Traditionally, the groom's parents host the rehearsal dinner. Adam's parents told us early on that they wanted to stick to tradition on this one, which was fine by us. One less thing for me to plan! They wanted a casual feel with good food and beer, so an Irish pub seemed to be a natural fit, especially with our shared Irish heritage, love of Saint Paddy's Day, and Notre Dame affiliation.
The Kerryman would've been a great space, but we weren't wowed by the food, which was a deal-breaker.
Fadó. The food was pretty good...except the fish and chips. That was kind of a deal-breaker because everyone would want to eat fish and chips. Plus, the space where we would've had the rehearsal dinner wasn't very conducive to togetherness and toast-giving as it was broken up into lots of different small booths.
Rock Bottom. It's not an Irish pub, but it is a brewery, which fit the same casual environment we were looking for. After a delicious dinner, we decided it was a great fit.
The next day, Adam, his parents and I walked through the event space with their event coordinator. It's a big, beautiful room with a bar and big windows overlooking State Street. We'll even have access to the rooftop terrace if the weather is nice! I can't wait to spend the night before the big day with our closest family and friends, enjoying a delicious meal and locally brewed beer.