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Irish pubs in Monmouth County?

ooi82much Sep 4, 2012 07:33 AM


I was going to ask for folks' thoughts comparing St Stephen's Green and Harrigan's ... but over the weekend realized how many Irish bars/taverns/pubs there are in the area, and thought I'd solicit impressions on the good, the bad, and the empty chairs ....

I like Irish food, and the Irish Breakfast at St Stephen's was pretty good. Also like a good pour of stout ... but a good beer selection beyond that, as well.

Any ideas?



  1. jrvedivici Sep 4, 2012 07:45 AM

    I am not an Irish Pub kind of guy however I can tell you from my experience on the board McDonough's in Keyport and the Dublin House in Red Bank are probably two of the favorites. Good luck!

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      arpad Sep 4, 2012 09:28 AM


      Definitely a winner except if there's a big game on Sunday afternoon !
      Family oriented and Irish music some Sundays and their menu is decent . I'm no fish eater but I have a hard time getting past their fish and chips - fresh cod well cooked and tasty fries .

      Good beer selection .
      Street parking .

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      1. re: arpad
        jrzcat Jan 15, 2013 01:44 PM

        We all know not to order pizza at an Irish bar - right?

      2. foobuc Jan 16, 2013 04:57 PM

        McDonagh's gets my vote. I have never had a bad meal there. Good friendly service!

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          aklein Jan 17, 2013 05:05 AM

          McDonough's, Dublin House, CelticCottage, Kelly's, Rod's... all decent bars, but just because there's Guinness and Tullamore Dew at the bar and Sligos on the menu it's not necessarily a true Irish pub. Nor is St. Stephen's a true Irish pub but IMHO it's the closest in the area.

          1. corvette johnny Jan 17, 2013 06:00 AM

            How about maloneys in matawan? I hear they have a great beer selection. I need to get over there.

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            1. re: corvette johnny
              Jerzeegirl Jan 17, 2013 06:12 AM

              We went to Maloney's twice. They do have a big beer selection - when they actually have the beer. One of the two times we went they were out of about 1/2 the tap beers. Food & service wasn't very good either. McDonough's is much better.

            2. MGZ Jan 17, 2013 06:21 AM

              To your initial inquiry, I would submit that the food at St.Stephen's, though by know means fantastic, is significantly better than that at Harrigan's. At the latter, however, you can take advantage of the Raw Bar-Happy Hour, which is an OK value if you can get a seat at the bar. I'd also say that Harrigan's may have a slightly better selection of craft beers.

              Another place to consider might be Kelly's. I don't think the food is still as good as it once was, but the reuben (pastrami or corned beef) makes it a spot worth a visit.

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              1. re: MGZ
                aklein Jan 20, 2013 06:34 AM

                ^^^^ to Harrigan's craft beers. food fair, brew makes it better

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