Brennan’s at Five Points South named best Irish Pub in Alabama

Brennan’s Irish Pub’s owner Danny Winter. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Brennan’s Irish Pub at Five Points South has been named the best Irish Pub in the state of Alabama by Delish.com.

This honor is well deserved.

I’ve got to admit, Brennan’s is one of my favorite places to listen to music, eat fish and chips and watch Manchester United soccer games.

Manchester United supporters watch games at Brennan’s Irish Pub on most weekends during the season. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In fact, my favorite local band, String Theory plays there about once every six months.

We are family

In an interview with Bham Now, Brennan’s owner Danny Winter summed  up the secret to their success.

“We are a family.  Whether it is your first time in the pub or you are a regular. Everyone who comes into the pub, we try to make you feel welcome.  It was one of my experiences growing up, visiting Irish Pubs, it didn’t matter if you were by yourself or visiting a group of friends, you always had someone to talk to, or an event that brought people together.  That is one thing we try to do – keep it family.”

Brennan’s is family and kid friendly too –  and they have bands and karaoke  music almost 7 days a week.

The food is legit

Along with the fantastic atmosphere, the food is “legit.”

Most everything is made from scratch. They make their own bangers and  corn beef in house. For the Fish & Chips, they only use North Atlantic cod and the fries (chips) are hand-cut.

They even brine their own rasher – an Irish form of bacon made from  pork tenderloin that is brined, sliced up and fried.

Honors keep coming

Front entrance at Brennan’s Irish Pub in Five Points South Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Of course, this isn’t the first time Brennan’s has been honored for their fine food and Irish hospitality.  Last year, Irish Hospitality Global nominated Brennan’s as one of the best Irish food programs for an Irish Pub in North, Central and North America.  Only 8 pubs received such an honor.

The Delish – 50 Best Irish Pubs story was also re-published in the Irish Post.

Brennan’s has gone global!

A class act – Brennan’s Winter concluded his interview with us saying:

“We are excited to be recognized.  There are a lot of fantastic Irish Pubs in this state. To be recognized as number one is super exciting.”

Don’t forget Bham Nowers – St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner – here are details about the day at Brennan’s.


  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.