Happy Place: The Irish Rover, 54 South Broadway, 303-282-4643
The Hours: Daily from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Deals: Two-for-one well cocktails, wines by the glass, and draft beer; $1 off select appetizers.
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The Digs: The Irish Rover is smack in the middle of the shops, restaurants and hipster watering holes that line South Broadway. Not only does is occupy a prime location, but the bar boasts large windows that open to the street, allowing sunshine and fresh spring breezes to infiltrate the room. There's also a patio out back, although we prefer to kick it in one of the booths opposite the bar. Open since 2005, the crowds at the Irish Rover have remained steady, despite the opening of neighborhood rival Dougherty's four years ago. The music is always decent, the crowd is chill, and the happy hour specials at The Irish Rover can be dangerous.
The Verdict: It was a Tuesday afternoon, and our table was quickly accumulating small green coins that were redeemable for booze, and we were happy about the light pouring through the front of the room, considering it was the first time we'd had any Vitamin D for days. Billy Idol sang about white weddings and we traded our chips for yet another round of Guinness. Life did not suck.
We returned the following evening, purely by chance, and sat on the patio out back, but the service was inconsistent, so we found ourselves wandering inside to ask for more beers and menus. We ordered two baskets of macaroni and cheese wedges, secretly relishing in the notion of eating finger food made from something that's normally found in casserole dish. It's the little things, people. Turns out, the crispy triangles of elbow macaroni and Velveeta paired perfectly with our Guinness, and the accompanying side of marinara only added to the delightful trashiness of our chosen snack.
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The nosh at The Irish Rover doesn't bowl us over, and you should be forewarned that you may never see your server if you decide to drink outside, but if you're looking for a few cheap pints in a funky neighborhood, The Irish Rover is a good place to get over whatever might be ailing you.
Overall Grade: B