8 Best Pubs in South Dakota!

There’s no better way to relax after a long week at work than by grabbing a drink at a friendly local pub. These watering holes are the perfect neighborhood gathering place—whether you’re meeting up with coworkers or old friends. Check out one of these awesome pubs in South Dakota! 

Murphy’s Pub & Grill, Rapid City, SD

Murphy’s Pub & Grill is the spot that Rapid City locals go to hang out. This authentic Irish pub is located in downtown Rapid City and was voted as the best pub in the Black Hills. In addition to a huge variety of drinks, Murphy’s also has a food menu with unique items like buffalo meatloaf, gourmet mac and cheese, Shepherd's pie with marinated lamb and a host of other options. Come during happy hour for $1 off any draft beer, well drinks, or house chardonnay and merlot, as well as a happy hour food menu.

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Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Grill, Deadwood, SD

Located inside the Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort, Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub is the perfect place to start or end an exciting night hitting the town of Deadwood. This pub has plenty of drinks like Deadwood’s largest selection of small-batch beers, 48 fine whiskeys, craft cocktails, as well as a food menu that features scrumptious bar food Paddy O’Neill’s also has a location in Rapid City, so people from all across the Black Hills can enjoy this fun pub. Check out some of their fun events like ladies’ night, college and professional football viewing parties, and happy hour.

McNally’s Irish Pub, Sioux Falls, SD

As soon as you walk through the door of McNally’s Irish Pub, you’re welcomed with music, laughter, and warm and welcoming staff. In addition to alcohol, this pub also serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Come to happy hour from Sunday through Thursday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for half off all cocktails, taps, and wine. They also have daily specials like Martini Monday ($5 martinis from 6 p.m. to close), Tuesday burger night (buy one get one free pub burger from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Wednesday ladies night (half price tap beer and wine by the glass), Thursday ginger night ($5 Jameson Big & Slim Gingers from 6 p.m. to close), and Friday deals (all cocktails, beer, and wine are half-price). Customers must be 21 or older to enter, with the exception of family day, held every Sunday.

Dempsey’s Brewery, Pub & Restaurant, Watertown, SD

Founded in 1999, this family owned and operated pub is one of Watertown’s best eateries. They’ve won numerous awards including “Best Brew” at Brookings Beer Fest and “Best Chili,” as well as winning the South Dakota Great Service Gold Star. This pub is the second oldest brewery in the state and have cemented themselves in Watertown’s bar scene. Make sure to stop in a take a tour of the brewery to see the behind the scenes process in making these refreshing drinks!

Wobbly Bobby, Rapid City, SD

Another of downtown Rapid City’s lively pubs, Wobbly Bobby has 48 beers on tap as well as scotch, whiskey, bourbon, and bevvies, so there is truly something for everyone. The menu features limited English fare and Mexican cuisine from a nearby restaurant. The classic and elegant decor perfectly complements the old-world atmosphere, making it one of the most beautiful bars around.

Main Street Pub, Vermillion, SD

This downtown Vermillion sports bar is open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., so it is the perfect late night hot spot. The Main Street Pub offers a huge selection of drinks as well as a tasty food menu. Stop in and see for yourself!

Scoreboard Pub & Grille, Mitchell, SD

Hot burgers and cold beer- what more could one ask for? Mitchell’s Scoreboard Pub & Grille makes customers feel like they’re at home. Well, a home that has a bunch of alcohol drinks and unbeatable food. Come to the Scoreboard Pub & Grille for a refreshing night of fun!

Pounders Pub & Grub, Aberdeen, SD

This casual bar has 40 craft beers on tap and 60 bottled varieties, so there is a drink that everyone can enjoy! Pounders Pub & Grill has 18 flat screen TVs, making it the best spot to watch the latest sporting game while drinking a beer!

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