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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1234 North Astor St.
phone: (888) 942-5273
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
County Clare is probably the most authentic Irish pub in Milwaukee. The quaint and cozy feel of the place is very inviting. Large open seating are up front with a small bar in the middle with a few tables scattered around the bar.
The beers are pretty much your standard Irish pub fare with some solid American craft mixed in. Guinness, Tetleys, Smithwicks, Harp etc. When I was there last they had stuff from Great Lakes, Point and Bell's too.
Service is great and authentically Irish.
The food is very good and obviously leans Irish but they have some great American pub grub as well.
I've never stayed in the hotel but I have several friends who have and they have nothing but good things to say.
03-25-2012 18:21:13 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stayed here over the weekend, and had a beer in the pub.
An Irish inn (more hotel than B&B though) in a quaint setting invoking the old country. The pub was clean and brightly lit, carpeted dining area, with dark stone tile around the bar. All manner of knicky-knacky stuff, from clipper ship models, lighted Guinness signs (at least 3), faux "stained glass", Guinness toucan pitchers, tin signs for Irish ales, and many more oddities to draw the eye. Green walls and tan pressed tin ceilings. The dark wood bar was worn in, and the stools were comfortable. A little snug off to the side with a cozy pot belly stove.
Tap selection was good, with plenty of quality Irish representation that you don't often see in other "irish-bar-in-a-box" type places. County Clare makes the effort to serve quality imports like O'Hara's, Murphys, Hofbrau x2, Lakefront Oktoberfest, Goose IPA, Fullers ESB, Grimbergen, and others. All taps though, no bottles. Some top shelf single malts also, if that's your thing.
The bartender was authentically Irish and friendly, even tolerating the busybody hillbilly lady giving everyone the stink eye while sipping ginger ale at 3 in the afternoon. The hotel desk staff were somewhat aloof, but that's for a different review I guess. Not sure i'd stay here again, rates were typically high for the area, though the rooms were nice and clean. As a beer bar, I guess it's worth a stop if you're looking for a proper place for a pint. Plenty of better beer spots in Milwaukee, unless you're seeking out an Irish pub specifically.
11-15-2010 01:48:44 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located in a leafy residential neighborhood just north of downtown, and a few blocks south of the "world famous" Brady Street (don't ask me why) a thirsty Milwaukee beer lover will find this convivial pub housed in a quaint looking coral pink building, which is also home to a boutique hotel - on that is always booked during my many trips to Irishfest. Despite this, I still make sure to stop by for a few pints of well poured Guinness.
It is a small haven, however; there is a small L-shaped bar and a rather cosy dining area, both divided by a neck high partition (this will depend on the heighth of your neck.) In any case, the bar offers a wide variety of brews (Bell's, Hofbrau, Paulaner, Grimbergen and the obvious, and aforementioned, Guinness) to supplement the interesting menu of hearty chow.
The service excells, but then a proper pub provides proper service. Nuff said. Anyways, my pint glass (20 oz.) was never empty.
I love the County Clare and will love to go back. And to anyone who visits Milwaukee for Irishfest, or any other fest, I heartily recommend. Incidentally, to those folks who do come for Irishfest, the County Clare provides a shuttle bus. Tis a saintly thing they do.
11-02-2009 00:56:28 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A solid little pub to go to. I usually end up there on Saturday nights, I live 1.5 blocks away, work across the street. So I often go there after work on Saturday nights.
It can get packed, especially if there is something going on. Every Friday and Saturday they have live music, at least on Saturdays it's always the same to young guys playing Irish music. (The music can seem to be too loud, especially if you are in the dining area, not directly at the bar, but the whole place is pretty small.)
Their actual bar is rather small, which I like when you are sitting at the bar, I think it's fun. But when it's busy and you are trying to order, it can become a mess and a hassle.
I feel that their attempt at Irish decor is quite cheesy, but I don't let it bother me.
I don't know what their bottled selection is, but they have a decent selection on tap. Not a ton of options, but the ones they do have are good. I heard they pour the most Guiness in Wisconsin. So that's cool I suppose, you know you're getting fresher Guiness then?
