Blue Shamrock opens in St. Louis

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

It’s called the Blue Shamrock, and the Irish sports pub in downtown St. Louis opened in September.

Blue Shamrock employee Cassandra Flicek pours drinks during lunch hour. Sun photograph by LISA YANICK-JONAITIS

Family oriented, the pub serves a full lunch menu, beer and mixed drinks, along with specialty drinks.

It opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week.

Fridays and Saturdays, the pub closes at 2 a.m. Other nights, the closing time varies, depending on how late the crowd stays, said one of the owners, Michelyn Crowley. Official closing times are midnight Sunday, Monday and Thursday and 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We have five 51-inch plasma TVs, on sports all the time,” Crowley said.

“We have burgers and wraps, chicken wings and all our appetizers are made from scratch,” Crowley continued. “We have homemade French fries and homemade potato chips, guacamole, fried pickle chips – they’re very popular – onion rings and mushrooms.”

The beer on tap includes Guinness – “We are an Irish bar,” Crowley noted – Blue moon, Bud Light and some micro brews.

The pub also offers choices in its food and drinks.

If you want a screwdriver, for example, you can choose a regular vodka or perhaps the more expensive Grey Goose vodka.

The same is true with hamburgers and wraps.

Do you want a third of a pound of hamburger, a half pound or a full pound?

“The full pounder is huge,” Crowley said.

What do you want on it? Made with special seasoning and served on homemade buns, the hamburgers are made however the customer wants them and whatever the customer wants on them.

A choice of speciality “over the top” toppings is available.

All the customer does with the “build-you-own burger,” is write it down and when done, it’s brought to the table, Crowley said.

More traditional burgers include the Spicy Leprechaun, a favorite, she said.

Burgers can range from $6.99 to $13.99 for the full pounder with all the special trimmings, she said.

On weekends, the pub is also offering dinner fare that is off the regular menu. Prime rib is available on weekend evenings up to Christmas, Crowley said.

Specialty drinks include the Blue Shamrock made with vodka, gin, rum, tequilla, triple sec and curacao, which gives it the blue color.

Most people would only want one, Crowley said with a laugh.

Another speciality is the Black Sheep, made with rum, peach schnapps, lemonade, and sweet and sour seasonings as well as curacao.

Located at 233 N. Mill St., the Blue Shamrock is at the location of the former Friendly Tavern.

“We’ve completely remodeled it,” Crowley said.

The pub is owned by Crowley, who also owns the Frosty Cone, and her husband Ben and Mike and Monica McCloskey.

Some may wonder why the bar isn’t called the Green Shamrock.

Both Irish, the two couples knew they wanted an Irish bar but there were some differences. The Crowleys are University of Michigan fans while the McCloskeys are staunch Notre Dame enthusiasts.

Irish or not, the color green didn’t have a lot of support.

With both Michigan and Notre Dame’s official colors being blue and gold, the choice was easy and the “Blue” Shamrock it became.

At least one of the owners is in the pub every day, Crowley said, adding that everyone has other jobs. Because her Frosty Cone business is seasonal, she’s usually on hand this time of year.

Source: Linda Gittleman, themorningsun.com

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