Rare Olde Times - Irish Pub in Richmond, Virginia (RVA)

The Public House

Now Open Sundays 10-2PM! Monday-Saturday 3pm-Midnight

Irish cuisine draws on an abundance of ingredients available from sea, and pastureland. Our mission is to bring you the best of new and traditional Irish cuisine.  We now feature several vegetarian and gluten free options!

Irish Public House

Having a long tradition as a centerpiece in people's lives, public houses have acted as hardware stores, "spirit groceries", undertakers, and in many other capacities.

But as a place for friends and community to gather in an informal setting, pubs have become less well known.

Rare Olde Times is distinctly a Public House. You can find casual and regular acquaintances, friendly staff, a homely setting, and the personal touch that family ownership brings.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 3pm-Midnight; Now Open Sundays 10am-2pm Irish Breakfast!

Join us at RVA's most authentic Irish Public House.

St. Patrick's Day Is March 17th

Hey it is that time of year again!!! Time to Celebrate St. Patrick's day! There is only one St. Patrick's day and that day is March 17th. Open @ 11am! On that day we want you to be at Rare Olde Times! Please join us for entertainment all day! Including Harp by Cindy Jennings, Cindy & Thensome, Uisce Beatha, The Donnybrooks, Matt Sease and MORE. We have wonderful traditional Irish dishes Featuring Irish Stew,  Shepherd's pie, Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Sausage Rolls, Colcannon and so much more! Make a day of it! We do! Doors open at 11:00am. $6 cover to help benefit local charity:  Full Circle.

New Years Eve!

Rare Olde Times and Happy Lucky Combo New Years Eve 2014 Extravaganza! Combining forces to amuse your senses. Join us for a culinary adventure into the musical minds of the members of Happy Lucky Combo. We have delightful specials sure to scintillate the palette with tastes ranging from dark and complex to playful and vivacious. Of course our regular menu will be available! Every guest ordering an entree course from our special menu will start with an amuse-bouche designed by our versatile culinary team. Stay until midnight and join us in a complimentary champagne toast. Special thanks to our culinary team: Con Cleary, Wanie Harris, Gretchen Perkins, Alex Ramos! Please call for reservations 804-750-1346!

Big Dave’s Deluxe
Dinner: Peppercorn crusted flat iron steak smothered with Kerry blue cheese and a whiskey demi-glace. Stacked on top of steak fries and accompanied by a ginger carrot mash...
Drink: Jameson…neat
Entree only 14.95 COMBO!!!- 19.95

Pippin’s Havarti Party
Dinner: Dill Havarti Chicken Sandwich accented with lemon aioli and fresh field greens accompanied by house cut sweet potato fries!
Drink: Vesper Martini (This potent cocktail combines Gin and Vodka with fresh lemon and was invented by Mr. Ian Fleming)
Entree Only...9.95 COMBO!!!-14.95

Steve’s Smooth Soirée
Dinner: Bacon Mac-n-cheese with Kerry Gold Cheddar accompanied by a honey corn muffin
Drink: Bushmills, Club soda, Rosemary simple syrup.
Entree Only...11.95 COMBO!!!-16.95

Emily’s Exuberant Entree
Dinner: Guinness shrimp panko crusted and tossed in a sweet and spicy chili sauce over coconut rice
Drink: Crispin Draft Cider with Black Currant
Entree Only...11.95 COMBO!!!-15.95

Barry’s Bohemian Brilliance
Dinner: A sauté of portabella mushroom, tri color peppers, carrots, and onion over mashed potatoes finished with rosemary chive oil.
Drink: Happy Lucky Fruit Cocktail – Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, Orange Nehi and club soda with drunken pineapples, oranges, and maraschino cherries
Entree Only...9.95 COMBO!!!-14.95 Try it with grilled chicken...$3.00 more

Khalima's Kreme de la Creme
Dessert: Petit Lavender Crème Brulee accompanied by a Honey-Orange Madeleine topped with White Chocolate Chantilly Cream.
Drink: B52 Coffee
Dessert Only...5.50 COMBO!!!-9.95

