings soaked in Jameson Hot Sauce.

The bar's flat-screen TVs air live rugby and football (not American football, English football ... soccer) events along with local sporting events like Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers games. When the games end, the music begins on the Irish Pub's Live Stage.


Mon. - $1 Hamburgers
Tues. - $0.35 Chicken Wings / Live DJ
Weds. - Ladie's Night / $3 Rail Cocktails
Sun. - $3.50 Pints of Draft Beer

Let the Race Begin at Murphy's Irish Bar in Milwaukee


3) Murphy's Irish Pub

Address: 1613 W. Wells Street

Voted one of the best college bars in the country by, Murphy's Irish Pub combines a collegiate atmosphere with Irish charm ... and there's a lot of beer!

Oh, Danny Boy!

While Murphy's is widely known as a Marquette bar, there are all the Irish staples you are familiar with, including Guinness, Jameson and shamrocks all over the place. What's more Irish than shamrocks? Maybe Leprechauns, but shamrocks will just have to do.

Unlike any other Irish bar on this list, or most lists, Murphy's features LIVE Turtle Racing every Wednesday night for Marquette students and any John, Dick or Harry. What do turtles have to do with Ireland? I don't know.


Mon. - Flip for 1/2 Price Drinks
Tues. - $5 Night
Weds. -
Karaoke, $3 Bomb Shots
Thurs. - Ladie's Night, $3 Miller Lite Pitchers
Fri. -
After Class Domestic Beer Specials
Sat. - Spin the Wheel Drink Specials
Sun. - Service Industry Night

St. Patrick's Day Gear:

2) Trinity Three Irish Pubs

Address: 125 E. Juneau

What's better than one Irish bar? Three Irish bars in one. Obviously. Nowhere knows that better than Trinity Three Irish Pubs just off of Water Street in Milwaukee.

What's better than three Irish bars, well, four, of course. But now you're just getting crazy ... or you're drunk on Jameson.

Trinity is literally split into three separate Irish pubs (Duffy's, Foy's and Gallagher's) each with their own distinc décor and Celtic vibe. The menu features traditional Irish chow, including Shephard's Pie, Irish Stew, Fish & Chips, Corned Beef & Cabbage and various meats sauteed in whiskey.

Live bands and DJs perform every Friday and Saturday night and a LIVE trivia game is hosted by The Quizmaster every Tuesday at 9:00 PM. "Think While You Drink" is the motto, but you can just drink if you want.


Mon. - 2 For 1 Rails
Tues. - $2 Old Fashions
Weds. - 1/2 Off Bottle Wine
Thurs. - $2 Miller Lite Taps
Sun. - $2 Miller Lite Taps

Milwaukee Irish Pub Poll

What's the Best Irish Bar in Milwaukee

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1) Paddy's Pub

Address: 2339 N. Murray Avenue

If you've seen an episode or two of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you're probably familiar with the name Paddy's Pub, but let me assure you, this Irish bar in Milwaukee has been around for many, many more moons.

This Milwaukee bar features all the finest Irish beers on tap, including Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp, and a homey atmosphere typical of an authentic Irish pub. And of course, there is a fine selection of Irish whiskeys and scotches.

Every Thursday night and throughout the weekend, Paddy’s Pub is home to live Irish music that will have you dancing a jig with your lady friend and pint in hand.

During the warmer Wisconsin months, an outstanding outdoor patio is open to Paddy's patrons with a charm completely unique to the Irish establishment.

One thing is for sure, Irish eyes will smile on all those who visit Paddy’ Pub.

What's your favorite Irish bar in Milwaukee? Comment below.

Find the Best Irish Bars in Milwaukee:

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A markerPaddy's Pub -
2339 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
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Visit Paddy's Pub - The #1 Irish bar in Milwaukee.

B markerTrinity Three Irish Pubs -
125 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
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Trinity Three Irish Pubs, the #2 Irish bar in Milwaukee.

C markerMurphy's Irish Pub -
1613 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, USA
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Murphy's Irish Pub, the #3 Milwaukee Irish bar.

D markerThe Irish Pub -
124 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
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The Irish Pub, the #4 Irish bar in Milwaukee

E markerThe Dubliner -
124 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204, USA
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The Dubliner, the #5 Irish bar in Milwaukee


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      Stephen Sullivan 5 years ago from Silver Spring, MD

      Nice Article, Looking forward to visiting Milwaukee


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