It's a day when everyone is Irish.

And on St. Patrick's Day it seems everyone who is Irish ends up at Sully's Irish Pub in Medina.

The pub, tucked just off the community's historic Square, is so busy they actually rent out the coveted booths in three-hour intervals to raise money for charity.

By the time the last Guinness and Sully's Irish Red Ale is poured, the pub will have dished up some 1,800 of its popular Reuben egg roll appetizers.

And more corned beef sandwiches than you can count.

But all this revelry almost didn't happen this year. In the midst of the polar vortex that shivered Northeast Ohio, disaster struck at the pub. A water pipe to a hot water tank for an apartment over the establishment burst after it closed for the night. Water flowed for hours through the tin ceiling onto the bar and restaurant below.

By the time workers returned the next day, an estimated 12,000 gallons had poured down inside of the West Liberty Street pub.

Water covered everything.

The wood floor.

The wood bar.

And as things dried up.

The floor buckled.

And the bar was a sea of warped wood waves.

By the luck of the Irish, the many decorations, including the big bass drum on one wall, emerged unscathed. The most frustrating part, aside from the whole thousands of gallons of water thing, was the wait for the place to dry out before work could begin in earnest to replace the floor and the bar.

There's a sign on the wall of Sully's that offered some hope in the midst of the darkest moment of the pub's 11-year history.

"May your troubles be less —

And your blessings be more

And nothing but happiness come through your door."

The current slogan on the bar's T-shirts — "Whiskey helps" — probably didn't hurt.

General Manager Ali Burmeister, whose dad John Sullivan owns the place, said a lot of prayer and hours of hard work paid off and after 15 days they were able to reopen just before the start of the community's popular Ice Festival over Presidents Day weekend in February.

"It was a race to the finish," she said.

And now it is time to get ready for Sunday for the green-wearing folks who will make their way through the door to hear an Irish band and bagpipes and have a beer. Or two or three.

There will be no green beer served here though.

"We only serve the good stuff," Burmeister said.

She joked that one of the pub's early souvenir T-shirts read, "364 practice days for one day at Sully's."

No matter the weather, St. Patrick's Day is the busiest one of the year for Irish pubs.

Burmeister remembers one particularly warm March when the temperature was in the 70s.

"It was just a sea of green on the outdoor patio," she said. "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day."

More information: www.sullysmedina.com

 

Pubs-a-plenty

There are several Irish Pubs throughout Greater Akron. They include:

Akron's biggest Irish Pub — by sheer size — is the Barley House in the heart of downtown Akron by Canal Park. It has more than 30 craft beers on tap and as many TVs in the place. They will open at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day for Kegs and Eggs. The Shaffer Brothers Band will perform from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. www.barleyhouseakron.com

Kevin O'Bryan's Irish Pub, 1761 S. Main St., will open at 8 a.m. Sunday with a free breakfast before the kitchen starts serving up Irish nachos, a Reuben quesadilla and bangers and mash later in the day. Mike Lenz & Company will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. www.kevinobryans.com

Irish Jack's Pub, inside Akron's St. Brendan Hibernian Hall (753 N. Main St.), is hosting a St. Patrick's Day party on Saturday. Doors open at 9 a.m. for a Kegs and Eggs Breakfast. There will be Irish dancers, music and food throughout the day. There is a $5 cover charge. www.facebook.com/irishjackspub/

J. Dublin's Pour House, 1954 Buchholzer Blvd., is offering up a holiday special on Sunday. For $20, partygoers get a special T-shirt, two beers and a chance to win a gift card along with other "drunktivities." www.jdublins.com

Brubaker's Pub, which has several locations in Summit County, plans to celebrate all weekend. The green beer will start flowing from the taps at 5 p.m. Friday. And patrons who show up on Saturday dressed like a leprechaun will get a free order of loaded tavern chips. Many of the local chain's six locations plan to open at 8 a.m. on Sunday to celebrate the official day. http://brubakerspub.com

The Hooley House, 145 Montrose West Ave., in Copley Township will open at 7 a.m. for Kegs and Eggs along with a Bloody Mary bar. There will be live music throughout the day along with corned beef and cabbage. www.1funpub.com/locations/montrose-location/

 

Craig Webb, who recently found out through a home DNA test that he has Irish blood, can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com.