Opened in 1198, The Brazen Head stands as the oldest pub in Dublin, Ireland. It was a favorite haunt of James Joyce and remains the granddaddy bar in a town that loves some liquor.

Opened in 1198, The Brazen Head stands as the oldest pub in Dublin, Ireland. It was a favorite haunt of James Joyce and remains the granddaddy bar in a town that loves some liquor.

Based on that most venerable forefather is Grandview's own Brazenhead Irish Pub, which uses Old World refinement to jumpstart a genuinely good time. Though it's one of Columbus' central spots for Emerald Isle vibes, the Wednesday night happy hour draws revelers from all walks of life.

The food

Unlike other pubs in the city, Brazenhead steers clear of most Americanized Irish dishes - and sticks heavily to stateside favorites. The menu's rife with sandwiches, appetizers, salads and food served in baskets.

Much of these are solid, but Wednesday's burger special trumps all other options. From 4-9 p.m., five of the bar's $9 specialty patties are served for $3. Each is smothered with inventive condiment creations and cooked to order.

The Cracked Peppercorn Burger came with a memorable but not overpowering charred flavor and a tangy Worcestershire aioli. A side of kettle chips was lightly salted and crisp enough to handle a good dose of malt vinegar.

Burger night often gets mad packed, so arrive as early as possible. I sat down just after 4 p.m., and my burger came out in five minutes and was cooked perfectly.

The booze

The entire back side of the very large Brazenhead menu is for drinks, one indicator that you've just sat down at a really good pub.

The draft list leaves much to be desired - standard Irish suds with some predictable American additions - but everything else should have you dancing a jig. (In your head at first, then maybe a real one onto the patio.)

Craft bottles are a specialty, and you'll find rare selections such as Delirium Tremens ($8), Left Hand Polestar Pilsner ($4.50) and North Coast's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout ($6).

You'll also find single-malt Scotch and 14 types of Irish whiskey, a collection that has to be among the most robust in town.