Cape Cod’s Irish Pub
126 Main St.
West Harwich, MA 02671
Talk about truth in advertising! Taking the “what’s in a name?” saying with the utmost earnestness, Cape Cod’s Irish Pub has earned its fair share of raving fans over the course of its stay off Route 28 in West Harwich, making the most of the atmosphere gained through the pub’s varied clientele. This bar serves as a home away from home for college kids, tourists and townies alike, celebrating the luck of the Irish with plenty of beer, grub and even some like entertainment in the form of popular local cover band The Slackers.
O’Shea’s Olde Inne
348 Main Street
West Dennis, MA 02670
The best advice for visitors choosing to stop at O’Shea’s Olde Inne is to show up with an empty stomach, for this West Dennis destination prides itself on filling the bellies of all customers with some true, down-home Irish comfort food. Fish ‘n chips, shepherd’s pie and Irish stew are just some of the delicacies offered at the Olde Inne, while thirsty travelers can also choose to whet their whistle on a stiff drink or two. This one may be a prime tourist destination, yet O’Shea’s also provides plenty of warm atmosphere to just about anyone to come in from the cold (or heat).
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The Pub At The Cape Cod Claddagh Inn
77 Main St.
West Harwich, MA
Also located in West Harwich, The Pub at the Cape Cod Claddagh Inn combines the best of quaint, homey, bed ‘n breakfast atmosphere with the warm and personable touch of a local Irish pub, the sort of place where everyone knows your name and then some. Vacationers and passersby mix up quite well here as guests blow in from the inn and off the street, satiating hunger and thirst with The Claddagh Pub’s home-cooked meals or a freshly poured Guinness. This one’s definitely worth a look.
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Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub And Restaurant
334 Main St.
Hyannis, MA 02601
Tommy Doyle’s in Hyannis has some certified Irish credentials beyond its history, having been founded by an emigrating Irishman whose pride and joy has also expanded to include two other locations in Cambridge. This Cape Cod branch is one of the largest bars in the area and serves as a high-energy hotspot with a comparatively youthful clientele. On any given night, plenty of college kids — both local and Bostonian, particularly during the busy summer months — can be seen cavorting and canoodling on Doyle’s spacious floor, while hungry couples can indulge on the pub’s specialty bangers and mash. Tommy Doyle’s has proven popular and reliable for many years now, with no apparent signs of stopping.
Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub
273 Main St.
Falmouth, MA 02540
The city of Falmouth has plenty of colonial history behind its walls and beneath the ground, to which the building that houses Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub can easily attest. This historic destination prides itself on delivering true and traditional Irish culture to its Falmouth clientele, relishing in ice cold Irish brews and down-home, stick-to-your-ribs cuisine. In fact, the word “tradition” nicely sums up the atmosphere of Liam Maguire’s upon each visit: a classic and unchanging snapshot of comforting culture and common fellowship which defines the Irish pub experience.
George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.