A quality Irish pub is about more than dark wood panelling and pints of Guinness. While we don’t expect every stateside pub to live up to the watering holes of Dublin, we can’t abide wannabe bars passing themselves off as Irish pubs. Here are a few telltale signs that you’re in a bullsh*t Irish pub.
Guinness, Baileys and Jameson Are the Only Irish Brands Served
The Emerald Isle produces more than those three ubiquitous household brands—delicious as they all may be. An authentic pub will make the effort to branch out with labels like Redbreast, Bushmills and Tullamore DEW. Great ones might even include some lesser known bottles.
It’s Decorated in Mass-Produced Chachkies Instead of Heirlooms
Every metropolitan “pub” seems to buy the same shamrock paraphernalia and leprechaun miscellanea. If you experience deja vu from the decorations or spot a four-leaf clover (shamrocks only sport three), consider relocating to a true Irish bar, where they hang family photos on the wall and legit heirlooms—no matter how off-putting or weird (see: McSorley's wishbones).