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It’s not hard to find an Irish bar; for such a small island, Ireland is one of the most recognisable and influential countries in the world. However, it is hard to find a true Irish bar, one whose food is authentic, Guinness is poured correctly, and atmosphere is befitting of the emerald isle.

Irish pubs are different to your everyday bar; they’re much more relaxed, jovial, and there’s no patience for BS. The patrons are there to have fun, eat some good food, listen to some music, and drink the best beer there is. If that sounds like a good night to you, then you’re in luck.

Today we’re looking at the five best Irish bars throughout Mississauga. These places are authentically Irish and will make you feel right at home.

Fionn MacCool’s

(970 Southdown Rd d, Mississauga, ON L5J 2Y4)

Fionn MacCool’s is actually pronounced as Finn McCool’s, and the name is based on an Irish folktale of a giant of the same name who created the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Now that we have that out of the way, we can talk about the pub itself. Fionn’s is an establishment throughout Ontario but we’re focusing on the one in Oakville. The bar’s mission statement is simple: “We are a social house, an extended living room, with a focus on strong community roots.” With that in mind, Fionn MacCool’s puts emphasis on a welcoming atmosphere, local food sources, perfect pints, and live music.

Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub

(158 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON L5M 1K8)

Here again we have a rather tricky pronunciation based on an Irish warrior, but I can help: Cook-Hullen is probably the closest I can liken it to but you gotta put a little throat into the cook. Or you could simply call it Streetsville’s only Irish pub!

CuChuliann’s pub has been in Streetsville since 2005, however the building itself has been standing since 1832, making it one of Mississauga’s oldest buildings. The owners are authentically Irish and that’s reflected in the menu, which serves up sausage rolls, drunken pasta, madras curry, shephard’s pie, Guinness stew, and a corned beef sandwich, among other Irish delicacies.

The Brogue Inn

(136 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1E6)

The Brogue Irish Pub is located in the heart of Port Credit and has served as a mainstay in the community for two decades. The exterior is nice and unassuming but once you step inside you are drenched in Irish culture and good craic (fun).

The Brogue Inn, run by the Donnelly family, is a real Irish bar that serves on-tap Guinness, poured by certified bartenders! The Brogue is known far and wide for its seafood, which arrives fresh every single week and is prepared in-store, as is the prime rib, and all sauces. Everything in the Brogue is authentic, from the beer, to the food, to the people! Oh, and brogue is Irish for boot.

Failte Irish Pub

(201 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 4E4)

Failte is one of Mississauga’s most popular bars, particularly because of it’s location within the heart of the city centre, as well as the incredibly well-designed bar.

Failte attracts a wide variety of people across Mississauga with its live music, and on the weekends you can expect a real rowdy atmosphere. Throw in the truly delicious fish and chips, as well as a heated patio, and you have yourself a fantastic bar, Irish or otherwise.

The Belfast Lounge & Pub

(5165 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 4G1)

The final bar on our list is located along Dixie Road and the exterior does not do the interior justice. The Belfast Lounge & Pub could do with a new lick of paint on the outside but none of that matters when you walk indoors and enter Ireland.

Owned by a Belfast native, The Belfast Lounge looks, smells, and acts like a real Irish bar. From the nice wood finish throughout, to the warm atmosphere, and the authentically prepared food, The Belfast Lounge is the closest you can get to Ireland in all of Mississauga, so what are you waiting for?!