The Port Tavern
The weathered wood interior here signals a place with a lot of craic (Irish for “fun”). The pub food is tasty, there are many, many beers on tap, and in the summertime they can swing all the doors open to let in the breeze. Need another reason to check it out? The first Wednesday of each month features a traditional Irish seisiún.
84 State St., Newburyport, 978-465-1006, theporttavern.com
The Peddler’s Daughter
It doesn’t get much more authentic than Michael Conneely’s spot—the beef stew is adapted from his mother’s recipe, the live music is often influenced by the Emerald Isle, and, of course, they pour a perfect pint of Guinness.
45 Wingate St., Haverhill, 978-372-9555, thepeddlersdaughter.com