The Bailey is a relative newcomer to the Brant Rock section of Marshfield and it is quickly becoming an old friend. We have visited this friendly establishment several times. It fits the profile of a traditional Irish Pub as you feel like you are among friends here… whether lingering over some decent comfort food or just “popping in” to enjoy a pint of Guinness. The Bailey boasts an impressive array of live Irish entertainment on a regular basis. On this particular occasion, we dropped in for a quick bite… just in the mood for burgers and a drink. We grabbed a table in the larger room that features the entertainment and a welcoming bar area. It was a bit loud at first as the music was festive… the crowd often joining in with some of the more familiar songs. But, we adjusted quickly to the din as a certain comfort level takes over. The menu has grown to a nice selection of traditional “Irish fare” favorites like Bangers and Mash and such… Again, we stuck with our plan and settled for burger plates… which seemed appropriate for the lively mood around our table location. The staff is extremely friendly and you get the sense they can’t do enough for you. Our burgers were huge and tasty and they were accompanied with heaping portions of fries. For drinks, I opted for a refreshing pint of Smithwick’s and my companion enjoyed a chilled chardonnay.
Now, it must be stated that the music was incredible and very much a part of the enjoyment of the experience. The crowd was amazing as well, as The Bailey presents a true family concept… young and old alike are made to feel welcome here. A few tables spanned generations. We noticed people drifting in… many retreating to the bar area to just enjoy a drink and entertainment. It’s very relaxed here in contrast to the liveliness that swirls all around you. As mentioned, some folks join in song, youngsters will explore their nature to dance… older couples dance slowly to the occasional mellow ballads, a waitress took a moment to get out on the floor for some “Irish Step”… There was much to enjoy and it was great fun. My dining companion topped off the unexpected evening of fun with a personal pot of tea (decaf) that was deemed “terrific”.
Note: my first experience at The Bailey – a difficult early February snowstorm; The Bailey had recently opened for business… the weather was brutally cold and stormy; I noticed the lights were on and decided to come in from the cold… a young couple was seated at the bar, sharing a hot pot of tea… For me, that set the tone of what The bailey was all about.
You can’t help leaving The Bailey with a smile on your face and fine music still swirling in your head.
The Bailey offers a quieter area for dining and it is referred to as their Snug… a comfortable enclosed porch-like room with an interesting mini bar area that backs up to the larger bar. With the warmer weather, this bright porch opens to the outside and the refreshing salt air… a great spot to linger and relax with some great food and drinks. Check the website for their entertainment schedule. We have not tried the Sunday afternoon Family Session yet or the weekend breakfast / brunch offerings.
Bottom line, The Bailey is a great option to gather with family / friends, but… if you are alone, this is an excellent choice to come and feel welcome… and, just maybe… meet some new friends and acquaintances along the way.
A little about Brant Rock – With the addition of The Bailey and a couple of other new restaurants, this area is fast becoming the place for dining and entertainment variety…. something for everyone.
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