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 artifacts including the magnificent mid 19th century bar complete with Victorian snugs. The pub required a tremendous effort from numerous Irish craftsmen to complete the restoration of the key pieces. Rí Rá captures the essence of the genuine Irish Pub – the warmest of welcomes, an unrivaled pint of Guinness, fine food and service and great ‘craic’.
In 2016 Rí Rá was voted #1 Bar out of Top 10 Best Bars in the Tri-State by News4U “Best of Tri-State Awards”
The first level of the pub captures the traditional ‘shop pub’. For centuries, people throughout rural Ireland have gathered in these small cozy pubs. They served as the local grocer, post office, draper, pub and community gathering place. Stepping through the door of Rí Rá is like stepping out of Evansville and into a small corner of Ireland.
The Dining Room
This room is a perfect space for all occasions – lunch, dinner or a private party. The room includes a stage, multiple TV screens and full sound and lighting system. The etched + beveled glass, wood paneling, padded bench seating and historic pictures together with our warm welcoming staff creates a home away from home environment, to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Rí Rá serves a full and varied lunch, dinner menu and late night menu.
The patio at Rí Rá is perfect for lunch, dinner or a relaxing after work drink. Our patio is among the best in the city a perfect spot to relax and enjoy days when the weather allows outside events. The patio seats 40 people and can accommodate 49 people standing. It is landscape screening, umbrellas and lounge seating provide an area to enjoy with family and friends.
As you move to the upstairs area, take in the spectacular Waterfront views while enjoying a wonderful dining experience – the perfect location for parties and large or small celebrations. ‘Rí Rá’ is Irish for fun and merriment. Our goal is to provide a fun dining experience in a unique atmosphere that appeals to all age groups. The area includes a full bar, stage, TV’s, lighting and sound system for late night or for viewing sporting events.
The Terrace is a little secret oasis with unique views of the downtown area and the Ohio river. The terrace seats 16 people and can accommodate 36 people for a cocktail style event. It is a perfect location for a private event, a romantic dinner or late night cocktail overlooking the patio below and the winding river beyond.
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 to make our neighborhood a better place to live, work and socialize.
We are particularly proud of our outreach work with sports groups and local charities and try to give back to the community that so graciously welcomed us to the neighborhood.
My name is Ryan Costello and I am thrilled to be the new General Manager of Rí Rá Evansville. I am originally from Boston and have strong roots in Ireland as my family is from Sligo.
I look forward to getting to know the city and it’s residents. Be it at the pub while on duty or on the other side of the bar for a pint.
After spending 7 years serving our country in the United States Army Infantry stationed in Germany and Korea, I jumped into the hospitality industry with both feet! I have always had a passion for food and drink and got my start in Boston’s Gourmet Pizza & Sports Bar in Austin, Texas! I am originally from New Jersey and have lived in Evansville for the last 8 years. I worked as a server to put myself through college so I am well use to pub life and I love it. When I am not working I am hanging out with my son, we are both hugh Star Wars fans so be warned, as no doubt I will accidentally on purpose bring it up in conversation across the bar counter!! I am also involved in my local VFW and do a lot of work with them. I really enjoy being part of the Rí Rá family and am excited to bring my 15 years of experience to the pub!
I have been making my mark on the culinary world for more than 15 years now. I believe in simple, honest dishes that showcase the ingredients! A native of Owensboro, I am new to Evansville but am finding my way around the city! I am a graduate of Sullivan University, attended culinary school and and had the opportunity to lead the catering team at the Olympics in Beijing and Vancouver. From a very young age I have had a love for food so it made sense to make this my career. Here at Rí Rá, I get to create dishes using local and seasonal ingredients and I pride myself on providing guests with a great dining experience that they will remember. Seeing people enjoying my food makes me happy!
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.
A life less ordinary
Elliot Martin describes how a prank date in the elevator sets the tone for life working in Rí Rá.
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.