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Rí Rá Irish Pub

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Rí Rá Irish PubRí Rá Irish Pub
BA SCORE
86
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: 19
Bottles: 46
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

208 N Tryon St
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202-2137
United States
phone: (704) 333-5554

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Place added by: SaCkErZ9 on 12-20-2005

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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 11
Photo of Harry-Porter
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I really wanted to go to an Irish pub for my birthday so my friends recommend ri ra. I am glad they did because I had a great time there. The setting felt very authentic and the waiter was actually from Ireland which was cool. They had plenty of drinks to choose from and had a decent selection of stouts and porters which I enjoyed. I certainly intend to return.

Photo of evan35
3.68/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Decent food but I prefer this more for a few beers during the day rather than at nighttime. Definitely not a place to catch a basketball or american football game- more for regular football.

Photo of GJ40
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The Providence Ri Ra was a regular stop for me before moving to NC so I had to stop in and check out the Charlotte location while staying downtown.

The Charlotte location is very similar to the Providence location. It's got an authentic Irish pub feel and a great buzz when the crowd gets going.

The beer is pretty typical for an Irish pub (Guinness, Bass, Stella, Smithwick's, etc.). So it's not strong by BA standards but it still holds an important place in the beer world. They had 14 - 16 on tap made up mostly of the European classics. I went with a Guinness (as I usually do in an Irish pub).

Ri Ra is a fun stop in downtown Charlotte (which is pretty weak on craft beer).

Photo of mfol99
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ri Ra is looking good since the refurbishment after the fire last year. Several of the old crew behind the bar is back, and better than ever. The beer selection has grown considerably, and you can find just about any type of brew you are looking for. All kinds of microbrews from all over the globe. The number of beers on tap has expanded. The food is quite good. The shepherds pie is especially tasty. The burgers are among the better downtown. Table service can be a bit slow when they are busy, but those are kinks in the system that will probably work themselves out when they have been re-opened a bit longer. Love going there for a drink after work, very comfortable atmosphere. Tuesday night pub quiz is by far the best in town!

Photo of laburton
5/5  rDev +35.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was my first trip back to Rira since they reopened (there was a fire last year sometime). I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had completely redone their beer list - or should I say they now have a beer list. I started with a Brewdog Punk IPA (it was the large, 22 oz size), then went to a Scaldis Belgium Special Ale, and then finished off with a Weyerbacher Double Simcoe (delish!). The bartender was friendly, and although very busy, took time to answer my questions about the list (and about the fire). I highly reccomend that you visit this one.

Photo of theirishrover
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I am a long time visitor of this popular pub in the center of 'Uptown' Charlotte. I made my first trip back to the pub in some time this past weekend as they just recently re-opened from a fire that forced them out of business for nearly a year. I must say that their time down was spent well as the pub was re-built in a very beautiful fashion and they seem to have updated many things including, and of course most importantly their beer list.

I would have to agree with some of the previous reviews stating that the old beer list was not quite BA worthy but that has changed. You will now find 73 bottles and 16 taps. The taps include your standard Irish beers but there are now a few that you can only find in Ri Ra and 2 or 3 other establishments in town such as Kilkenny and Magners Cider (known as Bulmers across the pond). You can also get a McSorleys Black Irish Lager which is a rare find outside the actual McSorleys Pub. Another first that I haven't seen anywhere else is Duvel Green. There is also some good 'local' representation with Highland Gaelic Ale and French Broad 13 Rebels out of Asheville and Big Boss Bad Penny from Raleigh.

The bottles list is where the fun really starts though and where you'll find yourself lost with options. All I will get into about it for now is that out of 73 bottles, only about 4 are cheap domestic light crap to appease those who desire that.

My visit was here was a lot of fun as we came for dinner and drinks and stayed for some live music and more drinks. The bartenders took good care of us and seemed eager to talk about the updated beer offerings. I would definately recommend a trip into this pub and would officially consider it BA worthy and all previous statements to the contrary null and void.

Photo of AlexJ
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

THere is absolutely, positively no reason at all for this place to be in the BA database. But it's here, so I'll review. The atmosphere is definately the best (if only) attribute. Dark with lots of wood and a very "old world" feel to it. Cozy and interesting decor. As far as the beer selection goes, I saw all the usual and typical Irish selections and maybe Highland Gaelic. Masybe a few others but nothing interesting. I didn't order any food but what I saw looked decent. Prices were a bit high but so is everything downtown. I guess it's a good place to go for a pint of Guinness if you like it. I do not. I doubt I will return.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

am not really too sure as to why this place is on here, but I have stopped in here before so I will give it a proper review. The atmosphere is great, really a nice irish style american bar, with the occasionl live music and fun times. The food looked and smelled good, but I have never actually eaten it though my wife says it is pretty good. The beer selection is awful for a Beerfly site. Pretty much your macro normals with you pseuso micros. I think the most intresting thing I saw on the menu was boddington, now thats sad. Overall not the best place in the world, you really could do better

Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

I hate to be disparaging of consecutive places, but the selection here just was not really BA-worthy. Let me put it this way - I had Guinness (N2 draft) because it was on special. Absolutely nothing else jumped out from the standard Irish-American pub lineup of beers.

The decor was very American-Irish, with an incredibly long, laminated wood bar that ran most of the length of the right side and loads of restaurant seating along the left side, including a raised area with its own railing. Further aft, in the centerline, was a stone archway with a short, raised stage to the left, the washrooms to the right, and the kitchen all of the way aft.

Returning to the entryway, the m.d.s. was to the immediate right, just inside of the door. There was also a staircase up to an elegant second floor. Up there, they had a bar along the right wall, as well as blonde wood floors and restaurant seating. That part of the place reminded me of a lot of the places that I visited in Ottawa, Canada.

Bottom line: Come for the ambiance, but the beer selection is wanting. Also, they had a great staff who definitely had their act in one sock.

Photo of Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Ri Ra is a great place to take friends that are from out of town and want to have a good time in Charlotte. Probably the best location in Uptown, I've had many a night starting out at Ri Ra's. Beautiful authentic Irish bar that was apparently broken down in Rieland and reassembled here.

Had a great time playing triva here and also a lot of fun at a private party upstairs. Compared to many bars, the food is pretty good and definitely different (if not authentic) to other options in town. Seen some pretty good local bands as well. The tap selection isn't bad for the style of bar, but you will not find a beer mecca at all.

Always a good choice as a stopping point on a night on the town.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Ri Ra is a bar located in downtown Charlotte. It is about 2 blocks from the Rock Bottom Brewery right on Tryon street. Parking can be a problem but I was lucky and found a spot in front of the restaurant. Of course it was 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon.

Authentic Irish pub and restaurant. Typical Irish drafts such as Guinness, Harp, Bass, Smithwicks and some others like Woodchuck (for some reason, I always see that in a bar with Guinness), Highland. There is quite an array of old books on display. Plenty of bar seating and ample tables scattered about as well. They have a section that is kind of above the rest of the seating, like on a little platform, that seemed pretty cool. All the tables in that section were taken. Great selection of Irish music as I had time to notice because of slower service.

Service was a bit lacking. Maybe it was a shift change or something but it was hard to find my waitress when I needed her and any request wasnt performed in a very expeditious manner.

I chose the Shepherds Pie and it was excellent. Lots of meat and veggies and tons of mashed potatoes on top. Great choice.

Overall, I would recommend it. The food is hard to shy away from. Hopefully, I would receive better service next time; they would permanantly earn my business in that case. Check it out if walking around downtown.

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Rí Rá Irish Pub in Charlotte, NC
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.