Cregeen's Irish Pub - Argenta
Taps: 29 / Bottles: 65
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Yep, a pseudo Irish Pub. This has been assembled in Ireland, and shipped over in pieces. Not an original idea. I have seen this type of pub done better, but it still looks nice. Dark wood paneling abound. A relatively long bar is centrally located, and sectioned off. Plenty of corners for dinners that are sectioned off as well, and a nice area to sit outside. Plenty of TV's turned to sports, and loud music. Typical and kind of cookie cutter, but still enjoyable.
The service is fine, but not really that well informed about the beer. Someone asked for that "skinny beer" and the bartenders did not know what they were talking about. I found it obvious that they wanted New Belgium Skinny Dip (which was the special for the night). Though they are friendly and attentive. The quality of the beer seemed fine. No old or dirty taps on my visit. The food is typical pub grub. with burgers, wings, and the obligatory fish and chips, banger n mash staples along with some other sandwiches. I had a rueben that was decent.
Now, on to the beer. They have about 30 taps. Nothing really unusual or out of the ordinary. Though still good. The highlights for me is Diamond Bear Pale Ale, Boulevard Single Wide, and about three New Belgium taps. There is a Sam Adams Seasonal Tap as well. Most of the others are the typical American and European Macros. I understand that Arkansas is not among the craft beer world elite, but I still think they could do better if they tried. That being said, I can drink Diamond Bear and Boulevard all day.
Overall, this is a nice place to grab a beer. Besides the two brewpubs in town, and the Flying Saucer this might be the only other place to grab some craft beers. Fairly average, but a decent place that I can see being a regular haunt of mine if I lived in town.
10-02-2010 01:47:23 | More by champ103
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Cregeen's is located in North Little Rock in their Downtown Argenta area. It's located on a corner about two blocks from Verizon Arena and on a growing strip of restaurants and bars. We have been a number of times since they opened in the fall of 2007 and enjoy spending time at Cregeens.
Cregeen's looks like many other cookie-cutter Irish pubs you find springing up around the country, but they do seem to go for authenticity as much as possible. Of course you are going to have the dark wood bar and paneling on the walls. The bar is supposed to have been crafted and assembled in Ireland and shipped over for Cregeens. It is quite an impressive sight as you walk in the door. To your right is a small "snug", a cozy area for 8 or 10, as well as a door out to the nice patio area facing Main Street. To your left are the rest of the tables along with another "snug" and the Library, another cozy area that can accommodate small parties as well as a quiet break from crowd noise or music. There is a second patio on the south side of the restaurant that looks out toward the Little Rock skyline. There are a few flat-screen TVs around, but not enough to be obtrusive. Smoking is only allowed outside on the patios. While you may not feel like you are in Dublin, the décor and decorations do their best to put you in the Irish mood.
Cregeens has the feel of a neighborhood pub, but because of its location it also serves a lot of tourists those attending concerts & conventions. Expect better quality than your average neighborhood pub, but it's by no means stuffy or pretentious.
As with many other bars/restaurants in areas that serve tourists, the service will depend on how crowded they are. We have always had great service at the bar while we have had a few missteps when dining at a table. Most of the wait staff are familiar with the beer selections can be counted on to make some recommendations.
Cregeens has arguably the second best beer selection in central Arkansas behind the Flying Saucer. They boast of 29 beers on tap and have probably twice that in the bottle. While they do make sure they carry many of the Irish & English standards, they also have a good selection of German & Belgians as well as a good lineup of American craft beers. You will find the mass market beers on tap and in the bottle, but the focus here is on good beer. Cregeens does try to cater to the local beer culture by hosting beer dinners about once a month. While you might not find something obscure that you've never had before at Cregeens, you will find a good selection of solid beers.
Cregeens has a much better food menu than you would expect for a run-of-the-mill Irish Pub. Sure they have the standards, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Sheppard's Pie, but they also have a nice selection of appetizers and sandwiches. During the beer dinners the kitchen at Cregeen's really shows what they can do featuring foods from around the world. They have an exceptionally good brunch menu on the weekends.
Cregeen's runs about average when it comes to value. You'll end up paying around $10 for their entrees and their beer is very competitively priced. We have been able to find some beers that here that are priced much lower than other bars in town.
While we have become tired of the generic Irish Pub model we see infecting the rest of the country, we find Cregeens to be a great place for great food and good beer here in Arkansas.
05-03-2009 03:54:51 | More by MrandMrsBeerArk
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I really enjoy this place. My wife is from Little Rock, so pretty much every time we go to visit her parents, we stop in at Cregeens. The atmosphere is really cool. What you would expect in an irish pub. Lots of hardwood, dark green walls, gold rails at the bar, and cool stocked bookshelves lining a few of the walls.
The food is the best part, in my opinion. They have an awesome selection of irish cuisine. Stews and Shepard's pie.
The beer selection is decent, but nothing to get real excited about.
The service has been about average. Most times it has been good. And one time the waitress kept forgetting to bring us our drinks and food...
If you're in little rock, check it out. It's about a block or two away from Alltel arena.
11-12-2008 22:13:15 | More by mgaddy
Cregeen's Irish Pub - Argenta in North Little Rock, AR
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.