Tampa Treasures: O’Brien’s Irish Pub


Tampa has a number of notable places to enjoy a beer and some shepherd’s pie. When you think of the top tier Guinness slingers around town, Four Green Fields, James Joyce Irish Pub & Eatery, and Maloney’s Local Irish Pub (The local Yelp frontrunner) come to mind. But among Tampa’s dozens of Irish pubs, O’Brien’s Irish Pub may take first place.

Photo courtesy of O’Brien’s Irish Pub

O’Brien’s has been a favorite of Tampa residents since it opened in the Carrollwood area over 28 years ago. Even after the pub moved operations to its current home at 15435 N Dale Mabry Hwy, local support stayed strong. O’Brien’s is everything a neighborhood pub should be. During the day, you’ll find a comfortable restaurant featuring Irish favorites like Bangers and Mash with Guinness gravy, Shepherd’s Pie, and Traditional Irish Fish ‘n’ Chips. On a Friday or Saturday night, you can expect fantastic live bands, plenty of drinks, and a bar full of great people. The pub has cultivated a tight-knit community over nearly three decades. If you visit O’Brien’s more than once, you’re bound to see some familiar faces.

Photo courtesy of O’Brien’s Irish Pub

Plus, if you’re looking for a place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, O’Brien’s festivities are second to none. The party spans across the inside of the bar, out onto the patio, and into a massive tent set up outside for the event. There will be bands inside, bands outside, Irish dancers, and of course, enough drinks to celebrate in style. More info here.

Photos courtesy of O’Brien’s Irish Pub.

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Written by Brien Neal

Brien Neal

Brien Neal is the Manager of Digital Strategy for RKC.me and a contributor for That's So Tampa and I Love the Burg. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a B.S. in Advertising.