History

Welcome to Jake O’Connor’s Public House “Every small town in Ireland has a public house,” says Dermot Cowley, a native of County Louth and owner of the Jake O’Connor’s Public House. For centuries, the Irish pub has been a man’s place, a safe harbor for henpecked husbands and soccer hooligans alike. Shielded from the sun’s heat and your wife’s glare, you could nurse a pint alone at the bar or join friends in an alcove for carousing or confession.

That warmth—not the exclusivity—is what Cowley hoped to re-create when he opened Jake O’Connor’s Public House in downtown Excelsior. He sure deserves a doff of the cap for turning a former hardware shop into something comfortable and convivial, replete with a fireplace, buttoned-leather booths, stained-glass dividers, and soft lighting. You will see Vintage ads for Murphy’s Extra Stout and Jameson Irish Whiskey line the walls.

On any given night you will see guys in tweed blazers sit alongside fellows in baseball caps at the ornate bar, the restaurant’s centerpiece, built by Irish woodworkers. Sample one of the 16 beers on tap, including Smithwick’s and, naturally, Guinness, while you enjoy the scenery.

We offer something for everyone, with our creative menu and our casual dining among a wonderful ambiance, live music and a perfectly poured pint. Come see us for a great time and create memories that last a lifetime.