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It’s a Great Day for the Irish! (And the Rest of Us Too!)

by Stacey Shannon, Reading-Berks Association of Realtors

Mar 15, 2019

Obligations may keep us in the States this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate like the Irish!  Luckily, for those of us in Berks County with both wanderlust and work obligations, we have our choice of several fine Irish Pubs where we can meet our mates and raise a pint to St. Patrick!

Flanagan’s Pub

41 West Lancaster Ave.

Shillington, PA 19607


Monday – Sunday 11AM – 2AM

Anyone who has ever visited Flanagan’s Pub knows it’s the kind of place where you can come as you are on any given day and have an amazing food experience.  St. Patrick ’s Day is no exception, as the chef serves up Irish fare from Corned Beef and Cabbage to Mrs. Flanagan’s Guinness Chocolate Cake.  On Tap are Smithwick’s Irish Ale and locally brewed “Kilty As Charged Irish Red Lager” from Stoudts.  The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will include live music all weekend too!


Trooper Thorn’s

451 Morgantown Rd.

Reading, PA 19611


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Monday 4PM – 2AM

Tuesday – Sunday 11:30 AM – 2AM

Trooper Thorn’s, aka, “Trooper’s” is a long time local favorite.   St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday this year, so to paraphrase the Irishman, Hozier, “take yourself to church” at Trooper’s!  Tuck into an Authentic Irish Brekky for Brunch or try some Jameson Crab Cakes for dinner then stay for Church with DJ Evolution, beginning at 10PM.  On Tap you will find Harp, and Boddington Pub Ale.  If your taste runs to the sweet, try a Pimm’s Cup.


Ganley’s Irish Pub

500 Brownsville Road

Sinking Spring, PA 19608


Sunday – Thursday 11AM – 9PM

Friday & Saturday 11AM – 10PM

If a drive into the countryside sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday, cruise over to Ganley’s Irish Pub just outside of Sinking Spring.  Warm your winter-weary heart with a generous portion of Bangers & Mash washed down with a cold Murphy’s Irish Stout.  Surrounded by the cozy glow of the polished wood bar and furnishings you’ll unwind in no time at Ganley’s Irish Pub.


The Ugly Oyster

21 South 5th Street

Reading, PA 19602


Monday – Friday 11:30 AM – 2AM

Saturday – 12 Noon to 2AM

Sunday – Closed

As the oldest pub in Berks County, The Ugly Oyster has long been a go to spot for a downtown business lunch and a comforting dinner at the end of a long day.  The Ugly Oyster has bragging rights to being an authentic Guinness Irish Pub, serving up the world famous draught according to the centuries old tradition.  Pair it with the “Ugly O’s” Steamed Seafood Platter for a meal fit for an Irish king. A word to the wise–be sure you understand the signs on the restroom doors before you venture in!


The Speckled Hen Cottage Pub & Alehouse

30 South Fourth Street

Reading, PA 19602


Snuggle up by the fireplace in this restored 18th century log house with a pint and your best girl and it’s easy to pretend you have escaped to Dublin for the day.  The signature dish here is the Scotch Egg, but if you are looking for something more substantial try the Traditional Shepherd’s Pie.  St. Patrick’s Day festivities feature music by Blight of The Bards.


The Whiskey Bar Next Door

624 Penn Ave.

West Reading, PA

Friday – Saturday 4PM to 12AM

Sunday – Thursday Closed

While not technically an Irish Pub, the Whiskey Bar Next Door deserves a tip o’ the cap here for their extensive selection of Irish and Scotch whiskies.  Among their offerings you will find the classic Jameson as well as less familiar  bottles of single malts from Ireland and Scotland.  If you are not one for green beer, and prefer a sophisticated vibe and hip atmosphere, The Whiskey Bar Next Door is the place for you.

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