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Conklin's Irish Rover Pub

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6 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

2181 Upton Dr
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23454-1272
United States

(757) 427-0269

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Added by TinusTime on 04-15-2005

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I went here on St Patricks day because I was in town on business. I knew it would be crowded but I had no idea how crowded it would be.

The place was jammed with people from front to back and side to side. The line for a beer was quite long but the servers were doing their best job.

I dont know how to accurately rate this place due to the extenuating circumstances, but based on what I saw and what I would project of this place, it seems like a cool bar. They had some dart boards and on this partcular night, they had live music in the way of bagpipes, which was very loud in this smallish bar. I will certainly stop by on a non holiday in the future.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I just moved from Virgina Beach, VA & I have to say that, hands down, Conklin's was my favorite local pub.


- Hard to find. It's tucked into a small strip plaza that's turned sideways. There is no road-side signage, so you have to know about it. That keeps the crowd to mostly regulars & those "in-the-know." Even on St. Patrick's Day, it was mostly regulars and while crowded, is wasn't the 21-25 crowd of Bud drinkers.

- The food. Now I know Irish food usually isn't culinary excellence. But when you have an experienced head chef & selections with Irish/American influence, you get deliciousness. And this is where the value comes in: Pork Shanks in a BBQ glaze that melt off the bone w/real garlic mashed = $7.95. Really.

- The taps. Craft seekers be warned. Their lineup usually only has a Williamsburg as the lone craft handle. But it's still in the pro category. I like seeing ZERO American macros on the row (only in bottles). They have some of what you'd expect: Guinness, Bass & Harp. They have a lighter side: Stella. Then they have some you'd be hard-pressed to find in Va Beach area: Murphy's, Murphy's Red, Boddingtons, McSorley's (my personal fav) & a rotating stout that replaces Boddington's now & then. Oh, and some of the cleanest lines I've experienced (and their distributor agrees).

- The staff. The bartenders Sean, Luke & Ryan are well-mannered, well-versed & make a point to learn everyone's name (it's amazing how much this helps make a pub). Rarely will you NOT find the family mingling with every patron.

The Cons:

- The taps. Again, if you're expecting crafts everywhere (as many of you BAs are), this is not your place. This is a good food, good people, good pint experience. You want loads of new taps, check out Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA two hours northwest.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

WARNING! I went here based on previous reviews and I don't know why, but this place is different from the one described in previous reviews. First, before I start, I've been here at night for a little bit and came today for lunch. I only had a draft beer at night, so I was unable to grade its beer selection. On any weekend night you will find a good amount of people just chillin' out to a local musician. Or they are watching sports on one of the few TVs behind the bar, playing some FREE darts or shooting a game of pool. If they are eating, chances are they paid a fair price for a very good meal that is also a good size (I hate apying fair money for great food but the portion size is tiny). Now, for lunch, I had the chance to talk to the bartender (the service is good, but any packed bar on a Friday/Saturday is not a good time to talk beer for awhile) about their various imports selection. She looked at me blankly and said the imports are stuff like Heinekn, Corona et al...the only imported stuff on tap was Boddington's, Guiness and Franziskaner Hefe. Not to be rude, but I thought this place had some real beer. Granted, not many bars keep Boddington's or Franziskaner on tap, but a beer bar that does not make.
Still a nice place to chill out once in awhile.

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Photo of kuykendall
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I spent an afternoon hunting down the "Irish pub" that a friend of mine had raved about. Once we passed it twice we finally saw it. When you enter it seems like a small family run atmosphere. My wife and I then spent the entire afternoon while I tried almost every beer they had. I'm still new to the ever growing world of beers, but they had atleast ten I had never heard of. Names like Ruddles, Old Speckled Hen, and Belhaven. In addition to the several bottle selections, they also have six taps. And then we had dinner. The food was flavorful, and tender. The menu is pricey,which is the onley real negative thing I can say. But you get what you pay for. All and all I have already brought many friends to conklins, and will continue to bring as many as I can.

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Photo of Saunapoika
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

My first trip to Conklin's Pub was a great one. I read the previous review and was tempted to visit. My party consisted of mother-in-law, father-in-law, wife, myself and my 2 year old. Hopefully we would end up in a smoke-free place. This one wasn't, however the dining room is set off far enough so the smoke from the bar didn't bother us. Service was great from the start. My son promptly received a coloring book and some crayons. He was busy from then on. Our drinks were ordered off of a fairly impressive beer menu. I would estimate about 6-7 draft beers were available. It seemed there was one for each of our different tastes. Drafts were fresh and came in a respectible 20 oz. glass.

Pub fare was outstanding. Meal portions were hefty - quality and freshness couldn't have been beaten. The wait for our food was not excessive. We had time to enjoy our brews and visit for a bit prior to our meals arriving. The Irish music which was playing was just what we were looking for...didn't have to scream at anyone for them to hear you.

Overall, the visit was excellent. I will be back as soon as some Irish vittles and drink strike my fancy.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Even though it is tucked in the back of a non-descript strip mall, Conklin's was a suprisingly nice little pub. Upon entering you are in the dining room, which is the least charming of the rooms, but it is still cozy with low lighting, nice looking tables, and a fireplace for winter. To the left is the bar which has seats for about 20 and several other bar tables and a couple of corner booths. The bar room has a very cozy feel with dark wood on the bar and even dimmer lighting. Its a family run business and I think my group met the entire family. Dad runs the place and is a pleasant fellow who makes sure to wander by and chat up the tables. One thing I liked was the lack of an oppressive stereo playes so loud you couldnt talk. Its definitly a bar you can carry on a conversation in. Even the TV's had the volume down

Conklin's carries your standard Irish beers in Guinness, Harp, Bass. But they also have on tap some different beers such as Newport Storm Amber, Ohara's Stout, Kelly's Cider and one more that I forgot. I hear the owner stating that come fall they want to double the # of taps. The bottle selection is nice with a nice broad selection of English and Irish beers that are not the standard in most "Irish" pubs. Old Izzac, the Black Douglas, Old Jock were a few that I saw. They also had other bottles such as Arrogant Bastard and DeDolle's Mad Bitch. All beer was served in 20oz tulip pint glasses. Quality of beer was good although whoever was pouring my friends half and half needs a bit of training as it was more like a 3/4 to 1/4.

Food was much better than most cookie cutter Irish Pubs. Huge Portions at reasonable prices. Two people could easily split the fish and chips. Service as attentive although my group always gets the server that cant multi-task the best, so at times there were empty pints. Once they saw we needed refills however it was done quickly.

Overall, Conklin's may not have the breadth of styles as the TapHouse or the Bier Garden, but it is a nice place to kick back have a few pints and have a good chat with friends. I will certainly be back more than once.

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Conklin's Irish Rover Pub in Virginia Beach, VA
Place rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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