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Looking for somewhere other than your local haunt to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day this year? How about somewhere REALLY different? We’ve rounded up some of the most unique and far-flung Irish bars from every corner of the world. Here are our picks for the most unique places to sip a green beer this year!

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Tir Na Nog: Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Located on a tiny spec of sand in the vast archipelago of Indonesia sits a one-of-a-kind Irish Bar. Just steps from the sand, you’ll find this island attempt at a traditional pub. Tir Na Nog claims to be on the smallest island in the world with an Irish bar and is a local favorite on an island with a reputation for being a fun-loving party place. If you are anywhere near the Gili Islands on a Wednesday night, this is the best place to be for hundreds, if not thousands of miles!

Fibber Magees: Dubai, UAE

Another place you might not expect to find an Irish Pub is right in the center of the Middle East. Dubai is a literal and proverbial oasis in the desert when it comes to drinking. The surrounding nations and even parts of the UAE have strict laws prohibiting drinking, but not in Dubai. In the shadow of some of the world’s tallest sky scrapers is a not-to-shabby replica of an Irish bar.

Paddy’s Pub: Cusco, Peru

Situated at a staggering 11,156 feet above sea level, Paddy’s Pub’s claim to fame is that it’s the world’s highest Irish-owned bar. Enjoy a Guinness or traditional Irish fare while overlooking the picture perfect Plaza de Armas in the center of Cusco. Consder skipping the shots of Jameson here because the altitude can really amplify the effect of alcohol. No matter your drink of choice, Paddy’s is a great place to celebrate after trekking to Machu Picchu which is a short train ride from the city.

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Gallagher’s Pub: McMurdo, Antarctica

You’ve heard of those remote research stations in the Arctic. Well, the folks living and working in those frigid, far flung locales need a place to gather, raise a glass and evade cabin fever just like the rest of us (and probably more so). That’s where Gallagher’s Pub comes in. Serving thirsty workers at McMurdo Station since 1997, this Irish bar serves beers and cocktails to its close-knit clientele for prices we haven’t seen in the lower 48 since the 1990s. The bar’s name comes from the owners’ father, who passed away during a winter over.

Namche Bazar | Flickr CC: Petr Meissner

Irish Pub: Namche Bazar, Nepal

This one’s known by many as the most inaccessible and hardest-to-get-to Irish bar on the planet. A two-day trek from civilization through the Himalayas separates you from a Guinness beer at this little bar in Nepal. Make sure to savor every sip of your pint, because it took a lot of work to get it here. Your drinks arrive on the same path you do, carried by yak cart or even sometimes on the backs of Nepali porters.

Bubbles O’Learys: Kampala, Uganda

Smack dab in the center of Africa isn’t a place you’d expect to find an Irish pub, but Bubbles O’Learys in Kampala has a Guinness waiting for you. Located only a few miles from the equator, this bar is truly one of a kind. The interior does a good job making you feel like you’re right in the middle of Dublin. However, one step outside you’ll be surrounded by lush palms and bright red Ugandan dirt to remind you exactly where you really are.

Flickr CC: John Wisniewski

McSorley’s New York: New York City

While this one’s not really at the edge of the earth, it will make you feel like you’re in another world. McSorley’s in New York City is the oldest operating Irish bar in America. The pub opened its doors in 1854 and every nook oozes history. On the ceilings, you’ll see wishbones hung there by WWI soldiers who didn’t return from the war. Ordering is easy at this Irish bar, as you only have two options: light or dark ale. That’s it. No liquor, no bottles, not even a Guinness, but that’s the way it’s always been and they don’t have plans to change. Oh, and you’re not seeing double if you order a beer and get two; every order comes in two 8oz mugs—because that’s the way they do it.

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Hannah & Adam | Getting Stamped Bloggers
Hannah & Adam are travel writers & photographers who have called the road home since 2013. Their passion for adventurous travel has brought them to 60 countries and counting. They blog about their adventures on their travel blog

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