Bergen County has several authentic Irish pubs – the kind of neighborhood establishments where everyone knows your name. Most offer lunch, dinner and late-night menus with Irish specialties as well as American cuisine. Some of these pubs look like they were picked up in Ireland and dropped down in Bergen County, with red or green exteriors, black-paned windows and lots of dark wood inside. Indeed, many are owned and operated by natives of Ireland, complete with brogue.
BERGENFIELD TOMMY FOX’S PUBLIC HOUSE 32 WASHINGTON AVE., 201-384-0900
Winner of many “Best in Bergen” awards from
(201) Magazine readers, this traditional Irish pub has fine food and spirits served in the dining room, including Irish specialties such as bangers and mash, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. A host of loyal regulars keep coming back for live bands, Gaelic sports on television, darts, bingo and trivia nights, and DJ nights.
CARLSTADT MAGGIE’S BAR & RESTAURANT 442 HACKENSACK ST., 201-804-7738
All the classic pub grub and brew along with a traditional Irish food menu. Maggie’s also has karaoke, 10 satellite TVs showing major sporting events, and a state-of-the-art jukebox with more than 100,000 songs in a warm, cozy setting. The establishment also hosts Association of Bergen County Dartists competitions.
EAST RUTHERFORD BLARNEY STATION AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT 258 PARK AVE., 201-531-0001
A good Irish pub with a dining area. The bar is loud and friendly, a popular place to watch sports on several high-definition, large-screen TVs and chat with local regulars. Irish specialties includes shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips, as well as the “full Irish” breakfast, consisting of two eggs, toast, beans, black and white pudding, Irish sausage and bacon and a grilled tomato.
ENGLEWOOD BIDDY O’MALLEY’S 36 N. VAN BRUNT ST., (201) 608-5545
The popular Irish bistro of Northvale recently opened a second in location to Englewood, bringing along its tried-and-true menu of traditional Irish fare.
HACKENSACK HARLEY’S IRISH PUB 366 RIVER ST., 201-342-4747
An easy-going vibe makes this spot a favorite hang-out since 1977. It’s the kind of neighborhood place that hosts Irish soda bread contests and clothing drives, where you can play darts, play poker on Sundays, listen to jukebox music, and enjoy pub food at a good price.
LAZY LANIGAN’S 604 MAIN ST., 201-342-6677
A favorite among locals looking for affordable food and drink in a warm, cozy atmosphere, with an outdoor deck for smokers. Celtic fare includes shepherd’s pie and fish and chips.
POITIN STILL 774 MAIN ST., 201-847-0660
Popular among locals who enjoy music and dancing, with lots of room, a substantial bar and a fireplace for warmth on chilly evenings. The menu includes a full range of pub food and Irish dishes such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and a mixed grill of Irish bacon, sausage, white and black pudding, lamb chop, calves liver and a grilled tomato.
MONTVALE DAVEY’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT 5 PARK ST., 201-391-9356
Established in 1974, the family-friendly, local favorite offers a full menu that also includes Irish fare such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, sausage and chips and Galway-style mussels. Also a great place to watch sports and play darts.
THE PORTER HOUSE STEAKHOUSE AND CIGAR BAR 125 KINDERKAMACK ROAD, 201-307-6300
The restaurant is a true American steakhouse in an elegant setting, but the Irish bar is complete with barrels, a giant “still” looming overhead, real Irish antiques and 24 beers on tap. The cigar room known as the Montecristo Lounge features large leather chairs in an intimate, darkwood atmosphere. Many rooms have working fireplaces. Irish specialties include fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew.
NORTHVALE BIDDY O’MALLEY’S IRISH BISTRO AND BAR 191 PARIS AVE., 201-564-7893
A popular newcomer in Bergen County, owners Noel and Eileen “Biddy” O’Malley have brought a taste of County Clare to northeastern Bergen County. The menu features “contemporary American with an Irish flair” including fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and a “full Irish” breakfast on Sunday. All food is cooked from scratch and can accommodate special dietary needs, including gluten-free beer.
POMPTON LAKES THATCHER MCGHEE’S 6 WANAQUE AVE., (973) 839-3377
Guinness BBQ baby back ribs, shamrock cod and Irish meatloaf are among the popular ethnic fare you will find at this restaurant and sports bar. Plenty of TV screens so that you can watch the game while you enjoy your pub grub.
RAMSEY BRADY’S AT THE STATION 5-7 WEST MAIN ST., 201-327-9748
Brady’s is the place “where you’re only a stranger once” and boasts dining rooms and bars on two floors, a varied menu in addition to its traditional Irish fare, a popular late-night bar scene and darts tournaments. Irish specialties include bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and fish and chips; an Irish breakfast is served on Sundays. It is an ideal destination for all types of celebrations, events and parties, or for a small group of friends looking to enjoy a meal and drink.
THE SHANNON ROSE 1200 ROUTE 17 NORTH, 201-962-7602 A traditional pub atmosphere and traditional Irish fare, including Guinness beef stew. There are 19 beers on tap at four bars, including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s, in addition to scotch malts and Irish whiskeys. Also featured are live entertainment, televised sporting matches, and special events. Traditional Irish fare includes shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, Guinness beef stew, and Harp beer-battered fish and chips – all served with Irish soda bread. RIDGEWOOD MACMURPHY’S 8 GODWIN AVE., 201-444-0500
Casual eatery with a working fireplace, popular among local residents, with traditional Irish fare as part of the regular menu, including shepherd’s pie. Regular specials on draft beers attract young patrons for a bustling late-night scene.
TEANECK THE COTTAGE BAR & RESTAURANT 178 CEDAR LANE, 201-692-0016
Irish-born proprietors John Dillon and Mickey Dawson offer a full Irish breakfast on weekends and claim to pour the “best pint of Guinness in Bergen.” The friendly Irish bar has a full menu with daily lunch and dinner specials, along with 12 beers on tap. Patrons can partake in karaoke night every Wednesday, while sports fans can enjoy European and FIFA soccer or NFL Sunday Ticket on one of the eight plasma television screens. Irish specialties on the menu include bangers and mash, fish and chips, and a tasty dish of sausage, baked beans and fries.
WAYNE GRASSHOPPER TOO 26 ERIE AVE., (973) 696-9698
The Fitzpatrick family brings its customers highquality Irish dishes at reasonable prices. Favorites include corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie, all homemade.
WESTWOOD P.J. FINNEGAN’S 274 FAIRVIEW AVE., 201-664-7576
Winner of the “Best of Bergen” 2014 award for Best Irish bar. The cozy space is filled with old-time sports memorabilia. Look for the Irish and American flags above the door. Patrons can enjoy traditional Irish pub fare like fish and chips and the justifiably famous shepherd’s pie, as well as the enormously popular Dublin steak sandwich.
PEARL RIVER, N.Y. T.F.NOONAN’S 16 EAST CENTRAL AVE., (845) 735-6427
Pearl River locals say this pub is a fave for Irish fare and everything in between.
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