According to The Coffee Geek, Foynes, the port city of Ireland, was where Irish Coffee began in 1942. It sailed across the ocean and next landed in San Francisco, where this year, Irish Coffee celebrates it’s 60th anniversary. In San Francisco, the Buena Vista Café, where Irish Coffee was first served, can still be found on the corner of Beach and Hyde Streets. Just like they did in 1942, they make somewhere on the order of 2,000 Irish Coffees a day. And here in Seattle, you’ll find that steaming cup of Irish coffee in some delightful Puget Sound pubs and restaurants.
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
801 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Following the recipe from Foynes, Ireland, Fado makes their Irish Coffee the old fashioned way… Bushmills Irish Whiskey and brown sugar in coffee, topped with housemade cream and cinnamon swirls.
T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
21 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Of their own Irish Coffee, T.S. McHugh’s says, “It’s true—we’re not very modest about our Irish coffee. We happen to think it is the best you’ll find in Seattle.” They start with Bushmills Irish Whiskey, distilled three times and recognized for its smoothness. Next, pure cane sugar, then add freshly brewed Caffè Appassionato coffee, roasted locally in the Pacific Northwest. Topped off by floating lightly whipped cream… it will keep you warm on a chilly Seattle evening.
5140 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Nominated for Best Irish Pub by Best of Western Washington, Conor Byrne has a great cuppa Irish coffee and an unbeatable happy hour. Located in the funky, quaint Old Ballard neighborhood.
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
1916 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub is one of Seattle’s favorite hideaways. Situated in Post Alley above the historic Pike Place Market Kells is a fine way to round up a day’s sightseeing or browsing at the market. Try their Irish Coffee, made with Jameson’s, sugar, Seattle’s Best Coffee and cream. Or try the Irish Coffee Toffee, with a splash of Dooley’s Toffee liqueur.