I let the little missus loose to shop downtown on a recent visit to Indy and she let me loose on my choice of pubs . Claddagh Irish Pub was it! It was quiet inside, mid-afternoon, and plenty of empty seats at the generous bar. A couple of stools down sat a local guest services expert from the Conrad Hotel who kept me entertained as I sampled 16 year old Jameson's Irish Whiskey, followed by a Guinness on tap. Beauty. A little spendy compared to other pubs I'd visited, but the atmosphere justified it for me.
The atmosphere and environment of this Irish Pub is rustic and authentic; the service, excellent. Can't give them credit for the quality of fine Jameson's whiskey, but the knowledge of the bartender was terrific and he dispensed willingly and at no charge. I wanted to taste the Bushmill's Irish whisky (for comparative purposes only, mind you), but preferred not to stagger back to the rendezvous with the little missus, so I left the pub longing for another taste.
I did have time to take a gander at the menu while there, however, which featured all manner of authentic Irish grub. After a little begging (and the promise of a new purse at Carson's downtown), the little missus acquiesced and we found our way back to Claddagh Irish Pub for dinner. We were seated immediately and took only a minute or two to find something on the menu we liked.
I chose the Irish breakfast (bangers, rashers, black and white pudding – no, it's not pudding, and two eggs the way I like them – fried easy) and a Black and Tan to wash it all down with. The little missus ordered some kind of shrimp in sweet chili sauce that she thought was excellent.
The food prices were quite reasonable, I thought, and the flavors were authentic and tasty. My only suggestion to the management is to make sure the servers know the difference between rashers, bangers, and the "pudding". Ours didn't, and it would have added to the experience, just like the bit of Gaelic brogue in the speech of the bartender lent itself to "just one more Jameson's, please."