Popular Little Italy Pub Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Shakespeare Pub & Grille, at 3701 India St., first opened in 1990

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A well-known British pub in San Diego’s Little Italy community certainly has something to toast to on Sunday as it celebrates 25 years in business.

In honor of the major milestone, Shakespeare Pub & Grille – the quirky little watering hole located at 3701 India St. – will roll back its prices on some fan favorites to what they were when the pub first opened in August 1990.

For example, the pub will serve its famous, very British Fish & Chips for $5.95, plus select 20-ounce pints from their taps for $3.75. The owners also plan to tap a cask of Firestone Walker Reserve Anniversary for the occasion and sell pints for $5 a pop.

The 25th anniversary party (and specials) will last from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. The shindig will also include giveaways and a customer appreciation raffle in which tickets will be drawn every two hours.

Shakespeare Pub & Grille is an authentic British pub owned and operated by British ex-pats. The English Tudor-style pub is hard to miss, and usually fittingly flies a Union Jack flag on its exterior.

Menu items include British comfort food such as Fish and Chips (normally $14.95), Shepherd’s Pie, Steak & Kidney Pot Pie and, of course, Bangers & Mash. The pub also serves traditional pub grub such as sandwiches and burgers.

The tap and bottled beer selection is a nod to the most popular brands from Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and the U.S., so there’s a pint for everyone, no matter your cultural roots.

The pub often hosts events – including screenings of rugby and soccer (aka “football”) games – and has become a popular spot for San Diegans to watch the World Cup.

Cheers, Shakespeare. Now, get thee to the pub.

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