10 great places to raise a toast to St. Patrick

The Ugly Moose Philadelphia Sorry, no Irish roots here, but the craic can't be beat. "Craic is a Gaelic term to describe good fun, banter and ambiance, and The Ugly Moose always has it," Glaser says. "From the friendly bar staff to the patrons that fill the bar area, it's never hard to strike up a conversation." The Moose, as it's known locally, also offers an array of authentic Irish fare on St. Patrick's Day. 215-482-2739; theuglymoose.com

The Snug Hingham, Mass. This pub just outside Boston, arguably the greatest Irish-American city, pays homage to the roadside pubs that are found throughout Ireland, Glaser says. "Located in a building that dates back to the 1820s, The Snug is a hidden gem that, unlike its counterparts, serves as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. However, don't be fooled by its quiet demeanor. This pub offers its customers an extensive wine and beer list, starting, of course, with their 'perfect pint.' " 781-749-9774; snugpub.com

Celtic CrossingsChicago "Irish pride is evident in every aspect of this authentic Irish haunt in the River North neighborhood," Glaser says. "A strict no-television policy ensures that pints and conversation flow without interruption." Enjoy one of 13 beers on tap as you sit by the working stone fireplace. "If you're homesick or looking to re-create a past trip to Ireland, this is the place for you." 312-337-1005

The Kerry Irish Pub New Orleans A little bit of the Emerald Isle right in the French Quarter — and with a little bit of something for everyone. "What started off as a venue for Irish and country music artists has since developed into a musical gumbo, if you will, that blends mixed sounds ranging from Irish, folk, blues, rock and country, among many others," Glaser says. 504-527-5954; kerryirishpub.com

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