Drunk After Work: Durty Nelly's
|The daytime scene, 'cause I can't go there at night right now...|
The Hours: Mon.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thur., 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Deal: Drink specials, and a lot of food for cheap come the happy time.
The Sauce: If you're at an Irish pub, you get the beers; if you want hooch, you stick to Jameson and none of that Bushmill unionist swill. But Durty Nelly's does have other stouts in stock, the basis for most of their drink creations--we've written about the Snakebite before, and just might again.
The Food: Surprisingly good for an Irish pub, although the dishes veer more toward American pub standards than anything Gaelic. Their hamburger, for instance, is larger than the norm, on a toasted bun, and not that expensive. And their happy hour specials range from $4 quesadillas to a massive $10 combo that finds crunchy chicken fingers, spicy wings, and greasy-great potato skins under one heaping plate.
The Verdict: There's a reason why we deemed Durty Nelly's OC's best happy hour last year, and it's not because it's a five-minute walk from Weekly world headquarters. They eschew trends in favor of consistency, and while that's usually not something to be desired, 'tis when you just want a drink and a snack before heading off to work. A gastropub this ain't, but a pub 'tis--okay, no more of the leprechaun talk...
The Grade: A.