The door of Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub appropriately reads: “There are no strangers here.” The pub’s regulars agree, describing Rosie’s as a place where one can rely on finding a friendly crowd and a fun atmosphere.
In addition to live entertainment, Rosie’s features video games and five closed-circuit televisions that broadcast Irish and international sports events. In nice weather, patrons can enjoy one of the three outdoor patios found upstairs and downstairs in the front of the building as well as in the back. Happy hour is from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Rosie’s is owned by husband and wife Seamus and Rosie McCaffrey and has won several awards. The Arizona Republic named it Phoenix’s best Irish pub in 2003, and the New Times recently deemed its fish and chips, which are battered in Harp beer, the best in town as well.
The pub’s extensive menu features everything from Irish favorites such as shepherd’s pie and potato soup to local standards such as quesadillas and nachos. It lists 18 sandwiches, 17 burgers, 14 appetizers, 11 salads, six entrees, and five desserts. These include such aptly named offerings as “Ring O’Kerry Onion Rings, “Seanachie’s Caesar” and “County Down Caramel Pecan Delight.” The pub also features all of the available Irish and Scotch whiskeys, tap drinks are served in imperial 20-ounce pints.
Rosie’s decor makes it a fitting setting for the celebrations of Irish culture that regularly occur there. Portraits of Oscar Wilde, Michael Collins and James Connelly share the walls with the declaration of the Irish Republic, a Chieftains’ poster, Guinness and Harp logos, photographs of Irish football and hurling teams and a Notre Dame banner. Much of the interior is made of wood, which creates a cozy, homey ambiance. Stained and etched glass also adds to this effect.