Visiting an Irish pub is similar to stepping into James Joyce's Ulysses, without dealing with molemen, teenage detectives, and heavy-handed NASCAR references. Read the Cliffs Notes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Irish fare and drinks at The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, with locations in Clifton and Woodbridge. This deal is valid during all business hours, including happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub has authentic Irish cuisine, an array of satisfying draft beers, and the warm, fraternal atmosphere only an Irish pub can provide. The Clifton menu and Woodbridge menu are nearly identical. Each lists a smorgasbord of sandwiches, chops, and regional entrees, such as the Guinness beef stew ($12.99) and the homemade shepherd's pie, which pairs fresh ground beef with an assortment of veggies crowned with creamy mashed potatoes ($11.99). Devour the Murder burger ($10.99), which is dipped in Harp beer batter and deep fried until it doubles as a bludgeon. To cleanse esophagi, Shannon Rose pours brews such as Guinness, Smithwick's, and the Shannon Rose Amber Ale. And the pub's dessert options, from the beer-topped Guinness float ($5.99, Woodbridge only) to the Irish Cream Bash Pie ($5.99), make for tasty Irish treats.
With specials every weekday, DJs every weekend, and no cover, Shannon Rose is a hopping, sociable joint every night of the week. Stop by for Irish music from Marty McKernan on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Woodbridge location or acoustic tunes from the Whiskey Boys on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Clifton location. Enjoy the cuisine, the drinks, and the entertainment of Ireland without having to rent a Gaelic dragon to fly there.
Yelpers give the Woodbridge location of The Shannon Rose Irish Pub an average of four stars, and its counterpart in Clifton garners an average of three stars. More than 2,250 Facebookers like the Shannon Rose Irish Pub in Clifton; the Woodbridge location has more than 3,900 Facebook fans.
- The service is always great, both at the tables and at the bar. At the bar, it feels like they want to be your favorite bartender, no matter who is helping you – Kimberley M. on the Woodbridge locale, Yelp
- Their food menu selection is actually quite good. I LOVE THEIR SWEET POTATO FRIES!! Prices are average and ambiance is like any other irish pub but newer, cleaner and younger people. They have some great happy hour specials every day of the week and there never is a cover. – Jessica P. on the Clifton location, Yelp
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub
Gold-leaf writing inscribed across the towering red portico at the entrance to The Shannon Rose Irish Pub announces what one might expect to find inside: “Premium Stouts,” “Irish Whiskies,” and other culinary staples of the Emerald Isles. Behind this imposing entryway lies a series of dining rooms that have a markedly different effect; chandeliers create a sense of intimacy as they illuminate Gaelic artwork and aged hardcovers resting on lofty bookshelves.