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Best Irish Pubs - Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey - New Jersey

The votes have been tallied, the pints have been finished, and a winner has been determined in New Jersey Monthly’s Best Irish Pub Poll, sponsored by Tullamore Dew. After a month of intense competition, Kilkenny House in Cranford emerges as the champion.

Owner Barry O’Donovan, who opened the pub in September 2008, was grateful to New Jersey Monthly, Tullamore Dew and the enthusiastic support of his loyal friend and patrons.

“It’s truly an honor to win with all the great Irish pubs in New Jersey,” he said. “It’s a lovely feeling. It’s not very often I don’t talk much.”

Kilkenny House proved to be a fierce contender throughout the four-week poll, finishing in the Top Five every week since New Jersey Monthly launched the poll on February 21. We started with 30 great Irish pubs throughout the Garden State. Each week the pubs with the fewest votes were eliminated until we reached the Final Four. Approximately 33,000 votes were cast over the course of the poll.

In the end, Kilkenny House prevailed. McDonagh’s Pub in Keyport finished in second, St. Stephen’s Green Publick House in Spring Lake placed third and McGovern’s Tavern in Newark rounded out the top four.

Congratulations to Kilkenny House, and thanks to all the voters who participated in the poll!

No purchase necessary; void where prohibited by law. To enter to win 1 of 3 prizes, vote for your favorite Irish Pub and fill out the information above. Votes must be received before midnight on March 27, 2017. Winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email by April 3, 2017. Odds of winning will depend upon total number of entries submitted. New Jersey Monthly is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Open only to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Not open to employees of New Jersey Monthly or New Jersey Bride. Winners agree to be featured on New Jersey Monthly social media pages. Three winners will receive one $50 American Express Gift Card awarded by New Jersey Monthly. New Jersey Monthly is the host and administrator of this poll and sweepstakes and not affiliated with the Pubs or American Express. All rights reserved.

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  1. al romano

    The New Park Tavern in Jersey City is the best pub in our state. Owned since 1972 by the Courtney clan of Drumlish, County Longford, the owners have kept it real and really nice since. Brother Antony and faithful nephew Bobby have built & maintained the interior and outdoor patio-cum-woodpile for their fireplace (lovingly constructed by Brother Patrick [RIP], from bricks taken from the Journal Square PATH station renovation).
    Burgers, beers, and brotherhood (sisterhood, too!) abound! Check out my office, too.

    • Bob

      Sounds like you are biased.

      • al romano

        If knowing when something is well run and organized, as well as caring & authentic, is biased, then, yea, I am. As an example, I have seen the way the folks keep their draft beer pipes clean, so I can vouch for the freshness of the stout, ales, lagers, etc., and the professionalism & personal attention to detail that all bars should strive for. So, just try it if you’re in town.

        • Bob

          Have you been to every Irish Pub in NJ?

          • al romano

            No, but some, as well as some in NYC (and a few that disappeared decades ago). I’m thinking of a place in Union City, on Bergenline Ave., that had among the earliest Guiness drafts in the US. This was in the 1970s, and its name eludes me, along with when it closed.
            Have you been to them all, and, better, do you have any faves?

          • Bob

            I like St.Stephens Green Publik House in Spring Lake. I have also been to The Celtic House Irish Pub and Restaurant, which was voted best bar in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patricks Day. It’s in Arlington VA.

  2. Danny Mccarthy

    I had my first kiss at McDonagh’s in keyport I’ll never forget it

  3. Roger Stryeski

    In Union County, I prefer the food at The Blackthorn. Kilkenny never impressed me.

  4. deirdre mcgovern

    This voting is rigged!! Everytime I vote for my favorite bar, the percentage goes down!! What’s up with this?

    • New Jersey Monthly

      Yeah the voting is not “rigged”. The votes are calculated automatically and the percentages fluctuate based on votes.

  5. DAdickman

    Had my father in laws 80th birthday at Mc donnaghs in keyport. It was excellent and Irish indeed doo!

  6. Amee Sheth-Fontanetta

    McDonagh’s in keyport All the for families for times with friends there is a seat for everyone and the food is awesome !!!!

  7. Dan Dellaventura

    If you are looking for a good Irish Pub Kilkenny’s is the place to be. Great Food, atmosphere and the best owner in the business…

  8. Tim

    Gee those of us south of the Driscoll Bridge are surprised with that outcome. Monmouth county Kelley’s Tavern a famous pub in Neptune and Harrigan’s in Sea Girt packed from opening from lunch to last call. Both award winners for just their food. Not even a mention. Those of us down here already knew the outcome. Your publication is so bias it’s laughable.

    • Maryrose Mullen Digital Editor

      Kelley’s Tavern was included in our original list of 30, and made it to the third round.

  9. Sullivan Johnson

    My vote would have been for P.J Ryan’s Squared in Jersey City. Authentic Irish pub and great ownership in Mike Ryan! If you’re ever around the Journal Square area you must go. Free parking too!
    Sullivan Johnson