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Taps: 18 / Bottles: 16
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Shibbykaiyai:
1.71/5 rDev -41.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I love a good dive bar and I have been going to bars for 20 years and I was amazed to finally find a place that I did not want to have a beer at. A couple friends of mine and I went after a Tigers game and it reminded me of a bad frat party...music too loud, beer sucked, people were even worse. We bought an overpriced Bud Light, killed it off quickly, and got out ASAP.
If you are looking for a bar filled with people who are 18 with a good fake id, then this is your place. If not, go elsewhere, maybe the Detroit Pub. Next time I head back for a game, I will stay away from this rat hole.
10-09-2011 02:37:10 | More by Shibbykaiyai
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1.61/5 rDev -45.2%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.25 | selection: 2.25 | $$
Stay far far away unless you want the whole suburban college kids coming to party in the "D." Cover charges for this location for no specific reason. Frat house type mentality in all who come.
Very raw and unfinished (aka cheap) look around the place. If you come to get good beer go to Grand Trunk or Park Bar.
02-18-2014 23:32:58 | More by importedfromdet
1.59/5 rDev -45.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Wants service on a busy night ? Non existent.
Want to order a drink? Punch through people to get to the bar to stand there for about 10 minutes til someone takes an order. Actually left after 1 beer to go somewhere else.
Loud...Crowded... Beer selection pretty lacking overall.
Place is pretty dirty on the inside too. I wont be back.
12-30-2013 17:57:05 | More by Drk93TT
3.34/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I've been to this bar a few times mostly because it's a Detroit classic. It's an average Irish pub with nothing fancy. You go to drink with buddies and listen to the local singer, who's not too bad. The ambience is alright. Exposed brick walls, with a couple of small-ish TVs and some beer posters and photos. The beer selection is just o.k. Guinness, bass, harp typical macros. I had a Bodington's on tap which was served at the perfect temp. in an old style mug. The prices are decent too. The old Shillelagh is an unpretentious decent bar and worth a stop. Get there early if you want to go on St.Patty's day!
08-28-2008 21:19:57 | More by guntherhophead
3.65/5 rDev +24.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I love this bar. Plain and simple. Every time I am in Detroit, which is at least once per month, I have a rule that I must visit this bar.
I have a long family history with this bar. My parents met there. When my dad was in law school at the U of D (when their law school was still there, before Michigan State bought it a moved it to East Lansing), they would meet there after his classes. I doubt I was conceived there, but you never know... ;)
Anyway, there is this Irish guy named Billy, with an awful haircut-that's-not-a-haircut, who plays about 5 nights a week. Billy is a fixture, and can never leave. He sings all the rowdy songs, and even breaks it down and does some traditional Irish stuff too. My wife and I, who honeymooned in Ireland, challenged him with some little-known songs, and he knew them and sang them well. He's the real deal.
And the Old Shillelagh is the real deal. A dark, tight, tiny two-story hole-in-the-wall, that gets over-filled every weekend and every night there's a Pro sports event. There is a wide rnge of beer for every pallete, from Guinness to Miller Light. There is food, typical bar fare, but who cares? I go for the Guinness, the food, and Billy. We sing drinking songs, we get smashed on Guinness, and we thank God for great bars like the Old Shillelagh. If you've not been....GO!
10-07-2005 15:33:30 | More by Smittysguinness
Old Shillelagh in Detroit, MI
78 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.