McGettigan’s Clarke Quay
3A River Valley Road, #01-01 C/D
First impressions: The new kid on the Clarke Quay block is very impressive – a mixture of cool and grand, with cosy little areas, funky sections and a traditional wine vault. There’s a live band area where you can dance, but also quieter areas to sit and chat – the best of both worlds. They have really invested in the décor, with some unusual block ceiling panels, lighting panels and bookshelf-adorned walls resembling an old library.
The Chosen Ones: Guinness draft ($15.50 pint; $12 half pint) and Magners Original Cider ($14).
The Cheapskate: There’s a happy hour every night from 5pm to 8pm ($10 nett for house beer and wine, and selected spirits), and a ladies’ night every Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm, including five free drinks and party music by a DJ. For $99 you can have a Saturday lunchtime brunch from 12 noon to 3pm (giving you all of Sunday to recover!) with free-flow beverages and à la carte dishes, plus live music.
Bite on this: There are lunch, dinner and snack menus with comfort food favourites including crab cakes, signature chicken wings, pork bangers and mash and fish and chips – all ranging from $18 to $28. While we found the fish really good, the chips were just okay; however, the classic wagyu beef burger was absolutely delicious and done to perfection. Apparently, the Guinness pie is set to be a “must have”, so we look forward to trying that and the full Irish breakfast soon.
Last but not least: There’s live music five nights a week, plus an iPaddy Quiz Night every Monday at 8pm, with prizes up for grabs.
This story first appeared in Expat Living’s June 2015 issue.