January 21, 2016

O'Malley's Pub in Weston, Missouri

(Click on the Google embed above for a 360-degree view of O'Malley's Irish Pub.)

O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Weston, Missouri, is hidden almost 60 feet underground in the cellars of what was, in the19th century, the Weston Brewing Company. The space has functioned as brewery on and off since its 1842 inception and though it was forced to close when Prohibition was signed into law, the brewery was reopened for a short stint in the late 1990s.

Current owners Michael Coakley and Corey Weinfurt brought the brewery back to its former glory after they purchased the property in 2005. While the modern brewing operations needed to be moved next door, the duo chose to maintain the restaurant in the main house, as well the underground pub space, both of which the former owners, the O’Malley family, had opened in the late 1970s and the 1980s respectively.

Today visitors are able to tour one of the historic log ring cellars while sipping on house ale piped directly from the brewery in a refrigerated line. The limestone walls of the pub are decorated with flags, historic beer and liquor ads, and a chalkboard listing the night’s musical lineup. Outfitted with two stages, O’Malley’s invites Irish acts to serenade visitors into the wee hours (okay, midnight) on Friday, Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on Sunday nights.

Location: 500 Welt St., Weston, MO 64098

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-midnight.

You’re having: The Rip van Winkle brew—revived by Coakley and Weinfurt—was advertised as the "richest bottle of beer in the world" when it was first brewed in the late 1800s.

Best Yelp Review: "Dark, dirty, and absolutely awesome. This underground pub has one of neatest atmospheres of any bar I have ever been to. The house brews are definitely worth trying and there is live music every weekend too." —Ken S.

An exterior shot of the Weston Brewing Company as it stood in 1911

photo by: Weston Brewing Company

O'Malley's—then called Royal Brewing Company—as it stood in 1911.

Katharine Keane is a former editorial assistant at Preservation Magazine. She enjoys getting lost in new cities, reading the plaques at museums, and discovering the next great restaurant.

The National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has awarded $3 million in grants to 33 places preserving Black history.

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