Kelleher's Irish Pub
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by pmcadamis:
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
Kelleher's is one of my favorite places to take friends and family from out of town when they come to visit. It's on the waterfront in downtown Peoria and within walking distance to many other fine bars, restaurants, and local attractions.
The building itself used to be a warehouse for goods waiting to be shipped down the Illinois river, and much of the original character remains. Kelleher's is tucked back in a row of old brick buildings along a stretch of the riverfront known as Le Veaux Carrie (I probably totally screwed up the spelling, and I have no idea what that means in French, but it's a cool area).
There is a wonderful outdoors area with tables in addition to a semi-outdoors porch with wide open french doors. The interior of the building has original brickwork that really adds to the turn of the century ambiance.
The beer menu is great for a place that is primarily a restaurant. I haven't been there often enough to try even half of thier selection, but the on-tap menu changes frequently. Last time I was there they had DFH 90 minute DIPA (a personal favorite), St. Louis Framboise lambic, several Shlafly offerings (I had the Whitbier), and of course Guiness and Beamish on tap.
The waitstaff is semi-knowlegable (last time, our waitress was eager to tell me that Schlafly is located in St. Louis...that's a start, right?), and the food is excellent. The location and ambiance are the best in town, and the food is excellent. They have mostly Irish fare (bangers and mash, sheppard's pie, and the like), and a varitey of burgers.
I will keep going back to enjoy the atmosphere and try new beers as I have yet to try even a fraction of their enoumous beer selection.
I highly recommend checking this place out, but beware: if you ask for a beer menu they will only show you what is on tap. Be specific and ask about all of the beers, on-tap and bottled.
Bonus: It's next door to (and actually shares a patio with) John S. Rhodell's brewpub!
09-05-2006 01:35:18 | More by pmcadamis
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2/5 rDev -52.5%
How do I give a low score and still say reasonably priced? I can't!
Worst fish and chips I have ever tried. They were out of my first two beer choices and run specials on regular mass produced stuff. This was my first visit and I went with people who raved about the place on the way in... and apologized for the place on the way out. This place has some fame in the Peoria area because of it's connection with the local legend... Sully! It has turned into the same kind of place that Sully always ran... bad food... average drinks but a nice crowd.
If you are a beer fan... go next door. If you are hungry ... go next door and order a pizza.
06-26-2010 05:22:34 | More by box299
4/5 rDev -5%
Stopped in here today. It was tucked back next to the Rhodell brewery, adjacent to a seemingly abandoned building undergoing renovations inside.
There was a hostess station just inside the door, with a fireplace and small seating area. Once inside, the bar was on the right, with tables to the left. The narrow space opened up to even more table seating and wooden booths. The bar itself was fairly small with seating for 12. Overhead there were exposed wooden beams and flooring, with salvaged architectural ornaments framing the dining area. "Purveyors of stout, fine ales, and lagers" signage adorns the row of french doors on the front end of the building. There were lots of beer signs and knick-knacks around. Three large old-timey landscape paintings hung above the bar.
Selection was great with few rarities from Port and Boulevard (Older Vis, High Tide, Saison Brett, BB Quad). There were a few quality taps, 60/40 craft to macro, but the craft taps were choice (Perkulator, Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro). The bottle list had alot of filler also, a ton of AB and Miller varieties alongside 5 Goose Island, 7 Boulevard, 6 DFH, a few Founders, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Alpha King, and some nice featured seasonals. Other notable taps were Bells Rye Stout, Northwind, and Delerium. Top shelf bourbon selection.
Service was ok, pretty standard, no beer conversation, just pretty girls, which is fine for what they're shooting for. More of a place that has a broad appeal while being a specialty beer bar at the same time.
12-29-2009 04:24:04 | More by emerge077
4.75/5 rDev +12.8%
Been here a few times now and I'm pretty sure I loved this place! I find myself coming here whenever I'm in town and now I find myself coming to town just to make a stop here. The atmosphere is great, an Irish pub feel that makes you feel right at home as soon as you sit down. Pretty much a restaurant with a freakish beer selection. They've got roughly 90 or so bottles or so their website says and I'd believe it. Bottles range from your typical macros to everything else from Boulevard, Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, Bells, Rogue, Unibroue, Ballast Point, and many many others. Quite a nice selection and things come and go. On tap they've got no macros but some popular imports and other popular beers like Guinness, Blue Moon, Smithicks, Beamish, Harp, and then others like Bells, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Goose Island, New Holland, Southern Tier, and many others. What originally brought me here was that they had Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout on tap (which was incredible). After a few visits it ran out which it was replaced with Goose Island Night Stalker. So they've got a great tap selection! Things rotate in and out and depending on seasons and what not they might have more stouts or more pale ales or wheats just depending. So selection between taps and bottles is pretty nice. Check their website before going as they have updates on their selectons. The food there is pretty good as well. I've had some of their appetizers and their burger and it's really good. Price wise a bit expensive but pretty much worth it. Price for the beer is pretty good, they've got some specials as well and even without them I wouldn't complain about the prices. I've only encountered a little bit of the staff and they all seem extremely nice. One of the only bartenders I've dealt with there knew her beers pretty well which was a huge plus. Overall a great place to go eat, grab a drink, or both. I find myself here once a week now if I've got the time and money. Definitely a great bar with a very nice selection, I'll be returning many times for sure.
