I live within walking distance of McCloskey's, and I consider it my neighborhood pub. It's got great beer selection, a sampling of nice wines, and the food is much better than most Irish bar fare. The kitchen often experiments with interesting daily specials, to go along with the staple burgers, shepherd's pie, and wings. But don't be fooled - there's also nice seafood dishes, steaks and pasta. The service is outstanding and everyone is very pleasant. It only took me two trips to feel welcome. I'm now a ""regular"" and visit at least once a week. On the weekends they have acoustic music which isn't over-powering, but a nice back-drop. Loud enough to be enjoyed, but not so loud you have to shout at the bar.
Pros: Big menu, daily specials, beer selection, great service
Cons: Can get smoky when crowded