The Only Irish Snug on the East Side of Cleveland
The use of Snug rooms began in Ireland in the late 19th century. It was typically a small, very private room that had a window, set above head height, accessing the bar. It was not only the well-off visitors who would use these rooms, the snug was for patrons who preferred not to be seen in the public bar. The local police officer would come in for a quiet pint, and the parish priest for his evening whiskey. If a man wanted to ask a father for his daughters hand in marriage they would have a private meeting in the snug and as both families sat at bar waiting the man would stick a thumbs up or thumbs down out of the snug window to let them know whether he received his blessing or not.