Celebrate St. Patty’s Day in Charlotte

St. Patrick’s Day is a day of fun and excess, right?  You better wear green or you get pinched.  You can get a green beer to drink on this day.  You might see a leprechaun or find a four leaf clover.  What’s not to like?  Charlotte has a fair share of Irish places to eat and drink that are way more than just a place to get a green beer on the 17th.



208 North Tryon St Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 704 333 5554


Picture from Ri-Ra Irish Pub

Picture from Ri-Ra Irish Pub

Ri Ra Irish Pub is a quaint pub in uptown Charlotte.  It comes with a good dose of history and a true focus on food that consistently wins them awards.  If you go for Brunch, make sure you try the Irish Breakfast Burger.  It’s a sausage infused beef patty topped with bacon, fried egg, sauteed mushrooms, cheddar and grilled tomato.  Wow.  For lunch you can’t go wrong with their Guiness Stew, a slow simmered beef and veggies along with potatoes.


Galway Hooker

17044 Kenton Drive

Cornelius, NC 28031 | Map


photo credit: Galway Hooker

Galway Hooker in Cornelius is a rocking good time.  Always a very lively atmosphere and the outdoor seating is especially fun in the warmer months.  We also have enjoyed the music and the Comedy Zone there as well as the traditional Irish Grub and spirits.  This pub, prizing its authenticity, was built in Ireland and shipped piece by piece to be assembled here.

On my visit, we sampled the fish and chips.  They were crispy and sweet, perfectly cooked.  Other dishes to try are the Irish Egg Rolls (corned beef and cabbage with Swiss cheese inside a wonton wrapper), Shepard’s Pie and wings (I know, I know).  To read a review of this restaurant click here:  Galway Hooker.

Fitzgeralds Irish Pub

201 East 5th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 900-8088


Fitzgerald’s is a pub that is light on the Irish, but still a fun place to visit.  They have trivia contests, comedy and music and plenty to drink.  Lots of local breweries are represented.  Free parking in the Wake Forest Deck!  Dishes you should try include the Irish Chop House Salad (with salmon), the Shepherd’s Pie and the Fish and Chips.

Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill

366 North Caswell
Charlotte , NC 28204
Phone: (704) 375-0218


Kennedy’s is Fitzgerald’s little sister, but still deserves a mention because of the climate controlled patio and their plentiful specials on any given night.  For instance,  Monday through Fridays, Kennedy’s offers appetizers for half price from  4-7 p.m.  Another nod goes to their Keg and Leg Mondays where they offer ALL YOU CAN EAT crab legs!  I don’t know how Irish that is, but CRAB LEGS!  This restaurant’s kitchen is open until 1 a.m. every night!  Try the Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness Gravy, the Fish and Chips and the Erin-Go-Braugh Burger (topped with bacon rashers, a fried egg and cheddar).

Tyber Creek Pub

1933 South Blvd Charlotte NC, 28203

Ph: 704.343.2727 

photo credit Aubrey Weston @ Urbanspoon

photo credit Aubrey Weston @ Urbanspoon

Tyber Creek Pub is a nifty place in South End that boasts Irish grub, hearty drinks and a fondness for taking care of large groups or private parties.  Their bartenders get high marks, too and the place stays open ’til midnight.   Make sure you try the Irish potato cakes, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie.

Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse

4151 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209

(704) 525-7775

Photo credit: Bill Williams @ Urbanspoon

Photo credit: Bill Williams @ Urbanspoon

Sir Edmond Halley’s in the Park Road Shopping Center is always a popular choice for St. Patrick’s Day.  It gets high ratings for its big Irish celebration on the holiday; they even have a special menu for the day.  Be sure and try the Irish Guinness Stew, the Corned Beef Dinner and the Fish and Chips.

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Suzanne Zick

Suzanne Zick

Wife and mom who loves cooking, horror movies, reading and trying new restaurants.