Donnelly's Public House
Taps: 33 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by John:
4/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Brand new pub opened on 4/27/04. Owned and operated by the same folks as JB Quimby's (this is a good thing IMHO). Donnelly's can be found tucked away off Main St. (NY Rt. 250) in the village of Fairport (eastside suburb of Rochester). DPH occupies the space formerly held by the Green Tavern. It's also easily accessed from the Erie Canal path and Fairport Landing shops. I could see this as a nice little stop in a bike ride along the canal. The pub consists of an L shaped bar to the left of the entrance, tables and booths to the right, separated by a semi-open corridor. Two modestly sized TVs can be found above each end of the bar. The place was completely transformed and looks nothing like the old GT. Lots of medium/dark shaded wood decorate the bar, stools and tables. 22 draught handles display a nice assortment of local, regional and national micros (and the obilgatory macro or two to pay the bills). Highlights on tap during our 4/30 visit were Southern Tier IPA and Pils, Rohrbach Scotch Ale, Donnelly's Ale and Nathan's Private Reserve (both brewed by Custom Brewcrafters), Anchor Porter, Franziskaner Hefe, Spaten, Brooklyn, Ithaca, SNPA and others. I forgot to check on the bottled brew selections (my bad). Will check next time and update. We ate at the bar, the food was very good, was served promptly and with friendly service. The owner was genuine and stopped by to ask how everything was, calling us by name. A nice touch. I like this joint and will be back.
05-03-2004 20:47:03 | More by John
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
The beers are priced from 4$-6$ for the most part and there is usually a very nice selection. They like to support local and New York state breweries a lot which is cool to see. Lots of times they offer a free pint glass if you buy a local beer. The food is incredible and very fairly priced (get the grilled garlic parmesan chicken wings). They have about 30 beers on tap with a nice mixture of crowd-pleasers and craft beers. They also keep their website up to date with what beers they have on tap at the time so you can even check out what they have before you decide to go. Overall a great place to eat, watch a game, and discover some new beer for a very fair price.
07-18-2014 20:11:06 | More by myhopsdontlie
4.39/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Don't get here often enough, as Fairport is fairly well out of the way, but have enjoyed every visit. The beer selection is well curated- the main beer lady is very knowledgeable, and very friendly. They make a huge emphasis on NYS craft beers, and feature a lot of specials around New York beers. The owner often travels to get kegs of stuff that doesn't distribute far, meaning I get to try Good Nature, Abandon, and Climbing Bines without traveling too far. The food is pretty good, typical bar food done well.
01-27-2014 06:20:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Stopped in for a late lunch. Nice beer selection (Two hearted on tap is tough to resist) with + food (Potato bacon soup-may I have more please). Service was friendly but slow. Will be back but need to find something to do in town as the place is well off the beaten path
12-04-2013 23:35:03 | More by Rback
4.45/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to Donnelly's on a whim last night with my friends. First time being here and I was impressed. We got there around 6pm on a Saturday night expecting it to be packed to the brim and no chance to get a table. However, we were seated within 10 minutes. Within that time, I went to the bar and got a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and a GI DIPA without any wait time. The bartender was very friendly and quick despite running the 25+ tap bar with at least 20-30 people around by herself. Once we were seated, our waitress tended to us on a regular basis and was very friendly and even took the time to chat with us about beers.
Before I continue, I should mention that the atmosphere is very relaxed and casual. I saw middle aged couples in sweaters and cardigans having a nice dinner for two, a family of five with a little one in a high chair, younger folk like us at the bar and at some tables, and older folk in polos and dressier styles enjoying a glass of wine and some Bourbon County as well. This place is pretty roomy. When you walk in, the bar is to the left and runs along almost the entire wall. The coats and restrooms are on the immediate right. There is a dining area straight ahead and if you move forward past maybe 3 or 4 tables, you turn a corner to the right and there is another dining area with at least 6 or 7 tables along the window, with some more seating area away from the window. We got a table in this area. The walls and floors are mainly wood, not dark stained like mahogany or cherry, but not as light as blonde maple either. There is a ye olde Irish pub feel to the establishment, I guess warm and quaint will describe it satisfactorily. The music is not too loud and there are a few flat screens at the bar for those interested.
The food selection isn't extensive, but there is enough selection to please almost any palate and appetite. There is half a page of appetizers, maybe 15 different selections, along with soups and salads. We got the pulled pork nachos as an appetizer, which was very smoky, but delicious. For $10, though, I wish the portion was bigger, but no fault there as it was quite tasty. For the record, they smoke their own pulled pork and ham in-house. The entree selections take up a whole page and there are at least 20 different things from which to choose, mostly sandwiches, wraps, but also some steaks and other items as well. I got the Pittsburgh special sandwich, which is a half pound burger with pulled pork on top with dressings on a pretzel roll. Quite delicious. It came with fries and those were very crispy and not too salted for my liking. My fiancee got the Donnelly's wrap, which was very tasty as well, but the kettle chips were a bit too salty for our taste. My friend got the prime rib special, which looked quite delectable, with a seafood chowder and my other friend got the pierogies. Very good food overall.
As far as the beer is concerned, they have a pretty extensive tap selection compared to most other bars. Gems like Saphir Bock and Bourbon County show up here every now and then, but they almost always have a great standard craft selection like Brooklyn, Southern Tier, Goose Island, Bear Republic, Middle Ages, Blue Point, etc. Not much going on as far as a bottle list is concerned though.
Overall, I thought this bar is one of the better hangouts in the Rochester area. Their selection of brews are not as extensive as that of MacGregor's in Henrietta, but the good service, atmosphere, and food trumps the need for 120 different taps in my opinion. I enjoy the fact that we can go there on a Saturday evening and still get quick and good service despite being relatively busy. I do recommend this place to anyone in the area.
01-06-2013 17:25:47 | More by DmanGTR
3.95/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Donnelly's has vastly improved it's beer menu in the last year or so. They have about 20 rotating taps with a good selection of craft beer. The food is standard pub fare - you know the menu. For those who live in the east side, it's well worth a visit.
While you are in the Village, you can also visit a few other bars in the area, but Donnelly's is the best for craft beer selection.
Happy hour specials are really good - be sure to check the web site - recently I got Ithaca Flower Power for only $3 because Thursdays are drink local days.
10-02-2012 16:38:59 | More by craigmcg
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here for dinner, had the pulled pork with the bourbon BBQ sauce and it was great, along with all the other food we had.
Atmosphere and service was top notch, very friendly, a little loud, but I was also able to carry on a conversation without too much trouble.
Tap list was great, I went with the Hop Rod Rye, Rare Vos, and a chocolate Yeti to round out the evening. I also tried a sample of SA Cherry Chocolate Bock. There were probably around 20 taps total, mostly craft, nice varied selection.
We got there around 6:45 on a Saturday night, which was early enough to get a table, the place filled up pretty quickly though.
05-22-2011 01:10:22 | More by Franz4
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
While in town visiting some family, we decided to venture out fo a pint of two and ended up a Donnelly's. 22+ Beers on tap was a plesant surprise with several odd ball selections on the list. Ended up having a Slyfox, while the wife had a Harpoon Seasonal.
The food menu was your general pub fair, although there was very little in the way of Irish influenced food on the menu.
Nice place...it has a bit of a worn look to it, but the selection and prices were great. This would be the perfect pub just down the street...unfortunately, its 300+ miles from my front door.
07-06-2009 02:44:26 | More by Reiksguard
Donnelly's Public House in Fairport, NY
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.