O'Shy's Irish Tap House in Largo: One woman's dream of opening a craft beer pub came true with hard work and a little help from her friends

Being a single parent, Jennifer was concerned of how she was going to be able to build the place she wanted. While renovations commenced, much needed items were being donated by other local businesses and people within the community that had heard her story and wanted to pitch in. Her boyfriend Eddie, longtime friends Marty and Josh, and many others were close at hand, putting countless hours into painting, building and plumbing to help open the doors to her dreams and to her new business: O'Shy's Irish Tap House, named after her daughter, Shyan.


O'Shy's Tap House not only offers 46 different beers on tap from around the world, but also has many bottled beers, fine wines and wspecialty beer drinks.

Jennifer opened O'Shy's Tap House officially on March 5th, 2011, with a packed house, making new friends in the process. She also shares plans for a "Fighting Irish" wall, which will honor Irish police offers, fire fighters and first responders from her hometown of Chicago and her home in Florida. She says she isn't done yet! She wants to open additional businesses in the area such as a Pizzeria and an upscale liquor bar and promises her son that the pizzeria would be named after him.

O'Shy's Irish Tap House is located at 80 Clearwater-Largo Road South in Largo, on the southeast corner of Clearwater-Largo Road and West Bay Drive. Hours are from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Cash only (ATM inside).

For more information, give Jennifer a call at 727-588-4444 or visit them online at www.oshystaphouse.com.

Photos by Tanya Galloway/Wandering Star Photography.

Belleair resident, Jennifer Lantry hails from Chicago, Illinois, who is no stranger to authentic Irish pubs. Jennifer has always paid close attention to her surroundings when visiting pubs, taverns and restaurants and even coffee houses, keeping notes of things that she liked and things she did not. With her heritage being Irish and Czechoslovakian, she feel that she truly has something different to offer and always wanted a place to call her own.

The opening of O'Shy's Irish Tap House in Largo, Florida, didn't just appear at the end of some rainbow, but through hard work and her dedication to having a place where people could just, "come and hang out" at a place, "like a coffee shop but with beer".

For a first time business owner, opening a business can be quite a difficult task. Jennifer wasn't going to make any mistakes doing so and her voice was well heard by local city officials, who not only listened to her, but also made changes in the way of assistance for local business owners.

Now, the dreams of a pub to call her own is no longer an idea or a dream, but a reality put into motion. With the politics out of the way, she was able to focus on opening the doors not only to the new business, but to her dreams as well.

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