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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2918 O'Donnell St
phone: (410) 522-4220
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
There are several bars and restaurants available to you in and around Canton square. I grew up in the area, and spent many a night at each. Recent years have seen the gentrification of the neighborhood, and the expansion of Claddagh. The bar and restaurant now take over two full houses with two floors. The quality and service have declined.
The atmosphere in general is average at best--this is mainly due to the night club aspect it gets in the evening. It isn't bad to sit at the bar during the day and have a stout--something we do with a steak/burger when there is a snow day--but at night time, they play dance music at ear-bleeding volume. The 1st floor walls are painted by the same mural painter who has graced many of the bars in the area (Lagers, Mahaffeys, etc). They are well worth the stroll. From rugby to grisly faced old Irish men. The second floor is half college bar, half Irish speak-easy. On the one side, you have a pool table and soccer jerseys to keep you company. On the other, leather couches and dark lighting. The owners overlooked actually adding the well-needed bathroom space during expansion. There are only two or three single units in the place, making for a long wait on the weekend. Lets just say flip flops during the summer months aren't recommended.
The bartenders used to be ex-Lacrosse players with some personality. The recent additions are lack-luster at best, and generally pretty bad. The ferret-like manager is very gruff, rude, and deserves to be miserable.
The food isn't bad. Generally average pub grub fancied up a bit. On not crowded nights, it could even be a safe bet for a new date. However, if you eat there after 6, they may rush you out of your seats, so that they can be removed for the frat boys swilling Miller Light.
The selection is average--Miller light, Budweiser, Guiness, Bass, etc.--nothing out of the ordinary or special.
Overall: If you are in the area, try Mahaffey's, Growler's, or Ale Mary's. There, you will be pleasantly surprised and enjoy yourself. Save Claddagh for the fake ID crowd.
12-23-2005 15:07:04 |
More by Dithyramb
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a nice little Irish pub/restaraunt. The food is good, and their breakfast is good. The beer selection could be better, but they serve a nice/fresh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap. The crowd gets pretty good on Friday and Saturday nights, but that is a problem. The lay out of the 3 bar areas is very poor and there is very little room for much of a crowd. It would be great if they cleared out some of the tables on the 1st floor after dinner hours. It is way too crowded, and you are litterally elbow to elbow with people in the bar areas. To top it off, they have a pool table in the one area on the 2nd floor. There is no room for playing pool when it is crowded, and it just takes up much needed space.
07-14-2005 20:10:22 |
More by SundeyPSU
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
I don't know why everyone gets so caught up in Canton. There's a few good bars, but Federal Hill offers so much more. Claddagh is no exception. This place is basically supposed to be an Irish Pub. But in reality its a college and early 20somthing bar where people go to suck down Miller Light and act like ass clowns. Selection is the "package" that has been mentioned in my other reviews of "Irish" pubs in the area.... there's stuff that's perfectly drinkable, but why pay the premium prices? Bartenders are all pretty much ex prep school kids who couldn't do more than a year of college but act like they're doing you a favor by getting you a beer. If you want to go to a true pub, go to Sean Bolans.
03-11-2004 20:58:00 |
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