Pat Connolly Pub Bar St Louis, Guide & Review
It’s hard to think of Dogtown without Pat Connolly’s Tavern coming to mind. Opened in 1942 by a recent immigrant from County Galway, Ireland, the pub is the canvas on which much of the neighborhood’s green, white and orange history has been painted. Over the decades, the venerable bar and grill have embraced the classic Irish pub: simple atmosphere, friendly service, and cold Guinness on tap. Under new owners Theresa Connolly Jovanovich and Joe Jovanovich, who are descendants of the eponymous Pat Connolly, the pub also has a new and improved menu of classic pub food and a sleeker look reminiscent of its mid-century origins. Of course, the famous fried chicken hasn’t changed – and it’s still one of the best in town. Patrick Connolly, from County Galway, Ireland, began his bartending career in 1942 when he opened the Pat Connolly Tavern. For two decades, he worked to create the landmark St. Louis in the historic Dogtown neighborhood. Once again owned by the Connolly family, we are proud to carry on the tradition that Pat started over 75 years ago. Thank you to our customers who keep this history alive with your continued patronage! History is only as good as it inspires us to a better future!
Pat Connolly’s Tavern is a popular place to refuel after activity in nearby Forest Park, especially after softball league games or visits to the zoo. Adults dig into fried chicken, toasted ravioli, and fish ‘n’ chips; kids usually go out for hamburgers. Roasted chicken livers and gizzards have a devoted following, as do frog legs, a popular seasonal specialty. On the healthier side, there’s rosemary and white bean appetizer and a grilled salmon burger with chipotle mayo. Make them a meal, and you’ll feel better about indulging in Sugaree’s Pies or Park Ave’s Gooey Butter Cakes (a sugar-rich local treat). A game room and music room with their own upstairs bar can be reserved for private events.
Dogtown Bar recently celebrated 75 years, making it one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the metro area. The fried chicken is considered one of the best in town, but don’t miss the fried chicken livers and gizzards.