Happy Lucky Combo: The Professor’s Tasting Menu 39.95
Appetizer: Guinness Shrimp w/ lemon aioli. Drink: Bushmills, Club soda, Rosemary simple syrup or Draft Cider over ice accented with lemon and ginger
Second course: Salad of fresh mixed field greens, red onion, mandarin oranges, Kerry gold, crisp bacon tossed in a black currant balsamic vinaigrette.
Entrée: 12oz Peppercorn Crusted Ribeye topped with a veggie sauté of portabella mushroom, peppers and onions, served over rosemary mashed topped with a whiskey demi-glace and accompanied with a carrot and ginger mash. Paired with Jameson Irish whiskey or 16oz Guinness
Dessert: Petit Lavender Crème Brulee accompanied by a Honey-Orange Madeleine topped with White Chocolate Chantilly Cream
Paired with a B-52 Coffee or Irish Mist

Whiskey Dinner March 1st 4:30 PM

Enjoy a gustatory juxtaposition of Con Cleary's most sumptuous cuisine with distinctive Irish whiskeys.
Course 1- Potato and Leek w/ Crispy Irish bacon
Pairing: Jameson Original Irish Whiskey
Course 2- Honey Smoked Salmon with Mixed Greens
Pairing : Jameson Black Barrel
Course 3- Seared White and Black Puddings w/ Drunken Apple Compote
Pairing: Jameson 12yr Old Special Reserve
Course 4- Steak and Guinness Pie 
Pairing- Jameson Gold Reserve 
Course 5- Assorted Irish Cheeses and Brown Breads W/ Candied Walnuts and Chef Cleary's Orange Marmalade
Pairing- Red Breast 12yr Old
Course 6- Bailey's Creme Brulee w/Drunken Berries
Pairing- Red Breast Cask Strength

Tickets go on sale on Monday Novemeber 10th Limited availability. 
Pricing is $69.95 per person (includes tax and gratuity) 

AFSP Fundraiser!!! Rumble Seat Revival / Lili & the Dirty Moccasins Sunday, December 7, 2014

We are proud to host this wonderful event! Please come out and join us for a special buffet brunch from 1-4:30 and support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention!!

Donations of your own discretion will be accepted at the door. Full buffet available for $16.50 per person, smaller continental option available for  $7.  

Full  Buffet will include:

Chef Carved Roast Beef, Tarragon Chicken Tea Sandwiches, Fresh Fruits, Lemon Scones and Breakfast Breads, Scrambled eggs, Breakfast Bangers, Potatoes O'Brien, Kerry Gold Cheddar Grits.




Please Join the Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk!!!



George Winn and the Bluegrass Partners

Rare Olde Times Irish Pub welcomes Legends of Virginia bluegrass to light up our stage! Do not miss this show! 

10$ Suggested donation goes to The Virginia Bluegrass and Country Music Foundation, Inc.

George Winn and the Bluegrass Partners

The Slack Family Bluegrass Band

Frankie Slavey & Friends

Amy Ladd & Friends

David Ridout

And MORE!!!!!


Mom's Rule!!!!

Moms are great we all know it... That is why they eat free on Mother's day. Yes that is right Mom's eat free on Mother's day. Any brunch or regular menu entree under 12.99 is free for mom so bring her in!!!(not valid with any other offer). Also since Moms and soccer go together so naturally (i.e. "Soccer Mom") we are opening at 9:45 next Sunday so you can watch the Premier League Championship Sunday with your mom! Even if she is not into soccer she can get into our great brunch specials. Bring mom in and treat her right. We will have the full menu our brunch menu and some extra Mother's day specials too! Reservations strongly recommended!! 804-750-1346

Ron Gentry's Ukulele Jam at Rare Olde Times! Kicking it off big time!

Hold on to your Hats!

Our first 4th Sunday Ukulele Jam at Rare Olde Times is going to knock your socks off!

I spoke with our Northern Virginia ukulele buddy Glen Hirabayashi, of The Aloha Boys,

about joining us for our first 4th Sunday Ukulele Jam at Rare Olde Times Public House on April 27th.

Glen not only agreed to join us, but he’s bringing some friends...

The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival will be performing

Sunday, April 27th from 2:00 pm ‘til 4:00 pm!

