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Castle Bay Irish Pub

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

193-A Main Street
Annapolis, Maryland, 21401
United States

(410) 626-0165 | map

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This place has a really good location, right on Main Street in Annapolis. A few outdoor bistro like seats are situated outside too.

A typical local Irish pub. Nice enough, not the most charming I have been to, but decent. Beer selection was what you would expect from an Irish pub, Guiness, Smithwicks, etc.

Not a large bar, but plently of pub tables. They do have food, but we didn't try anything.

What sets this place apart from other Irish locales was their house beer. Unlike some of the other spots in Annapolis who has house beers brewed elsewhere, Castle Bay's Three Nun Ale is made in the pub. Check out the awesome tap handle. You can even see the little brewing room in the back.

The Three Nun was great, a light and creamy amber with a hint of borderline sweetness mixed with a tad hoppiness. I believe it was $6 a pint, though, which was somewhat pricey!

Worth a stop in to try...and certainly not out of the way...you can't miss this place as you walk along the main strip in town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.35/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Photo of lbb
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 5 | selection: 1 | food: 4

I believe beer Is no longer brewed here but it is a great restaurant.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Klebe
3.75/5  rDev +3%

One of a hand-full of Irish Pubs whereby you can get a proper nitro guiness. Food is average to slightly above.

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Photo of BoOmerG
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Stopped in this past Tuesday around lunch time. A typical neighborhood Irish pub, complete with the framed copy of the Irish Declaration of Independence on the wall and the police patches behind the bar. (Every Irish pub should have them.)

Place was pretty empty so service was great. Had the house specialty Cream of Crab soup which was *killer* good, but hey, this is Annapolis. The BBQ pork sandwich was less than stellar, though.

This place is listed as a brewpub, but our server told us they had run out of their own beer some time ago and didn't really have any idea when they were going to make some more.

If I was into touring Irish pubs all around the country, I'd have been very happy with my visit. But I'm into brewpubs, so obviously this one was a disappointment.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Right in the heart of old town Annapolis, this was a great stop on what proved to be a rather long bar tour. Our group settled down into our chairs to sample some of the home brewed beers (including the nunnery, or 3 nuns, which was awesome). The whole place was a (tastefully) decorated irish-style pub, but not chincy or lame. The bartenders and a fantastic waitstaff were eager to help with suggestions and gave incredible service. The whole package made this place a great stop on the tour. I didn't eat the food, but the beer, service, price and atmosphere was enough to convince me this was a one of the better bars in town.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Nice Irish type pub right on Main Street in downtown. The quality seems good for what is offered. Have been 3 times-service has always been very attentive though not pushy. Owner comes by to chat and see if everything is ok-very homey and welcoming atmosphere. Selection is nothing to rave about-your usual UK beers-Guinness, Boddingtons, Bass etc. The house brew "3 Nuns" was nowhere to be seen when asked for. Food is excellent. Your traditional Irish fare but specialties are always offered including some great sounding seafood dishes. Overall a reasonable place to go in downtown Annapolis. While there is a huge selection to choose from there, whether its Pan Asian or sushi, Castlebay is a cozy, snug place to get away from all the touristy atmosphere. The curry sauce on the pub fries is the best my wife and I have found outside the UK. The fact that the owner comes around every so often is great in my mind. Good value for the area. If you dont want to have to make a major league choices as to food, drinks, etc I say go!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went here recently (the fourth of July) with my girlfriend and parents.
Atmosphere: Nothing really stuck out at all, it was a nice clean place with an Americanized Irish feel. To give them credit, I have been to Ireland and drank in many a pub, and as far as how the Irish distinguish between Irish and American bars, Castle bay was certainly more Irish than America.
Quality: Again nothing out of the ordinary, good quality, but nothing outstanding.
Service: The waiter was friendly, fairly knowledgable, but nothing stuck out again.
Selection: Not a wonderful selection, but as far as I saw it was mostly void of BMC, and BMC "crafts"
Food: Food was wonderful, but if you can't make a crabcake sandwitch in Maryland, you need help.
Value: Like I revied, resonable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of dickroop
3.93/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Castle Bay Irish Pub is located on Main Street - this is the main drag of the big tourist section of Annapolis. Main Street leads from City Dock (on the harbor) uphill to Church Circle, and it's filled with shops selling T-shirts, fudge, all things touristic, as well as lots of restaurants, sushi bars, coffee shops, cigar shops, jewelers, several regular bars, and all manner of nautical-themed fol-de-rol. Castle Bay is located on the left, two thirds of the way up the street. When the weather is good and Annapolis buzzes with people, businesses can make big bucks on this street; at other times, this high-rent, high-priced district can be a tough place to do business. Castle Bay must be doing things right in this environment - they've been there since October 1998.

We visited on a rainy Friday night in early January. Annapolis was pretty dead - folks were recovering from the holidays or scared off by the weather - but the pub had some life in it. My wife and I were graciously met and seated at a non-smoking table near the window to the street.

The pub is tastefully deocrated with Tiffany-style lampshades over the bar and in the bar area. Irish drinking memorabilia are on the walls, but in a restrained manner. According to the website, the interior and exterior are trimmed with Honduran mahogany. Inside, it is reminiscent of Tudor style and very attractive. Seating in the front dining area is spacious with small utilitarian tables. The bar area is relatively compact, crowded with small high tables, dart boards, etc.

The service was attentive. Unfortunately, they were out of three beers, the Boddingtons, Bass and Three Nuns, the latter of which was my primary reason for visiting. I settled for a glass of the Smithwicks, and we ordered the potato skins. The on-tap beer selection also included Harp, Guinness, Beamish, Carlsberg, Killians, Yuengling, and various BMC. (The website also mentions SNPA and SA, but I don't recall these.) The food was fine, the price was reasonable. Menu include such Irish standbys as Shepherd's Pie and Bangers and Mash.

I asked the server when Three Nuns Ale would be back in stock, she said she'd ask the owner. Website says the place is owned and managed by Vincent Quinlan, a native of Dublin, Ireland, and a veteran singer from "Celtic Folk" band. He visited our table and said that the brewer had been sick but was coming soon to make another batch in their back-room brewing operation. He seemed very nice, with an marvelous Irish accent, and made me want to come back.

I hope to revise my review of this establishment after another visit, but already I can recommend this pub for its fine atmosphere, good service, authenticiy, and hands-on management. The only down-sides were that a little smoke from the bar pervades the dining area, and that some heavy drinkers - perhaps enjoying the happy hour pricing - were boistrous in the bar area. But I guess that is really a necessary part of a successful business of this type. Castle Bay strikes me as a place deserving of more visits,

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Castle Bay Irish Pub in Annapolis, MD
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