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Annie Bailey's Irish Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
28-30 East King St
phone: (717) 393-4000
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Transcribed from undated notes from Spring, 2011.
I do not seem to get in here enough, simply because I do not frequent this part of downtown. They have a long windowfront along East King Street made remarkable by a Guinness sign, but which is otherwise unobtrusive. The entry was on the east end of the building and opened onto a long vestibule. Once through the twin doors at the other end, the m.d.s. was to the immediate left with the long bar to the immediate right. The bar ran a good two-thirds of the space, broken only by a glassed-in cabinet that sat in the middle of the space under a most impressive stone archway. The wood bar and the wood and mirror back bar(s) were recent (within five years) designs, but they looked much older. The whole interior exuded a warm, comfy feel. Booth seating with high tables and chairs ran along the exposed-brick left wall aft of the m.d.s., ending at the working fireplace which was fronted by leather chairs. On the other (south) side of the stone archway was a staircase leading to an auxiliary bar area and their offices. Past the staircase was a set of steps that led down to the lavatories. The server's station was just aft of the bar, followed by a series of standard restaurant tables and chairs along both walls, ending at the entry to the outdoor patio area. This area was complete with tables and chairs and its own bar.
Service: Just ask for Frank the bartender and all will be well.
11-09-2011 17:28:45 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had the chance to visit Annie Bailey's with tenderbranson69 who is also my brother on First Friday. I have been here many times since it is across the street from my workplace and share a pint or two there with mughugger.
The place is decked out with Irish pub flair they old Irish whiskey jugs, classic Guinness bottles and fireplaces with dark wood around the bar to give the impression of an authentic Irish pub.
The quality is good, only just below very good since I once had a beer that tasted slightly off( maybe between line cleanings) The food and beer quality is very good overall and the attention to detail is taken seriously.
The selection is decent with Rogue and Bell's Frequently on Tap as well as Blue Point, Victory and the commonly seen Guinness and Smithwicks. They carry Lindemanns, Blue Moon, Harp and I had seen Yuengling Bock on when we were there.
I enjoyed the diver scallops dish I had for dinner from the appetizer menu and I have had the 5 onion Irish bisque on occasion which is nicely flavored for a creamy onion soup. I recommend eating at Annie's since the food is well made and presented in an appealing fashion. They have Kobe burgers and the commonly seen Shepherd's pie, bangers and mash and Fish and chips. I witnessed the quessadilla and it was big enough to eat as an entree also. Plenty of beef choices like Steak of the evening and still they have a good amount of seafood, pasta and vegetarian choices so no one is left out.
The place is slightly pricy for my budget but for the amount of food you get I consider the prices to be very reasonable and the selection of food for the price is very good. Frank Fontaine the bar manager is frequently seen and will certainly ensure a high level of customer service is delivered.
They have a very nice deck which is spacious and has its own bar. There are bistro tables and torches lit when dusk arrives for a nice ambience. I really feel welcomed when I visit Annie Bailey's and will certainly return perhaps for a Guinness 250th while it currently available.
05-31-2009 13:27:40 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited the establishment on a Sunday for brunch. It was virtually empty and we were promptly seated. Our drink order was taken and soon served. Our food order was then taken and served in an appropriate time frame. I was able to find a good beer to drink, and he food was tasty and reasonably priced. That being said, with the selection on-tap the day we were there, I would not consider it a beer destination. I would consider it a restaurant to visit if you wanted some good food and some decent beer to go with it. I would not recommend it for its beer selection, but the food was very tasty.
09-20-2008 20:50:51 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is an absolutely beautiful building. The dining/bar area is long and narrow with high ceilings. Lots of dark, well worn wood helps make the space seem more intimate. There are plenty of seats at the bar and spacious outdoor seating area. The menu doesn't have many options that appeal to me and what they do have is a bit on the pricey side. I ordered the bangers and mash last time and it was fine except for the heavy brown gravy it came with. Jes' pecan crusted fried chicken was much better. I'm not sure I'd call this place a beer destination. The day I was in they had Stone IPA, Troegs Sunshine Pils, and Seven Gates APA. That was it for the American craft selections. A German Hefe, American lagers, and a few ho-hum British beers rounded out the tap list. Not a bad place overall, but not my first choice either.
