Madrid Irish Pubs Overview

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Finding Irish pubs in Madrid is simple, and not just because Irish pub in Spanish is the easy-to-recognize “pub Irlandés.” Interestingly enough, it wasn’t that long ago that finding Madrid Irish pubs on the fly would have required a good deal of luck, seeing as Spain’s capital was only home to a handful.

But these days the bangers & mash and shepherd's pie are plentiful, and dozens upon dozens of traditional Irish pubs dot the city serving up hearty grub and Guinness for those sick and tired of all the tapas.

Obviously St. Patrick's Day is the greatest (or worst) time to visit a Madrid Irish pub, when throngs of people gather to generally completely ignore the whole reason behind the day and use it as an excuse to get hammered by noon. An easy place to start would be Madrid’s Downtown Irish bars, Dubliners and O’Connell St., which are run by the same owner and sit side by side right off the Puerta del Sol. Each bar has an enormous projection screen in front of which visitors and expats alike get together to watch football, rugby, baseball, basketball, and even American football games.

But that’s hardly the only place to get in on some Irish goodness. La Ardosa is one of the city’s oldest Irish pubs, originally founded in 1892, while Finnegan's over in Plaza de las Salesas has been a favorite for Irish and English expats for years.

No matter where you roam in Madrid, there’s an Irish pub close by.

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