1) When was Kevin Barry's Irish Pub founded?
On October 31, 1980 at midnight Kevin Barry's Irish Pub opened its doors at 117 W River St in Savannah, GA. The pub has been locally owned and operated for more than 35 years. (For more information please read the "About Us" section on our website)
2) How old is this building?
According to research at the Georgia Historical society the building was built in 1854. (Please read the top of this page for more details)
3) Is the building haunted?
For over 35 years the only confirmed spirits that has haunted Kevin Barry's Irish Pub has been Jack Daniels, Jim Bean, Jose Cuervo, and Jameson. However several members of our staff and regular customers claim they have seen and heard things that are unexplainable.
4) Who was Kevin G. Barry?
Contrary to popular belief; Kevin G. Barry is not the owner, the house musician, nor a native Savannahian. Kevin G. Barry, age 18, was a medical student at UCD, and an Irish Volunteer, was hanged by the British on November 1, 1920 for his part in an ambush at Monks Bakery on Fleet Street in Dublin Ireland. While imprisoned and tortured, Kevin G. Barry refused to give up the names of his comrades that were with him at the time. (For more information please read the Kevin Barry portion of our website)
5) What is the story of the Black & Tan?
If you enjoy insulting the Irish; order one! But, be prepared to be asked to leave! In Ireland; a Black & Tan was the color of the uniforms worn by the British paramilitary troops that were formed around 1920 to put down the Irish after the failed Easter Uprising. if you enjoy mixing Guinness just be safe and order a Half & Half!
6) Are you busy on St Patrick's Day?
As a top Irish pub in a city that hosts the 2nd largest St Patrick's Day celebration in the United States, YES, WE ARE BUSY! For Kevin Barry's Irish Pub, we start getting busy for St Patrick's season the second weekend in February with the Irish Fest and it goes through the weekend after St Patrick's Day. Why, you ask? Given Savannah's rich Irish heritage and culture there are celebrations every weekend leading up to St Patrick's Day on March 17th. In case you are wondering, NO we do NOT take reservations for any reason for any number of people during the week of St Patrick's. Seriously don't even ask. It will NOT happen. You can, however, wait in line and pay a $5 cover just like every one else and we will get you in as quickly as possible.