A Taste of Ireland

Rúla Búla is the real deal with a simple concept…A cozy historic pub and restaurant filled with time-honored relics, great food, perfect pints, a fine selection of whiskeys, live music, and jovial conversation.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry...

...for at Rúla Búla you will find more than good spirits at our award winning pub and restaurant. Our menus of traditional and modern Irish food, make dining at Rúla Búla a different experience every time.

Live Music at The Pub

Enjoy live entertainment throughout the week at Rúla Búla. We present a range of popular musicians from small acoustical to large band venues for your enjoyment. Check our calendar of events for upcoming schedules.

Pat's Run

The Annual Pat's Run Fundraising events at Rúla Búla begin 42 days leading up to day of the race. There is also a post Run Breakfast you can take part in honoring Pat Tillman. Commemorative glassware and Guinness pints are sold to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation.

St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate in a big way by joining in with hundreds of your closest friends each St. Patrick's Day for the annual Rúla Búla festivities. Live music, great food and drink with just the right measure of Craic!

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Guinness, music, literature, its people and original pubs have been some of Ireland’s greatest commodities. An Irish pub is not just a bar or restaurant. In Ireland, the pub is at the heart of social life. It is a community gathering place for friends and musicians. A true Irish pub is distinguished by its “craic,” an Irish term referring to positive interaction among people through conversation, stories and music. To create an atmosphere of “craic” our pub is uniquely designed to offer a meeting place for good conversation, live Irish entertainment, good food and, of course, the perfect pint of Guinness.

Choosing the right name for our pub was extremely important. We wanted our name to tell a lot about the pub experience and, after studying many names, cities in Ireland and pub culture, we decided on Rúla Búla. Taken from the Irish Gaelic language expression "rí rá agus ruaille buaille" it translates to "uproar and commotion" in the context of a celebratory and fun time. We phoneticized the expression into Rúla Búla to simplify pronunciation in English. We felt Rúla Búla was an appropriate selection for the upbeat, fun image the City of Tempe portrays. Particularly on Mill Avenue, which is often, open only to foot traffic during the many festivities that take place throughout the year.

Rúla Búla is located in the historic Andre Building in downtown Tempe. R.G. Andre, a skilled saddlemaker, was a prominent businessman in Tempe. Long ago, before statehood, when Arizona was a pioneer town. While living in Phoenix, he built a Victorian-styled commercial building on Mill Avenue in 1888 and opened a saddlery and harness shop. In 1893 he moved to Tempe, Andre later joined with M. Mertz, who became his partner in Andre and Mertz, a store specializing in harnesses, saddlery and vehicles. Rúla Búla pays tribute to Captain Andre with an Irish saddlery-styled pub, which contains many of the bric-a-brac, flooring, lighting and interior design elements reflective of those more than100 years ago in Ireland.
 
In Ireland, a merchant’s shop would often double as a pub. A corner of the shop would be set aside for this very purpose. Customers would sit, sip Guinness and converse surrounded by shelves of merchandise. Irish pubs are a retreat from the real world and at the heart of Rúla Búla is the ready smile, the invitation to relax and enjoy good conversation, great food and drink, hospitality and humour. In a word—craic.

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Pat's Run at Rúla Búla

For additional information and history of the event click here.

Come join the fun at the pub.


Upcoming Pub Events

Wed Aug 20 @ 8:30PM -
Pub Quiz
Fri Aug 22 @12:00AM
Rúla Búla 14th Anniversary
Fri Aug 22 @10:00PM - 02:00AM
Traveler
Sat Aug 23 @12:00AM
Rúla Búla 14th Anniversary
Sat Aug 23 @ 5:00PM -
Trevor Jones
Sat Aug 23 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Whiskey Event
Sat Aug 23 @10:00PM - 02:00AM
Traveler
Sun Aug 24 @12:00AM
Rúla Búla 14th Anniversary
Sun Aug 24 @ 5:00PM -
Trevor Jones
Mon Aug 25 @10:00PM -
Industry Night

What They Say About Us

Best Nightlife
Readers Choice
Experience Arizona
 
Best Of Phoenix
Best Irish Pub
Best Fish 'N Chips
Best Shepherd's Pie
Best Pub Quiz
Phoenix New Times
 
Best Irish Pub
City Search
 
This is the kind of authentic pub where the fish 'n chips are cooking and the Guinness is always flowing. Arrive early and grab a table for your whole group on the outside patio. Great energy here, especially as the place starts to fill up.
North Valley Magazine
 
Tempe LVE their DRINKS… Rúla Búla: What’s not to love: The popular pub quiz on Wednesdays; live Irish music; great pub food; great St. Patrick’s Day party. 
Phoenix Magazine
 
"Best Taste of Ireland"
Whether you go for the Guinness or the grub, one thing’s for sure: You won’t want to leave this little piece of Ireland.
Adrienne Frank, Get Out
 
Irish indulgence, Mill Avenue's Rúla Búla amazes with superb cuisine, warm atmosphere.
Jennifer Weeks, College Times
 
Rúla Búla's bread pudding is made from scratch daily and is topped with a whiskey-spiked topping that will add a tangy zing to your taste buds.
Kathy Cano, Arizona Republic
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