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Aug 31, 2006 03:26 AM

Irish Food in Indianapolis

My family is of Irish descent and I've been wanting to reconnect w/ my roots so I was wondering if someone could recommend some good Irish restaurants around here.

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  1. Don't know about Indy, but if you feel like a road trip, Bloomington's Irish Lion has very good pub grub and other Irish food. It's got a great atmosphere and a beautiful old bar. Menus and other info available here:

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    1. re: myplateoryours

      Yeah, their caudle is really good. And as you said a beautiful old Bar and now that Bloomington is smoke free you really can enjoy the food.

    2. I'm sure you know that the Claddagh is the name most people associate with Irish food in Indy. The one downtown is pretty good; I haven't been to the one or two others in the area.

      Fionn MacCool’s in Fishers was pretty decent on our sole visit last fall. It was still relatively new when we went though, and I don't know if it's improved or tailed off since then.

      You might look on for some other recommendations. I see listings for Beef O'Brady's, Billy O'Neal's, Griff 1's, Griffin's, Mickey's, O'Conner's, O'Gara's, and Pat Flynn's all listed, but I haven't tried any of them and can't comment.

      Good luck with your search,


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      1. re: TThomas

        Love the fish and chips at The Claddagh downtown. A word of caution though, get the small order unless you're REALLY hungry!

        I've been to Mickey's (if it's the one I'm thinking of at 116th and Meridian) and it seemed pretty much like any other bar in town. Maybe there were some shamrocks on the walls and Kilians on tap, but it didn't seem particularly Irish to me.

        I've also heard good things about Fionn MacCool’s in Fishers. I talked to Arminta ( ), singer for Blaq Lily, who was performing with her husband last night at Deano's Vino in Fountain Square. They perform at Fionn MacCool’s quite often and they are definitely worth checking out for some great Irish music. Also, a guy named Ken McGee ( ), who also performs at Deano's Vinos occassionaly, is worth checking out up at Fionn MacCool's when he's there (or when he's at Deano's if you're around downtown/Fountain Square).

        Also, don't forget that the Indy Irish Festival ( ) will be at Military Park downtown September 15 - 17.