WELCOME TO ST. JAMES IRISH PUB
BY MARC MUNROE DION|
It's the "zing" of the Southcoast's best wings. It's the rollicking sound of Irish music. It's the taste of a cold beer as the Red Sox win another one. It's meeting an old friend at the bar. It's meeting someone new on a Saturday night.
It's the St. James Irish Pub, 91 Purchase St., in downtown Fall River and the pub's menu is turning a long time hot spot into the right now night spot.
Open since 1997 and owned by Fall River resident Ron Travassos, the pub's menu uses local ingredients to create local classics.
The pub offers specials, take-out service, party platters and an under $5 lunch express menu that's making this the best place for a downtown lunch.
The Juicy Lucy burger is a burger stuffed with cheese, and every burger is hand-crafted. No frozen "hockey puck" burgers come out of this kitchen. The fries, regular and sweet potato, are hand cut from locally grown potatoes. The sliders are the perfect "just a quick bite" to eat while you're watching the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics or Pats on the pub's four big screen televisions. The chicken wings are sold by the pound and have created a lot of talk in Fall River. Available au naturel or boneless, the wings are meaty and served with a variety of sauces. The Jameson Irish Whiskey Barbecue Sauce is a tribute to the bar's Irish heritage. Velvety smooth and tangy, the Jameson sauce can also be ordered with a taste of honey.
Like your nights hot? Try the hot wings and, if you think you like your wings nuclear, try their hottest wing sauce, guaranteed to make you gasp.
Thirsty after those fiery wings? The St. James has 12 beers on tap in an ever-changing dance of favorites and new arrivals, from flavored seasonals like blueberry and pumpkin, to Irish cider and old classics like Newcastle Brown Ale.
Try an espresso, too, maybe with just a nip of Irish whiskey or cognac on the side.
Food Specials** Stop in for an expanded menu that includes additional specials! **
Wednesday Nights Irish Session 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Thursday Night Team Trivia
Friday and Saturday Nights Live Bands
No cover charge and entertaiment starts at 10pm
Behind the bar there are dozens of liquor bottles, including a big selection of premium flavored vodkas, a standout collection of Irish whiskey and artisan bourbons and all the other ingredients needed to make everything from a classic Manhattan to the newest hipster cocktail, served by bartenders who don't mind getting in on the sports talk at the bar.
Food, drinks, friends and entertainment all go together, so you'll enjoy the live entertainment and, for people
who love the traditional sound of Irish music, there's a session every Wednesday night, when local musicians come together to play the old Irish songs.
Over the years, nearly everyone in Fall River has learned that the St. James heats up at night but it's also a prime gathering place for the after work crowd.
For over 10 years, the pub has sponsored the Irish Harvest Festival, an event to raise scholarship money in memory of Fall River Police Officer Richard Magan, who died in the line of duty.
Kitchen hours are 11:30 a.m. to midnight, every day.
If you like your wings and burgers with a cold beer or cocktail, if you like music and sports and meeting new people, The St. James Irish Pub is the best of Fall River.