O'Shea's Irish Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 96
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: Located in Louisville's Highlands area, O-Shea's is an Irish-style pub and eatery located along the main drag of Baxter Avenue. The facility, itself, is well-maintained and clean with a cozy, intimate feeling. The outside dining area is nice too. Feels like an Irish pub with more than a bit of New World flair.
Q: A combination of attention to detail, great service, great food, and a nice location make this place a must try if you're in Louisville. I've begun to measure local pubs and eateries by the standard set by O'Shea's. I've never had a bad experience here and have been a regular for nearly three years.
S: The service is always prompt, discreet, and courteous. I've never had a complaint in this regard. If you go after sunset, though, your experience will be different. As other reviewers have noted, the place becomes more like a nightclub.
S: The beer selection is generally pretty good, especially for the area. Don't expect to be overwhelmed; O'Shea's focuses more on quality than on quantity of offerings. There is, however, a sizable list of bottled beers available. The taps are rotated frequently and are thoughtfully selected. If you can't find something good to drink here, you are far too picky.
F: The food is great and the portions are generous. I've had a good deal of their offerings, and have yet to be disappointed. The daily specials are always a good value.
V: The prices are generally reasonable, though I find the prices of some of the bottled beers to be quite high. Overall, I have few complaints in this area. One can easily grab a few beers, as well as a large meal, and spend $25 or less.
10-18-2011 15:08:26 | More by mrfrancis
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Weekend nights are generally to be avoided if you want a beerpub experience! It's much more like a nightclub then.
That being said, it's one of my favorite haunts. I usually order the daily special and I've never been served a bad dish. A variation of sandwich and fries is the general idea of the special. Perfect for a lunchtime visit. Service is usually very prompt. Even during the World Cup surge, my glass was never empty.
The bottle selection is adequate, representing more than a few of my favorites in domestic craft and imports, but their draft selection is great, varied and frequently rotated. I'd like a few more that I haven't had to get rotated in, though.
All in all, I find it hard to walk by without stopping in for a drink, or maybe what's on the grill today. Give it a try.
09-22-2010 21:37:13 | More by Bourbon
4.83/5 rDev +21.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Took a trip to Baxter Ave. on the advice of sefus12. Got there around 7 on a Tuesday, they were reasonably full, I got seated at a booth in front of a massive projected picture of ESPN (we're off to a good start!)
The server (Shelly, highly recommended!) showed me the beer list and I expressed interest in their "Around the World" club. There's 77 beers on the list and each one can be imbibed in 12oz., half-yard, or yard glass. Getting all 77 filled in gets you an Around The World T-Shirt and your name engraved in the bar. Half-yards will get your own 20 oz. mug instead of the 12 oz. drafts. Not bad at all. I started my journey with a BBC Hell For Certain on-tap (check for my review on it, excellent Belgian) and ordered the Patrick's Burger, medium with fries.
The beer came out in a very nice heavy snifter, perhaps a touch warmer than I would've had it served but not at all enough to detract from the beer.
The meal was out quick and was excellent, the best burger I've had since I've moved up to Louisville; well-grilled and very juicy and flavorful. I gave my compliments to the cook.
Price for the beer, burger and fries came to 14 bucks and change. Tipped well for the excellent service I received throughout. Highly recommended and in a pretty unique part of Louisville.
A tip, with regards to parking. If you're coming south on Baxter you'll see Flanagan's Pub, watch for the alley almost immediately afterwards, the parking lot is back there. Quite a bit better than having to park on the street.
01-21-2009 02:11:49 | More by bluesoul
O'Shea's Irish Pub in Louisville, KY
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.