When you walk into Star & Shamrock you’re going to see some familiar faces because the guys behind the bar and running the place are no strangers to the Hill, hailing from places like the Pour House and Trusty’s. They’ve been working long and hard to make their dream of an Irish pub that serves a mean reuben come true, and last weekend they opened their doors for the first time to the friends and neighbors who’ve so eagerly been awaiting their arrival.
I stopped in on Friday with my THIH colleague Claudia, and there was barely room at the bar for us to squeeze in. As it was a soft opening, not everything was up and running: it was cash only over the weekend (although that will be changing this week when the credit card machines are up and running) and the only tap they had going was Guinness (a wise choice). I have to admit that I don’t recall much from the list of things that will be on tap, other than Smithwick’s, but I remember thinking it was what I expected to see at an Irish pub in the States.
I knew before glancing at their soft opening menu that I was having latkes (with sour cream, please – no applesauce for this girl) and Claudia opted for the Kosher Kornies, which are Hebrew National cocktail franks wrapped in dough and fried – yes, they’re pigs in a blanket, but they make them in house and they were awesome. The latkes were so good that I may never order anything else in the future (and you can be sure I’ll be back). We ran into my friend, the Prince of Petworth, who was also checking the joint out. As he says in his post about the new bar, “As a proud American Jew originally from New York who also drinks a lot of whiskey I feel especially qualified to give a huge thumbs up to this place.” Make sure you check out PoP’s post to see lots of pictures of what the bar looks like, as well as the soft opening food menu.
I can see this quickly becoming one of my favorite places to grab a beer and a sandwich in the neighborhood. There’s a lot of bar seating because the bar itself is huge – a big plus in my book. And the guys running the show are really great guys who know a lot about making a bar feel like home to its patrons. I will be back soon to check out the reuben!