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Time to Get Irish: Power’s Irish Pub in Clifton Park, Review

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Power’s Irish Pub Gets Ready for St. Patrick’s Day

Clifton Park Pub Wears Green Year Round

Power’s Irish Pub. Photo Courtesy of Power's  It’s definitely the trend to push through the holidays as fast as possible. Before Halloween we saw our stores full of Santas and holiday lights, and now that Valentine’s Day has passed and heart-shaped boxes of candy are nearing 75% off, little green leprechauns and shamrocks are appearing all over the same stores. But before donning your kelly green “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” tee shirt, consider where you’ll be spending St. Patrick’s Day. How about somewhere that celebrates Irish heritage all year round? On October 29, 2011, Power’s Irish Pub opened just off of Route 9 in Clifton Park, and they’ve just switched many of their light bulbs to green for this special season.

The tavern attracts visitors with its dominant presence as a lone yellow and green building, and the wooden interior is quaint and rustic, consisting of a bar area and several rooms with four or five tables each. A few levels upstairs, there is a banquet hall decorated with the coats of arms of many Irish families. In general, the place is quiet aside from weekend nights. Irish pipe music plays over the speakers, unless there is a live music event. And the staff is spectacular at reading patrons, from the barflies to the date night couple. These hosts are polite and attentive, but not bothersome—the perfect balance for a pub of this caliber.

In a timely manner (less than 15 minutes), the server returned with my order, the Bourbon Street Beef Tips. A tantalizing and dark dish, the cutlets of meat were juicy and blasted with flavor, surrounded by comparatively mild but complementary mashed potatoes and crisp green beans. With sautéed onions drizzled on top, the meal looked and smelled delectable before the first taste. It was a tough decision to pick just one thing from the menu, so I’ll have to return. The pub features Irish favorites like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and many corned beef dishes, and has a few American staples for the less adventurous tongues.

Power's Irish Pub. Photo by Kate Smith For beer-lovers, the pub has a rotating treasure chest of a tap; the selection includes McSorley’s, Strongbow, Sam Adams Boston Lager and the seasonal, and Ten Penny Scottish Ale. They even feature a signature house beer.

Though Power’s is typically closed on Mondays, the music events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights make up for it. Kevin McKrell and Rick Russo of local fame make regular appearances, and the line-up for St. Patrick’s Day includes the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band and Triskele, plus Irish dancers and food and drink specials. The Gifford’s, who own the pub, are setting up a huge heated tent and arranging a free shuttle from the Clifton Park driving range to accommodate their guests on St. Paddy’s Day. The next morning, join in the regularly scheduled Sunday brunch: Irish sausages, turkey and stuffing, cinnamon swirl French toast, and more, for under $15!

Power’s Irish Pub is accessible, affordable, and most of all, fun. Visit on St. Patrick’s Day for an entire day of authentic Irish celebration, or just stop down after work for a hearty meal and a drink. Power’s is sure to satisfy, whatever your preference.

Power’s Irish Pub is located at 130 Meyer Road, Clifton Park, N.Y. 12065, and can be contacted directly by calling 518-406-5561 or emailing For more information, events listings, and menu, visit

Kate Smith is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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