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ERIN GO BRAGH!!! Here’s where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Metro Detroit

Cead Mile Failte” is an old Irish greeting in the native tongue of one of the friendliest people in the world.  Translated from Gaelic it means “One Hundred Thousand Welcomes.” The next time you are in a real Irish Pub look around you — and for sure you’ll see those warm Gaelic words most likely somewhere behind the smiling bartender who’s eagerly taking your order to pour a pint of Guinness Stout.

images shamrockIrish legend (which most certainly is true) has it that when God was creating the Earth he told the angels that the Emerald Isle was to be the jewel in his Crown of Creation. It will be green and lush with beauty beyond compare. It will be inhabited with charming, friendly people, people of great humor and wit. And they shall be artisans, playwrights, poets and singers and they shall entertain the world. And they shall have black nectar (Guinness Stout), which people from all over the world will come to love. And the whole world will want to flock there to experience their warmth.

So this coming St. Patrick’s Day (March 17 th) when the Irish all over the world (including Metro Detroit) are celebrating their heritage and the Feast Day of their patron saint, here’s but a sampling of well-known Irish Pubs to visit if you live in any of the four counties of Southeast Michigan — from North to South and East to West with some great Downtown Detroit spots in between.  And if you want to get an early start on this year’s celebrating, you just have to be at the March 10 St. Patrick’s Day Parade to enjoy all the festivities along the Michigan Avenue parade route in Corktown – the heart of all things Irish in Detroit.

Northern Burbs

Dick O’Dow’s

160 West Maple Rd.

Birmingham 248-642-1135

 Tipsy McStaggers

7280 E. 12 Mile Rd.

Warren 586-806-4481


205 W 5th Ave.

Royal Oak 248-591-9226

Rosie O’Grady’s

279 W. Nine Mile Rd.

Ferndale 248-591-9163 (also Chesterfield & Sterling H’ghts)

O’Connor’s Public House

324 S. Main St.

Rochester 248-608-2537

Down River

McGuckin’s Pub

20130 Goddard Rd.

Taylor 313-291-2154

Cloverleaf Bar

12625 Dix Toledo Rd.
Southgate (734) 284-7211


14980 Dix Toledo Rd.

Southgate 734-281-2616 (also in Westland)


6004 Allen Rd.

Allen Park 313-382-4545

Do Hickeys

232 Maple Rd.

Wyandotte 734-285-8370


Conor O’Neill’s

318 S. Main St.

Ann Arbor 734-665-2968

Kelly’s Irish Pub

3701 S. Telegraph Rd.

Dearborn 313-563-7510

John Cowley & Sons

33338 Grand River Ave.

Farmington 248-474-5941

Sean O’Callaghan’s Pub

821 Penniman Ave.

Plymouth 734-459-6666

Claddagh Irish Pub

17800 Haggerty Rd.

Livonia 734-542-8141


Pat O’Brien’s

22385 E. 10 Mile Rd.

St. Clair Shores 586-771-5715

Irish Coffee Bar & Grill

18666 Mack Ave.

Grosse Pointe 313-881-5675

Shamrock Pub

7715 Auburn Rd.

Utica 586-731-6886

Clancy’s Irish Pub

42012 Hayes Rd.

Clinton Twp. 586-286-0008

Shelly Kelly’s Irish Pub

18339 E. 14 Mile Rd.

Fraser 586-294-1440

Downtown Detroit

Gaelic League and Irish-American Club

2068 Michigan Ave.


PJ’s Lager House

1254 Michigan Ave.


Corktown Tavern

1830 Michigan Ave.


Casey’s Pub

1830 Michigan Ave.


McShane’s Irish Pub and Whiskey Bar

1460 Michigan Ave.


Old Shillelagh

349 Monroe St.


Foran’s Irish Pub

612 Woodward Ave.


Nancy Whiskey Pub

2644 Harrison St.


Andrew’s on the Corner

201 Joseph Campau St.


St. Cece’s Pub

1426 Bagley Ave.


As a final wish to all of the St. Patrick’s Day revelers-to-be who are reading this post and planning to have a grand time with all of their Irish (and non-Irish) friends,  I leave you this very simple Irish Toast.  So raise your pints:

Here’s to a long life and a merry one

A quick death and an easy one

A pretty girl and an honest one

A cold beer — AND ANOTHER ONE!!!!! 




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