The lass moved on to other pubs in Memphis, but Celtic Crossing remained true to its Irish roots. This is a bar with small rooms, pub-y furnishings and English Premier League matches on every telly in sight – except when the Grizzlies or Tigers play. Then, at least one TV is tuned to that game.
The expansive patio at Celtic Crossing beckons, during any weather — Photo courtesy of Celtic Crossing
Celtic Crossing used to have just a wee bit of a patio, but they jazzed things up by expanding the patio's footprint, adding a covered outdoor space that makes this neighborhood treasure even more of a joyous place at which to lift an elbow.
The patio at Celtic Crossing has quickly become a new favorite in a town filled with great outdoor dining and nightlife spaces, and it's frequently atop the polls in local patio popularity contests.
Covered by a gorgeous peaked roof, the huge new space offers a ceiling of rustic exposed beams and the cozy ambiance of an indoor space. There are tables for large groups as well as more intimate tables for two.
A full menu is offered outside, where during the chilly months, large space heaters and wind-cheating panels create an enclosed space that's warm and dry.
Heaters are integrated into the peaked roof over Celtic Crossing's patio — Photo courtesy of Celtic Crossing
There's ample room for a band, as well, a very important part of any Irish pub. On Tuesday evenings, local musicians gather on the patio or indoors for a seisiún, which is basically an Irish jam session of traditional ballads and jaunty jigs.
That full menu covers full Irish fare, as well as an amazing list of libations from the "Emerald Isle." Seriously, you can order just about any Irish whiskey ever made (Redbreast Pot Still, anyone?), including a few 12- and 18-year-old options. There's even a sizable selection of fine and aged Scotch whisky.
Irish specialties include corned beef, shepherd's pie, bangers and mash and even Scotch eggs. (Yes, we know that's Scottish, but Irish folks like them, too.) Celtic Crossing also offers a full range of more traditional American pub fare, including burgers and sandwiches, as well as salads.
Celtic Crossing offers a variety of beer and drink specials throughout the week and stays open until 3 a.m. daily, a rarity in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. There's also team trivia on Wednesdays and occasional Mondays, as well as dance parties with a DJ on Friday evenings.