Just like we put on red, white and blue to celebrate our nation’s history, we’re about to gear up with green to cherish the Irish influence on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a holiday which has special significance to this area, considering the prevalence of Irish immigrants and communities in nearby Boston and throughout the East Coast in general.
What better way to “keep the wind at your back” than to visit one of Cape Cod’s many Irish establishments. You’ll find camaraderie in these restaurants and pubs, no matter where you hail from. You may even here a few Irish blessings, depending on how many drinks are poured and who buys them.
“May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”
Cape Cod Irish Village – 822 Route 28, South Yarmouth
If you’re fixing to have a whale of a time, it’s best to begin at the Irish Village. Rashers for breakfast with porridge or black and white puddings – and for dinner, Sheppard’s pies, Dublin fish & chips, or the specialty seafood dish “Breadan Eireann.”
Sons of Erin – 633 Rt 28, West Yarmouth
While most meals here are to be had by club members, the public is welcome to join in on special occasion feasts; not the least of which, a St. Patrick’s Day one. They pull out all the stops to craft dishes which are “quare” legitimate!
O’Shea’s Olde Inne – 348 Main Street (Rt. 28), West Dennis
O’Shea’s offers live music almost every night of the year, creating quite an atmosphere for you to enjoy Irish stew or fish and chips in.
Keltic Kitchen – 415 Route 28, West Yarmouth
Those seeking a typical Irish morning meal should seek out the Keltic Kitchen: they’ll wet the tea and fry the potato pancakes. Rashers, white and black puddings and Bachelor’s baked beans balance out the menu’s sweeter fare: Nutty Irishman and Crème Brulee French Toasts, lemon blueberry ricotta pancakes and dressed scones.
Cape Cod’s Irish Pub – 126 MA-28, West Harwich
Low-key and proud of it! An excellent place to grab a pint of Gat and shoot the breeze.
Flynn’s Irish Pub – 119 Cranberry Hwy (Sagamore Bridge Connector), Sagamore
This pub believes variety is the spice of life. With 42 distinct taps and then some, you’re bound to find some devilishly good draught.
Cape Cod Claddagh Inn and Irish Pub – 77 Route 28, West Harwich
A homey, comfortable atmosphere lends itself quite generously to this pub’s popularity in the Mid-Cape.
Liam Maguire’s – 273 Main St., Falmouth
This legendary Upper Cape establishment has the wise words of a traditional Irish folk song painted upon its walls: “Well it’s no, nay, never – no nay never, no more – will I play the wild rover, no never, no more!”
Bobby Byrne’s – Mashpee Commons, Route 28 & Bearses Way Hyannis, Route 6A & Tupper Road Sandwich
The “eating, drinking and talking establishment” is as much a restaurant as it it’s a pub, but the comfortable atmosphere paired with beautiful wooden bars makes for an incredible night of relaxing with cold beer and friends.
Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire —
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!
By CapeCod.com Staff