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival “Richmond Style”

We will ask for a $15 per person donation if you plan to stay for the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival concert from 2:00 ‘til 4:00 pm. All of the other venues on this tour are charging from $20 to $40! The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival will be playing that Friday night at The Barns at Wolf Trap and the $25 - $30 per ticket event is SOLD OUT. Acoustic Guitar Magazine named The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival one of 50 must-attend events this year. The Aloha Boys will probably play a couple of songs with one of the artists. The performers are: LT Smooth, Patrick Landeza, Stephen Ingliss, Paul Togioka, Danny Carvalho, and Chris Lau (on bass and audio tech). Milton Lau is the producer. (Stephen Ingliss may not be available on Sunday.)

Slack Guitar: The world’s premium slack key guitar players team up for an impressive performance featuring Hawaii’s native music. In this method of playing, guitar strings are loosened or “slackened”to allow for many distinctive tunings.

Our jam will start at 12:30 pm and go until 1:45 pm.

It will be followed by The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival.

Rare Olde Times Public House

10602 Paterson avenue Richmond, Va 23238


California-based guitarist Patrick Landeza won the 2013 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for best slack key album. His spirited performances have earned the praise of many, including legend Dennis Kamakahi who called Landeza, “A true innovator of Hawaiian Music and a vocalist of pure nahenahe (sweet sounding) quality.” PauL togioka is a sought-after slack key player who has won “Best Recording by a Slack Key Artist” and “Best Hawaiian Instrumental Recording” by the Hawaii Music Awards.


March 29 - Bluegrass event Celebrating Becky Taylor

March 29 we remember Becky Taylor with a grand event to benefit the Virginia Bluegrass & Country Music Foundation Inc. a non-profit organization.  Rare Olde Times has the distinct privilege of hosting "A Celebration of Becky Taylor's Life".  Becky was a prominent figure in Virginia, hand crafting numerous musical instruments and influencing countless musicians. She was tragically taken too soon late last year in an automobile accident.  Doors open @ 11:30 admission is $12 and will be donated to the Virginia Bluegrass & Country Music Foundation Inc. a non-profit organization.

Noon -12:45 pm George Winn and the Blue Grass Partners
1:00 - 1:30 PM The Virginia House Band and “Friends”
1:30 - 2:00 pm Jim Duckett
2:00 – 2:30 pm Raymond Lumpkin & The Old Band
2:30 – 3:00 pm Frank Pike & Friends
3:00 – 3:30 pm The FredFest Jammers
3:30-4:00 pm Lisa Jones/Dream Team Old Time Band
4:15-4:45 pm Open Fire
5:00-5:30 pm Free Rangers
5:45-6:15 pm Some Assembly Required
6:30-7:00 pm A Good Natured Riot
7:15-7:45 pm Cary Street Ramblers
8:00-8:30 pm South Anna
8:45-9:15 pm Mills Family
9:30-10:00 pm The Slack Family
10:15- 10:45 pm Old Grove
11:00- 11:30 pm To Be Announced
11:45- 12:15 am To Be Announced
12:30- 1:00 am George Winn and the Blue Grass Partners

We turn 20 on March 1!! Benefitting Full Circle! Remembering and celebrating

Please join us March 1st as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rare Olde Times! We will be doing a Harp lager memorial toast of Andy Jennings and all those we have lost that are dear to us at 3pm and 8pm! This is your invitation to great music, food, and drink from noon-midnight! Join us as we celebrate the very best of the pub! We have a lot of great memories and so many new and great things happening!!! Please stay tuned for updates on Facebook and rareoldetimes.com

Performances by:

Dancers from Muggivan School of Irish Dance

John Fetherston Band

John Small

Shane Connelly of Celtic Clover

Uisce Beatha

Cindy Jennings & Thensome

Gerry Collins

Half of all proceeds will be donated to local charity: Full Circle Grief Center! Check them out at http://fullcirclegc.org/

Mai Herndon with Celtic Font!!! "The Real Craic"

Please Make Reservations Limited Seating Available!!! 804-750-1346.

