Name: Francis Bogside
After a Halloween fire in 2016 left Bogside and sister restaurant, Brigid, out of commission, Francis Bogside reopened on the anniversary of their closing as a whole new bar. They nixed the neighboring restaurant and expanded the bar, which now sports a full menu serving lunch, dinner, brunch and happy hour treats.
Stopping in during the discounted hours will allow patrons to take advantage of drink specials like $6 cocktails, $5 wells, and $1 off draught beer. Om the food side, the bar sports snacks like poutine for $5, chicken wings for $8 and a burger or pizza for $10. With a happy hour that runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and then all day Sunday and Monday, there is plenty of opportunities to experience Bogside’s deals.
Dropping into Francis Bogside during happy hour, you’ll be met with regulars, industry folk, and the occasional traveler. Sunday could be packed with those wanting to take advantage of a Sunday Funday deal. During my most recent visit on a Tuesday, the bar was fairly open, with most of the patrons being local from the Southtown neighborhood.
The new concept has made for a larger bar with ample seating, especially during happy hour. I was quickly greeted as I sat at the bar and handed menus and water. While there are plenty of drink options on the happy hour menu, it is disappointing to see that only one signature cocktail, the Irish Old Fashioned, was listed. I went with the only signature drink, made with Jameson, Guinness simple syrup and bitters. It’s a decent cocktail, a twist on the old fashioned with a little Irish flair. For food it was hard to choose between the poutine, the pizza or the burger. With the help of the bartender and the other patrons at the bar, the burger was the answer, and if you really want to treat yourself, sub fries for the house made chips for an extra $2. When the burger arrived, I knew I wasn’t led astray. It was a double meat cheeseburger and is honestly enough to feed two people. The burger was cooked perfectly and coming during happy hour saved about $2 — which isn’t a ton but when you include drinks with it, is a steal. I would easily come back to try other items on the food menu and take advantage of the inexpensive classic drinks.
Erin Winch writes about boozin' in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA. Follow her on Instagram at @drinking.in.sa for more.