A Little Booze for the Buzz: 7 Best Irish Coffees in NYC

There are some people who really hate coffee. Admit it: it's brittle, acrid, and pretty much downright disgusting. The only thing good about coffee is the freshly brewed smell and the jolt of caffeine it gives you once you choke it down. 

There's only one type of coffee that both coffee and tea drinkers alike turn to with delight, and that's a steaming, hot mug of Irish coffee on a cold winter's night. 

Maybe it's the sugar, the ample amounts of cream, or maybe it's just the Irish whiskey... okay, it's definitely the whiskey. 

Want to know the perfect way to stave off the chill from the cold? Head to one of these amazing spots for some killer Irish coffee.

Don't wait to have your Irish coffee just for dessert. We're telling you it's acceptable at any time of the day. Whether or not we'll judge you is another story. Lies. We won't judge you at all. 

Here are our seven spots for the best Irish coffees in NYC. 

1. Fort Defiance (365 Van Brunt Street - Brooklyn)

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If you're a self-proclaimed Irish coffee connoisseur, you need to try the decadently smooth Irish coffee from Fort Defiance in Brooklyn. 

The New York Times declared Fort Defiance's Irish coffee as "the best in the known world." While we're not so sure it's the best in the world, we're going to say it's one of the best in NYC. 


It's made with slow drip coffee, which automatically gives it a step up over other Irish coffees, but the cream is also made by the bartenders, allowing for the perfect milky mustache. Don't believe us? Try it out yourselves. Send us a picture.

2. Molly's Shebeen (287 3rd Avenue)

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What's better than sipping a warm, boozy Irish coffee when it's freezing out? Sipping an Irish coffee by the fireplace at Molly's. It might be 17˚F when we're walking home from work at night. That's pretty much the best time to head to Molly's for a delicious Irish coffee. 

Make sure you grab one after you down a hot cheddar bacon burger. You'll be warm and toasty in no time. 

3. Dorian Gray Tap & Grill (205 East 4th Street)

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Want a $5 Irish coffee? Head over to Dorian Gray Tap & Grill for their happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 


Their Irish coffee, usually $8, is made with Irish whiskey, coffee, and whipped cream. However, if you're feeling rather adventurous (or just plain boozy) try the Mexican coffee, with coffee liquor, coffee, tequila, and whipped cream. Adios. 

4. Emmett O'Lunney's Irish Pub (210 West 50th Street)

If you like any kind of fortified coffee, you need to hit up Emmett O'Lunney's. With six different types of fortified coffee, including Irish coffee, you're bound to find something that'll tickle your fancy. 

Their Irish coffee is traditional, made with Irish whiskey, sugar, coffee, and fresh cream, but they also offer Jameson's coffee (made with Jameson's), Bailey's coffee (made with Bailey's Irish cream), Mexican coffee (made with Kahlua), and Gaelic coffee (with Irishmist liqueur).

They also offer the "Nutty Irishman Coffee" with Bailey's, Frangelico, coffee, and fresh cream. Whatever you choose, you'll certainly be leaving there boozed. 


5. Neary's (358 East 57th Street)

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Want a good, classic Irish pub? Head to Neary's in Midtown East. With red leather and memorabilia of Ireland bedecking their walls, it's the perfect place to sip on a warm Irish coffee. 


Make sure you grab some corned beef hash before you get your whiskey one. It's the real deal, and it's delicious. 

6. O'Lunney's (145 West 45th Street)

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Want an Irish coffee or a Bailey's coffee in a warm welcoming Irish pub? If you haven't been sold by any of the previous spots, we're pretty sure you need to try O'Lunney's. Yes, it's in Times Square, but don't hold that against them.

Order an Irish coffee and a slice of classic New York cheesecake served with strawberry coulis. It's essentially the boozy way of doing dessert, as in... the right way of doing dessert. 

7. Dead Rabbit (30 Water Street)

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So how could we finish up our list of best Irish coffee in NYC without mentioning Dead Rabbit? We can't... because it's one of (if not the best) Irish coffees in NYC.

If you've ever been to The Buena Vista Café in San Francisco (which turned this tea drinker into an Irish coffee drinker), you'll be surprised to find another Irish coffee on par with-- nay, possibly even better than Buena Vista's


The Dead Rabbit makes their Irish coffee with Powers Signature Release Irish Whiskey, Demerara sugar, coffee, fresh cream, and a sprinkling of nutmeg. 

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