5 Nashville Pubs Offering Irish Take-Out Food


Nashvillians had little to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day in 2020, with the holidays coming just days after a deadly tornado and the declared start of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, it looks like Music City’s luck is turning: nearly one in five residents of Tennessee has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and President Joe Biden has set a goal of returning to family reunions by Independence Day.

St. Patrick’s Day 2021 is arguably the first truly happy holiday in Nashville in over a year, and several Middle Tennessee restaurants offer food and drink to help you celebrate. Here are five (and a half) local options for fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and other Irish dishes that you can order and enjoy at home.

For Nashville coronavirus trends to move in the right direction, it’s always important to follow coronavirus safety guidelines while on the go. Remember to wear a mask when collecting your food, tip staff generously, and limit gatherings to members of your immediate household.

207 Printer Alley # 101

St. Patrick’s Day: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fleet Street is inspired by pubs from England, not Ireland, but its menu still features Emerald Isle favorites such as bangers and mash or fish and chips.

715 Spence Ln.

Saint-Patrick’s Day hours: 11 a.m. to midnight.

The Lost Paddy, described by its founder as a “supplier of hangovers and traditional dining”, is located in the Hillside Crossing hotel near the Nashville International Airport. Dublin Registry Micheal (pronounced “ME-haul”) O’Leary founded the bar in 2019 and sells traditional fare including Irish stew, bangers and mash.

414 Main Street (Franklin)

St. Patrick’s Day: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

McCreary’s in downtown Franklin hosts one of Williamson County’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The menu is broader than the other restaurants on this list, but Irish pub staples like cottage pie, corned beef, and cabbage make up the most festive celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

McNamara Irish Pub in Donelson.

2740 Route of Old Lebanon

St. Patrick’s Day: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sean McNamara founded McNamara’s in 2010 after years of singing in other Irish pubs in Middle Tennessee. The menu offers traditional dishes that are hard to find, including boxty (potato pancakes) and blood sausage.

400 11th Avenue South

St. Patrick’s Day: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Pub, another English-inspired pub, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with live music and dishes such as roast and shepherd’s pie. The regional chain’s fish and chips were named America’s best by the UK’s largest pub chain in 2018.

Fish and chips at home

If you are confident in your frying skills, buy some fish from the store and make your own fish and chips. There are several recipes online, but the key ingredients are white fish like cod or haddock and Guinness beer for batter (and for drinking).

Cole Villena covers the affairs of The Tennessean, which is part of the USA Today Network – Tennessee. Join Cole at cvillena@tennessean.com or 615-925-0493. Follow Cole on Twitter at @ColeVillena and on Instagram at @CVinTennessee.


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