Irish pubs are renowned for putting Guinness on a pedestal, but Dublin’s Pass Irish Pub takes that adoration to a whole new level. Virtually every libation on the pub’s drink menu features the stout mixed with other bar favorites, including Jameson, Coca-Cola, and champagne. Guinness even makes its way into the kitchen, where it spikes the buffalo sauce that coats chicken wings and the cheese sauce that accompanies fries cut by hand and the occasional Jedi mind trick. Not everything, however, comes soaked in Guinness—fried bread pudding, for instance, arrives crowned with a warm caramel drizzle. To accompany such hearty Irish feasts, Dublin’s Pass hosts trivia every Monday, live music on weekends, and musicians strumming traditional Irish tunes every Wednesday at the Southside location.
Whether it’s frosty beers from the tap, giant half-pound burgers with hand-cut fries or live entertainment on the stage, Cody’s South has a little something for everyone. Visitors sit back and enjoy the sounds of a rotating roster of local bands while chowing on an array of bar-friendly fare.
While technically a chain restaurant, Houlihan's bedazzles its chain with glitter and winsome intrigue, boldly preparing every last bite of its savory fare by hand. Hosts of diverse ingredients culminate inside one open kitchen where professional food handlers slice, sauté, marinate, and arrange food to its tasty and aesthetic best, allowing each meal to display its individuality before being broken down into individual nutrients for absorption in the body. Each meticulously designed restaurant peppers a patron's experience with a playlist of hand-picked tunes and customer-designed coasters that give a voice to condensation-catchers.
The casual Irish pub, Finnegan's Wake, alongside its restaurant and lounge area, Finnegan's Revival, fuels stomachs with its 17 draft beers, 10 whiskeys on tap, and Irish and American pub fare. Diners can pull apart gooey Guinness cheese fries, sink forks into a gravy-covered shepherd's pie, or bite into beer-battered fish 'n' chips before flinging pucks down the pub's shuffleboard table or participating in Wednesday-night trivia. On the Revival side, which is decorated to look like a cozy Irish cottage with its mantel-topped fireplace, old-fashioned photos, and leprechaun traps, patrons can snuggle into leather couches while devouring specialty pizzas.
The Blue Bull is a new spot that serves up savory American fare and cocktails in a lively atmosphere. Lavish taste buds with signature burgers like the Blue Bull Burger, its fresh hand-pattied ground beef draped in blue cheese and topped off with crispy smoked bacon and onion tanglers ($8.99). Or take on the Kansas City strip steak, served with Texas Toast and a half-pound of fries ($7.99). Their martini list bursts with tasty concoctions like Bubblegum and Jungle Boogie for sipping at their comfy outdoor patio, or while various foreign and domestic beers act as thoughtful gifts to recently undammed mouths.
Sharky's Billiards and Grill caters to billiards buffs with a plethora of Brunswick Gold Crown nine-foot pool tables and a menu of delectable eats. Under the ambient lights of the pool hall, players challenge each other to games of 8-ball, 9-ball, and stick-ball, an exciting and totally illegal fusion of billiards and baseball. Stay fresh during your two hours of play with a cheeseburger and fries ($6.50) or a platter of chips and salsa or cheese dip ($2), then knock back a cold bottled or draft beer ($2 for domestic, $3 for premium) to maintain laser-like focus during daring bank shots. Aside from showing off its top-of-the-line pocketed tables and laid-back atmosphere, Sharky's entertains customers with pumping music and karaoke parties.