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.
I remember my first time in the Atlanta pub. It was the grand opening and my barman Cyril was amazing! I had never had an Irish Coffee before and it was outstanding! I was a fan out of the gate and fell in love with the Irish Pub experience.
3 years later I was asked to join the Rí Rá Atlanta team and the rest is history. I have worked at 2 of our other locations over the past 7 years and value the team members I have met across the country. I am thrilled to be back in Atlanta as this is my home and am looking forward to what the future holds.
Growing up in Kilkenny, I always knew I wanted to travel the world. My adventures took me to the United Arab Emirates where I spent 2 years working in Dubai in the hospitality industry. I enjoyed my time there but knew there was more to see and fun to be had.
Some folks I knew from back home had just returned from the States and loved it and I knew I had to check it out for myself! I have been with Rí Rá for 2 years now and hope to be in Atlanta for many more years to come! I may have found my second home!
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.