TAMPA — Fans of one of Tampa’s most beloved drinking establishments will want to raise a Guinness to this one: On Dec. 12, Four Green Fields, the long-running Irish pub known for its thatched roof and worn-in Gaelic charm, will close.
The owners of the iconic watering hole announced the shutter on Facebook last week, and said that while the original Platt Street tavern was closing, a new location of the popular pub will open in Channelside, soon.
“Lots of fond memories for many but no need to be sad,” the post said. “Our new location will be opening very soon (and) our amazing staff is coming with us.”
Fans of the bar immediately jumped into the comment stream, where they chimed in with well wishes and shared fond memories. But the number one question seemed to be: Will there be a thatched roof at the new location?
In an email, the pub’s owner, Colin Breen, said the new bar will open in early 2021 and “will be exactly as it is currently, with some exciting additions.” It was not immediately clear what prompted the shutter. In March, Breen told the Tampa Bay Times he estimated the coronavirus pandemic could cost his business at least $200,000. But that was before the ensuing statewide shutdown of bars and restaurants, which gutted the local industry.
Four Green Fields first opened in 1992 and quickly became a South Tampa staple for gathering and merrymaking. The spot oozed Irish charm and featured lots of dark wood, taps that poured Irish beers like Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s, and a bar selection heavy on Irish whiskey.
The dinner menu included pub standbys like corned beef and cabbage and fish and chips, and the white-washed walls were covered with Irish memorabilia, including old Sinn Féin recruitment posters and soccer jerseys. Over the years, the pub attracted big-name Irish acts like Sinead O’Connor, Paddy Reilly, The Wolfe Tones and the late folk musician Tommy Makem.
In 2015, the block of Platt street that includes Four Green Fields was bought by St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School for $3.75 million. At the time, Breen said the sale did not mean the bar was closing, just that the deal made them tenants instead.
Since then, the owners have expanded the bar’s reach, and the mini-chain’s empire now includes locations at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Amalie Arena and Tampa International Airport.