Shay McElroy's Irish Pub has become my favorite downtown bar. The beer -- draft or bottled -- seems to be the coldest in town. The clientele is eclectic: post-game Astros revelers chugging Irish Car Bombs, travelers from around the globe discovering St. Arnold Amber Ale on draft, and sharply dressed locals sipping single-malts and Cosmos. These groups stand elbow to elbow in the cheerful ambience created by Shay's rich Irish decor and friendly staff. Kevin, Amy, Chris, and Tina provide quick service with special attention to detail. They made me feel right at home soon after I discovered the place, calling me by my first name only a week or so after I started going there, no longer needing a credit card to secure the tab, etc. The specials include Monday $3 Shiner Draft, Tuesday $4 Smithwick's Irish Ale, Wednesday $1 Off Import Bottles (my favorite), Friday $3.50 Pyramid Hefe-Weizen Draft, and various specials over the weekends. An added perk for downtown Industry people is the sweet discount offered 7 days a week. All in all, Shay's is a downtown destination bar with the feel and comfort of your cozy neighborhood bar.
Pros: Cold beer, scotch variety and price, service
Cons: No food