We’re less than six months away from St. Patrick’s Day, the height of celebrating all things Emerald Isle, but there’s no reason to wait when Long Island Irish pubs are ready to spread good cheer, along with some good food and drinks, right now.
Buckley’s Inn Between, Hampton Bays
Buckley’s Inn prides itself as being a family-friendly restaurant with a menu ranging from burgers to corned beef and cabbage that has kept people coming back to this East End mainstay for years. It’s also a place to gather ‘round and grab a pint, or 100. It has a list of people who have downed 100 pints of (what else?) Guinness. Thankfully, there’s no time limit to join the Guinness 100 Pint Club. Go.
Connolly Station, Malverne
Set near the Malverne railroad station, this is the prototypical hometown pub, where everyone goes after a big holiday event or just to catch up. It stays true to its roots, with traditional Irish specialties complemented by Irish tunes and dances. The salmon is a hot item, as are the buffalo wings. Go.
Finnegan’s Restaurant & Tap Room, Huntington
The oldest continuously operating bar in Huntington puts its connection to the community on full display with an outside mural. The place has changed hands several times since it was established in 1912—it’s now owned by the Lessing’s restaurant group—but the traditional pub fare and high expectations have remained consistent. Go.
Jackie Reilly’s, Bethpage
Conveniently located near the train station, Jackie Reilly’s offers all that you want in an Irish pub: Gaelic specialties like shepherd’s pie, a fine collection of beers on tap, a friendly staff, juicy burgers and finger-licking wings. Go.
Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon
This popular location with three bars brings in people looking for good pub grub and others in search of a weekend nightlife hotspot. Whatever your speed, Lily Flanagan’s, in the heart of Babylon Village, has it covered. Go.
Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, Wantagh
If you’re looking to take in concerts from popular performers from the past and present, Mulcahy’s will inevitably be one of the stops. It also plays host to can’t-miss cover bands. Go.
Shine’s Bar, Long Beach
An institution. A classic. Arguably the best casual bar in Long Beach. What else can we say that regulars already haven’t? This location is embedded with 104 years of Irish goodness, highlighted by beer specials, Thursday trivia night and even darts. Go.