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Claddagh Cottage


2421 Curry Ford Rd.
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 895-1555
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The Claddagh Cottage is a cozy, neighborhood pub that has been around for over 20 years, known for its proper pints of Guinness, delicious home-style food, and authentic Irish atmosphere. 

I never managed to make it to the original location, that was bulldozed not too long ago to make room for a Walgreens, It was always on my list of places to visit. Owners Scott & Vicki purchased the pub in 2016 and re opened at this location in 2018 after they were forced to relocate, and I am very happy that I did not wait too long this time, because this is truly a unique and special establishment in Orlando.

Scott & Vicki have endeavored to recreate every detail of the pub in which they met, and this new location is a fabulous update of the original location. They were able to keep some of the wood and incorporate it back into the new location in parts of the main bar, wood posts and they even kept the original front door for the new door to the kitchen.

Claddagh is a term that originated in the Galway fishing village of Claddagh (KLAD-uh) in the 17th century, the Claddagh ring is an Irish tradition worn to symbolize love, loyalty, and friendship. Today the symbol is found on everything from jewelry to monuments with the heart representing love, the crown meaning loyalty, and the hands symbolizing friendship. The ring's motif is, "let love and friendship reign," which is the motto for Claddagh Cottage.

The menu here isn’t very big, and that’s a great thing, as it keeps with the small pub vibe. Cottage Pies are the thing here which come in a few varieties like the basic Cottage Pie with​ a savory combination of lean minced beef, carrots, peas, and onions cooked in a traditional brown gravy topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. They have a Steak & Mushroom Pie, Steak & Ale Pie, Chicken, Leek & Mushroom pie among others also.

Appetizers are very simple and classic with Scotch Eggs, Chips and Chutney, Sausage Rolls, and a few soups to choose from. They have three different sandwiches and a variety of side dishes to choose from and that is the menu in its entirety.

Claddagh Cottage does offer many other beers and wine as well, but a Guiness is a must for a place that prides itself on Proper Pours and Imperial Pints.

We really enjoyed the Chips & Chutney appetizer with a chutney made of sweet onions, tomatoes and spices. If they would make the chips from scratch, this could be an elite pub appetizer, It was still very good, but house made chips would have made it better.

The Classic Scotch Egg never disappoints with hard boiled eggs wrapped in house made Irish style seasoned sausage and baked in a crispy breading, this is a highly recommended way to start your evening at the Cottage.

The original Cottage Pie is made with a savory combination of lean minced beef, carrots, peas and onions and cooked in a traditional brown gravy and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes that are lightly browned. The flavors are so wonderful in this dish, and it even has a bit of spice. Very hearty and delightful.

The Dubliner at Claddagh Cottage is a hefty sandwich with slow roasted beef, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese served on French bread with mayo that is pretty damn delicious. Other sandwiches offered include a BLT and a simple Grilled Cheese.

The Bar here, and the entire feel of this restaurant and pub is about as authentic as gets in Orlando. I honestly felt after spending a few hours here and downing some food and pints, that I was about to walk outside to somewhere in Ireland. All the wood tables and chairs, the bar, the music, and even the restrooms here are very well done to keep an authentic Irish pub feeling.

Vicki and Scott met at the original Claddagh location playing music together at the traditional Irish music session, which they have now hosted for over fifteen years. Scott & Vicki have run the bi-weekly traditional Irish music session at the Claddagh since 2001. The EOWS (Every other Wednesday Session) is the same as you would find in any pub in Ireland, drawing both amateur and professional musicians from Orlando and beyond.

Claddagh Cottage is The perfect place to raise a pint with friends.

They are open Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 12 midnight, and the kitchen goes from 4pm-10pm. On Friday they are open from 4pm to 2am, with the kitchen closing at 10pm, and Saturday from 5pm to 2am with the kitchen closing at 10pm.
Claddagh Cottage is closed on Sunday.

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Liam Fitzpatrick's


Colonial Town Park
951 Market Promenade Ave.
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 936-3782


I always enjoy restaurants and bars that really try to go for an authentic as you can get style with food and decor. When it comes to Irish food in Orlando and surrounding areas we have a few smaller locations like Harp and Celt that do a decent job at providing that atmosphere and traditional food cravings from the homeland. Of course there is the larger Raglan Road at downtown Disney and Meg O'Malleys Irish Pub in Melbourne FL, but I have yet to find somewhere in between these until I visited Liam Fitzpatrick’s.

Located at the Colonial Town Park Shopping Center in Lake Mary, Liam Fitzpatrick’s, is carrying on the two hundred year old tradition of a great Irish Pub with a hearty mix of great food and drink, warm and friendly hospitality, good music and great conversation. Liam’s was inspired by the owners visits to Ireland and by the wonderful times they experienced there. Their desire was to bring the spirit of that great culture of food and friendship to Lake Mary where upon stepping through their doors you can feel as though you are with friends and ready to enjoy a great time.

Outside of Liam’s, you will be drawn in by the classic exterior, which resembles a traditional Irish pub. Once inside, the Irish pub decor takes things up a notch with elaborate rich wood furnishings and accents. Two separate pub areas, front of house and back, offer fully stocked bars with perfect pours of Guinness or whatever you may be in the mood for. The inside is very spacious and open with plenty of seating. There is also a private dining room which is available for pretty much any type of event you would like to have.

Liam Fitzpatrick’s is lively and festive at anytime of the day. There is live music almost any night of the week and Saturday nights feature dueling pianos. There are yearly block parties which include St. Patrick’s Day, Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, New Year’s Eve and many more keeping Liam’s largely involved in the local community and always a happening place.

