Are you searching for the best best Irish pubs in Warsaw? Look no future, we went on the hunt for the best and here are our findings. Irish pubs are famous for their atmosphere, music and community spirit. No matter where you travel you we’ll always find lively Irish pubs, maybe when we land on Mars there will be an Irish pub waiting. Warsaw is no different. In this article we are going to discover some of the best Irish pubs in Warsaw.
Irish Pubs in Warsaw
What makes a good Irish pub? On our hunt for the best Irish pubs in Warsaw we had a checklist:
– Traditional music, guitars and fiddles and more
– It needs a good atmosphere, but can’t be in a place where it’s too noisy to talk, because the talk and the drink go together.
– There needs to be some dark wood paneling on the walls and bar
– We are looking for Guinness, but also keeping an eye out for more of what you’d see in a real Irish pub in Ireland.
Let’s begin our journey for the best Irish pubs in Warsaw!
Emerald Irish Pub
Our journey started on a hot summers day in August, so we were happy to discover that the first venue we were checking out had a huge outdoor seating space. Emerald Irish Pub was one of the first Irish pubs in Warsaw. It was founded by Paul Morley, an Irishman in 1994. With over 20 years in business in a time when most bars are closing they must be doing something right.
You enter the Emerald Irish Pub by entering down stairs. When entering it really feels like you’re taking a step in to a real Irish pub. It is small, but that is what the real pubs are like. Small enough so that you have to spark up a conversation with the person next to you. You can’t use just in the corner. The place seemed too small for live music, however when checking the Emerald Irish Pub Facebook page it shows that they sometimes do live music events.
The bar was decorated with Irish flags, photos from previous parties and New Years with the locals and dark wood paneling, so we can tick that off our checklist.
There was a back room left of the bar which had a door you could be closed. In this room there were lots of tables and chairs that could easily fit a big group when its too cold to enjoy the beer garden outside. This back room looked like it could hold about 30-35 people. This part of the bar felt the most Irish. The green velvet covered stools, the heavy wooden tables and old metal drinking ads on the wall really let you know the owner is Irish and shows his passion.
The drink selection is large and has lots of what you’d expect in an Irish pub in Ireland. When we arrived it was ‘happy hour’, which means they have special offers on the drinks. From Tuesday to Saturday 12:00 until 17:00 you can get a Tyskie or lech 0.5 beer for 6zł (cost about 1.2 euro), Tyskie or lech 1 litter beer for 12zł and Grants scotch whisky is 8zł.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
Molly Malone’s has to be one of the most common names for an Irish bar. The name comes from the famous song and the song comes from a classic story:
The song is sometime commonly played as a last orders song at the end of the night and this is one of the many reasons for its fame. The of Molly Malone song tells the fictional tale of a fishmonger who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin, but who died young, of a fever. In the late 20th century a legend grew up that there was a historical Molly, who lived in the 17th century. She is typically represented as a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night.
The building that Molly Malone’s Irish Pub is located in dates back to the 15th century and it became Molly Malone’s over ten years ago. When entering it seemed like one of the smallest Irish pubs in Warsaw:
We thought it was the smallest until we discovered the huge space upstairs. Just walk directly straight as you enter the bar and you’ll see the stairs.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub is also a restaurant as well as a pub, so this is the reason you’ll find lots more tables and big seating space. Dark wood tables and dark wood paneling, so we can tick that off our check list.
The location of Molly Malone’s is in the tourist area of Warsaw, right next to old town. This makes it easy to find, but also it seems like their food menu is aimed at being more tourist friendly than being authentic. On the menu you’ll find burgers, roast beef and some Polish dishes.
Molly Malone’s also have their own “Happy hours” every day from 13:00 to 17:00: 0,5 liter of beer – 6 zł and Murphy’s 0.56 liter – 12 zł
An important thing on our checklist of what makes a good Irish bar is the atmosphere. Live music is played regularly and with seating space for 100 people we can imagine it to get very lively:
The drink selection is large enough and Irish enough to earn its Irish bar title. Some bars tend not to stock Guinness and Murphy’s together, but you’ll find them here. There is also a wide range of imported and local beers plus a wide range of popular sprites.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub has a great outdoor beer garden in the summer:
The last of our list of Irish pubs in Warsaw is uncreatively named ‘Irish Pub’. This is very close to the last pub we just covered. Less than 300 meter walk from Molly Malone’s Irish Pub.
Opening in 2009 the Irish pub is now the center for live music. Hosting a live band everything single night. If a party atmosphere is what you’re searching for then you’re most likely to find it here.
As with all the Irish pubs in Warsaw we discovered they all stayed true to the dark wood paneling on the walls and bar as expected. There are large seating area, however this place fills up quickly on the weekends. If you are planning to turn up in a big ground and want to sit, it might be worth calling ahead the day before to reserve something.
The Irish Pub has a very homely feel and really stands out from the typical bars in the Warsaw old town.
The bar is packed with what you would expect and is similar to all the other bars we covered. The Irish pub also has a beer garden in the summer too like the other venues:
We really hope you enjoyed this journey with us through the Irish pubs in Warsaw. If we missed out your favorite then please share it in the comment section below for others to discover.