Gather ‘round the bar, catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy a warm sense of camaraderie while hoisting a drink or two at one of the many Irish pubs in Grand Rapids.

Known for stout beers, like Guinness, and Irish whiskeys, like Jameson and Bushmills, you can count on Irish pubs for a festive atmosphere and, almost always, Irish music.

While St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to enjoy Shepherd’s Pie or Bangers and Mash with your beer, these local Irish Pubs go out of their way to make you feel welcome any time of year.

Quinn & Tuite's Irish Pub
Fact: In 2014, MLive pollers voted Quinn & Tuite's as Michigan's Best Neighrborhood Bar!
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Quinn and Tuite’s Irish Pub

With a tagline like “Céad Míle Fáilte!” which means “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes,” there’s no question about the hospitality you’ll find at Quinn and Tuite’s. Owners Bill Quinn and Rick Schall bought the former “Pete Brown’s Office” bar in the late 80’s and eventually turned it into a popular Irish pub. (Tuite is Schall’s mother’s Irish family name.)

Quinn & Tuite's Irish Pub
Upon entering Quinn & Tuite's, visitors are welcomed with "Céad Míle Fáilte!," or “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes,” in Irish. 
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Today, you can expect live Irish music and other concerts, open mic Fridays, pool and darts, over 40 different Irish whiskeys, and award-winning pours of Guinness. “We were given the distinction of the best pint poured in Michigan, by Guinness,” says owner Bill Quinn. “We have the perfect mix of nitrogen and CO2, we use the proper gas, our lines are constantly cleaned, and our help is educated on how to pour a proper pint.” In addition to Guinness, you’ll find Irish mainstays on tap like Harp Lager, Smithwick's Irish Ale, and Magner’s Irish Cider.

Quinn and Tuite’s has been recognized for more than its Guinness pour. A few years ago they were named the best neighborhood bar in Grand Rapids and one of the state’s best neighborhood bars. Part of its appeal is its friendliness and great prices. “You’re a regular the first time you’re in here. You’re never a stranger,” says Quinn. “It’s like being in Ireland.”

Flanagan's Irish Pub
Centrally located in downtown Grand Rapids, Flanagan's is a great spot for tourists to visit (plus their open late!)
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Flanagan’s Irish Pub

In the heart of downtown, across from Rosa Parks Circle and the historic McKay Tower, you’ll find Flanagan’s, a relaxed, welcoming Irish pub filled with character and ambience.

Naturally, Flanagan’s has Guinness on tap and they have several hand-picked selections for flights of whiskey. They also have a Tuesday special that allows you to select a $6, $8, and $12 whiskey fight for just $15. Flanagan’s cooks up lots of traditional Irish fare, including a Guinness Stew family recipe on Thursdays. Made with roast beef, carrots and potatoes, it’s perfect on a chilly day. “Our Reuben is also really, really good!” says Bruce Johnson, owner.

Flanagan's Irish PubFlanagan's recently renovated interior mimics a traditional Irish pub.
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Bruce and his wife, Maureen, bought and renovated the restaurant in 2016, which has been in business since 1981, and turned it into the charming place you’ll find today. “We both worked at her brother’s bar when we were dating thirty-some years ago. We thought this would be a fun thing to do when we retired,” says Johnson.

Flanagan’s typically features live Irish music on Thursdays and Sundays, and other bands after 9PM on Fridays and Saturdays. No matter when you go, you’re sure to find a warm welcome.

This year, O'Toole's Public House will be celebrating their 15th anniversary! Stay tuned for more information on upcoming celebrations. 
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O’Toole’s Public House

When twin brothers Dave and Paul Reinert were younger, they loved visiting the ubiquitous Irish public houses scattered throughout Boston. It struck them that Grand Rapids might embrace an Irish bar that was warm, welcoming, and lots of fun. “That’s where the whole concept of O’Toole’s came from,” says Dave Reinert.

They opened O’Toole’s in May of 2003 and they’ll celebrate its 15th anniversary this spring. The Bridge Street corridor where they’re located has seen tremendous growth and change in the past few years, bringing more bars and restaurants to the area. “When we opened we were one of the only places on the road,” says Reinert. “It’s been cool to see everything evolve.” (As a side note, the twin brothers also own Butcher’s Union, located on the same block.)

The vibe they’ve created is friendly and upbeat. “We have a really relaxed, come-as-you-are type of atmosphere,” says Reinert. “O’Toole’s is a great place to come with your friends and let your hair down a little bit.” When you do, you’ll find Guinness on tap and plenty of Irish whiskeys. But they also have a nice selection of scotches and tequilas, plenty of Michigan craft beer, and lots of locally-sourced menu items, including hand-pattied burgers made with beef sourced from Byron Center and a corned beef sandwich served with cabbage that they brine themselves.

If you’re in the mood for tunes, check out their curated jukebox (with CDs, not digital) and choose a few tracks. But if your preference is to belt out a song or two yourself, head to O’Toole’s on Monday nights, when they have a popular open mic night from 9PM until about 1:30AM.

A little farther out...

The Curragh Traditional Irish Pub (Holland, MI)

At the Curragh, the focus is on tradition, hospitality, conversation and soccer. (They show all major matches during operating hours.) Check their website for events, music and sports schedules.

Hennessy’s Pub and Whiskey Bar (Muskegon, MI)

Community is big at Hennessy’s, where they host lots of monthly events, including Creative Cocktails and Canvas, Whiskey School, Wine University, Movie Trivia, and an Open Irish Jam.

The pub serves plenty of Guinness and Irish whiskey and also offers up classic Irish fare like Bangers and Mashed Potatoes and Fish & Chips with cod hand-dipped in their Smithwick’s batter. They also run great specials like their BOGO Burger Mondays and Perch Thursdays (hand-battered perch dinner for just $9.99). If you’re on a quick lunch break, check out their 15-minutes Lunch Express menu.

Click here for a list of Irish pubs in Grand Rapids!