Harp and Celt makes list of 25 most authentic Irish pubs in America

Wherever you partied last night (or this morning, as it were) for St. Patrick’s Day, there was almost certainly Guinness — the authentic Irish black. And, while we weren’t there, we’re guessing the Harp & Celt on Magnolia Avenue downtown was one of the hottest — and most Irish — tickets in town.

And no wonder. The Harp & Celt, sister bars next door to each other, were just named to the Top 25 Most Authentic Irish Pubs in the country by The Daily Meal, a food news digest website, which put the twin bars at No. 6 overall.

The Celt side is where President Obama sat for some shepherd’s pie in 2011, with vaulted, airy ceilings, a drop-down projector screen for big-game watching and an upstairs seating area.

The Harp is a quieter (on most days), more intimate space with booths, a couple of tables, and bar that sports a passthrough to the Celt side and bartenders that speak with a sweet Irish lilt. Swoon.

Either way, you get double the Irish pub without having to show your ID twice.

The best time to go: Catch the English Premier League frenzy on Sunday mornings, when traditional Irish breakfast is on deck before 2 p.m. Order either the half size or the whole; both include black pudding, white pudding, Irish sausages, rashers (bacon to Yanks), eggs, mushrooms, beans and toast.


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