Nine Irish Brothers

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Type: Bar, Eatery

119 Howard Ave
West Lafayette, Indiana, 47906-6327
United States

(765) 746-4782 | map

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Reviews by jamescain:
Photo of jamescain
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is one of the better places to eat in West Lafayette. The only problem, is if you live there it can get old. They never update their food menu, so its always the same things. They have a very limited beer selection, choosing to, and no surprise, focus on Irish beers. They do, however; pour a very good Guinness. That is usually what I got when I was there. Every Friday night, I believe, they have a live Irish band play, but it can get crowded on those nights. 9 Irish is less of a college bar and more of an "adult" bar if you will. There are less college students that frequent it as they tend to stick to the campus bars. If you're visiting it is a good place to have dinner, because there are not many choices.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PUbeer
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mlockman
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Awesome Irish-pub-type feel, voted one of the best pours of Guinness in the nation. The food is excellent, though the beer selection is devoted largely to Irish and English styles.

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Photo of tim007007
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of bwood06
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

My home collegiate stomping grounds. Typical lineup of Irish beers. Best place to get a Guinness that I have found yet. Live Irish music on Fridays and Saturdays. Probably the best Irish food at an Irish pub that I have found to date. Really miss this place...

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Photo of vainqueur59
1.83/5  rDev -53.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 1.75 | food: 1

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BTFU
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Home of the Best Pint of Guinness in the US awarded by Diageo.

Atmosphere - My brother had referenced how good the decor was, but the owner told me the story behind it one night. All of the furniture and decor was shipped from Ireland so it's one of those rare times when authentic fully means authentic.

Quality - I've never had a bad meal or beer there, but its selection of beers isn't huge (they do have a good menu with combo beers).

Service - All the staff is with the theme, but not over the top or gimmicky. They have a good knowledge of the menu and the bar which also has a huge whiskey selection.

Selection & Food - The menu is full of both Irish classics and slightly more Americanized foods, but it's rare enough to find good Irish food that I stick to that when I'm there. The Guinness Stew & Sheppard's Pie are standout.

Value - Easily one of my favorite places to go. The whiskey flights and the Brady's Irish Cream are also great.

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Photo of TroopScoop
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: Interesting story behind this place. The owner went over to Ireland, personally selected, and shipped back all the decor, wood finishings, lighting fixtures, and tables&chairs. All the servers have kilts, and TVs show rugby & football. (real football) They show a Purdue game or major sporting championships as well.

Q: Top notch. Consistently rated the "best pour of guinness" in america. Its real simple: I come here 'cause you can really tell their tap system is maintained well, and it performs superbly.

S: I have yet to hear anybody say anything bad about this place. Every time i've been there, it's been fantastic.

Selection: They offer a lot of combination pours beyond the black & tan that I dont think you will find in many other places in town. The mixed drink & liquor selection is great. The usually host an annual whiskey tasting.

Food: Typical irish pub grub, and then some selections that are their own. It's prepared nicely.

Overall: Wherever I go, I end up comparing this place to any other irish pubs I go to. Its a great place, and my only complaint is that sometime the seating is a problem.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

One of the 2 places I recommend to eat to people when they visit Purdue.

Great food. It's all either Irish or American fare. They have some good traditional "Hoosier" food like breaded tenderloin. Traditional pub fare like fish and chips also really good.

Beer-wise, they pour "the best pint of Guinness in the US." Not sure about that, but they have an exclusive beer brewed by People's in Lafayette that is pretty good. Not great beer selection, but they do Irish drinks well.

Not to pricey and servers are in kilts. Good homey Irish pub feel with some uniquely shaped and positioned tables.

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Photo of manahansf
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Great place to get drinks just off campus, but not a good place to get a beer. The food is great and the feeling of an Irish pub makes you feel warm inside. Everybody is nice but the don't know anything about beer. Harp is available... I got lucky one night and had the unique oppurtunity to drink a People's Fiddlin' Willy Scottish on a nitro tap and for that I am thankful. Awesome with a thick creamy head. Other than that... Harp is available... And whether they fake it or not, the cute girls and their Irish accent is worth the bar tab.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Let's be frank here: The Purdue bar scene is pretty sad. Luckily though, we Boilermakers have Nine Irish Bros. Rather than some crappy dude bar with loud c-rap blasting through my eardrums while I down pitchers of swill, NIB is straight Irish (big shocker, right?). Everything is wooden (literally), with a country pub feel, as though the place were situated in an Irish hamlet village instead of one of the busier, more urban parts of West Lafayette. Occasionally, a live band rocks some traditional Irish music.

The food is very tasty, with my 'buds leaning toward the steak as their favorite, especially with the car bomb sauce. The beer isn't really that varied, sticking mainly to Irish offerings with a focus on Guinness, both alone and mixed with all sorts o' things (a couple o' the stranger ones to me were the Wasp Sting (something like that), Guinness and OJ, and the Guinness/Coke mixture). Though the variety is lacking, it's all poured very well, the glass is continuously filled, and the service is both knowledgeable (to whatever extent they need to be) and extremely courteous.

