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Habitually packed Irish-themed (and by Irish-themed, we mean Irish-themed--care has been taken) restaurant featuring, besides devoutly tended Guinness, Harp, and Bass, a menu of both heavy-duty American tavern fare (12-ounce burgers, venison au poivre) and such Old Sod favorites as bangers and mash, Irish stew, and shepherd's pie.
Two establishments under a single roof: Dark Horse Saloon is a Southwestern-style barbecue restaurant, and Finnegan's Wake is an Irish bar.
It's your typical neighborhood bar--a bit dim, though spacious. But if you're down with the ambiance, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the pub grub that fills out the menu here: burgers, fish and chips, and hot and cold deli sandwiches. Dougherty's has a decent beer selection, too, so you can wash down the fried finger foods you will consume during your visit.
This Irish bar and restaurant has no live music until further notice but Thursday is open mic night.
Old school Irish pub. Features live Celtic musicians and dance lessons.
Heralded for Monday's $8 burger night (fries and any 16 oz. draft come with that, too), along with other come-hither weekly specials, this friendly downtown pub serves up more sophisticated fare--crab cakes, grilled salmon, London broil--along with the requisite offerings of classic Irish pub grub. The best of these are the Guinness-battered fish and chips and the ploughman's platter of Irish bangers, brie, baguette, Granny Smith apples, and crumbled blue cheese. The thick-bread, grilled cheese sandwich is hard to beat, but the live music can be distracting.
"English pub with a full menu of American and English dishes including seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and salads along with a nice selection of ales, bitters, and stouts on tap."
This Belvedere Square restaurant offers O.G. pub fare--shepherd's pie, fish and chips, lamb dishes--in a family-style setting.
The downstairs bar is typically filled with Fells Point's finest. Instead, head upstairs, if you can, where the mood is much more serene. This restaurant imported much of its furnishings from Ireland, and it looks smashing, with black-leather banquettes, walls resembling red leather, and upholstered barstools in shades of vermillion and crimson. Try not to fill up on the marvelous Guinness onion soup, topped with Irish cheddar, or the restorative Irish stew, as the sublime shepherd's pie (topped with whipped potatoes) and chicken pot pie (in puff pastry) await.
If Claddagh's owners are sentimentally Gaelic about the bar, they're less so about the menu, which is free of cabbage and lamb stew but delivers terrific crab cakes and steaks. The kitchen is capable of some clunkers, but who could ever hold a grudge when everyone's this nice?
"Crosby Healy, the owner of the new Irish pub called The Life of Reilly, was living in Miami when he purchased the location on eBay. He's never owned a restaurant before, yet there's nothing amateurish about his first attempt. In fact, Healy has captured the qualities of Baltimore's very best neighborhood gathering spots -- the inviting interior with warm wood floors and exposed brick walls, the unbelievably good service and the effortlessly delicious food. Order Carry Out online from our website!"
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