O'Bricks Irish Pub - Old Main, Bredenton
O'Bricks has a dumb name, but it is a really nice, new spot in downtown Bradenton. Oh, the only Irish aspect of this Irish pub is that they sell Guinness, otherwise, it is a nice American pub.
The bar is really nice, with interior brick walls, high ceilings, rough hewn wood slab bar, huge wooden tables, lots of TVs, and Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders memorabilia on the walls to commemorate the local sports teams.
They don't have food, but they were glad to hand out snacks like pretzels and peanuts. Earlier in the evening, they serve food from Fav's Italian Restaurant next door.
Old Main Pub, Old Main Street, Bradenton
Old Main Pub is the oldest and most run down of Old Main's several drinking establishments. They do, however, have the advantage of the only late night food in downtown. They have a big U-shaped bar with, a bunch of pool table and bar games in the back. They also have an outdoor patio area with several picnic tables, but apparently you can't take alcohol outside.
We had a few draft Yuenglings for a cheap $3 each while we watched college baseball and softball on their 10 or so flat screen TVs. Later we grabbed a few sausages from the food cart out back then wandered across the street to the new Irish pub.
McCabe's Irish Pub, Old Main Street, Bradenton
McCabe's Irish Pub is the newest of downtown Bradenton's four or five divey pubs. McCabe's just opened in spring 2011, and is owned by the same Irishman who started Rasher Tierney's Irish Pub also in Bradenton. McCabe's is located right across the street from one of Bradenton's oldest bars, Old Main Pub.
We got here around 9:30pm and were disappointed that they had no food, we ended up crossing the street to Old Main, grabbing a few beers and a bite at their streetside hot dog cart, then wandered back over to McCabe's around 10:30. We had a couple of Kilkenny beers, served in cheap plastic cups, for a few dollars each, and we grabbed a high-top table next to the bar. We chatted and watched motorcycle acing, the rodeo, and one of those bloopers shows on their numerous TVs. The bar was pretty full throughout our short time there, with many people chatting, listening to music, and playing pool.
The modern Lost Kangaroo Bar on Old Main in downtown Bradenton has a comfortable, traditional feel because of its wooden bar and brick walls. It has huge plate glass windows overlooking main street and allowing in lots of light during the day. They also have a huge draft beer selection...probably 30 brews. The bar also has lots of TVs, so you can come here to watch the games.
We stopped in for just one beer on a Farmers Market Saturday prior to a Pirates Spring Training Game. I was kind of disappointed the bartender couldn'ttell me much about their exotic selection of beers. When I asked for a lager, he suggested Yuengling; really?