Bren­nan’s boasts a back­drop ideal for the sea­son

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Hours: Scene: Drafts:

4401 Tran­sit Road, Clarence; bren­nans­bow­ery.com 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Mon­day to Satur­day and noon to 3 a.m. Sun­day.

Part Ir­ish pub, part craft beer bar, but all neigh­bor­hood North­towns fa­vorite for any oc­ca­sion.

Or­der Ir­ish: Drink spe­cials:

29• Var­i­ous through­out St. Pa­trick’s Day week­end, but al­ways $1 off drinks after mid­night for area restau­rant and bar work­ers.

Bren­nan’s has a sep­a­rate Ir­ish-themed menu for the hol­i­day sea­son, with spe­cial­ized cock­tails, sand­wiches and en­trees.

Lot in front.

Don’t for­get to:

Yes, with ATM on site. Pose and snap a fists-up photo with the bar’s por­trait of the Bos­ton Strong Boy, John L. Sul­li­van. that day is to­day. The bar’s Saint Prac­tice Day will give at­ten­dees a chance to prep for its three days of events: live mu­sic from Michael DiSanto at 8 p.m. Fri­day, Rince na Tiarna Ir­ish step dancers at 3 p.m. Satur­day, and a 10 a.m. open­ing on Sun­day for its all-day af­fair with a Guin­ness promo event, com­plete with spe­cials and give­aways for fans of the brand.

But rev­el­ers don’t have to cel­e­brate their Ir­ish an­ces­try or fa­mil­ial ca­ma­raderie with Dublin-born pints. Bren­nan’s boasts sim­i­lar in-depth craft beer op­tions as other Shatzel-owned lo­ca­tions, with such stout al­ter­na­tives like Bell’s Ex­pe­di­tion (Rus­sian Im­pe­rial, 10.5 per­cent ABV) and Om­megang King of the North (Rus­sian Im­pe­rial, 11 per­cent), as well as se­lec­tions from its fam­ily-owned Thin Man Brew­ing Co.

Drinkers cel­e­brate the saint hailed for chas­ing the snakes from Ire­land with the brew­ery’s con­ve­niently named Hop Snakes Triple IPA (10.3 per­cent), and they can do it in­side a ban­quet area that’s soon to be ded­i­cated solely to the beer brand: The Thin Man Tap­room in­side the space, with 16 taps and a small food menu to com­ple­ment the of­fer­ings and am­biance of its neigh­bor­ing lo­ca­tion.

In the mean­time, there’s the cur­rently con­sti­tuted Bren­nan’s, com­plete with its sham­rocks, stag heads and bar­room por­trait of the Bos­ton Strong Boy, Ir­ish-Amer­i­can boxer John L. Sul­li­van. Its spe­cial Ir­ish menu items like tra­di­tional boxty ($8) and corned beef and cab­bage ($15) is joined by serv­ings of its Tem­ple Bar potato soup ($4 per cup); and hol­i­day cel­e­brants can en­joy it all amid a scenery that’s re­mained friendly and fa­mil­iar for nearly five decades.

It’s the sea­son to cel­e­brate spoils of Ir­ish an­ces­try. Those look­ing for an old-school place suited for the aims of the hol­i­day will find Bren­nan’s hip to the oc­ca­sion.

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