Parnell’s Pub on Lee Road, which began life 20 years ago as the Charles Stewart Parnell's Pub. Over the years, owner Declan Synnott has expanded, remodeled and contracted the bar, a fixture that sat shoulder to shoulder with the Cedar Lee Theatre since 1997. But the time had come, he says, to make a move.
“It’s like Lee Road and downtown mated and popped this one out,” Synnott jokes, referring to the organic blend of old and new that borrows some design touches from the newer downtown location. “But it still has the feel of the old Parnell’s.”
“My wife’s idea to personalize the place,” Synnott clarifies.
The backbar is heavy with whiskies, while the taps dispense and endless stream of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and hard cider. Craft beer nerds actually will find a smaller number of choices here as opposed to up the road, the owner points out.
“We’re actually trimming the number of taps so that the beer is always fresh; it’s quality of product, not the number that you have,” he says. “We’re going back to our roots and focusing on what works.”
As for snacks, barflies will have the same few choices of bagged chips, wrinkled smokies and the proverbial can of soup.
Synnott seems genuinely excited about his pub’s new home, but he’d be lying if he claimed that the present situation wasn’t a wee bit bittersweet.
“I was just up there handing over my keys to the landlord,” he relates. “It was tough. It was tough. A lot of history, a lot of memories – good memories, bad memories – but it was time for a change.”