|One hundred thousand welcomes to the web
home of the Port City Café and Pub.
Amazing as it may seem, gently nestled on
the banks of the Ohio River, here in this
remote area of Appalachian Ohio, you’ll find a
wee bit of the old sod. The Port City Café and
Pub is a curious blend of traditional Irish pub
craic and genuine American southern
hospitality. Our great food, grand atmosphere
and great service make the Pub the perfect
gathering place for those seeking a warm
refuge, relaxing conversation and friendly
We feature a full service bar, with a excellent
selection of draught and bottled beers, and a
diversity of Irish whiskeys from which to
choose; wine, by the glass or bottle, is also
available. We also encourage a novel
approach to human interaction—
conversation. A large part of our guest's
experience is getting to know the other
guests in a warm and secure atmosphere
that lends itself well to a range of ages and
Located in the heart of Portsmouth's downtown business district, our pub's design is unique. Built to the imaginative specifications of the
original owners, it avoids the trendy "cookie-cutter" look of Irish pub franchises springing up around the world. After many hours of "field
research", conducted in as many Irish, Scottish and English pubs as could be found, plans were laid to paper and work begun in earnest.
After many months of construction, the Pub opened it's doors in 2004.
The Port City Café and Pub perfectly blends traditional Irish pub design with our own unique southern Ohio cultural heritage. Through the
clever use of recycled building materials, gathered from around the area, the Pub manages to merge our town's own rich cultural heritage
with the classic Irish pub decor. When you visit, look around you and note, for example, that the French doors that grace the front and rear
entrances once greeted school children as they entered the old U.S. Grant school. The intricate wood trim found throughout the building
came from the apartments which once stood above the Pub, and much of the interior leaded glass was rescued from stately riverfront
homes that were demolished to make way for Shawnee State University expansion. As you enjoy "a plate and a pint" with us, you are
invited to explore and discover other interesting oddments that collectively make up one of the most interestingly furnished pubs you’ll find
It’s A Pub, Not a Bar!
Port City is not a bar, tavern or restaurant – it’s a pub! A true pub emphasizes conversation and relationships. It’s a place where people
gather to enjoy each others company in a sociable, sheltered and comfortable environment. To paraphrase a famous Irish poet, “a pub is a
special place full of your very best friends, some of whom you just haven’t met yet.” So, we hope that you'll drop by often to renew old
acquaintances with some new old friends.
Port City -- it's "an Irish experience!"