Creating one iconic location is a task in itself following that up and trying to replicate that can be tougher than creating the original. Rock & Reilly’s created that iconic location on Sunset Strip and the recently opened version at USC Village, while having its own identity, would certainly make the Sunset Strip location proud.
Rock & Reilly’s seems to be the perfect fit to the stunning brick laden USC Village that is home to 36 retail spaces and covers over 104,000 square feet of space. Trying to find your niche in this setting can be a challenge, but Rock & Reilly’s did just that with an 8,000 square foot location that includes a wonderful 2,000 square foot outdoor setting that allows you to enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather.
The USC Village pairs perfectly with Rock & Reilly’s for everything, beginning with any USC sporting events. For those home games, Rock & Reilly’s is perfect for before and after the game and if you just want to enjoy sports along with a perfectly poured Guinness, they offer over 30 televisions as well as a lively experience. Don’t feel as if you have to be a college student or that you even have to have any type of association with USC, this is simply a great venue for anyone at anytime.
What you are going to find is a lot of the same nuances that made Rock & Reilly’s on Sunset Strip so iconic, from the cocktails to the food the spectacular service. While a Guinness goes perfectly so many of the Irish food items on the menu, Rock & Reilly’s has an amazing 24 beers on tap. The highlight of the bar has to be the creative cocktail menus well as the assortment of Reilly’s own whiskey that pours at only $5 per shot. A cocktail so perfectly refreshing that it was seemingly made to be enjoyed in Southern California, is the Reilly’s Smash. It begins with the very smooth Reilly’s Ginger Whiskey and then is finished off with lemon, agave nectar and mint, creating a tasting and refreshing cocktail that you could drink all day long. The Irish Rose comes in a martini glass and leans a little more towards citrus with grapefruit and rose vodka along with vodka and a floral hint from a chamomile syrup. If you love mules, Rock & Reilly’s does three versions which include: vodka, tequila and Reilly’s Mother’s Milk. At a mere $7 a drink, it is worth trying all three and deciding on your favorite.
When it comes to food Rock & Reilly’s not only has their tasty regular menu, but they have a plant-based menu with nearly all of the same items. The Irish Nachos are one of those appetizers that you simply must order every time you visit Rock & Reilly’s, they are that good. It all begins with the ultra crispy house cooked kettle chips and those are just smothered in Irish cheddar and topped off with applewood bacon, scallions and corn salsa, you can also add corned beef to truly take this over-the-top. One of Rock & Reilly’s classic dishes has always been their fish and chips with Alaskan Cod or you can go with the plant-based fishless and chips. There also an assortment of nicely done grass-fed burgers including the Dirty Irish, which contains Irish Cheddar and fried pickles or the truffle burger that is loaded with flavor from the black garlic aioli, truffle cheddar and truffle mustard, both on a fresh and soft potato bun. They also do an amazing four-cheese mac & cheese that is simply cheesey goodness topped with Irish soda bread crumbs and black truffle oil. Some of the other great plant-based options include: buffalo cauliflower, Reilly’s Hot Chickn and they even do a plant-based Shepherds pie.
The USC Village certainly has a lot of things going on, but there is no better reason than Rock & Reilly’s to spend the day. Some restaurants are about beer, others cocktails or the food and some are simply an experience. Rock & Reilly’s has managed to bring all of those together under one roof and whether you are a Trojan or you just love a memorable, Rock & Reilly’s at USC Village is a must visit anytime and for any reason.
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