New non-profit museum honors the Irish legacy in Utica. Stunning building. Irish designed and furnished Five Points Public House serves authentic pub fare. Live music.
Irish or not, here we come! The Irish Cultural Center, located in the heart of Utica’s brewery district, has been built on the site of the first Irish Catholic Church in Utica, with some of the original stone foundation preserved and used. Today the center is used for a range of activities, from its annual festival in September to a host of educational and entertaining programs. Enjoy a dance performance, movies, workshops in Irish cooking, language, or crafts, and so much more.
The ICC is also home to a traditional tavern and restaurant called the Five Points Public House. The significance of the name comes from the epicenter of the Irish in New York City during the 1800s, which was located at the intersection of five corners. It serves up some of the finest American and Irish pub fare in the area, with something on the menu for any taste. The entirety of the indoor furnishings for the Five Points Public House, from the furniture and tiles to the wooden bar and room dividers, was built in Ireland to give patrons an authentic feeling of a 19th century Dublin pub.
On the second floor of the ICC is an expansive museum of Irish history, with rotating exhibits borrowed from across the country, such as “Irish in Music – Traditional and Rock” and “Irish In Sports.” The museum also has portions dedicated to upstate New York’s Irish history, with items either donated or loaned from establishments across the state.
Whether looking for a bit of history or a bit of fun, the Irish Cultural Center in Utica, New York, offers something for everyone – Irish or not!
“It was great. The setting and atmosphere were wonderful. The drink selection was good. The food was delicious. It was so good, we went back a couple days later..”