Caverly’s Irish Pub probably doesn’t need to call itself an Irish pub. Irish flags — including one representing County Cork, home of owner Dan Caverly’s ancestral family — hang all around the South Wedge bar. Also on display are plenty of posters promoting Irish beers, such as Guinness and Smithwick’s.
The place: At first glance it might appear that Caverly’s is small, but it’s actually roomy. There’s a good amount of seating near the bar and additional seating along the walls. The bar stretches out to a small back-room lounge area that has two dartboards (there also are darts in front), as well as and some benches and tables.
The crowd: South Wedge residents can often be found at Caverly’s, but the crowd isn’t limited to people who live in the neighborhood. When I visited on a Monday night, everyone there was wearing cardinal-red shirts. They weren’t part of some strange Caverly’s cult (although that would have been cool); they were members of the “That’s How We Roll” kickball team — one of several teams the bar sponsors.
The music: Caverly’s often hosts live music; rock, blues and Irish bands have all entertained the crowd. Thursday is usually the day for these performances, but acts have played on the weekends as well.
Drink specials: They’re different every day and include $3.75 for 20-ounce Guinness and Magners Irish Cider on Fridays and $3.50 for all 20-ounce Irish drafts on Mondays. The weekend specials are $3.50 for 20-ounce Harp and Smithwick’s on Saturdays and $2.50 for Dundee pints on Sundays. Tuesday’s specials include Southern Tier and Rohrbach brews ($3 pints and $8 pitchers), Wednesday’s are Genny Light and Yuengling ($2.50 pints and $7 pitchers) and Thursday’s are Shock Top and Saranac ($2.75) pints and $7.50 pitchers).
Good to know
What: An Irish-themed bar in the South Wedge.
Where: 741 South Ave.
When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
On tap: Plenty of Irish beverages, including Guinness, Smithwick’s and Magners. There’s also Genny Light, Yuengling, Rohrbach and Shock Top, to name a few.
Food: None, but they allow patrons to bring some foods (like pizza) into the bar.
Music: Online jukebox and occasional live music.
Parking: Small lot behind the bar (with about 10 spots) and on-street parking.