06-03-2010 21:40:48 |
More by DIM
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Annie Bailey's is in the heart of downtown Lancaster, PA on the same block as the new convention center and hotel that will be opened in 2009. There is a large parking garage right behind the pub, which is very handy.
Walking in the front door you are greeted by a host or hostess to see if you want a table or you can just saunter over to the very long and ornate wood bar that was crafted in Ireland and assembled here. It's a beautiful piece of work. In fact the whole interior is very rich with lots of wood, a stone archway and a fireplace.
At the back of this very long building are glass windows by the 2nd dining area and outside, there is a brand new deck with tables, umbrellas and another bar. There is a third barroom on the 2nd level with lots more tables and chairs.
Annie Bailey's has the expected wealth of Irish beers but what keeps bringing me back is the wonderful rotating variety of beers on draft. For example, during happy hour on some nights you can get a pint of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse for $3.50. The last time I was in the pub, my wife had a draft of Lindemans Framboise Lambic and I had a couple pints of Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Company. The previous time, we both had Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale. The pub keeps rotating through interesting brews! They serve some local microbrews from Troegg's and the always-excellent Stoudt's brewery.
The food is also an attraction. My personal favorite is the Kobe Beef Burger and my wife likes the crab cake sandwich or dinner. The crab cakes really are good since the Chesapeake Bay is just an hour and a half away and the crab meat is fresh. The rest of the menu is a nice mix of pub food like shepherd's pie and more elegant entrees featuring steaks, chops and free range chicken. The prices on the food are a little higher than some other pubs in the area but the food is of good quality and the very reasonable beer prices bring the overall cost down.
All-in-all, this is my favorite pub in Lancaster, which is what prompted me to write a review.
07-21-2008 10:54:58 |
More by Tucquan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Annie b's is a beautiful establiment. This is tits when you think of an irish theme bar. Hand carved big wood structures. It reminds a lot like a kildares. Supposely the wood was shipped from Ireland. It has a fireplace inside and one on the deck. The deck is also very nice. Both the outside bar and inside have a long east coast style bar.
Onto the beer. Some 10 give take drafts. Good mix ipas, imports, locals, and of course guiness. Bottle list is average but good for Lancaster. Good whiskey selection as well.
Crowd is mix of older happy hour folks and switches tona young group as the night progresses. It gets very crowded on weekends.
Food, I have had good and bad items. I could not it a fair rating
If in town it is def worth a stop
05-18-2011 22:55:37 |
More by canjeeps
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Atmosphere: First time visiting 12 Dec 2012. It is a beautiful Irish style pub with dark wood everywhere, high ceilings, and well decorated. Seating is varied-tables, high tops, etc. I sat at the huge bar. The place with full with quite a few people standing with their drinks, waiting for a table or just carousing. A good vibe, for sure.
Quality: Honestly, I thought the taps hadn't been cleaned in a while. Other than that, hey its beer.
Service: Adequate. I waited quite a while a few times for the bartender to get my order. They looked a bit understaffed. Friendly enough staff. They tried to turn me on to a few beers that I had already had.
Selection: They had a selection of "Irish" beer such as Boddingtons, Harp, Guiness, Guiness Black, Smithwicks, some American adjuncts and a few local micros. Nothing on nitro or cask. If you are looking for new beers this is not the place for you. The quality of the micros was suspect as well. I understand the local flavor and appreciate a place that does it really well, such as the Michigan Tap Room, but this place seemed like its barrels were about a month behind everywhere else in the area (Bulls Head/The Fridge).
Food: I had the chicken curry and it was unremarkable and tasted as institutional as a chicken curry can. Bland/mundane mixture. The chicken, I will say was nicely done.
Value: Chimay's and Corsendonk were $10. Do I need to say more about the prices?
12-11-2012 21:44:15 |
More by raleigh_blue
Annie Bailey's Irish Pub in Lancaster, PA