Irondequoit townie bars draw familiar faces

05:00 AM, Dec 22, 2012

Shamrock Jack's calls itself the area's 'No. 1 Notre Dame Bar.' (Gretchen Lee Carletta)/

Written By Jinelle Shengulette

A townie bar is a place of comfort for locals, a place where they can predict who will be seated at the bar and who will be working behind the bar on any given night. Think Cheers — a place where everybody knows your name and you can be rest assured that Sam, Diane, Norm and the rest of the gang will be there.

Recently, we took a trek to Irondequoit — a word that translates to “where the land and waters meet” in Iroquois — to find where the locals go to get their drink on.

Murph’s Irondequoit Pub

Check out this bar and grill with a banquet room for up to 40 for daily drink and food specials. Stop by Saturdays or Mondays for 50 cent wings, or Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays for a pitcher of Labatt Blue and 25 wings for $20. Live jazz fills the bar on Wednesdays, which is also “free game night,” when pool, bubble hockey, darts and Skee-Ball can be played at no charge. This Irish pub also has the NFL Ticket and nine TVs to catch the game on.

Location: 705 Titus Ave.

More info: (585) 342-6780 or on Facebook.

Shamrock Jack’s Steak & Seafood

This bar celebrates the Emerald Isle with Irish Night (or “St. Practice Day” as manager Mark Petzing calls it) every Thursday with Jameson and Guinness specials, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew and more. Petzing dubs Shamrock’s “The No. 1 Notre Dame bar in Rochester” and says staff and patrons alike are pretty pumped for the BCS National Championship. Live music plays most weekends.

Location: 4554 Culver Road.

More info: (585) 323-9310 or

Reunion Inn

This Irondequoit staple, which has been serving patrons for more than 40 years, is rumored to be haunted. But the pub is just as well-known for its wings and fries, and features a lunch, dinner and bar menu. There are upstairs and downstairs dining areas. Bar-goers can pass the time with pool and darts.

Location: 4565 Culver Road.

More info: (585) 323-9899 or on Facebook.

Silk O’Loughlin’s

In the warmer months, thirsty boaters on the Genesee can park right at this Irish pub’s outside deck for a pint. This time of year, darts, Golden Tee, a pool table and the NFL Ticket keep the regulars occupied. The menu consists of bar food favorites like burgers, wings, burritos, nachos, tacos and more. Revisit in the summer for live music on the outside deck along the river’s east side.

Location: 5980 St. Paul Blvd.

More info: (585) 266-7047.

Summerville Grill

A stone’s throw from O’Loughlin’s is the Summerville Grill, a restaurant and bar known for its huge fish fry and other seafood menu items like crab, calamari, clams, seafood bisque, scallops and lobster tail. Set the mood by throwing a couple quarters in the jukebox in the bar area and get your drink on over a game of darts. The bar area is small and intimate, but locals have been known to fill it up on a Friday or Saturday night.

Location: 5370 St. Paul Blvd.

More info: (585) 266-4800 or