The Blue Leprechaun – Ann Arbor, MI

The Blue Leprechaun, (aka, “The Lep”) is a an Irish themed sports bar located on 1220 South University (at S. Forest Avenue), just a short walk from central campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It took over the spot where the Touchdown Cafe, a popular watering hole operated for nearly 30 years.

Established in 2008, the Blue Leprechaun eatery, pub and karaoke bar is a place where every day is St. Patrick’s Day.


The Blue “Lep” features multiple big screen TVs, high-definition projectors to watch your favorite college or pro game, a dance floor and an array of excellent food and beverages.

Their menu offers such Irish-themed eats as Leprechaun wings, leprechaun Sliders, Leprechaun Caesar Salad, The Blue Leprechaun Hat Trick (corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, special blend cole slaw, & thousand island), Blarney Bay Fish Sandwich, Irish Whiskey Fried Chicken Wrap, Shamrock Burger, Paddy Melt, Leprechaun B.L.T. Pizza, or Blue Lep Fries. The Blue Lep also serves British pub food (shepherd’s pie, fish & chips, etc.)


The bar offers multiple beers (Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, High Life, MGD 64 and Michelob Ultra, among others) as well as nightly drink & shot specials, including Miller Lite Pints, Guinness Pints, Murphy’s Red Pints, Black And Tan Pints, Long Islands and Irish Coffees.

NOTE: In December of 2013, a water pipe in an upper office space burst. They resulting damage forced the Blue Leprechaun to close its doors. A sign posted in its window that read, “Due to extensive water damage, the Blue Leprechaun will be closed until further notice.” The Blue Lep reopened after 4 months in April 2014.


Totally refurbished, the bar now has new booths, tables, floors, lighting fixtures, refurbished bar and a more upscale feel. Upstairs, it’s a classic full-service restaurant that will turn into more of a bar scene with live music or a DJ and dancing after 11 p.m.; downstairs, it’s got pool tables and a lounge vibe.

And of course, the whole thing is U-M themed, from Bo’s Den in the front of the place to The End Zone and Red’s Den downstairs. And if you want to rent space for a party, there’s Bo’s Den upstairs or Red’s Den downstairs. Pool and darts are also located in the gaming area. Television sets abound.

The Blue Leprechaun also operates The Study Hall Lounge. It is located across the street from U of M campus and University Towers and designed to be a relaxing lounge atmosphere, with excellent cocktails and martini’s on a rotating monthly menu. The Study Hall is an intimate space with lots to offer, from bottle service, dancing, private parties, receptions, signature craft cocktails and martini’s to some of the hottest DJs from across the country.

The Blue Leprechaun
1220 South University #109
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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