If you ask me, one of the best times to come here is about 2 hours before closing (even on the weekends), as there's less people, less of a wait for a table, and the atmosphere is perfect for a relaxing pint with your buds, while you play some nice card games. True story.

Good times will be had at Nine Irish.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nine Irish Brothers is the best place in the campus area to get a pint. Sure there are other bars that lean to the college mixed drink atmosphere, but Nine Irish is the best for beer.

The atmosphere is awesome, intended to look just like the traditional Irish pub. Celtic music playing and furniture and wall coverings that fit nicely with the vibe as well. The quality of the place is top-notch. What you see there is what you get.

The service is on par with any good restaurant and the waitstaff is quite knowledgeable when it comes especially to the food. But they can give you a hint as to what might be best to drink.

As far as selection goes there's only a few types of brews on tap, all of them Irish of course. What makes it good is not only is this a place where they have the authentic nitro tap for the Guinness, but they'll even put the clover design in the head for you. There is an extensive menu on split beer combinations such as a black and tan, Guinness and Strongbow, a Blacksmith. Really good mixes that help change up the palate so you never get bored.

The food is pretty darn good here. Best fish 'n' chips around. My friend has vouched for the authenticity of the Shepherd's Pie as well. The food is top notch just like many things here. It's really a great establishment. Makes me sad that I had to leave Purdue.

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Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a beer bar now? Well then--or, wait. Actually this place does a have a good selection of rarer UK beers, alongside the stuff you usually find at regular Irish-themed gastropubs. I've seen lots of stuff here that I've never seen anywhere else, and that's gotta be worth something.

I guess I reason I've never thought of this as a beerfly kind of joint, even in spite of my semi-regular patronage, is that it's soaked in the taint of other, lesser Irish places. There's a whole chain of them, called Claddagh, that specialize in middling selections of expensive beer and whiskeys. And it seems like every town has at least one or two places that claim to be "authentic" Irish pubs just because they got wood floors and serve Guinness.

But there I go putting "authentic" in scare quotes even though I don't know what I'm talking about, since I've never been to the UK. Then again, I've never been to France but I know damn well that the "Paris" section at Busch Gardens is a pale facsimile. That's what it means when something is ersatz and tacky: it gives off the *feel* of inauthenticity.

And most Irish-themed pubs give off that feel. Nine Irish, happily, does not. Partially that's because it doesn't try as hard as other places--it's more of a nice bar and grill that just happens to be Irish. (They don't make the waitresses wear kilts.)

The beer selection is mostly from the UK, and even while there's a lot of rare stuff none of it is very impressive. There's also usually a German beer, along with Bud and 2-3 regional locals.

Food's good, although I'm judging in comparison to other American "Irish" restaurants. Fish n' Chips are stellar, and so the mussels, but the more American fare is middle of the road.

This is one of those places that I would give a higher score if there were a restaurant rating site, instead of a beer rating site. It can't rightfully be considered a travel-worthy destination of if you're only looking for beer, but if you're passing through town a want a good place to have some food and a pint, this is your joint.

(Also, yes, that stuff about them serving the best pint of Guinness is the US is actually true. Diego rated a bunch of bars in 2008 and said that 9 Irish had the best form:

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Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This is an Irish style brewpub that is hard to match. 9 Irish boasts the "Best Pint of Guinness in the U.S." and after having a pint or two, it's hard to argue their claim (bestowed by Guinness). This pub is all about atmosphere. The owner, Jerry O'Bryan, frequents the pub on most days. He is always conversing and interacting with patrons and really goes the extra yard to make sure everyone is having a good time and enjoying themselves. He is even known to take birthday shots with celebrating patrons. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9 Irish has Irish based bands playing, and rocking the place. This further boldens the atmosphere of this fine establishment. On weekdays they show soccer and rugby games, furthering strengthening this pub's credibility. The food is traditional Irish fare. It is very high quality. This establishment features a high level of whiskeys but their strength is their pints of Guinness. Beyond that, they feature Speckled Old Hen, Bell's varieties, as well as a handful of bottles that they keep behind the counter in a fridge. BA wise, this pub isn't overly impressive. In real terms, this pub has the most atmosphere around and has the best Guinness in the nation. Stop by and you'll certainly enjoy yourself.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I really like this place! Great atmosphere, good food, and an overall good time. Voted best pint of guinness in the U.S.A. and I believe it. They also make an effort will brews like two hearted and bells seasonals. If you were to rate this place on from just a B.A. point of view it wouldn't perhaps get very high, but they do take great pride in their beer and went the extra mile to ensure you get the best pint around. They also promote irish and scottish music by having bands on fridays and saturdays free of a cover charge. As a poor college kid that spends all his money on beer I can greatly appreciate what this place represents and strives to be. Sasha, Alex, and Josh are some of the best bartenders around and if you are lucky enough to be graced with their skills, then you are ensured to have the best service that O'bryan's can offer. Baby Jer (the owner) is 100% a true irishman who will drink you under the table any day of the week. A witty, eccentric, out-going 65 year old man with a sly-smile and a knack for trying to steal your date for night, is the real deal and gives you a little slice of ireland right here in the states. Cheers!

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Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette, IN
Place rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 16 ratings