Moscow Irish Pubs: Connecting Nomads

When arriving to a new city, either as an expat, a tourist or a potential migrant, you should first learn some things about the place: What is against the law there?  What time does the subway close? Where is the closest Irish pub?

Seriously, knowing the answers to these questions is like an extra insurance.

In each city I’ve lived in or even just have stayed for a while, I found an Irish pub, and believe me, those are usually exactly where the most unforgettable stories begin.

The George Payne in Barcelona (probably, the coolest Irish pub, that I know), Mad Murphu’s in Almaty, O’Connell’s in Stockholm, James Joyce (the names of the Irish pubs are just like a symphony to my ears) in Istanbul, O’Briens in Kiev…

I sincerely believe that Irish bars are the best shelter for strangers, nomads and the most hopeless wanderers of the world. In an Irish bar it feels like you’re in your own cozy house near the lake, but even better. 🙂

But let’s talk about Moscow. Since I live here, I’ve successfully explored some really nice places of which I wish to recommend.

Katie O’Shea’s Irish Pub
Prospekt Mira, 26, build 5 (www.katieosheas.ru/en)

An authentic Irish bar, owned by Irishmen in Irish-friendly Moscow. The bar was named in the honor of Katharine O’Shea, also known as Katie O’Shea, an English woman of aristocratic background, whose family relationship over many years with Charles Stewart Parnell eventually caused his political downfall.

To describe it shortly–quality drinks, friendly staff, great atmosphere, loved by expats.

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BlackSmith Irish Pub
Rodchelskaya str., 15 (www.blackpub.ru)

My second favorite Irish bar in Moscow, and mostly thanks to a qualitative approach to a musical row and an atmosphere that favors a lone wanderer. There it feels very comfortable to be alone, while sitting at the bar in the middle of the nightlife of the capital.

On weekdays, they broadcast concerts of various rock legends, Sundays–documentaries about them, on Fridays and Saturdays–live performances of musicians–from Rockabilly to Rhythm & Blues. For example, my favorite Crossroads band occasionally plays on the stage of the bar, and if I’m not in BlackSmith on such an evening, sound an alarm–perhaps something terrible has happened…

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John Donne
Nikitskiy Boulevard, 12, Pyatnitskaya str., 56, building 4   (www.john-donne.ru)

Everyone knows this chain, so I’ll be short. The main plus of this bar is its name. Only the fact that you’re drinking Jameson in the pub named after the poet-metaphysician intoxicates you more than the strongest whiskey.

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Sally O’Briens
B.Polyanka street, 1/3  (www.sallyobriens.ru)

It’s one of the oldest Moscow Irish pubs, they say. And probably the only one where at 1AM the bar closes with roller shutters, like “enough drinking!”. Whoever was late to order–adios! See ya tomorrow… or next weekend.

I love it for the muted light, the classic dark oak tones and, of course, the name … which takes us straight into the Middle Ages, into the arms of the port whore Sally … What could be more romantic?

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Here’s a brief guide to the Irish Bars of Moscow.

Let us know your own favorite Irish Pubs in the comments below. Have a nice day and take care of your liver!

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Journalist by education, barstool philosopher by heart. Moskvaer. Rebel. Frustrated hedonist.

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