7 traditional Irish pubs across Israel

May the luck of the Irish be with you at these seven celtic pubs
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While Israeli dive bars and craft brews are making a solid effort to rival the fancy pants cocktail scene slowly taking over Tel Aviv and the rest of the Holy Land, there’s nothing like diffusing with a good ol’ pint o’ Guinness and a shot of Jamo while watching the soccer game - British or Israeli - at the end of a hard day’s work. Just because it takes 5000-some-odd kilometers to get to Ireland, doesn’t mean it has to take 5000-some-odd kilometers to drink like you’re in Ireland. See for yourself at these (lucky number) seven traditional Irish pubs.

Israel's seven (mostly) authentic Irish pubs

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Dublin Irish Pub
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Bars, Pubs

Dublin Irish Pub

icon-location-pin Herzliya

Located in the busy center of Herzliya, the Dublin Irish Pub will serve your needs well if you are looking for a spot to drink and enjoy every ounce of life with friends. The décor typifies that of an authentic pub with no ornament out of place and furniture imported specially from Ireland.

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Paddy’s, Irish Pub and Restaurant
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Paddy’s, Irish Pub and Restaurant

icon-location-pin Eilat

In such a vacation-centric city, it’s no surprise that this Irish pub has been a popular spot since 2007. What better way to end the day then with a beer in hand? At Paddy’s, the selection of brews is extensive, whether you want a pint from the tap or by the bottle, but you don’t have to have a beer; you can choose from over 120 whisky varieties. For entertainment, shoot some pool, watch the game or unwind with any of the live music shows. The vast menu showcases burgers, pastas, sandwiches and even three decadent renditions of chicken wings, giving Mike’s Place a run for its money.  

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Green Apple
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Green Apple

icon-location-pin Majdal al-Shams

Propped on the winding road to the ski lifts of Mount Hermon, this cozy resto-pub is the perfect place to defrost after a cold day of skiing or snowboarding. The Irish atmosphere and home-style food is as warm as the temperature inside. With heaping portion sizes, succulent steaks and great beers to match, you’ll forget you’re actually in the middle of a Druze village.

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The Duke
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The Duke

icon-location-pin Hadar-Carmel‏

Not your typical Irish pub, The Duke has it all. With plenty of beer flowing on tap, including a rotating selection of local Israeli craft beers (and complimentary salted roasted peanuts to whet your appetite), craft style cocktails and a variety of high quality hard liquors, it’s easy to find something to suit your every mood. Settle in at the comfy bar to take in the big soccer game, or nestle into an intimate corner next to the beautifully exposed brick wall or decorative wine barrel décor, and enjoy the expected (and done well!) pub fare. You can also opt for more refined dining options, such as salmon ceviche served with seasonal fruits and garnished with thinly sliced scallions. 

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Patrick's (on rothschild)
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Patrick’s Irish Pub

icon-location-pin White City

It’s not easy to find a great Irish pub in the Middle East. But when you’re craving a cozy environment, a wide range of beers, and comforting pub food, come to Patrick’s Irish Pub to get your fix. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor space, so don’t worry about bringing your buddies and having a rowdy night. It’s also an ideal place to sit at the bar and watch sports while making new pals with the friendly crowd.

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Molly Blooms
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Molly Bloom’s

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

Molly Bloom’s was the very first Irish pub to open up in Israel, and it’s still going strong as the best Irish pub in the country. They offer plenty of delicious beers like Kilkenny, Weihenstephan, and of course the classic Guinness. There’s also an impressive shelf of whiskeys sure to get you feeling very happy. Hungry? Try some hearty Irish pub fare, like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, or beef stew cooked in Guinness. No matter when you come, it’s sure to be a rambunctious time, whether you’re watching a rugby match or swaying to a live Irish band. The best part? You’re just a few steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

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Mike's Place
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Bars, Dive bars

Mike’s Place - Jerusalem

icon-location-pin Jerusalem City Center

While Mike's place brands itself as an American-style pub, the Guinness don't lie. This place breathes Irishness through and through. From pub grub to a great selection of international beers, anyone stumbling into Mike’s Place for the first time will automatically feel welcomed. They also screen many international sports games so you can stay up to date with your favorite Irish rugby team or an Israeli soccer team.

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