About Rí Rá

Pub History


Meticulously restored in Ireland and shipped to the US, Rí Rá embodies everything that you would expect from a genuine Irish pub. Rí Rá comes from "Rí Rá agus Ruaile Buaile", a phrase translating roughly as divilment, good fun or any sociable activity that improves with fine food, a nice pint of Guinness or dram of Uisce Beatha (whiskey).

riraMy name is Dermot Lloyd and I am proud to introduce myself as the General Manager of Rí Rá - Atlanta. I hail from the small Parish of Killmallock in County Limerick where social gatherings, music and the art of storytelling are a part of everyday life, all of which is re-created in this fine establishment.

Since opening our doors in 2009 we have had a multitude of different people from all walks of life grace our pub; maybe to sample the vast array of Whiskeys adorning the back bars, or to indulge their fancy for the “perfect pint of Guinness”, or then again just to try our Irish fare carefully prepared by our award winning chefs (Jezebel “Pub Grub” award 2010).

Atlanta has significant ties to Ireland for many generations producing prominent people of notable accomplishments. Some of these include; Businessman Asa Chandler of Coca Cola, Authors Margaret Mitchell & Mary Flannery, and Father Thomas O'Reilly who served as pastor of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during the Civil War and is credited with arranging to save the downtown churches and Atlanta's city hall from the torch of General William T. Sherman.

Rí Rá- Atlanta is the complete personification of everything Irish. The bar has been carefully restored from old Irish pubs and related salvaged artifacts including the magnificent mid 19th century bar complete with Victorian snugs and the parquet floor from the Harland & Wolfe yard where the Titanic was built. The pub required a tremendous effort from numerous Irish craftsmen to complete the restoration of the key pieces. The pub took over two years and 11,000 hours to finish. A total of 40 tons were shipped from Ireland including an estimated 10,000 pieces for the Harland & Wolfe floor that was restored in Wicklow but reconstructed on site in Midtown Atlanta.

Stepping through the door at Rí Rá is like being transported to another era; enjoy the atmosphere of the beautifully restored bar and the old pub shop storefront in the dining room, circa 1784. Pass through the dining room to see the best private party room in Midtown. Rí Rá’s private party room is literally a unique, miniature Irish pub, The Harbor Bar from Portstewart, County Derry. It was carefully transported and re-erected onsite in Atlanta and is now available for private parties. The Harbor Bar at Rí Rá even has its own separate entrance to the street. Rí Rá can accommodate private parties of up to 120 people. To book your party you can contact me personally or our event planner at (404) 477 1700.


riraHere at Rí Rá - Atlanta we love to bring our sense of family to the community and enjoy being involved with local community groups such as the Midtown Alliance to make our neighborhood a better place to live, work and socialize. We are particularly proud of our outreach work with sports groups such as The Atlanta Renegades R.F.C (Rugby Union) and Clan na Gael G.A.A (Gaelic Hurling & Football). We are also heavily involved with local charities and try to give back to the community that so graciously welcomed us to the neighborhood. We host an annual golf tournament in aid of Camp Twin Lakes children’s charity and also host an annual event in March for the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood cancer and have to date raised $250,000.

So if you’re in midtown and have an urge for something Irish, give us a call or just pop in and we will be glad to spin you a yarn and show you our pub.



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In towns and villages across Ireland, the ‘Pub’ is at the heart of the community. Birthday celebrations, sports club meetings, wedding parties, charity events, dancing, laughing, crying; you name it. Expect much the same at Rí Rá.

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accolades & awards

Dermot Lloyd, the Rí Rá GM, is particularly proud of the
numerous accolades that the pub has been awarded over the years including:



  • Jezebel Best of Atlanta


  • Taste of Atlanta – Favorite new vendor