Flannery's Tavern On the Square

4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5 N. Main Street
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, 17236
United States

(717) 328-5011 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2009

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by therica:
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We happened to be driving through the town and saw this place on the map and checked, saw the great ratings and decided to stop for late lunch. Very nice.

A bit smaller than we'd expected but great for the feeling of a close old-style Irish pub. Nicely dim and more pub-style quaint and authentic, with tasteful decor.

Menu- plenty of selections, overall maybe about 10% higher pricing than we'd expected but worth it for the ambience.

Taps- two sets of 10 each, one set for the more macro styles (where they also placed their 2 Yuengling's appropriately), one set for the more exotic and rotating-weekly micro's and craft beers. Chimay Tripel is the only constant, said the server. Other breweries included, for instance, Lagunitas, Green Flash, Terrapin, Smuttynose, Abita and some others.

We started by ordering the sample-racks, 4 for $5.50 and 6 for $7. Nice sized tulip glasses, maybe 5 ounces of beer in each on interesting wood shamrock trays.

Food- we didn't get fancy, had French onion soup ($6) which was rather decent and the crock kept it hot or warm for over an hour. A nice-sized specialty salad ($10 a bit double-priced) with added 4 grilled shrimp ($7) brought the salad alone to $17 which was outlandish, primarily due to the shrimp (only 4?!?). We got a daily-priced Fromage plate of cheese which had 3 good cheeses (including a minted bleu, a sheep cheese and a guyere), a spiral-sliced green apple, 2 strawberries and some nice homemade pear chutne, very nice presentation as well. Some nicely toasted peppercorn bread were included. But again-- $15 for seemed a bit pricey. I'd probably do it again though simply because of the interesting cheeses (selections change daily).

Service- there were only a few tables at that 3pm hour so we had plenty of attention and a very pleasant server.

Overall- Considering the fairly low price of the beer, it seemed to balance out the fairly overpriced food items. But total bill $56.50 before taxes for a late lunch seemed extravagant, especially considering that the beers totaled only $12.50. Still, it's a nice setting and we might return some day if we happen to be out for a drive-about. One other concern though is that we only saw on-street parking and there are customers at other venues within walking distance competing for them.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of PennsylvaniaSuds
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Flannery's is a diamond in the ruff, placed in rural south central Pennsylvania, but only 15 minutes from I-81 and roughly same distace to the PA Turnpike. Very easily accessible when searching for a great place to get a phenomenal dish, most of which are local and freshly cooked and with 19 rotating tap handles, existing of specialty and craft beers from all over the world, you can always be guaranteed a tasty pint upon walking through the door.

The Flannery's Beer Club adds a fantastic community feel to the bar when you are taken back by the almost 200 authentic "members only" beer steins hanging above the bar.

Flannery's also offers great entertainment, bringing everything from live music from around the US, national touring comedy shows, acclaimed book signings, and renowned six course beer pairing hosted by Eddie Stoudt of Stoudt's Brewery, in Reading, PA.

The history of the building being built around 1810, by proprietor, William McKinstry and in the National Historical Register as The McKinstry House. Mercersburg is the hometown of President James Buchanon, with his birthplace located nearby Flannery's as well as many other local attractions for a nice weekend get-a-way, or a simple day trip excursion.

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Flannery's Tavern On the Square in Mercersburg, PA
Place rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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