Four flags hang above the entrance to Cavan Irish Pub, the South Side's newest nightlife spot. There are ones for the United States, the Buckeye State and the Emerald Isle.

Four flags hang above the entrance to Cavan Irish Pub, the South Side's newest nightlife spot. There are ones for the United States, the Buckeye State and the Emerald Isle.

There's also a rainbow banner, a recognizable calling card that has attracted a largely gay clientele since the bar celebrated its grand opening Dec. 12. All drinkers are welcome, though some might be a bit surprised if they're after a more traditional Irish watering hole.

On a recent Thursday night, I found Nelly booming overhead, a couple guys talking football over pints and a patron sipping a martini in a red dress and a beard. The Cavan accommodates all kinds with an absolutely beautiful interior, solid beer selection and variety of entertainment.

Walking in, the bar resembles a rich grandfather's most cherished sitting room. The darkish main room is ringed by a sturdy wood bar marked by silver sconces and marble. Exposed brick lines one wall, while others are punctuated by deep hardwood and large mirrors framed in gold.

Every corner is lovely, every nook adorned with a fine designer's touch and small nods to the Old Country.

You're likely to see a full house on weekend nights, but a series of small, high-top tables along the perimeter provides a bit of privacy from the crowds that have already migrated south from German Village and the Brewery District. There's also a porch out back with heat lamps for smokers.

Plenty of cocktails are offered, but this bar definitely supports the suds aficionado. Chalkboards list a rotating selection of craft bottles like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Racer 5 India Pale Ale and Left Hand Milk Stout. There's also a hefty tap selection, which is updated seasonally.

Like its peers overseas, Cavan airs lots of sports - hockey, basketball, soccer and a full slate of bowl games. Other special events, including beer tastings, are planned, and a New Year's Eve party will include prizes, champagne toast, balloon drop and drink specials.

Beer Here

Beer is king at Cavan Irish Pub. Here's a list of what's on tap.

Abita Purple Haze

Bell's Pale Ale

Carlsberg

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Flying Dog Snake Dog India Pale Ale

Guinness

Harp

Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

Smithwick's

Troegs Troegenator Double Bock

Woodchuck Cider