Out About: Get bit by the Dooley bug

P-B debuts new nightlife column

Looking for something to do when the sun goes down, or maybe just a new drink to try? Then you've turned to the right place.Out & About is the Post Bulletin's newest column featuring nightlife news in and around the area.

New hotspot opens in downtown Rochester

If you're out and about this weekend, don't be alarmed if you get bit by the Dooleybug — I'm fairly certain you won't be the only one.

Dooley's Pub, the new Irish-style bar and grill, opened Thursday in downtown Rochester, and from what I can tell, the place looks to be a promising hotspot.


Located across from Bilotti's, underneath the new BioBusiness Center at 255 First Ave. S.W., Dooley's is sporting more than just good food and a variety of beverages. Owners Tom Murphy, Jack Murphyand Tory Runklehave loaded the place up with hi-def TVs and a "state-of-the-art," eight-zone sound system that allows them to adjust volume levels throughout the bar, Tom Murphy says.

Game-viewing options include two 20-foot projection screens, eight 63-inch screens and 10 55-inch screens, as well as some smaller screens in the men's bathroom.

Dooley's also sports a full kitchen, serving up sliders, appetizers, sandwiches and more. Though they're not open for lunch just yet, they do offer dinner and a slightly condensed late-night menu from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Some of what I checked out ranges from standard fried fare like onion rings to more unique offerings like hummus with pita chips, calamari, artichoke and spinach rangoon, and grilled Mahi Mahi sliders, all for about $4 to $8.

Beverages? They have those, too. Beer-lovers can enjoy 16 options on tap, as well as a large selection of bottled brew. If you're thirsting for something sweeter, try a martini, mojito or margarita.

Though details are still being sorted out, for now Dooley's will be open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m Saturday and Sunday. Stop in, check it out, and let me know what you think.

Lots of laughs, and Pepsi, too

It's been said that laughter is the best medicine. If that's the case, there will be a lot of healthy patrons over at Goonie's Comedy Clubthis summer. They're currently offering their Summer of Laughs package — a season pass that gets you into the club every weekend starting today through Aug. 28 for a discounted price.

Passes are $144 for one person; $250 for couples. Though you'll still need to RSVP for shows in advance, the passes will get you into one performance every weekend through the end of summer. Stop into Goonie's at 7 Second St. S.W., or call 288-8130 for questions.


While getting your laugh on, or just grabbing a bite to eat downstairs at McGoon's, if bartender Adam McNeillis working, ask for a Pepsi margarita, or as McNeill calls it, "The Adam's Special."

"It's basically just a normal margarita, with a splash of (orange juice) and a splash of Pepsi," he says. And they're not bad — I stopped in earlier this week to give one a try. If you like margaritas, and you like Pepsi, you might also enjoy a marriage of the two.

If you're out and about, keep your eyes open for new and interesting events, drinks, contests, etc. Share your findings with me at, or find me on Facebook at Post Bulletin Marissa Block or Twitter @ PBmblock.

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