Local Eats: Shanahan’s Irish Bar in Downtown Vancouver, WA

shanahans bar and grill

Although we haven’t been able to visit Shanahan’s Bar & Grill as much as we’d like since having our daughter, this is the place that I do love to come to for bar food and drinks.

This is the best place for happy hour in the area, period. Most places happy hour times are from 3-6; Shanahan’s is from 3-8pm every day of the week! WOWzers!

The happy hour menu has been changed since I’ve been going there for the prices have increased a tad, but everything is still inexpensive and both the food and drinks are great!

They don’t skimp on the booze, which is what people like. If we wanted to pay bottle prices for 1 drink, we’d just drink at home.

The only downfall is that the place is packed every.single.day.of.the.week., so you pretty much have to fight someone for a place to sit, or at least wait until one becomes available and pounce on it FAST! I watched a group of 5  take a single man’s booth once he got up to go to the bathroom. He came back to grab his seat and then left because he had no place to sit. So if you’re here and you have a seat, make sure you grab their business cards and turn it over. It reads something like “don’t steal my drink” then people will assume you’re still there and coming back.

It does clear out after happy hour is over on the weekdays. The weekends are still quite busy.

They have updated the outdoor area which is a much bigger space so hopefully, it won’t be so bad in the summer or spring.

My favorite food items are the Steak bites and mushrooms for $5, which can be eaten by a single person, and the shanny fries which consist of green onions, tots, fries, cheese, and bacon. So delish! But don’t expect to finish it alone, the fries are huge for $4.50!!

shanahans bar and grill


The staff is all friendly, but when it’s busy, you may have better luck going up to the bar to grab a drink as they seem a little understaffed during happy hour.

I’m just glad this place is only a mile from my house; it gives me the motivation to ride my bike since there’s absolutely no parking available most times. Plus, I’ll need the cardio after eating shanny fries!

It’s absolutely worth it though and is a must visit if you’re in the area.



  1. / 1:44 PM

    Wow, those prices are amazing and the foods sounds yummy! Now I’m starving lol. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Pam
    / 6:13 PM

    Wow, this sounds like a great place to eat. It must be tasty if it’s that packed all the time!

  3. Claudia Krusch
    / 7:21 PM

    This looks like a great place to try. I am hoping to be in Vancouver this summer. I will have to check it out.

  4. Heather
    / 9:06 PM

    The fries look delicious! It’s nice to have a place you frequent regularly. Sometimes you get to know the owners and get nice discounts. We went to the Mason Jar regularly, got to know the owners real well and our bill was always comped by 20% just because we were regulars.

  5. OurFamilyWorld
    / 12:53 AM

    This sounds like a great place to eat. All the food looks delicous and their prices are amazing.

  6. There is nothing like good pub food- I love it SO much! My husband would devour those steak bites!

  7. Rebecca Swenor
    / 6:51 AM

    Shanahan’s Pub & Grill sounds like a great place to dine. I would prefer to go on the weekend after happy hour with least people. Thanks for sharing this awesome place and I love the places that have the outdoor dining which makes this place more awesome.

  8. / 7:56 AM

    I know it’s weird but my daughter and I love going to happy hour together ever since she was little. I think just seeing all those different small samples of food and sharing she loved. It’s something we have always done together. And the food here looks marvelous.

  9. This looks like a great bar! The fries look absolutely mouthwatering. I’ll have to check it out, if I’m ever in Vancouver!

  10. / 11:18 PM

    This post made me hungry. It’s 1 in the morning and I’m ready to raid the fridge. Looks like a great spot.

  11. / 6:30 AM

    I’ve only been to an Irish Bar here in the city once, but I would love to go back because the food were great. I would love to check that place out if we’re in the area. The food is making me drool!

  12. / 8:01 AM

    I totally love Irish Pubs. This looks amazing!

  13. Mimi Green
    / 3:33 PM

    My community needs a place like this. I would like to a nice Happy Hour spot is is just around the corner. I have a drive at least 20 minutes to get that experience. The food looks yummy though.

  14. Cat
    / 5:12 PM

    I am basically sitting here DROOLING over those fries. Everything looks so tasty at Shanahan’s Irish Bar!

  15. E H
    / 9:30 PM

    OK, the food you got – looks delicious! I live just around the corner in Seattle, so I know where I am going when I am driving by your city! Looks a-mazing this food! I am not a regular at pubs, but sigh me up at this one, I bet they also serve beer with this food – works for me!

  16. / 8:59 AM

    Oh my goodness, that food looks amazing! Those prices are awesome as well!

  17. / 7:40 PM

    Omg can we say yum?!?! I swear bars always have the best food!!!! I so wanna try this pub out! Yummy!

  18. Gabriel
    / 1:40 PM

    Even though my heritage is Welsh, I can get behind some Irish food and drink, for sure. This place looks great.

  19. / 10:27 AM

    I’ll have to go there some time, the food looks super tasty! it’s good comfort food : ) My older brother and sister in law live close to there so I’ll tell them to check it out!

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