Irish pubs are more than mere watering holes. These quirky, quaint establishments offer respite to the thirsty, hungry, weary and anyone looking for a little human connection. Settle in and bask in the comfort of a cold pint and a plate of time-honored home-cooking served up amid the warm glow of polished wood. There's plenty of camaraderie to be found, too. Friendly chatter, live music and general merrymaking are the rousing hallmarks of a good Irish pub. Here are seven South Carolina taverns where the vibe is fun-loving, the food satisfying and the taps always flowing.
Delaney's Irish Pub
Serving up Irish grub, brew and music since 2003, Delaney's is a Spartanburg landmark where locals go to slake their thirst and chow down, Celtic-style. The shepherds pie is particularly lip-smacking, so give it a try.
Flynn's Irish Tavern
Irish roots run deep at this Grand Strand institution. The tavern, which is separate from the dining room, is outfitted with Emerald Isle antiques. It is the perfect place for slogging back Irish beer, their "secret recipe" Irish coffee or Bunratty meade. You've got 46 Irish whiskeys to choose from, so savor the experience.
Layered draughts, succulent corned beef dishes and rousing European football watch parties infuse each location of Madra Rua with authentic Celtic flavor. If you've ever visited pubs in Ireland, you'll recognize that Emerald Isle vibe created by dark wood and lots of cozy nooks. This pub has a strong, loyal following. One visit and you'll join the ranks.
McGee's Irish Pub & Restaurant
Your Irish eyes will be smiling when you spend a little time in this downtown pub. Specializing in Irish and Scottish fare, McGee's embraces a food-to-table approach that enriches their heritage cookery. A monthly lineup of local artists performs Old World music to enhance the experience.
The Ole Irish Pub
Like a little bit of Ireland on the beach, this pub is a match made in heaven. Spend a day on the sand, then mosey over to this hot spot for a Guinness, a game of darts and a bite of something Irish. Try the Shepherd Skins, potato skins stuffed with beef, melted cheddar and sour cream.
Islanders know where to get a pint and a helping of cottage pie, and now you do, too. Hang with the locals at this popular Irish pub that's reminiscent of those you'd find on the streets of Boston. Stick around for Sunday brunch. The corned beef hash with eggs will make you wax so eloquent, you'll think you've kissed the Blarney stone.