Jamie O'Donoghue would like you to know that despite its name, O'Donoghue's Irish Pub is more than a bar.
Driving by the business at 13225 Watertown Plank Road in Elm Grove, you might be fooled into thinking that it's merely a well-kept drinking establishment. It is that, but O'Donoghue sees it as so much more.
"This is a community center for everyone in Tosa, Elm Grove and Brookfield," said O'Donoghue. "The Irish community meets here, as do so many other groups. This is a place where people can come and meet people they've never met before."
O'Donoghue's brightest spot is its menu, which Jamie O'Donoghue says keeps people coming back. Some of the signature dishes include Black Angus chuck burgers ($7.95), 10-inch chicken, steak, shrimp or Reuben quesadillas ($10.95 to $13.95) and the Irish Reuben sandwich ($8.95). Also popular are the Friday fish fry featuring cod, perch or shrimp ($11.95 to $14.95) and the four-piece broasted chicken dinner ($10.95).
O'Donoghue's features live music several days a week. There is Irish step dancing on Wednesdays, Irish jam sessions on Sundays and live bands on Fridays. On Thursdays, there is a 16-piece jazz band called The Super Band that attracts a large following.
O'Donoghue's is a little challenging to get to these days, thanks to construction on Watertown Plank Road, so the owner recommends following detour signs. The road construction should be completed this fall.
NAME: O'Donoghue's Irish Pub
ADDRESS: 13225 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove
PHONE: (262) 641-2730
FARE: American/pub food
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday
PRICE RANGE: $6.95 to $14.95 (approximate)
RESERVATIONS: for parties of 8 or more
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: yes
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