Madra Rua is one of the best places in town to have a friendly chat over a pint of Guinness, thanks to the bar’s several walled-off nooks. These little cubbyholes give imbibers a chance to maintain a wee bit of privacy and also help to keep down the often boisterous sounds coming from the rest of the bar. And now that they’ve gone totally smoke-free it’s even more friendly. Of course, Madra Rua offers up more than pints of Samuel Jackson (Guinness and Sam Adams), Black Magic (Guinness and Magic Hat No. 9), and Darkling (Guinness and Yuengling). You’ll also find a handful of Irish faves like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips (a pleasingly breaded, piping hot little number), and the Fisherman’s Pie, a gut-busting classic packed with shrimp, fish, and mashed potatoes and topped with cheese. It’ll keep you warm on a cold winter’s day. You’ll also find American bar classics, from the Madra Rua Burger (served with hand-cut fries and secret sauce) to the Wicklow Wings, the joint’s tasty take on buffalo wings. The pub also features one of the area’s cheaper — and heartier — brunches, with omelets, benedicts, and the Lowcountry’s fave, shrimp and grits. Order any of these and you won’t have to eat for the rest of the day. —Chris Haire, Dish (Winter 2013)
Old-fashioned Irish food — fish and chips, shepherd's pie — in an authentic setting. Voted Best North Charleston Bar and Best Authentic Pub by CP readers.
Features: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Best of Charleston winner
Hours: Lunch and Dinner (daily) and Sun. Brunch
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri 4pm-7pm: $3 well. 50 cents off other liquor and beer.