Bar: Three Legged Mare

By Columbus Alive
From the January 19, 2012 edition

There’s been a hole in the Arena District bar scene since the Irish-themed pub O’Shaughnessy’s closed its doors last spring. Mike and Natalie Darr, owners of the neighboring R Bar, saw an opportunity with the space, and they kept it thematically similar with the recently opened Three-Legged Mare.

Maintaining the look and feel of O’Shaughnessy’s, the bar’s improvements come (appropriately) in the form of drinks and food.

Three-Legged Mare boasts an extensive list of 36 drafts ($5-$5.50) that includes American crafts and imports from across the pond. There are Irish pub staples like Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s, as well as pleasant surprises such as Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale.

The craft varieties strongly feature Ohio breweries, with multiple selections from Columbus Brewing Company, Great Lakes (Cleveland) and Rivertown (Cincinnati). Bell’s and Flying Dog are also served.

Three-Legged Mare also offers a number of layered beers ($5.50) that pair Guinness with everything from Magners cider to Newcastle, and there is a small selection of bottled domestics ($4).

Complementing the beer list is a hefty selection of Scotches and whiskeys. The bar is still finalizing these lists, but currently the entire families of Jameson, Bushmills and Johnnie Walker are available. The more common varieties of Scotches and whiskeys range from $6-$7, and the specialty and older vintages can be anywhere from $10 for the underrated Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve to $30 for Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

I recommend trying Redbreast Irish whiskey. It’s not commonly found at bars and is one of the finer whiskeys in the world. Seven bucks isn’t a bad price, either.

If you get a hankering for some true gastropub grub, Three-Legged Mare has plenty to offer. You’ll find the traditional dishes like Shepherd’s Pie ($12) and Bangers and Mash ($13) will fill your belly. The Shepherd’s Pie is modeled after Chef Gordon Ramsay’s recipe and is baked in a personal — if you’ve got a huge appetite — sized dish.

The appetizers offer less robust fair, yet are quite tasty and go perfectly with a pint. I recommend the Rueben Balls ($6) and the Corned Beef Rolls ($7).

Photo by Tessa Berg