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Chicago’s oldest Irish bar turns 65

The River Shannon pub on opening day in 1946.

The River Shannon pub on opening day in 1946.

It’s been 65 years since Sally and Patrick Cloherty came back from a trip to Ireland and brought home water from the River Shannon to christen their new Lincoln Park bar. The River Shannon will recreate the moment with another bottle of water from the Irish river, as well as a champagne toast, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The founders’ granddaughter, Marjorie Cloherty Blanz, will join the current owners, the McKeaneys, for the anniversary bash, which will run from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Party goers are encouraged to dude up in 1940s togs for the celebration, which will include a contest for the best dressed with a decidedly modern-day prize: an iPad. The event will also feature live music, modern-day food and 1940s cocktails including $5 manhattans and vodka martinis. Tullamore Dew and other Irish libations will also be available.

The River Shannon, which holds liquor license No. 28, is the oldest Irish bar in operation in Chicago.