07-15-2009 04:56:16 | More by dismal
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
This is a friggin JOINT, right here. The decor is a little upscale brewpubbish, very self-aware and a little too richly ersatz for my tastes. This is backed up by the fact that the majority of the patrons were drunk L7s in their mid 40s to late 50, and they were all drinking Bud Light.
However, the actual building is awesome, the servers are awesome, the layout is awesome, and if you keep your eyes open you'll spot a guy or two who's into good beer.
Tap selection, for downstate Illinois, was epic. Tap selection would have been very good in downtown Chicago, actually, but in Peoria it was epic. One offs and rares from Southern Tier, Rogue, and Founders, along with all the usual suspects you'll find in Illinois. Even though it's billed as a Irish bar, Guinness, thank god, is not king here.
Food was kind of middle of the road, but since it was reasonably priced I'm not complaining. Beers were a little steep, but that may be because all the ones I drank were high ABV.
03-27-2009 20:35:27 | More by mynie
4.56/5 rDev +8.3%
I've been going here for several years now, off and on, but have only recently begun to take advantage of all this great little Irish pub offers. The beer selection is great, they have probably 30-40 different beers by the bottle, including some of the slightly more difficult-to-find D.F.H. and other beers. They also have 15-20 beers on tap, mostly micros and the classic imports. While they have all the major "just branching out" beer crowd favorites (Harp, Bass, Guinness, Sam Adams, Blue Moon, etc) they also have a lot of seasonal specialties by Goose Island, Rogue, Moylan's, Delirium, Capital, Unibroue, and many, many more.
The atmosphere is great: early in the night or on "off nights" it's a very slow, mellow crowd, but on busy nights or game day it's loud and a bit raucous. It's in a small brick building on the riverfront; the ceiling's exposed, it's all old wood and faded brick, a very traditional Irish/English pub feeling.
Overall: The beer selection is the best in downstate Illinois, the staff (most of them) are knowledgeable and will talk to you about beer styles, hops, malt varieties, etc, until you are blue in the face (provided they're not busy) and I've heard the food's great for authentic pub grub (though I haven't tried it myself). Overall, this is a great little beer bar and (if you go on a Monday especially) 20oz pints of great beer are $3.00!!!
PS...while not strictly BA related...their single malt Scotch and Irish whiskey selections are fantastic!
12-23-2008 06:54:21 | More by BedetheVenerable
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
I absloutely love this place. I hit it up for the first time in the middle of July and have been back 4 times since.
First, the beer. Great selection both on tap in bottles. They have a pretty solid of amount of beer on tap that rotates pretty frequently. There are drinks, like beamish and guiness, that are expected at an Irish bar, however they also have a bunch of other stuff on tap. They also have a beer of the month with a $5 for the first fill/ $2.50 for refills, plus you keep the glass. They also have a pretty extensive bottle list. Also, they discount stuff that is getting old (Goose Island IIPA was $4/bottle).
Second, the food. This place has some very delicious Irish food. Definately the best Irish fare I have had. Their other food is quite good as well (their waffle fries and beamish beef sandwich are highly recommended).
Overall, this place has a great menu for both beer and food. It has a great atmosphere as well, with shuffleboard and darts upstairs and seating outside. This is a great place for a good dinner or to hang out during a night out.
08-18-2008 04:37:57 | More by birchstick
4.88/5 rDev +15.9%
Limited, but VERY impressive hand-picked tap selection. Same for bottles, including a retired DFH (Golden Era). The food is where this place shines, though. I ate there three days in a row during the International Beerfest this year. I spent less than $8 on each meal and the only thing keeping me awake afterwards was the feeling that my stomach might explode ( a la Monty Python's Meaning Of Life).
The draught and bottle prices are reasonable i.e. $6 for a snifter of DH Double Crooked Tree on tap and the same for a 12oz. of DFH Golden Era ( which I didn't expect to find at a store, let alone a pub).
I would have given Kelleher's all 5.0's across the board, but if you decide to check them out, go during the day. The first lunch my friends and I had there, the head bartender came out to our table and we chatted about the Double Crooked Tree; us being from Michigan and all. At night, not only is it wall-to-wall people, but our server was, well let's say pre-occupied (generous sarcasm). To her credit though, we never had to remind her what we ordered more than once.
I wish this place was closer to where I live, but if it was I would probably just spend all my free time there (read: money).
05-01-2008 00:08:15 | More by frampin
Kelleher's Irish Pub in Peoria, IL
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.