Missouri Attractions December 08, 2016
An Unexpected Tavern Is Hiding Underground In This Brewery Cellar In Missouri
One of my most favorite places to grab a drink in Missouri would have to be this neat little underground Irish pub in Weston. For history buffs, it has an interesting story and is the oldest pub in Missouri. For beer fanatics, it has some of the most fantastic selection of craft beers on tap, with the majority of them being brewed right next door.
O'Malley's has a rich history that date backs to 1842.
The Weston Brewing Company was first established in 1842 by German immigrant John Georgian, but over the years, its ownership has changed. In the early 1900's, word of the oldest brewery west of the Hudson river (at the time), got around and even the Kansas City Royals baseball team all dropped in for a drink. During this time, the brewery was the largest manufacturing plant in Platte County and was producing 20,000 barrels a year.
The pub is a part of Weston Brewing Company which also features a restaurant, a beer garden and it's very own onsite brewery.
During the 1840s, five stone cellars were dug up and used to lager and chill the beer in solid oaken tanks. Today, that space is used to house O'Malley's Pub.
The pub is a bit hidden, so you may have to ask a server how to get there.
When I first arrived at Weston Brewing Company, I was a bit confused as to where the actual underground pub was. I noticed lots of people drinking and eating in the outdoor beer garden and even walked into the restaurant for seating. Make sure you go to the building that's marked "O'Malley & Son", just west of the restaurant and patio and enter through the door farthest to the left. Once inside, you'll take a couple flights of stairs and ramps to get to the actual pub.
Once you get inside the tavern, you'll feel like you're in a hidden speakeasy.
During the weekends, this place gets packed, so keep your eyes open for any available seats. Don't shy away from making friends, you may just end up sharing a booth with strangers in order to snag a seat in this popular place.
The pub is filled with music and chatter, but to the world above you, they'll never even hear a sound from inside.
Every weekend and certain nights throughout the week, live bands perform. O'Malley's tends to draw in a lot of Irish bands, too! The acoustics are pretty great in this former cellar.
Now, let's get to the craft beers.
Well kept draught ales, lagers and cider are offered along with wines and specialty drinks. And the pub also has 10 types of Irish whiskeys available. Personally, I like to sip on their home-brewed beers on tap, and O'Malley's Creamy Ale is a favorite of mine that I highly recommend.
There's really no bar in Missouri quite like this one in Weston.
This cozy multi-level pub that's hidden fifty-five feet underground, is truly a diamond in the rough. Make a trip yourself or bring along some out-of-town guests to really wow them with some Missouri history.
Weston Brewing Company and O’Malley’s Pub are located at
500 Welt St, Weston, MO 64098. The pub is open every day of the week from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.