Another aspect I enjoy for it being a bar downtown, it's usually not crazy hopping inside. I'm not out to get wild, I want to enjoy a few beers and go home. This place is good for that.
One of my go to bars.
04-18-2009 02:03:42 |
More by Brewsconsin
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
As I entered the vestibule area, the bar and restaurant area was off to the left with the Odonnell Room and the Hotel Registration desk (yep, they are part of an upscale hotel) to the right. Entering the bar and restaurant, the m.d.s. was directly to the right, followed by the washrooms, then the U-shaped, hardwood bar, and finally, the kitchen. The restaurant area was to the left of the m.d.s. and began with three booth and table combinations, followed by a wood and glass archway that featured harps and clovers acid-etched into the glass. The restaurant area was the standard tables and chairs but the real draw were the stained-glass windows in the overhead, which featured not only names of Irish cities, but also the names of the four original provinces Ulster, Leinster, Munster, and Connacht. Finally, all of the way against the wall that fronted Astor Street was the Saints Snug with stained-glass depictions of six saints (Ira, Malachy, Patrick, Colman, Kevin, and Brigid), plus a working fireplace. Also, be sure to check out the two hurling sticks above the Snugs entrance.
The beer selection was what I expected Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Strongbow Cider, Stella, Newcastle, and McSorleys as well as Fullers ESB, Monty Pythons Holy (Gr)Ail Ale, and New Glarus Spotted Cow. Hmmm.
Per doctors orders to eat more often, I had lunch. The really interesting menu item was ROOT Soup, to be eaten while wearing a Zoot Suit with its reet pleat. It consisted of carrots (certainly, for their color), sweet potatoes and leeks and was served piping hot. Yum.
01-07-2007 18:32:18 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
What a great place. After touring Ireland for five weeks, this place is the closest thing back stateside to resemble a true Irish pub. It has all of the coziness and details of an authentic pub: great sandwiches and soups, a nice fireplace, a boisterous and friendly atmosphere, and a good selection of Irish Beer.
This is not a place to go and seek an impressive range of beer taps... this is a village pub in the city of Milwaukee. You'll see familiar faces as you come in, and lots of folks who come for live music on the weekends.
I recommend the potato and leek soup with Irish Shortbread with a reuben sandwich if you go. And of course, a pint or two.
11-15-2004 18:09:50 |
More by Sixpoint
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Located in downtown Milwaukees lower eastside, County Clare is an Irish Inn, pub and restaurant. The atmosphere is reminiscent of Ireland in decor. The green restaurant walls are adorned with Irish photos, Guinness and Jameson memorabilia and Irish quotes are painted in a white Celtic font near the top of the walls around the restaurant. There are stained glass windows with the names of the counties above the restaurants spacious main windows, which overlook the street corner. The bar serves a wide variety of English and Irish ales, stouts and whiskeys along with various local micro offerings. There is a fireplace cove with seating located along the far wall.
The restaurant and bar share the same place and on weekends the small bar area becomes quite packed. The food is traditional Irish fare, with main dishes consisting of stews, shepherds pie, corned beef, salmon and chicken. Potato and Irish root soups, various sandwiches and even a Black Angus burger are available for those looking for more traditional pub food, all of course, with an Irish flair. The 5-6 different menu items Ive tried, from the sandwiches to the stews and even Irish Mist chicken, have all been very good.
The Guinness is often fresh, considering its probably the #1 ordered drink there, but its a great place to go to try other Irish and English beers that are available on tap and that one might not find so readily available in other parts of town. My experience with the service has usually been good, especially considering how busy it gets at times.
Theres a gift shop available up front that sells various items from Ireland, including several things from Guinness, such as shirts, pint glasses, ect. I think there are 8 rooms available upstairs. Bands play on the weekend. In summer sidewalk seating is available.
04-02-2003 19:30:56 |
More by Winter
County Clare in Milwaukee, WI