Folks who work within walking distance have it easy since parking is a challenge. A lot across the street charges a flat $5; metered street parking would be cheaper but odds of finding an open space are slim.
The interior space is packed with Old World relics:
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Just to look at all this stuff it's worth stopping in to have a pint. But the food is great, too, so come hungry. Our group of five quickly polished off four starters: Pan Seared Potato Cakes, crispy on the outside/fluffy on the inside and served with balsamic reduction and sour cream; Steamed Mussels in whiskey garlic butter, white wine and fresh herbs; Crab Cakes, lightly fried and very meaty; and hand cut Chips (French fries), cooked to perfection. All very good. For my entrée I tried the Shepherd's Pie and Caesar Salad and would happily order both again.
Sure, it was a weekday lunch, but I had a Guinness — hey, I'm self-employed so I can't get into trouble with the boss and nothing pairs better with Irish food!
The restaurant can get very noisy when crowded; this is not a place to come when you hope to have a meaningful conversation. The potatoes are shipped from Ireland, so buying local is obviously a lower priority than authenticity. Many of the servers are here from Ireland on 18-month work visas, so their appealing accents are the real deal — and so is their culture shock, since the population of the Atlanta metro area exceeds that of the whole country of Ireland by more than 1 million.
Bottom line: Authentic Irish Pub experience offers warm/boisterous ambiance, tasty food and beverages, and friendly service.
Rí Rá Irish Pub is located at 1080 Peachtree St. NE. Find other details here.