Celtic Cavorting

Aidan’s Pub in Bristol brings a wee bit of the Emerald Isle to Rhode Island


Aidan’s Pub is full of Irish knick-knacks: There are old Guinness posters, vintage photographs, and a stained-glass window of a Celtic harp. The menu includes all the Irish favorites, like Corned Beef Potato Cakes and Lamb Shepherd’s Pie. The first floor is lovely, with the oldworld decor of a Galway tavern, and the second story is dubbed “The James Joyce Room,” with tables set on wood barrels.

In other words, Aidan’s is worth a visit any day of the year, but St. Patrick’s Day is the best time for a pint of ale and some “good craic.” Come early for a special breakfast, stay and sample any of the pub’s 88 beers, and get into the holiday spirit with a plate of corned beef and cabbage. The lineup of live Irish music will include house regulars The Publicans, and the festivities should continue long into the night. Expect crowds, as Aidan’s is one of the few dedicated Irish pubs in the East Bay, and it’ll likely be too chilly to take advantage of the establishment’s ample deck.

Lots of folks stay home on St. Patrick’s Day, of course, even if their blood runs green. Luckily, you can partake in Aidan’s food and brews whenever you like, music is performed each weekend, and you can stop in for karaoke and trivia every Tuesday night. Sláinte! 

Aidans Pub