Irish Pubs

» FLANNERY'S PUB: Even though the 15 imported beers are poured in imperial pint glasses, which are 4 ounces larger than the standard U.S. pint, regulars keep coming back to this downtown spot for the companionship. "It's weird when you're talking about stories with your regulars and they go back 15 years," says general manager Sean O'Donnell. 323 E. Prospect Ave., Cleveland, 216-781-7782,

» THE HARP: An Ohio City landmark for 15 years, this spot is downright Irish. "The building was built by my dad, and it was designed by a firm in Ireland," says owner Karen O'Malley. The menu also includes a house-made soda bread that was O'Malley's grandmother's recipe. 4408 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 216-939-0200,

» NIGHTTOWN: We doubt Ireland's neighborhood pubs tout green beer and neon shamrocks. Nighttown's atmosphere is likewise dignified. "There is just one small TV in one of the [four] bars," says owner Brendan Ring. "The Irish art of conversation is something we pride ourselves on." There's plenty to discuss such as its superb live jazz. 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216795-0550,

» PJ MCINTYRE'S: Kamm's Corners may offer your pick of pubs, but PJ McIntyre's is a double-threat: Stained-glass windows, a fireplace and Irish bric-a-brac keep the place warm and cozy, while daily specials bring in the crowds. "If you hear pounding from the ceiling," warns general manager Melissa McGreal, "don't worry." Co-owner Pat Campbell and his wife Rebecca both starred in Lord of the Dance, and their studio is directly upstairs. 17119 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-941-9311,

» STONE MAD: You might forget you're in Cleveland, if it wasn't for Stone Mad's obsessive incorporation of local artistry. From the stately handcrafted Gaelic ironwork and meticulous tile-mosaic bathrooms to its hand-molded coat hooks, "the detail is what keeps bringing everybody back here," says Eileen Sammon, who co-owns the restaurant along with partner Pete Leneghan. 1306 W. 65th St., Cleveland, 216-281-6500

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