"Unless you're a stuffed shirt or a prude, you can't help but have a grand old time."
The pub opened in September, 1974.
Durty Nelly’s is a replica of the original Durty Nelly’s in Ireland. The original tavern dates back to 1620 as part of the Bunratty Castle in Limerick, Clare Country. It is one of the oldest continually operating restaurants in the world and has been open over 390 years!
The concept of the San Antonio location came from Bill Hunter, the general manager of the Hilton Palacio del Rio in the 1970’s. After visiting the bar in Ireland, he returned to the Alamo City to convince Mr. Bartell Zachry to build the identical pub on what was then a seldom used corner of the hotel under the Market Street Bridge. The pub is designed in the tradition of the European style with two fireplaces, slate floors and stone walls. Since Durty Nelly’s doors first opened, this corner has become a hot spot on the Paseo del Rio.
The rules at Durty Nelly’s are posted, “only two to a stool, no talk of religion or politics and those drinking rum may stand by themselves, preferably near the window.”
It is all a great escape San Antonio-style. So come on down, grab some brew, and join in on the frolic and fun. It may be the closest thing to a genuine Irish experience you’ll find in the Alamo City.