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Corned-beef-topped fries, bangers and mash, and other dishes at Paddy’s in downtown Portland.
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Where to Find Super-Comforting Irish Food in Portland and Beyond

Irish bars, restaurants, and spots for shepherd’s pie

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Corned-beef-topped fries, bangers and mash, and other dishes at Paddy’s in downtown Portland.
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As Portland’s food and drink scene expands, we continue to be spoiled by a vast array of different cuisines from around the world; however, Portland’s Irish culinary sector may be the exception. In the last couple of years, Portland has lost two of its favorite Irish restaurants, with the unceremonious and indefinite closing of both the O’Neill Pub and the Raven and Rose (and by extension, the Rookery). However, those that remain strong and standing offer remarkable Irish food and drink. From Vancouver to Lake Oswego, the greater Portland area offers traditional Irish fare in a variety of different atmospheres with their own unique twists. As the weather gets rainier and colder, these are the spots that provide comfort in the form of shepherd’s pie, soda bread, and — of course — a pint of Guinness. Per usual, this map is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.

Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Shanahan's Pub & Grill

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This Vancouver neighborhood bar has a relaxed atmosphere with more than 20 beers on draft, pool tables, arcade games, and an outdoor patio. If whiskey is what you seek, hop on over to the Infirmary, the newest addition to Shanahan’s, which features over 250 whiskeys. The Infirmary also offers a wide range of cigars that can be enjoyed on the smoke-friendly patio. 

T.C. O'Leary's

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Thomas Christopher (“T.C.”) O’Leary, who worked as both actor in Ireland and at Los Angeles’s beloved old-school bar Tom Bergin’s, opened his Alberta Street bar in 2016. O’Leary’s has a traditional Irish pub feel, with a dark wood minimalist vibe that serves as the setting for bowls of seafood chowder with soda bread, followed by Guinness brownies. Unlike some Irish restaurants, the menu at T.C. O’Leary’s also includes many vegetarian and vegan dishes, such as the Pog Mo Bowl, a lentil-and-mushroom coconut curry, or the portobello mushroom burger. Irish beers like Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Kilkenny are served on draft. in addition to a good selection of Irish whiskey and cocktails. The current seasonal drunken chocolate cocktail is a decadent concoction of Cadbury’s hot chocolate, Paddy’s Irish Whisky, and cream. 

Katie O'Brien's

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Known for its all-day breakfast classics like corned beef hash and Irish country Benedict, Katie’s has drawn regulars for decades thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, draft beer selection, and house-made corned beef, which appears on a triple-decker Reuben and a fun take on a French dip. Visitors can dine and drink inside, where they can also watch a game or play pool. 

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

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Family-owned brewpub Kells first opened downtown in 1990, though the family began brewing beer at Kells’s Northwest Portland brewery in 2012. At the downtown location, Irish chef Dawn Farley, hired in 2015, revamped the menu, which now includes traditional Irish fare using ingredients sourced from Kells’s own 50-acre farm in Wilsonville. The Irish Stew is not be missed, with its salty, tender lamb and potatoes tempered by the addition of the brewery’s own Irish stout.

Leaky Roof Gastro Pub

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Originally a food cart, the Leaky Roof opened its Goose Hollow pub in 1947, still going strong as a neighborhood fixture. Set in a cozy, dark wood pub, Leaky Roof serves standards such as shepherd’s pie, Reubens, and Guinness Irish stew, alongside a respectable whiskey selection. The Shepherd’s Pie in particular can easily be a dish for two, with its generous portion and consummate comfort food combination of melty cheese, buttery soft mashed potatoes, and seasoned beef. 

Paddy's

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Residing in the historic Powers Building since 1979, Paddy’s Bar and Grill, with its low-key diner feel, has been known for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival — pre-COVID, that is. The wall behind the bar is lined with over 600 liquor bottles, including an extensive collection of Irish whisky; regulars drink doubles alongside Irish classics as bangers and mash, Reubens, and shepherd’s pie. Another Paddy’s favorite, known as the “Irish poutine,” is a soothing combination of melted cheese, corned beef, and gravy over fries.

Whelan's Irish Pub

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One of Portland’s newer Irish pubs, Whelan’s opened right before St. Patrick’s Day in 2017. Although the interiors exude a no-fuss pub, Jody Whelan’s food menu tackles the cuisine in a creative and thoughtful way: the bar’s shepherd’s pie uses grass-fed beef and Irish cheddar, the restaurant’s burger comes with a Guinness glaze, and the Reuben uses house-brined corned beef. There is an option to sit outside in a covered patio, or to watch a game inside. 

