Our Favorite Irish Spots In Houston
At Signet Interactive, we don’t need an excuse to go eat, drink and be merry. If there’s any sort of event on the calendar, we’re going to go out and celebrate it. And we usually already know the best places to go and do just that. So, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we went out to some of our favorite local spots and paid homage to good Irish beer (not that icky green stuff), whiskey and food. Here are our favorite places that we think best embody the community spirit of the holiday and Ireland itself.
As a long-time Houston staple, Griff's encompasses all that is right with the world when it comes to sports and the Irish. This pub is definitely low-key, filled with floor-to-ceiling decor that ranges from sports and shamrocks to old advertisements and bizarre memorabilia that must be seen to be believed. With a lot of non-traditional seating (wooden tables, small picnic tables and pop up chairs), TVs playing sports and a general “you-want-something-you-know-where-the-bar-is” vibe, Griff's is that place where you can go to unwind and drink a few cold ones with friends. The bartenders are friendly and the beers are not pricey; if you ever go on Steak Night, you’re set. Also? Griff’s embraces St. Patrick’s Day in full with a big party.
The Goose’s Acre Bistro and Irish Pub
Though it’s been wet and cold outside, the warm and comfortable atmosphere at Goose’s Acre made us feel right at home during our last visit. The two-story traditional Irish pub is adorned with all things Ireland (in fact, whole sections of the building itself were shipped in from a folded pub of the same name in County Cork), and sits right up against the Woodlands Waterway. This is the kind of place that’s a go-to out in the suburbs; whether you’re making new friends or hanging out with old ones, you’ll always find good conversation and, of course, good beer.
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
You’ve probably been to a show or two at Mucky Duck. If you haven’t, then you should know that each Wednesday, it hosts its long-running Irish music sessions, where you’ll hear reels, jigs and ballads performed on traditional instruments. But what most people don’t know is that this spot is more than just a music venue. The food offerings include familiar favorites such as shepherd’s pie, Welsh rarebit, fish & chips and more. If you haven’t been to McGonigel’s Mucky Duck yet, this place is a must for an Irish feel without the pub-like environment.
Irish Pub Keneally’s
Keneally’s has the exact kind of environment you would expect from an Irish bar: Whether it’s Trivia Night, a raucously fun Three Olives Thursday or the St. Patrick’s Day Party Under the Tent, you’re guaranteed a good time at this community favorite. The bar has been serving Houston an impressive list of Irish beers (with a shamrock in the foam) and whiskey for 30 years, so you can’t go wrong with any drink. As for food? Get the pizza. No, it’s not exactly Irish, but it’s so good – just ask any true Houstonian! Plus, you can get corned beef as a topping! Want something a little lighter? Try the pretzel. It’s warm, soft and accompanied by Guinness cheese dip.