About Rí Rá

Pub History

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The Victorian bar in the middle of the Charlotte pub was built in the early 1800's for the officer's mess in the Phoenix Park Barracks in Dublin. The bar was removed in 1920 and it lay in storage in a Dublin garage for over 70 years.

Cahrlotte Phoenix ParkCiaran Sheehan bought it in 1996 with a view to making it the centerpiece of his first Rí Rá Irish Pub, which opened in Charlotte on Ciaran's birthday, March 14th 1997. Ciaran went to great lengths to source, meticulously restore and relocate the pub from Ireland to its new home in Charlotte.

Toward the front of Rí Rá you will find the perfect example of a cozy shop bar which originated from somewhere within Northern Ireland, c 1740. Sections of this back bar include a restored Guinness mirror and a collection of Dublin Corporation Ledgers written from 1800-1840. These ledgers are available to all pub visitors to peruse over a quiet pint. The etched glass panels set into the Victorian back-bar are originals dating to the early 1800's.

PatrickThe exact origin of the statue of St. Patrick standing behind the bar is unknown but it is well over 100 years old. It was not uncommon for a rural town or village to have a statue or a monument at the entrance to give a blessing to all passers by. In addition to the original bar the pub is full of antiquities of interest. Rí Rá is on two levels with an upper level terrace overlooking Hearst Plaza in the middle of downtown Charlotte.

The site where Rí Rá now stands was a department store that lay vacant for a number of years. The current structure dates from about 1910. However, during construction, Ciaran unearthed stable equipment and horseshoes suggesting that at some point in history the site was used as a stable.

 

RÍ RÁ IN THE COMMUNITY

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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

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

2011

  • Best of the Best, Charlotte magazine ‘Best Pub’
  • Creative Loafing critics pick, ‘Best downtown bar’
  • Creative Loafing readers choice ‘Best downtown bar’

2010

  • Creative Loafing readers choice ‘Best downtown bar’
  • AOL City Guide: City Best

2009

  • Creative Loafing critics pick, ‘Best downtown bar’
  • Creative Loafing readers choice ‘Best downtown bar’

2008

  • Creative Loafing critics pick, ‘Best downtown bar’
  • Creative Loafing readers choice ‘Best downtown bar’

2007

  • Best of Charlotte: best place to dine & best downtown bar
  • Best of the Best, Charlotte magazine.
  • AOL City Guide: City Best
  • AAA diamond rated
  • Guinness official toast headquarters

2006

  • Best of Charlotte: Best place to dine & Best downtown bar
  • AOL City Guide: City Best
  • AAA diamond rated
  • Visit Charlotte: nightlife & entertainment
  • Best of Citysearch: Best Irish Pub

2005

  • AOL City Guide: City Best
  • Yahoo best of yahoo

2004

  • Best of Charlotte: best place to dine & best downtown bar
  • Best of Citysearch: Best Irish pub

2003

  • Best of Charlotte: Best place to dine & Best downtown bar