Thursday, January 31, 2013

O'Sullivan's expands with new whiskey bar

O'Sullivan's now wraps around the block of
Washington Blvd and Irving Street
O'Sullivan's opened its doors to nearly renovated interiorsunofficially last night. The unadvertised soft opening showed off the popular Irish restaurant's two new rooms, an additional bar focusing on whiskey and an improved band area. Thanks to Clarendon Scene for the timely tip.
I spoke to General Manager Patrick who was very friendly and enthusastic not to lose the feeling and authenticity of the original O'Sullivans in the expansion. 
The Irish pub has a very different feel than its neighbors Spider Kelly's and Ballroom, as its lower ceilings and darker interior leads more to a cozier and less cluby environment.  Patrick also is focusing on traditional Irish music being played regularly, and I spoke to Arlington local Robert who will be making appearances on stage with Celtic songs.
The small middle room features a fireplace
where Fragrance World used to be.

The second bar with its separate entrance on Iriving street is also of significance to Patrick. This bar will focus more on whiskey drinks, with over a hundred types of whiskey and several beers on tap available.
I'm very excited for this improvement on one of Clarendon's favorite venues, and can't wait to attend their St Patrick's Day festivities in the new spaces. For more pictures, check out ArlNow.com's writeup on O'Sullivan's expansion.