In 1978, McGurk’s planted its Irish flag squarely in the middle of St. Louis’ most Francophile district and started on a path to becoming an institution. There’s no question McGurk’s is the city’s most authentic Irish pub. In fact, if you ask the folks at National Geographic, they’ll argue it’s one of the best Irish pubs in the entire United States. The music, beer and good-time Emerald Isle vibe are reason enough to patronize this fine drinking establishment, but they’re only part of the story. When the weather cooperates, McGurk’s garden is the place to be for outdoor drinking, day or night. Lush foliage creates an oasis in the middle of the city, complete with a gorgeous stone waterfall that looks like it was inspired by a drive around the Ring of Kerry. Park yourself at one of the umbrella-covered wrought-iron tables, savor a Guinness and soak in this Irish charmer. Photo courtesy of Instagram / leannelyse.