As you enter Rí Rá you can imagine yourself walking through a door that leads you back in time to the peaceful and cozy atmosphere of a traditional pub 100 hundred years ago in Ireland. When you visit Rí Rá you will feel as if you are going back in time, such is the ambiance of the pub. All the pubs interiors were salvaged and restored in Ireland and shipped to Portland. The pub is on two levels, with three distinct areas.
The first area is the traditional 'shop pub'. For centuries, people throughout rural Ireland have gathered in these small cozy pubs. They served as the local grocer, post office, draper, pub and community gathering place.
The back bar and counter at Rí Rá were the centerpiece of a pub that opened its doors to the Irish public in the center of a small coastal town called Annagassin, Co. Louth in the early 1900’s. The bar counter also incorporates a small ‘snug’ at one end that is typical of a country pub shop. The entry doors from the street to the shop area were salvaged from the well-known ‘Langtons Pub of Kilkenny’. There is a very old pot belly stove from Spike Island Prison in Cove, county Cork ready to warm punters during Portland’s cold winter months.
The Victorian area next to the ‘shop bar’ is representative of a Victorian Dublin pub. The paneling used in the bar counter is circa 1880. It was originally part of the cashier counter at Allied Irish Bank, Westmorland St., Dublin.
The back bar fixture came from Fallon’s, a chemist whose place of business was on Grafton St. in Dublin. The frieze on the back bar is decorated with the original hand painted lettering.
As you move to the upstairs area, take in the spectacular Waterfront views while enjoying a wonderful dining experience – the perfect location for parties and celebrations. ‘Rí Rá’ is Irish for fun and merriment. Our goal is to provide a fun dining experience in a unique atmosphere that appeals to all age groups. Rí Rá serves a full and varied lunch and dinner menu.