The Best Pubs To Celebrate St Patrick's Day In Orlando
If you want to have the best celebration in Orlando on St. Patrick's Day here are the very best Irish pubs to visit.
The St. Patrick's Day Tradition
With so many people in the United States having an Irish heritage, St Patrick's Day has become a huge celebration here. It is thought of as an Irish tradition, but it is really the Irish Americans who have made this Saint's Day a huge celebration. As many as one in five people in the United States can trace their heritage back to Ireland, and this day has become a huge celebration for this country. In Chicago they even make the river run green in celebration of this Irish festival. The celebrations even find their way to the White House where the fountains are dyed green on St. Patrick's Day!
St Patrick's Day originated over one thousand years ago. Surprisingly, St. Patrick was actually born in England. He did not go to Ireland originally by his own free will. He was taken captive and sold into slavery in Ireland by his pirate captors. In his time spent as a slave he converted to Christianity.
St Patrick managed to escape from servitude after six years held as a slave. He returned to his native England. However, he always felt the pull back to Ireland and returned there to spread the word of the Christian faith. He returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.
There are a number of legends which have grown up around the life of St. Patrick. One is that he somehow banished all the snakes from the Emerald Isle. Another is that he used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.
It is believed that he died on March 17th, which is why this day was chosen at St Patrick's Day.
The first real celebrations are traced back to the eighteen century with the Irish recruits to the British army who were stationed in the United States. This began as a tradition to celebrate their Irish homeland whilst living in the United States.
This tradition grew as thousands of Irish immigrants arrived on United States soil. The celebrations originally centered on cities with a large Irish population such as New York, Boston, and San Francisco. The first St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in Boston in 1737. New York took a little while to catch up, but held it's first parade in 1762.
Historically the celebrations were largely confined to the Irish American community, but have grown to be open to all who simply want to celebrate this tradition. Anyone in a green shirt is welcome!
There are now large scale celebrations in Ireland which mirror the ones in the United States. Traditionally it was celebrated in the homeland, but by going to church. The Irish people have now wholeheartedly adopted the Irish American tradition. It will be rare to find green colored beer in Ireland, but you most certainly will find some enjoyment of traditional Irish beverages!
There are plenty of great Irish bars and pubs where you can celebrate in Orlando. Here is a selection of the very best. So put on a green shirt. Find a big green hat, and head out to an Irish pub to celebrate!
Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub
As soon as you walk into the Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub you will feel as though you are walking into a traditional pub back in Ireland. It is a very good sign that you will hear a lot of Irish accents in the pub. If you want to know whether a pub is truly authentically Irish, ask an Irishman. There are plenty to ask in the Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub.
It really does look like the interior of a pub that you might find in Dublin. The space is pretty small, but is divided into two rooms. The first room has the bar, with a traditional bar setting and bar stools. There are also some dining type tables. The second room has dart boards and a free to play pool table. There is some seating in this area with high bar tables and a couple of dining tables as well.
They serve a decent selection of Irish beers, and have a small menu serving traditional Irish food. A very popular choice is the Scotch Eggs. As you will guess from the name, these are not traditionally Irish, but it's close enough when you are in Orlando! Scotch Eggs are boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs and then fried. This is served with a basic side salad. If you want something a little more hearty you could choose one of the pies. The Cottage Pie is a satisfying dish of minced lamb and vegetables topped with mashed potatoes.
Of course most people come here for the beer and not the food. The discussion of how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness has been going on for as long as the beer has existed, but the Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub has it down to a fine art. This legendary Irish beer is treated very seriously at this traditional Irish pub in downtown Orlando. They even hold an award from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin which recognizes their talent for pouring the perfect pint.
How complicated can pouring a pint of beer really be? In the case of Guinness, the answer is that it is a very refined process to get it right. There are six steps to perfection. The history of Guinness goes way back to 1759 when Arthur Guinness first brewed this legendary stout. The process of pouring the perfect Guinness has changed very little since those days.
The first important part is that you must have the right glass. That is why the Guinness branded glasses are always that distinctive tulip shape, and are exactly 20 ounces in volume. The glass must be held at a 45 degree angle to achieve the correct initial pour. If you don't do this you will get way too much froth and the beer will take too long to settle. This could spoil the taste of the Guinness.
You need to fill the glass to the correct level at first and then let it settle. The branded Guinness glass has an easy way for you to see what the right level is. The glass has the distinctive Guinness Harp on it. You aim to fill the glass half way up the harp on the first pour, and then let it settle.
