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Abandoned New Westminster Keg Becomes Irish Kelly O’Bryan’s

Kelly O'Bryan's

Photo: Kelly O'Bryan's & Carlos O'Bryan's New West / Facebook

It housed a Keg Steakhouse for many years, but the heritage building located at 800 Columbia Street in New Westminster has a new owner and a whole new look.

While many people believe it may be haunted, the 1893 Railway Station housed a very busy Keg Steakhouse restaurant for four decades before it closed in 2013. Although it closed due to building issues, it was an extremely popular eatery in the city.

Now, Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurants & Carlos O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Pubs are calling the local landmark home.


The company notes on the website that, “A fun fact about this location is the founders of Kelly O’Bryan’s, Reg Henry, worked in this location when it was The Keg in the early 1970’s, while he attended the University of British Columbia. When he first took a tour through the building to see if it was a location we wanted to embark on, he said the memories just started flooding back. “The building and layout hasn’t changed much.”

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Kelly O’Bryan’s: The Irish Eatery

With a clock that is always counting down the weeks, days, hours, minutes and even seconds until St. Paddy’s Day, the chain is decidedly Irish. In fact, the website proudly encourages guests to “eat, drink and be Irish.”

The main level of the building houses the Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurant; the Carlos O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Pub is located on the upper level.

With locations in Kelowna, Kamloops, kitsilano, Nanaimo, Vernon, and West Kelowna, the chain is steadily growing. They have fun things like “pachos” on the menu, which are nachos with potatoes instead of chips.

In addition, they offer a litany of other delicious Irish classics. They also offer a bevy of entertaining alcoholic concoctions. Indeed, their “bulldogs” are include various alcoholic drinks turned upside down into larger ones. For example, the Irish Bulldog consists of a Guinness Blonde inserted upside down in a Double Lime Margarita.

If you plan on drinking over the holidays, make sure that you have a safe ride home. Operation Rednose provides a handy service for those who drive their cars out and are too impaired to drive home.


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