O’Callaghan’s is an Irish pub in the heart of Rochester’s Monroe Avenue featuring an extensive bar menu and weeknight happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., billiards, darts, internet jukebox, beer pong and multiple satellite TV’s. Open 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. O’Callaghan’s is at the corner of Meigs and Monroe avenues, right near Woody’s, Acme and Sports Page. O’Callaghan’s has plenty of TVs — six in the main bar alone — but the best part of the place (to me, anyway) is the open room to the left. It’s kind of roomy, yet all of your friends can talk in a circle.
The king of all drinking holidays, St. Patrick’s Day, is just around the corner and O’Callaghan’s Pub on Monroe Avenue has earned the reputation as a place to be to catch some luck o’ the Irish. St. Paddy’s Day festivities: “It is crazy in here,” says bartender Molly Schneider, 23, of Rochester. “Every night we get closer to St. Patrick’s Day, it gets busier and busier.”
Here are some of the shamrock shenanigans that will be going down Saturday, March 15:
O’Callaghan’s will have a float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and parade-goers are welcome to visit the bar after the parade to continue the celebration. There will be an “ice bar” — a big block of ice filled with beer, on the back deck that bar-goers can check out. Well, until it melts. Guinness and Jameson specials will run throughout the day.
What: O’Callaghan’s Irish Pub
Where: 470 Monroe Ave.
When: 10:30 a.m. till 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; Noon till 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
On tap: 16 beers on draught, along with a full bar.
Food: Full pub-food menu available until 1:30 a.m. during the week and until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. All unique sandwiches on O’Callaghan’s menu, which is available up until close on Friday and Saturday nights.
Diversions: Everyone’s favorite thing about O’Callaghan’s is the large, “house-like” back patio that opens when the weather gets warmer. Until then, there are four dart boards and two pool tables inside.
Music: An electronic jukebox.
Parking: There is a small lot next door, but it fills quickly and early. Your best bet is to park on the street.