Richmond’s historic Shockoe Slip has long been the scene of some of the city’s finest restaurants and best nightlife. Much of the land in Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe slip was part of Colonel William Mayo’s plan of the city. This is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. The building of the James River Flood Wall in 1995 meant that businesses in the area weren’t facing an annual threat of being flooded out of business. Although Tropical Storm Gaston in 2004 did substantial damage and many of the area businesses were closed for some time.
Shockoe Bottom contains much of the land included in Colonel William Mayo’s 1737 plan of Richmond, making it one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods
Anchoring the Slip since 1999 has been Siné (pronounced “Shin-áy) Irish Pub and Restaurant. Like many of the establishments in the Slip, Siné is houses in a renovated warehouse. But rather than just refurbishing with American made products, the interior of Siné was actually designed and built in Ireland and then shipped across the Atlantic Ocean.
It doesn’t take St. Patrick’s Day to remind us that the pub was a central gathering place in Ireland. And Siné is designed to be just that. They throw one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parties in town. There’s a large bar but with plenty of spacious dining area, and when weather permits there’s the patio out back. The patio doesn’t give a great view of the Canal Walk, but still it’s a pleasant space when the weather is just right.
Truth be told, this is more of a restaurant than a pub. But don’t let that stop you from giving it a try. The all wood interior with brass fixtures makes feel warm and authentic. There’s a good selection of beers and a good menu with lots of favorite choices.
The menu at Siné includes traditional Irish pub fare as well as American favorites. Menu choices include a great beer batter fish ‘n chips, crab cakes, and more traditional Irish fare like Shepherd’s Pie and Corned Beef and Cabbage. While you wouldn’t necessarily call it fine cuisine, the food is good pub food, is filling and is reasonably priced. We’ve been there several times, not always for the beer, and we’ve never been disappointed with the menu choices.
As for the beer selection you’ll find the standard American Irish Pub beers, including Bass, Guinness, Murphy’s Amber, Murphy’s Stout and more. While Richmond may offer better options for craft beers, with some seventeen draft beer choices, you’ll have plenty to choose from and you won’t be disappointed.
Live entertainment is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you choose to go then you’ll typically find yourself in a crowd of young professionals out for a night on the town. But it’s also a popular lunch spot for the weekday crowd. It’s convenient to the Capital as well as the Main Street business section of town.
The service at Siné is warm and friendly. You’ll find better table service on the less crowded weeknights. Still the bartenders and wait staff are there to make sure that your meal, and your beverages are enjoyable.
If you decide to give Siné a try, you won’t be disappointed. That’s particularly true if you’re a fan of Irish brews and food. Consider giving it a try on a week night or perhaps a weekday lunch so that you can experience the atmosphere and the food without the crush of a weekend crowd.
Siné Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 1327 East Cary Street in Shockoe Slip. Restaurant hours are Sunday through Tuesday 11:30 a.m. until 12 midnight; Wednesday -Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.