The menu here consists of your traditional Irish favorites like Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Fish & Chips. However, the creative team at Liam’s, has put together some additional mouth watering items with an Irish twist. Some of these items include the Galway Burger, an Irish Cheese Steak, Curry Chicken and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Of course it goes without saying, Guinness and a selection of other craft beers and cocktails are available to help wash down all of this delicious food.


The Baileys Irish Coffee is a great pick me up at the end of your day, and a “Perfect Pour” of Guinness in a proper 20 ounce tulip pint glass is sure to satisfy your thirst.

Scotch Eggs are pretty common to find at most Irish pubs, but Liam’s has spiced up this classic appetizer by rolling the eggs in chorizo sausage before breading them. This was a unique twist that I really enjoyed.

Although not a “traditional dish” the Apple Walnut Salad was outstanding. This salad is made with baby spinach, walnuts, apples, goat cheese, and dried cranberries tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette. For an additional charge, you can have grilled or blackened chicken or shrimp added to this salad. We opted for the blackened shrimp, and the savory flavors blended well with the sweetness of salad.

The Corned Beef and Cabbage is roasted in beer for ten hours and is served with cabbage, boiled red potatoes and a horseradish Dijon sauce.

This is a proper fish & chips with jumbo pieces of haddock fried in special recipe batter served with tartar sauce and mushy peas.

The Shepherd’s Pie at Liam’s is made with a blend of ground beef and lamb with carrots, onions, peas, celery and corn baked with a cap of mashed potatoes. For an added bonus, you can have them top it off with melted cheese.

For an Irish American twist, the Galway Burger is Angus beef, topped with Irish Whiskey glazed onions, lettuce, tomato and imported Irish porter stout cheese (which sometimes doesn’t make it through customs) and Guinness BBQ sauce. This burger is loaded with flavor and does not disappoint. You can get a number of side items with this burger and we chose the sweet potato fries.

Bread & Butter Pudding is a traditional Irish bread pudding made with raisins, served with whiskey creme anglaise and is ridiculously good.


The Baileys Cream Cheesecake is a signature cheesecake made with Baileys Irish Cream, topped with chocolate and caramel. It is very rich but very delicious.

Whether it’s a business lunch, a gathering with old friends or a celebration with new friends, Liam’s provides a great setting for your visit. With a wide ranging menu of great home cooked food to suit every taste and pouring some of the best beers and wines in the world, Liam Fitzpatrick’s delivers an authentic Irish experience in warm hospitality that can only be described as brilliant!

Hours of Operation
Monday 11am - 11pm
Tuesday – Thursday 11am - 12am
Friday 11am - 2am

Enjoy Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 1030am – 3pm with endless Mimosas, a unique selection of Bloody Mary’s and Fitzpatrick’s Brunch Favorites.

Ol, Ceol, Bia agus Craic (Drink, Music, Food & Good Times!)


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Meg O' Malley's Irish Pub

812 East New Haven Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 952-5510

Since I have a lot of extended family living on the space coast, I find myself in Brevard county at least twice a month. We often get together for family functions and to eat and socialize. Every so often we will go out to eat, but its mostly chain restaurants because the dining scene in Brevard county is underwhelming. There are a few noteworthy spots dotted along the coast line though, and that's why I was excited to try Meg O' Malley's Irish Pub for a recent birthday dinner.

Meg O' Malley's is located in one of the more scenic and happening spots in Brevard county, in the more trendy downtown Melbourne. You could say that Meg O'Malley's is a typical Irish pub, but it is worthy of much more. On most nights they have Irish music playing and bar patrons participating in sing a longs. The atmosphere is lively and fun, and the food is pretty good too. 

In addition to some great Irish beers and cocktails, the menu is full of great Irish pub fare. Starers include items like lamb sliders, corned beef sliders, potato balls and a cheese & ale crock. Mains range from traditional pub sandwiches like the Kilkenny and a Dubliner chicken sandwich to a variety of burgers. Of course there is your standard fish and chips, bangers & mash, and corned beef and cabbage as well as roasted lamb shank and pot roast.

Our first starter was the Potato Balls. Made of mashed potatoes, chopped corned beef, scallions and Farmhouse cheddar rolled up, breaded and fried. Really tasty, especially with a pint of Guinness.

The Cheese & Ale Crock is a must have starter. It's a mixture of Irish ale, Farmhouse cheddar, and Dubliner cheeses served with an assortment of breads for dipping (Irish soda bread, brown bread, and garlic toast)

The Kilkenny sandwich is an Irish Reuben with sliced corned beef, Swiss, cabbage, and 1000 Island dressing on grilled rye bread. This sandwich was good, and loaded with meat too.

The Shepherds Pie
has ground beef in a rich broth with root vegetables and sweet peas, topped with colcannon and served with buttered cabbage and brown bread. For $2.00 extra, you can have it topped with macaroni and cheese.

It's hard to find good Fish & Chips. It seems simple enough, but I've had my fair share of bad fish & chips. I was excited to find that Meg O' Malley's fish & chips were rather exceptional.

I enjoyed the Corned Beef and Cabbage with corned beef brisket served with buttered cabbage, sweet carrots, whole grain mustard, brown bread, and choice of colcannon or boiled red bliss potatoes.

For our birthday celebration, we received a free order of MOM's Bread Pudding made from an old Irish recipe topped with whipped cream and a warm drunken raisin sauce. 


Meg O' Malley's provided exceptional service for our party of five, and everyone really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. They draw a pretty good crowd most nights of the week, but if you plan on going there on the weekends, be prepared to wait. As you might imagine, Meg's has one of the best St. Patrick's day celebrations on the east coast. Festivities usually last all week long with a street party on the weekend.

Meg O' Malley's is open from 10:30 am until the wee hours of the night as they like to say. Sundays they open at 11:00 am and feature an a la carte brunch special.

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