St Paddy’s Day in Lancaster

March 17, 2014

At last, Saint Patrick’s Day is here again. A time when all of us, no matter where we are or where we came from, celebrate Irish food, drink, and traditions. You might be surprised to find out that Lancaster County, known for its PA Dutch heritage, has no shortage of places where you can get your Irish on.

As you think about shamrocks and leprechauns this St. Patty’s Day, check out these Irish-inspired establishments in Lancaster…

Annie Bailey’s at 28 E. King St. Lancaster - This traditional Irish pub is just steps away from the Lancaster County Convention Center in downtown Lancaster. Its menu offers a mouthwatering selection of traditional Irish fare and contemporary American dishes. The Victorian Dublin ambiance makes dining there a memorable Irish experience.

Molly’s Pub at 253 E. Chestnut St., Lancaster - You’ll find this warm and welcoming Irish pub in the heart of historic Lancaster near Musser Park. From its award-winning burgers to Irish favorites like Shepherd's pie, you'll find lots to love.

McCleary’s Public House at 130 W. Front St., Marietta - Located in historic Marietta, PA, McCleary’s offers an Irish experience in a relaxing setting by the Susquehanna River. With its 2,000 square foot covered patio, it's a wonderful place to gather with friends and enjoy dining outdoors rain or shine.

Tellus360 at 24 E. King St. Lancaster - The 100-year-old bar at Tellus360 features fine Irish whiskeys and beers. Tellus360 also serves variety of sandwiches, soups and salads...with all ingredients sourced fresh from local farms. Plus, they host a variety of events and entertainment.

Of course, you don't have to wait until St. Patrick's Day to enjoy any of the above. They're ready for you year-round whenever you hunger or thirst for a taste of Irish culture. Also check out the Lancaster Irish American Cultural Society website where they list events and happenings of Irish interest.

As you can see, PA Dutch Country has plenty of Irish influence to enjoy and share. And all of it is only about a half hour away from the Historic Smithton Inn. So step out and experience life on the Irish side this St. Patty’s Day!

By Rebecca Gallagher

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