My boyfriend and I live close by and thought we'd give it a try. Well it was a first and a last for us.
We sat on the top floor to enjoy the atmosphere. It's quite nice except for a few things. We noticed right away that there was quite a lot of bird droppings on the glass infront of some of the bar seating looking out onto Smithe. We're glad we didn't sit there - how appetizing is that? Staring at bird droppings while you're eating? The other thing we noticed right away was a stong bleach smell. It felt like we were at a pool or something. Again, not very appetizing.
After we sat down we were ignored by the staff for a solid 5 minutes before being told she'd be right there. After another 5 mintues we finally recieved some menus. This would have been more understandable if they were busy, which they weren't, or if they didn't pass by our table half a dozen times to see us waiting there.
My boyfriend ordered a beer ($7.25 for a pint) and I decided to go with a water after seeing the price for a cooler was over $6 and martinis started at $11. We ordered their nachos to share, figuring that pubs usually make good nachos and for $14 we should be getting something good.
Well, our expectations were shattered when we basically paid $14 for chips and salsa. There were tiny bits of cheese on less than 1/3 of the chips and about half a dozen each of tomato chuncks, olives, and jalepenos. We felt totally ripped off. They were by far the WORST NACHOS we've EVER had!
We decided not to waste any more of our money so we asked for the bill and planned to get some real food somewhere else. While we were waiting, it started to rain. The roof was open so everyone upstairs was getting rained on while trying to enjoy their food and drinks. A few people started shouting out that it was raining, but no staff members took any initiative to do something about it. A few people put up their umbrellas at their table. It was just embarassing!
When we finally got our bill, it was from another table. We had to flag down the waitress to get the right one.
We paid our bill and walked out vowing never to return again.
Our advice: don't waste your time or money! If you want a good Irish pub, go to Doolin's, the Lennox, or Johnny Fox's. They're golden compared to this place.
We've eaten at a lot of pubs in our day and this is the first one we've ever been disgusted with and vowed never to go back!