The 8 Best Irish Pubs in Grand Rapids (Local Picks)

best Irish pubs grand rapids

There’s nothing like enjoying a pint of Guinness or a taste of Irish whiskey at one of West Michigan’s fine Irish Pubs. Pair your drink of choice with some corned beef, and you’re living the good life.

Whatever kind of Irish Pub in Grand Rapids you’re looking for, I’ve got you covered. Want to dance the night away to the distinct warble of a fiddle? I gotcha. Looking for a spot with a massive selection of delicious Irish whiskeys? No problem-o.

Let’s take a look at the best Irish pubs in Grand Rapids. First, an Irish toast: may the wind always be at your back. Bottom’s up.

Map of the Best Irish Pubs & Irish Bars near Grand Rapids, MI

The best pub for live Irish music: Conklin Bar

This one’s a bit of a hike, about 30 minutes northwest of Grand Rapids. But if you’re craving some live Irish music, the drive to Conklin Bar isn’t just a road trip. It’s a pilgrimage.

I’m no expert on Irish music (more of a hip-hop and indie rock guy), but the musicians that Conklin pulls in are world-class. Like, internationally renowned Irish musicians. (No, I don’t mean Bono. I’m talking traditional Irish music.)

Conklin Bar is in the town of – you guessed it – Conklin. Besides the music, enjoy Conklin Bar’s simple, tasty food and stiff drinks.

PSA if you go to Conklin Bar on St. Patrick’s Day, the place fills up quickly and stays full. I’m talking sardines in a tin can full. Don’t tell the fire marshall.

  • Address: 19683 Main St, Conklin, MI 49403
  • Website: Conklin Bar

The best Irish Pub in downtown Grand Rapids: Flanagan’s

Have some shenanigans at Flanagan’s.

It’s practically a Grand Rapids institution at this point. Flanigan’s has been slinging Guinness and Jameson for 35 years. Grab a drink and shake your shamrock on the dance floor – Flanagan’s has live music on the weekends.

Located right across the street from Rosa Park’s Circle, Flanagan’s is smack-dab in the middle of downtown. And it’s an archetypal Irish Pub. They’ve got bangers and mash, fish and chips, and all the Irish beers and whiskeys that you’d expect from a place called “Flanagan’s.”

  • Address: 139 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Flanagan’s

The best Irish Pub food in Grand Rapids: O’Toole’s Public House

While I’d consider the food at O’Toole’s more elevated American bar food than traditional Irish food, the food is excellent. If you’re craving some Irish fixings, don’t worry – O’Toole’s has a couple of menu items that nod to their Irish roots, like fish and chips and a corned beef sandwich.

But I’m here to tell you to grab a bacon and cheddar burger, which has two 4-ounce beef patties, and experience burger nirvana. Just don’t tell your cardiologist.

O’Toole’s is on Bridge Street, right in the thick of all the cool new spots. But O’Toole’s is O.G., baby. They’ve been there since 2003.

  • Address: 448 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Website: O’Toole’s

The Irish Pub with the best selection of Irish whiskey: Quinn And Tuite’s

If you’re looking for a fine dram, Quinn and Tuite’s (rhymes with cooties) is the pub for you.

With over 90 Irish whiskeys to choose from, Quinn and Tuite’s is a whiskey snob’s idea of paradise. Not a whiskey drinker?  They pull a mean pint of Guinness. For something different, ask your server or bartender for a black apple – that’s half Manger’s, a semi-sweet cider, and half Guinness. Trust me, you’re gonna love it.

Sláinte.

The best Irish dive bar: Mulligan’s Pub

Is Mulligan’s an Irish Pub? A dive bar? A live music venue?

Sure. It’s all that and more. I’d say it’s more of a dive bar than a traditional Irish Pub, but I’m here for it. Mulligan’s is one of my favorite dive bars in the city.

Enjoy dirt cheap drinks, including the infamous Mully’s stew (served in a shot glass, I have no idea what’s in it, nor do I care to know). Meander toward the back of the pub, and you’ll find some pool tables.

Keep meandering, and you’ll find “The Otherside,” Mulligan’s small music venue. If you’re looking for traditional Irish music, keep looking. Mulligan’s oozes mosh pit energy. Expect local bands playing punk rock, metal, and hardcore, and you darn well better expect the volume on their amps to be cranked all the way up.

  • Address: 1518 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Website: Mulligan’s

The best Irish Pub in the summer: The Curragh

If the sun’s out and the temperature is above 60° (that’s warm enough in West Michigan), and I’m craving an authentic pub experience, I’m heading to The Curragh. The expansive outdoor patio is a delight in the warmer months. And, The Curragh is in downtown Holland, a quick drive from the resplendent Holland State Park. (One of the best beaches near Grand Rapids.)

Grab a delicious Curragh Reuben for lunch (pairs beautifully with a Guinness), then head over to the State Park and catch some rays. James Joyce novel optional, but encouraged.

  • Address: 73 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
  • Website: The Curragh

The best hole-in-the-wall Irish Pub: Grattan Irish Pub

A classic Midwestern complaint about restaurants: the food was terrible, and there was so little of it.

That’s not the case at The Grattan. Their kitchen seems to bludgeon you with heaping portions of deliciousness, guaranteeing you’ll leave with a happy mouth and full belly. They’ve got several traditional Irish options, but they’re also infamous for their heaping one-pound burritos (Midwestern wet-burritos stuffed with ground beef and smothered in cheese and meat drippings) as well as their hand-selected steaks. Order their 1.5″ thick ribeye or NY strip steak from local butcher shop Sobie Meats, and feast.

Grattan Irish Pub is up in Belding, a 30-minute drive from downtown Grand Rapids. Belding is a stone’s throw from the charming town of Rockford – head there after your meal, make a quick stroll around town, and discover your next favorite mom-and-pop store.

The best pub on a budget: Shamrock Tavern

Shamrock Tavern is a small pub located in the small town of Freeport, about 30 minutes from downtown.

If you’re looking for an Irish experience that’s easy on your wallet, head over. It’s a no-frills, blue-collar pub with some solid pub grub and stiff drinks.

  • Address: 208 W Cherry St, Freeport, MI 49325
  • Website: N/A