At The Tavern 19, the kitchen takes pizza, like the rest of their scratch-made casual fine dining cuisine, seriously. Each night chefs slather 16-inch dough with fresh ingredients and bake it within the newly-installed Italian-made wood-fired brick oven. Patrons' appetites can also settle on items from the behemoth three-pound Killer Burger to more modest half- or 1-pound patties topped with fried onions and the tavern's special hot sauce. The chefs also busy themselves crafting house-made soups and tarter sauce, which accompanies beer-battered, fried fish and Brazilian lobster tails. These and other dishes are crafted by the owners, two brothers whose family has served Rochester for over 40 years at the Charlotte Tavern. After meals, The Tavern 19 welcomes guests to hang out in the game room, filled with classic bar games, including darts, shuffleboard, and pool.
No Irish pub is complete with the customary decorations: vintage Guinness posters, etched Jameson mirrors, and tin Magners signs. Caverly's Irish Pub has it all, along with a smattering of four leaf clovers and Ireland’s flag standing guard over the bar. And just like any bar, the libations flow freely. Bartenders pour Smithwicks, Harp, Guinness, and Magners into 20-ounces glasses. They also top off pint glasses with a bevy of craft brews, and wine is available for the oenophiles.
A mainstay for Best Irish Pub on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's annual Rochester's Choice list, Johnny's Irish Pub welcomes the neighborhood in for appetizing eats and enticing alcoholic drinks. Mouth-mow your way through the menu, starting with a dozen jumbo buffalo-chicken wings ($8), served with blue cheese and celery sticks, or the nacho supreme ($7), which heaps melted cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and Johnny's hot meat sauce onto a tower of tortilla chips. Bread-and-bun-bookended offerings include a turkey or corned-beef Reuben ($7), a chicken Caesar wrap ($7), and a jumbo hot dog with sauerkraut ($4.50), as well as paninis ($7.50)—all are served with a side of chips, macaroni salad, or potato salad. Slide up to the bar and order a perfectly poured pint of Guinness before subsequently pouring it into your mouth chalice.
Hailing from channels such as Comedy Central, HBO, and BET, the energetic performers at Last Laff Bar & Grill keep audience members howling into heaping plates of American comfort food. Guests can guffaw to the candid remarks of actress and former Playboy playmate Julie Michelle McCullough, the witty jabs of Danny Liberto, or the biting, quick-witted pocket shark of veteran comedian Steve Sabo. Once they're nestled into plush, royal-purple booths, visitors can chortle over forkfuls of N.Y. strip steak rubbed in Montreal seasoning or a 14-ounce chunk of beer-battered haddock as comedians stand alone on a simple corner stage backed by marbled red-and-white bricks. Since acts change weekly, guests can check the schedule to choose a favored performer.
The beverage slingers at Marshall Street Bar & Grill draw from a full-service bar and a wide selection of draft beers while sating appetites with a menu of classic pub fare served in a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Diners can toast to a new job or a new phase of the lunar cycle over frosty glasses of Saranac pomegranate wheat or Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald. Hops play starring role in the Three Heads Skunk Black IPA , and Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Sierra Nevada Summerfest pay delicious homage to the dog days. After moistening palates, patrons can dig into the Kilauea Volcano plate, a flavorful eruption of chicken fingers, a sloppy joe, and a choice of two meat or vegetarian entrees. Choose from a main course smorgasbord of a hot dog, hamburger, pulled pork, or an additional sloppy joe, or harvest their plant-kingdom cousins: the veggie dog, veggie burger, or veggie sloppy joe. Fries, macaroni salad, jalapeño queso, and hot sauce finish the cornacopious spread.
Under soft, low-hanging lamps, customers hang up tweed jackets before settling in for steaming plates and hearty pints at Scotland Yard. The many-splendored dinner menu lights on English lore to slay and roast the Dragon chicken sandwich, which slathers grilled or fried chicken in special Dragon sauce ($7). Scotland Yard’s pizza offerings ($10–$12) span a flavor spectrum, from the italian sausage and pepperoni of the classic ($10) to the eponymous Scotland Yard pizza’s goat-cheese-swaddled artichoke hearts ($10). Simmering edibles pair well with frosty potables, including Guinness on draft, bottled Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, and uncorked Marquis de la Tour split champagne ($10 for a bottle). With Friday-night karaoke and a live DJ on the last Saturday of every month, Scotland Yard welcomes customers for singing and dancing in addition to the usual socializing and surreptitious fingerprinting.