It’s no wonder that the Irish pub is such a popular global export—the trifecta of hearty fare, good craic, and frothy pints of stout is pretty much unstoppable. The origins of the Irish pub in New York can be traced to the Great Famine of the 1840s in Ireland, when thousands of Irish men and women came to America to start a new life. They founded public houses inspired by the kind they frequented back home, and used them as social hubs.

There’s still a wealth of Irish bars in NYC—from storied establishments dating back to the late 19th century, to new cocktail bars influenced by the history Irish culture in NYC. There are also many bars posing as Irish pubs, filled with obnoxious mooks and paper shamrocks and leprechauns. We’ve highlighted some bars across the boroughs that bring a true taste of the Emerald Isle to NYC, so you can avoid the frat-traps and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the right way.

Here are our five favorite Irish bars in NYC.

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