At this point, patience is a virtue. You have to wait until you see a very clear separation between the dark liquid and the distinctive white head. It is important that you don't rush this step.
Once the liquid is settled you hold the glass straight up for the second pour. Place it directly under the tap so the pouring liquid will hit the middle of the white head in the glass. This pour needs to be done slowly. You then don't stop the slow pour until the head reaches a precise one millimeter above the rim of the glass. Be patient. You have to wait for it to settle again, before you drink it. The official time to wait is prescribed to be 119. 5 seconds. Yes, it really is that precise.
If you never knew that so much went into pouring the perfect pint of Guinness you probably also didn't know that there is a proper way to drink it! You should sip it slowly to savor the taste. Difficult we know, but good things come to those who wait. Your patience will be rewarded.
Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub
4308 Curry Ford Rd
Orlando, FL 32806
Phone number (407) 895-1555
Hagan O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
Hagan O’Reilly’s Irish Pub is a little corner of Ireland in Orlando's Winter Garden area. It is owned and run by an Irish family whose publican tradition goes back two generations to their grandparents. This is an excellent place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Orlando. There is a very lively celebration!
The food menu has some traditional Irish food items. If you want something substantial you should choose the Egan's Irish Stew which is served with bread and butter. You will also find the usual Fish and Chips, Shepherd's Pie and Bangers and Mash.
They certainly have some amusing names for their delicious Irish influenced coffees. The Leprechauns Coffee is those who like a full on flavor, with Bushmills Whiskey and Creme de Menthe. For a more traditional taste you can choose the Irish Monk.
Hagan O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
16112 Marsh Rd
Phone number (407) 905-4782 FL 34787
Finnegan’s Bar & Grill Universal Orlando
Finnegan’s Bar & Grill is a fun, themed Irish pub with a good selection of drinks and food. The only downside is that it is located inside the theme park at Universal Studios Orlando so you do need to have a park admission ticket to get in. However, if you do have a ticket, it is a good place to enjoy some traditional Irish hospitality. St. Patrick's Day is a particularly lively occasion.
Do not come here expecting a truly authentic Irish bar. This is very much a Universal Orlando theme park celebration of the idea of an Irish bar. Having said that, it is a lot of fun, and worth a visit.
They serve a good Irish beer sampler selection which includes Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's. You can also try a Guinness drink sample with Black and Tan, Black Velvet, Black and Blue, Irish Shandy, and Blacksmith.
They serve a selection of Irish food. You will find traditional Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Shepherd's Pie and Corned Beef and Cabbage.
The specialty drinks have more to do with the Universal Studios theme park, than with any Irish authenticity, but they are fun. They have names like Shark Attack, Mummy's Revenge and Twister. These are of course names of the theme park rides, with no Irish origins at all!
Finnegan’s Bar & Grill
Take a break from the park's New York streets and enter a traditional Irish-American pub, Finnegan's Bar and Grill, at Universal Studios Florida.
Harp & Celt Irish Pub & Restaurant
If you want to enjoy a pint of Guinness in the very same spot as President Barack Obama, the Harp and Celt Irish Pub and Restaurant is the place to be! This warm and friendly Irish pub is located in downtown Orlando, and was the perfect location for President Obama to enjoy a pint of Guinness whilst on his second presidential campaign trail. They must have taken special care to pour the pint in accordance with the six steps, and we hope it sat for precisely 119.5 seconds before he was allowed to drink it!
On St. Patrick's Day the Harp & Celt Irish Pub & Restaurant will be packed full of people celebrating this traditional Irish American festival. It looks like a traditional neighborhood authentic Irish pub. There is plenty of seating at the bar if you want to chat to the friendly bartenders.
The Harp & Celt Irish Pub & Restaurant has a decent selection of Irish beers ad whiskey. It also serves traditional Irish pub food, such as Fish and Chips, Irish Breakfast, and Shepherd's Pie. If you have room for dessert the Bread Pudding is particularly recommended.
Harp & Celt Irish Pub & Restaurant
25 S Magnolia Ave
Phone number (407) 481-2928
A Wee Bit O’ Ireland in Orlando!
There is a big celebration every year at Lizzy McCormack’s for St. Patrick's Day. The celebrations start at noon and carry on until 2 am the next morning. They set up a beer garden at the back of the pub, and have lots of bars, live music, and giveaways. The live music is authentically Irish with the performers being brought in from the Emerald Isle. There is no cover charge to attend the St Patrick's Day party, and anyone over 21 is very welcome to attend. It promises to be one of the liveliest St. Patrick's Day events in Orlando.
