If you are looking for a place to become your Cheers, I’ve found it. The Brass Door pub transports you to an authentic irish pub in look and feel while taking advantage of some very Memphis characteristics. Not to mention great service, the friendly owner Seamus Loftus, and the great food.
Full disclosure: this is my pub. So to take our Dining Card over to the Brass Door, I invited a friend and colleague to experience it for the first time. We went during lunch and found great service and a surprisingly light crowd (it was late, though!). We got to sit at the bar which was awesome. The bartender talked us through the menu. The appetizers were authentic but still familiar… fried goat cheese and an irish sausage plate. The only problem: I had to share!
The appetizers were authentic but still familiar… fried goat cheese and an irish sausage plate. The only problem: I had to share!
One of the things you will always notice as you ate is just how cool the building is. It’s an historic building that had a jewelry store for years, before being changed to become the Brass Door. They even used much of the old insides to build their furniture and the bar.
For the main course, it was the slider of the day (Sloppy Joe) and the sammie special (Chicken club). But it’s hard not to talk about the fries. You’re probably thinking, “but they’re just fries…”. You’d be wrong. These fries are hand cut daily, fried fresh, and salted with some magic imported from Ireland. Everything is great, but just get the fries.
You’re probably thinking, “but they’re just fries…”. You’d be wrong.
As we ate, the bar filled up with a combination of professionals coming in to work or take a break, tourists from out of town, all very friendly and at the bar sharing food, stories, and some jokes with the bartender. That’s what the Brass Door is for me and why I keep coming back. Also, I’m a huge soccer fan and the Arsenal supporters group (Memphis Gooners) are there every Saturday to support their team. Sometimes we’re talking abiout 6:45am and I’ve never heard Seamus complain. Top notch crew over there!
It’s also a hot spot for World Cup soccer fans: