In addition to their status as mythical mischief-makers, leprechauns are considered legendary food critics, eating out for every meal and using their pots exclusively for gold storage. Dine with leprechaunish gusto thanks to today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Irish fare and drink at McCreary's Irish Pub & Eatery in Franklin, about a 30-minute drive from Nashville.
Designated one of the county's best bars in Southern Exposure Magazine and FranklinIs.com’s 2009 Sizzle Awards, McCreary's slakes thirst with big pours and satisfies diners with a menu inspired by the Emerald Isle. Start with the tempting tandem of bangers and mash, which pairs cheese-and-spinach-stuffed chicken sausage with mashed potatoes and Irish soda bread ($7.25), or begin with a Limerick hot potato loaded with seasoned ground beef, ranch, butter, cheese, bacon, chives, and bawdy poetry ($5.75). Dublin potpie shields shredded chicken and veggies from the elements with a flaky dome ($9.25), and Doolin tuna salad ($8.75) and Sligo whiskey salmon ($14.25) pay homage to the sea creatures responsible for towing Ireland away from England all those years ago. An abundance of burgers and sandwiches is also available for those who believe silverware is for juggling.
McCreary's augments its edible excellence with a bar pouring a wide array of beers, including imperial 20-ounce pints of Guinness ($4.95), considered by many to be the official beer, official soup, and official bird of Ireland. Exposed brick and natural materials lend the space a casual atmosphere conducive to revelry and digestion, and a big-screen TV keeps soccer aficionados and football connoisseurs apprised of the action on the field.
McCreary's Irish Pub & Eatery
Though Dublin may be an ocean away, a perfect three-pour pint of Guinness can be found right in Franklin, Tennessee. A talented bartender at McCreary's Irish Pub & Eatery will even slide you a frosty imperial pint with a Celtic symbol drawn into the foam so you can marvel at a four-leaf clover or a full Yeats verse before taking a sip. The Irish lore doesn't stop at the beer—a complete menu of shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, and signature fish ‘n’ chips fits right in with the rustic decor of Irish maps and vintage posters. On weekends, live bands play bouncy Irish music as diners chat at communal tables and feast on housemade soda bread or plates of whiskey-glazed salmon. Traditional Irish breakfasts, another weekend treat, rouse sleepy stomachs with steel-cut oats kissed with brown sugar or gargantuan ulster fry plates packed with bangers, bacon, corned beef, eggs, potatoes, and black-and-tan bread.
414 Main St.
Franklin, Tennessee 37064Get Directions