Well known Irish Traditional singer Mai Hernon, will be performing in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, February 23rd at Rare Olde Times Restaurant and Pub, to help launch the world’s biggest Irish festival.  Ireland’s “Fleadh Cheoil” (festival of music), will be held in the town of Sligo, Ireland in August of 2014, and Sligo and Richmond, Virginia-based tour company, Wild West Irish Tours, has invited Mai Hernon and  Mick McEvilly of  “Celtic Font” to perform and celebrate Irish music and dance with the traditions of her hometown of Gurteen, County Sligo. Wild West Irish Tours has recently shifted USA operations to Richmond. Wild West Irish Tours will present a dynamic visual presentation of the “Wild West” of Ireland. Mai Hernon has performed with some legends of Irish music including Dervish, Cathy Jordan, Dolores Keane and Seamie O’Dowd. The show will begin at 12 noon on February 23rd and is expected to finish by 4pm.

The Rare Olde Times Restaurant and Pub will also feature or talented new chef direct from the west of Ireland. Chef Connor Cleary from Galway, Ireland, spent many years as chef in Galway’s renowned Latin Quarter.  We will be featuring a full traditional Irish breakfast. Con’s menu at Rare Olde Times will include many traditional Irish recipes, which he has updated in order to incorporate today’s fresh tastes, maintaining the integrity of the ingredients and showcasing Ireland’s culinary heritage. Michael Regan-Waugh, co-owner of Wild West Irish tours said: “We are delighted to be in Richmond and are new members of the Richmond Irish-American Society. We are looking forward to our afternoon at the Rare Olde Times and celebrating the world’s best and biggest festival of music.” Wild West Irish Tours has donated a FREE Wild West Irish Tour and those who come to the Rare Olde Times.


For more information contact Michael Waugh at info@wildwestirishtours.com, phone 571-236-9650 or contact the Rare Olde Times at 804-750-1346. Please Make Reservations Limited Seating Available!!!

Just added: *Charity drawing of a FREE Wild West Irish Tour (value $2,150) to benefit The Irish Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Project. http://www.theirishvietnamveteransmemorialproject.org/

Chef Con Cleary

Chef Con Cleary’s passion for cooking led him to move from his family’s farm in Kildysart, County Clare, Ireland to Galway City in order to attend culinary school. After graduating, Con began working under Ireland’s top chefs in Galway’s most recognized restaurants and hotels. After spending a year working in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he expanded his culinary expertise, Con returned to Ireland and obtained his first head chef position in Galway’s renowned Latin Quarter. Con’s menu at Rare Olde Times will include many traditional Irish recipes which he has updated in order to incorporate today’s fresh tastes while maintaining the integrity of the ingredients and continuing to showcase Ireland’s culinary heritage.

R.O.U.S. !!!

Here is a brief summary of the rules:


Regular of Unusual Status

Does someone you know have what it takes? Nominate someone to be guest of the month!

How it works:

-You nominate someone (or yourself if you are greedy) by filling out one of our handy dandy nomination forms! Nominee should attend the pub more than once a month because everyone benefits when the person is in house! More about this later.

-Nomination period is the 1st – 19th of the month.

-Three Nominees are selected at random out of our R.O.U.S. box!!!

-Nominators are notified and are to construct a miniature bio and reasons why your nominee should be elected! (Humor and absurdity are always appreciated keep it clean) Please turn in by the 21th!

-Candidates are announced on the 22th of the month and voting commences via in house ballot box, Facebook likes, and website polls (other methods coming soon).  Each staff member also gets weighted (3) votes so be polite to the staff.

What do I get out of it?

R.O.U.S. receives: Half off their one favorite menu item and a happy hour deal on their one favorite cocktail/beer/beverage whenever they are in the pub for that month!

Nominator receives (if their candidate wins):25$ gift card If someone nominates themselves, they do not qualify for $25 gift card(nice try person with no friends)

Everyone receives:  15% off the R.O.U.S. favorite menu item and the same beverage deal as the R.O.U.S.when the ROUS is present. Also that deal will apply from 3:30pm-6:30pm Tuesdays and Saturdays regardless of the presence of the R.O.U.S.

The ROUS of the Year receives:  Menu item and beverage designed & named in their honor a $50 gift certificate and 10% off everything they consume for the whole next year!