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Kelly’s at SouthBridge is an Expensive Blend of Irish Pub and Scottsdale Swank

Published: Friday, September 21, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 15:09

Kelly's on Southbridge

Tiera Allen

Kelly’s At SouthBridge, an American pub and eatery, opened on Sixth Avenue and Stetson Drive in downtown Scottsdale earlier this summer though it took a few months for buzz to build.

Tucked into a corner on a dark street in Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot building with its gas lamp lit patio is certainly appealing and the space is just as eye-catching inside. Kelly’s is a swanky spot, with chandeliers handing from the ceiling, but it’s not pretentious. Versatile? Quite. They way the room is uniquely divided makes Kelly’s just a good place catch the game or have a drink with a girlfriend.

A large wrap-around bar anchors the room. On one side of it, plush modern couches and chairs invite casual drinking, friendly conversation and mingling. On the other side are dark wooden tables and high tops. Beyond the bar, there is a pool table and an adjoining room known as the “man cave” with more tables and some old-school dartboards.

The expansive patio is the bar’s best feature. Large, with a number of tables and atmospheric lighting, it’s nothing but inviting. Unfortunately, the patio is so popular that with the weather cooling down, guests should expect to wait in line to sit outside on weekends.

Is it worth the wait? That depends on what you’re there for. Given the caliber of the bar – and the price of the drinks – Kelly’s attracts an older clientele. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find a slew of 20-somethings sitting at the bar during the weekend.

Draft beers run at $6 a pint and we detect an Irish flare. They include brews like Guinness, Harp, Blue Moon, Blue Paddle and Kilt Lifter among others. A selection of bottled and canned beers is also available at $3 to $5. Though we think Kelly’s could benefit from adding more local beers to the draft menu, the bar has focused on perfecting its cocktail list. Enticing drinks like the “Sunset at SouthBridge,” “Devil Went Down Dublin” and the tasty “Kelly’s Martini” will run your tab for $10 to $12, but they are made with premium alcohol and worth the price.

Worry not, the bartenders will happily make you a well drink, but for a taste of what Kelly’s is all about we suggest trying a crafted cocktail. Happy hour is prime time for doing so with minimum damage to your wallet. Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy Kelly’s cocktails at half the price and other food and drink specials.

The food menu at Kelly’s is quite diverse but again, for an American bar and grill, we see hints of Ireland. Pub plates include favorites like fish and chips, bangers and mash and gourmet burgers.

As far as Scottsdale bars go, Kelly’s is definitely on another level. Though we dig the lay out, on a busy night it’s almost too big for having audible or intimate conversations. Kelly’s is certainly the trendy night spot right now and is a good place to grab dinner before going out or, if you don’t mind facing the crowds, a great way to spend your night.

Kelly’s At SouthBridge, 7117 E. Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.393.3205 

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