Lizzy McCormack’s has been part of the downtown Orlando bar scene for over a decade. The name of the pub has amusing origins. The owner of the pub thought that he was naming it after his Irish great aunt. However, when he called his mother to tell her that he had named his new bar after her aunt, she told him that he had the surname wrong! As the place was already established and doing well he decided to keep the name after all.
If you enjoy whiskey you will definitely like Lizzy McCormack’s. They have a very large selection of whiskeys with over 150 to choose from. As an incentive to try as many of their whiskeys as possible they have a Whiskey Nation Club. They will keep a record of which whiskeys you try, and when you have sampled at least 30 you will get a plaque on the wall! If you don't want to stop there, you will get another plaque for 50, and 100.
Lizzy McCormack’s is famous for it's Pudding Shots. These are creamy shots which taste a little like ice cream infused with alcohol! They are $4 each and have different flavors available each week. Flavors can include Banana Pudding, Chocolate, Oreo Cookie, Toffee Crunch and Rocky Road.
55 N Orange Ave
Phone number (407) 426-8007
Irish Bar Orlando | Downtown Orlando's finest Irish Bar. Over 150 Selections of Whiskey, 40+ Rotating Flavors of Pudding Shots, Craft Beer, Cocktails, and more!
Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub & Eatery
The Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub & Eatery is an authentic Irish pub located in the Winter Park area of Orlando. It's a great place to come and enjoy some traditional Irish hospitality.
The Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub & Eatery offers a very good selection of Irish whiskey. If you enjoy a good glass of this Irish tipple you will be very at home at the Fiddler's. Choices of Irish whiskey include Michael Collins Single Malt for $9, Jameson Gold Reserve for $13, Tullamore Dew Phoenix for $11, and Black Bush for $8. If you are feeling particularly extravagant you can sample the Jameson Vintage for $42.
They have a number of Irish Beers on draught including Guinness for $6.50, Smithwick's Ale for $5.75, and Murphy’s Irish Red for $5.75. There is also a selection of English, Belgian and domestic beer.
They serve food at Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub & Eatery. One authentic Irish appetizer which you should try if you want to sample authentic Irish food is the Boxty. This is a delicious, traditional Irish potato pancake. The main ingredient of a Boxty is grated potato which is then fried. There are many different recipes of this traditional favorite, but it usually has potato, flour and something to bind the mixture such as egg or milk. It is then flattened out and fried on both sides. It is used a bit like a pancake or tortilla wrap. The fillings at the Fiddler's Green Pub are smoked salmon, or melted cheddar. The simplicity of the Boxty is it's appeal, and we think it is perfect with just the cheese.
The Scotch Egg did not originate in Ireland, but you would certainly find it on many pub menus in Ireland. What is a Scotch Egg? It is a boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, covered in breadcrumbs and fried. This very British food is believed to have been invented by the very upscale London department store, Fortnum and Mason. It is available at the Fiddler's Green Pub for $8.95 as an Appetizer.
If you want a dish which most definitely did originate in Ireland you should choose the Corned Beef and Cabbage for $15.95.
Even the desserts are Irish themed here. The Irish Flag cake is colored white, orange and green. If you love chocolate and whiskey you can combine the two with the Jack Daniels Chocolate Cake. This is a very rich chocolate cake infused with whiskey that is available for $6.25. This one is pretty intense so you may want to share!
Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub & Eatery
544 W Fairbanks Ave
Phone number (407) 645-2050
The Lucky Leprechaun
The Lucky Leprechaun is in a very touristy location on International Drive, but it really isn't just for tourists. As locals know, International Drive is a huge draw for tourists but this really shouldn't put you off sampling the delights of this Irish pub in Orlando. Plenty of locals know that the Lucky Leprechaun is great place to get some good Irish beer and food. You will most likely hear some Irish accents in here, which is always a good sign for an Irish pub!
They have a reasonable selection of Irish beers. If you enjoy a pint of Guinness you will be very happy here. They also serve traditional Irish food favorites such as Fish and Chips and Shepherd's Pie.
The Lucky Leprechaun
7032 International Dr
Phone number (407) 352-7031
We hope that wherever you choose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Orlando you have a memorable evening. Try not to drink too much Guinness or green beer, as this is an experience to be remembered in the morning!
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