Historic Tavern Tours

Tavern Tours are offered throughout the year. Tour themes vary but each tour features at least three different taverns. There is time at each tavern for enjoying the atmosphere, drinks & a bite before you head to the next stop.  Drinks are not included in the price of the tour, but light snacks, sparkling narration, historic gossip, and architectural knowledge of the taverns and their environs is cheerfully included. Tours are led by Doreen Uhas Sauer and/or Tom Betti, co-authors of Historic Columbus Taverns.

Irish Experience Tavern Tour
Thursday, July 6 6:30-9:30 pm
Members $30/Non-Members $35


Time travel awaits you on this tour beginning at Claddagh Irish Pub, 585 South Front Street, in the Brewery District. The Claddagh is a 17th century symbol of clasped hands (friendship), a heart (love), and a crown (loyalty).  Though built in 2001, Claddagh Irish Pub is quite authentic in its interior. Though many associate “Irish Broadway” and St. Patrick’s Church as the heart of the Irish community in Columbus, many Irish immigrants worked and lived along the river on the west and south sides in now forgotten areas once known as the Bowery, Tin Town, Flytown, and Middletown.

On this tour you will learn how the Irish have an interesting and complicated history in the capital city. You will also experience how traditions are kept alive at venerable taverns and re-created pubs in Columbus today.

From our first stop, we will travel by shuttle to the infamous Shamrock Club, 60 W. Castle Rd., for more stories and refreshments, and then to Tara Hall, 274 E. Innis, where refreshments, history, traditions, music, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians resides in a re-purposed building. The shuttle will return to Claddagh at approximately 9:30 p.m. Light snacks are included at each stop, but some tour goers arrive early to eat dinner as time is limited at each venue. Drinks are not included in the ticket price.

Irish or not, you will discover more about Columbus history, architecture, and neighborhoods. 

Your ticket purchase supports the work of Columbus Landmarks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving our city’s architectural heritage and promoting the highest standards in the design and construction of new buildings and spaces. We thank you!