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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.
The Irish fare in this very handsome new gathering spot is consistently hearty and wholesome (a spicy shepherd's pie, fresh-tasting fish and chips), and the staff's good manners feel too genuine to be a put-on. Consider the live music either a bonus or a negative, as you like it.
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.
Patrick's is the latest incarnation of a family tavern business that has operated since before the Civil War across the street from what is now the B&O Railroad Museum. A tongue-in-cheek awning sign announces the restaurant as “Baltimore's finest Irish cappuccino and wine bar.” Fancy coffee and wine it has, along with decent American fare, a fine array of beer, no smoking, and the comfort of knowing the owners have had the same tavern in their genes for generations.
"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!"
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.
This new Harborplace pub adds some contemporary twists to Irish favorites, like the kohlrabi remoulade that accompanies oak-smoked salmon, or the chanterelle sauce that glazes a platter of pan-roasted sausages. A lot of this cheers--spicy Thai calamari arrives cleanly, unbreaded, with peppery oil. The lamest things, oddly, are the traditional favorites, like an herb-heavy and flaccid shepherd's pie and soggy fish and chips. The décor, much of it reportedly authentic, commits the silly mistake of disturbing the bright harbor views.
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