Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

What makes an Irish pub authentic? The atmosphere is cozy and boisterous without pop music blaring. The drinks are not too fancy, and the menu doesn’t include trendy words like “sriracha” or “salad”.

Molly Malone’s – Since we’re in California, we’ll start with a Los Angeles standard. The Los Angeles Times says,  “The shelves are lined with books and, generally speaking, everything that isn’t made of wood is green except for the beer, which is never green, even on St. Patrick’s Day.”

The Buena Vista Café – This San Francisco pub invented Irish coffee. Enough said.

The Plough & Stars – This tiny pub in Cambridge, MA was named one of Draft Magazine’s 150 Best Beer Bars of 2010. It is known for shirking stereotypes and playing up a fun-loving atmosphere.

At The Black Rose in Boston you can drink your Guinness and eat it, too. Any New Englander in this not-quite-spring season will crave a belly full of Guinness beef stew or any of their traditional Irish food offerings.

Fadó – This Seattle pub sometimes opens at 4:30 a.m. so their patrons can watch big international football matches.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House – This Philadelphia gem has been in business for over 150 years. They are a no-frills pub with their own house brand of beer.

B.D. Riley’s – Although this pub is located in Austin, Texas, some of its decor came over the Atlantic from Ireland. Imbibe Magazine named B.D. Riley’s the best place in the country to drink Guinness.

The Dubliner may be in Dallas, TX, but it’s is as authentic as it gets with an owner native to Dublin.

The Grafton Pub – Head to Chicago for Grafton Pub’s selection of 70 beers and more than 20 varieties of Irish whiskey.

Ok, who’s up for a road trip?