St. Patrick’s Day and a quality pint of beer are a match made in heaven—and who are we to question this perfect pairing? We’ve already rounded up some of our favorite breweries in the world, but there are many more districts and neighborhoods that offer quaint pubs, lively outdoor beer gardens and other settings perfect for enjoying a pint in the spirit of the holiday.
Temple Bar District, Dublin
Our list of places begins in the heart of St. Patrick’s beloved country. The Temple Bar District is situated on the River Liffey’s south bank in central Dublin. Featuring architecture reminiscent of Medieval times, the district boasts a narrow maze of cobblestone streets, each offering a bevy of charming pubs. Enjoy traditional Celtic music with your Guinness and other traditional brews such as Murphy’s Irish stout or Harp’s Lager.
The Grand Place, Brussels
Beer is to Belgium, as wine is to France, as evidenced by the country’s astounding 100 independent breweries that produce roughly 600 different varieties of beer. The Grand Place area of Brussels is our favorite spot to sample the saisons, stouts, tripels and more. The UNESCO-named World Heritage Site is stocked full of atmospheric café-bar hybrids, called estaminets, some built as early as the 18th century.
Old Town, Munich, Germany
We love the cheery, unpretentious environment of Munich’s open biergartens—the most popular of which can be found in the Old Town section of the Bavarian capital. Always bursting with locals and travelers alike, the cheerfully chaotic atmosphere of Hofbrauhaus may be overwhelming for some but absolutely thrilling for others. Looking for a slightly more low-key experience? Escape to Augustiner-am Platz for four large rooms and huge glasses of Helles served straight from the barrel.
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Take a stroll down the cobblestone stretch of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, listen to the bagpipe street music and choose from an abundance of intimate Scottish pubs. Typical experiences include imbibing a rich stout in one of the cozy establishments with dark wooden interior or sipping a light lager in a modern sports bar as you cheer on the local football team.
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Craft beer enthusiasts will have a grand time sampling all of Tokyo’s delicious varieties, many of which can be found in the Shibuya area. Though the micro-brewed mecca was a bit late on the scene due to strict laws, the city has made up for lost time by offering an excellent collection of watering holes of late. Be sure to stop off at the Sapporo Beer Garden for a look at the history of the beverage and finish your visit with a pint in the South Wing.
South Boston, Massachusetts
Call us biased, but we love celebrating St. Pat just across the Charles River from our Cambridge, MA headquarters. Thousands of Irish settlers ended up in South Boston in the 19th century and Irish tradition remains a part of life there. South Boston comes alive during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, with rowdy revelers and local families alike decked out in green. The neighborhood also boasts quite a few traditional pubs, and don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with an authentic Irish brogue from behind the bar.
Where’s your favorite place to grab a pint?