Finding an Irish pub in Madrid isn’t all that difficult these days. In fact there seems to be almost one on every corner. Yet it wasn’t so long ago that finding even the best Irish pubs in Madrid was a challenge. As this city was home to only a handful of them. Yet now days dozens of them can be found in the city, all serving up a cool glass of the black stuff (Guinness) and some traditional food. With so many Irish pubs to choose from, deciding where to go can prove a challenge. But might ShMadrid suggest you try out some of the following, especially if you happen to be in Madrid on St. Patricks Day.
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The James Joyce
Until recently is was known as the Kitty O’Shea. The James Joyce is located in the centre of Madrid and is one of just a handful that is said to be run and owned by Irish proprietors. During the summer it is possible to sit outside, but it is also great to frequent in the evenings when live music is available. Find it at Calle de Alcalá, 59.
O’Connell’s is a spacious pub, and as a result tends to be full throughout the weekends. Along with large screens showing sports there is also live music available. However, this one doesn’t open until late each day. One thing you should try when visiting O’Connells, often referred to as one of the best Irish pubs in Madrid, is their Irish breakfast. This pub is located at Calle de Espoz y Mina, 7.
Dubliner’s is situated right next to O’Connell’s, also located at Calle de Espoz y Mina, 7. For many the main attraction of this one is it large screen showing football matches from the English leagues. Plus, it also shows many of the major European football matches as well.
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Finnegan’s is buzzing especially during the weeks when the Rugby World Cup takes place. It is a favorite haunt for many expats from both Ireland and England. They often gather here to watch their favorite sports such as football and, of course, any of the major rugby matches. You’ll find this joint at Plaza de las Salesas, 9.
Which Irish pub is your favourite in Madrid?