Rí Rá comes from "Rí Rá agus Ruaile Buaile", a phrase translating roughly as divilment, good fun or any sociable activity that improves with fine food, a nice pint of Guinness or dram of Uisce Beatha (whiskey).
Meticulously restored in Ireland and shipped to the US, Rí Rá embodies everything that you would expect from a genuine Irish pub.
The bar has been carefully restored from old Irish pubs and related salvaged artefacts including the magnificent mid 19th century bar complete with Victorian snugs and the parquet floor from the Harland & Wolff yard where the Titanic was built. The pub required a tremendous effort from numerous Irish craftsmen to complete the restoration of the key pieces. The pub took over two years and 11,000 hours to finish. A total of 40 tons were shipped from Ireland including an estimated 10,000 pieces for the Harland & Wolff floor that was restored in Wicklow and reconstructed on site in Midtown Atlanta.
The Harbour Bar & Library
Stepping through the door at Rí Rá is like being transported to another era; immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the beautifully restored bar and the old pub shop storefront in the dining room, which dates back to 1784.
Pass through the dining room to see the best private party room in Midtown. Rí Rá’s private party room is literally a unique, miniature Irish pub, The Harbour Bar from Portstewart, County Derry. It was carefully transported and re-erected onsite in Atlanta and is now available for private parties. The Harbour Bar even has its own separate entrance to the street. We can accommodate private parties of up to 120 people.
A real Irish Local
Commonly referred to as ‘The Local’, the pub is at the heart of every community in Ireland. We like to think that RiRá is the Irish Local in Atlanta, our adopted home. Whilst we are Irish in every way – from our accents and famous sense of fun to our world renowned hospitality – we are very much at the heart of the Atlanta community.
Atlanta & Ireland
Atlanta has significant ties to Ireland for many generations producing prominent people of notable accomplishments. Some of these include; Businessman Asa Chandler of Coca-Cola, Authors Margaret Mitchell & Mary Flannery, and Father Thomas O’Reilly who served as pastor of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during the Civil War and is credited with arranging to save the downtown churches and Atlanta’s city hall from the torch of General William T. Sherman.
Rí Rá in the Community
Here at Rí Rá, we love to bring our sense of family to the community and enjoy being involved with local community groups such as the Midtown Alliance to make our neighborhood a better place to live, work and socialize.
We are particularly proud of our outreach work with sports groups such as The Atlanta Renegades R.F.C. (Rugby Union) and Clan na Gael G.A.A. (Gaelic Hurling & Football). We are also heavily involved with local charities and try to give back to the community that so graciously welcomed us to the neighborhood. We host an annual golf tournament in aid of Camp Twin Lakes children’s charity and also host an annual event in March for the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer and have to date raised over $1,000,000.
Dermot has worked with Rí Rá since 2006, when he emigrated to America from Limerick, Ireland. He spent 3 and a half years in Atlantic City before coming to Atlanta in 2009 to open and run the Rí Rá Irish Pub. In his time with us, Dermot went home to get married and Atlanta is also where his son was born, so it will always have a place in his heart!
Dermot is fiercely proud to be at the helm of such a landmark business, a pub that is knitted into the fabric of Atlanta’s community.
Assistant General Manager
Peter moved over from Bishopstown, a little town outside Cork City, a little over 4 years ago.
He believes that Atlanta has all the best parts of home – good food, good friends and good fun.
Peter will be a familiar face to the multitude of people who grace our doors from every walk of life. Whether they’re here to sample our vast array of whiskeys adorning the back bar, to indulge in the ‘Perfect Pint’, or just to try our delicious Irish fare, they’ll always receive the warmest of welcomes when Peter is on duty.
Jobs and Training
Rí Rá is a busy and exciting place work. We are always on the lookout for motivated quality Managers, Bar & Wait staff, Kitchen Team and other hourly positions.
If you’re interested in working in a fun and highly rewarding atmosphere, within a great team, then email your questions and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For International inquiries regarding J-1 training opportunities with Rí Rá in the USA, please send an email to email@example.com for more details.
J1 Wall of Fame
Throughout the year, a new bunch of Irish hospitality trainees bring some much renowned Irish hospitality and fun to Atlanta. When they leave, we commemorate their time here on our J1 wall in the Pub.
Book a Party
There are those special occasions in your life when a 6 pack and a couple of frozen pizzas just won’t cut it, so draft in the party professionals – the Irish.