The Dullahan Irish Pub

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Located in Lake Oswego, this family-friendly Irish bar is an area favorite. Here, neighbors pop in for standbys like bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness stew, and shepherd’s pie, as well as fun dishes like the Bavarian Banger, a sausage with a soft pretzel, or the Blarney burger, a combination of Dullahan’s Reuben and its burger. The indoor seating is cozy with a converted house feel, living room fireplace included; however, those not ready to dine inside can opt for the patio with its table-side fire pits.

Shanahan's Pub & Grill

This Vancouver neighborhood bar has a relaxed atmosphere with more than 20 beers on draft, pool tables, arcade games, and an outdoor patio. If whiskey is what you seek, hop on over to the Infirmary, the newest addition to Shanahan’s, which features over 250 whiskeys. The Infirmary also offers a wide range of cigars that can be enjoyed on the smoke-friendly patio. 

T.C. O'Leary's

Thomas Christopher (“T.C.”) O’Leary, who worked as both actor in Ireland and at Los Angeles’s beloved old-school bar Tom Bergin’s, opened his Alberta Street bar in 2016. O’Leary’s has a traditional Irish pub feel, with a dark wood minimalist vibe that serves as the setting for bowls of seafood chowder with soda bread, followed by Guinness brownies. Unlike some Irish restaurants, the menu at T.C. O’Leary’s also includes many vegetarian and vegan dishes, such as the Pog Mo Bowl, a lentil-and-mushroom coconut curry, or the portobello mushroom burger. Irish beers like Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Kilkenny are served on draft. in addition to a good selection of Irish whiskey and cocktails. The current seasonal drunken chocolate cocktail is a decadent concoction of Cadbury’s hot chocolate, Paddy’s Irish Whisky, and cream. 

Katie O'Brien's

Known for its all-day breakfast classics like corned beef hash and Irish country Benedict, Katie’s has drawn regulars for decades thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, draft beer selection, and house-made corned beef, which appears on a triple-decker Reuben and a fun take on a French dip. Visitors can dine and drink inside, where they can also watch a game or play pool. 

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Family-owned brewpub Kells first opened downtown in 1990, though the family began brewing beer at Kells’s Northwest Portland brewery in 2012. At the downtown location, Irish chef Dawn Farley, hired in 2015, revamped the menu, which now includes traditional Irish fare using ingredients sourced from Kells’s own 50-acre farm in Wilsonville. The Irish Stew is not be missed, with its salty, tender lamb and potatoes tempered by the addition of the brewery’s own Irish stout.

Leaky Roof Gastro Pub

Originally a food cart, the Leaky Roof opened its Goose Hollow pub in 1947, still going strong as a neighborhood fixture. Set in a cozy, dark wood pub, Leaky Roof serves standards such as shepherd’s pie, Reubens, and Guinness Irish stew, alongside a respectable whiskey selection. The Shepherd’s Pie in particular can easily be a dish for two, with its generous portion and consummate comfort food combination of melty cheese, buttery soft mashed potatoes, and seasoned beef. 

Paddy's

Residing in the historic Powers Building since 1979, Paddy’s Bar and Grill, with its low-key diner feel, has been known for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival — pre-COVID, that is. The wall behind the bar is lined with over 600 liquor bottles, including an extensive collection of Irish whisky; regulars drink doubles alongside Irish classics as bangers and mash, Reubens, and shepherd’s pie. Another Paddy’s favorite, known as the “Irish poutine,” is a soothing combination of melted cheese, corned beef, and gravy over fries.

Whelan's Irish Pub

One of Portland’s newer Irish pubs, Whelan’s opened right before St. Patrick’s Day in 2017. Although the interiors exude a no-fuss pub, Jody Whelan’s food menu tackles the cuisine in a creative and thoughtful way: the bar’s shepherd’s pie uses grass-fed beef and Irish cheddar, the restaurant’s burger comes with a Guinness glaze, and the Reuben uses house-brined corned beef. There is an option to sit outside in a covered patio, or to watch a game inside. 

The Dullahan Irish Pub

Located in Lake Oswego, this family-friendly Irish bar is an area favorite. Here, neighbors pop in for standbys like bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness stew, and shepherd’s pie, as well as fun dishes like the Bavarian Banger, a sausage with a soft pretzel, or the Blarney burger, a combination of Dullahan’s Reuben and its burger. The indoor seating is cozy with a converted house feel, living room fireplace included; however, those not ready to dine inside can opt for the patio with its table-side fire pits.

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