Brennan’s boasts a backdrop ideal for the season
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.