April 22, 2005
The bar is quite narrow (as many of them are on Granby Street). There are booths along the one wall right as you walk in, and then a small stage and more tables farther down. The bar takes up almost one entire wall, and the stairs to the upstairs are a little farther down. The bar itself stocks a nice selection of liquors; beers; and surprisingly enough, wines, everything from a shiraz to a pinot grigio, a nice change in the Irish-pub atmosphere. They also make a mean martini here and, of course, have Guinness on tap. There is something for everyone here, and the prices aren’t that bad. The bartenders are great here: they are prompt, attentive, and a refreshing change from some of the other places down the street.
There is live music here on Friday and Saturday night, but nothing offensive or too edgy. There is a $2 cover on the weekends, but this is a lot cheaper than other places. A lot of the bands that play here have a song repertoire of oldies or classics that everyone knows the words to. You will find almost everyone singing along, a lot of people tapping their feet, and even some people dancing. Don’t worry, this doesn’t turn into a bonafide dance club ever; it is just people enjoying the music and the atmosphere.
This place is pretty popular for the after-theater crowd as well. Don’t feel like you are underdressed when the first guy that you walk into is wearing a tux. I would suggest jeans for this place, and you will blend right in. And, of course, a pair of comfortable shoes, because the chances of you finding a seat to sit at are slim to none. There are not that many chairs, and they are usually taken up by the time it gets crowded.
That being said, this place doesn’t really get all that busy in the weekends till around 10/11, and during the week, it is pretty dead. I wouldn’t suggest coming here during the week if you are looking to meet people, and have a good conversation reserved that for Friday or Saturday night. It is a nice place to go for a drink or two without getting too crazy.
From journal Fun in Norfolk