Interview with Dan Caverly, of Caverly’s Irish Pub
From the SouthWedge Quarterly
By Katie Libby
Opened in November 2005, Caverly’s Irish Pub has been a South Wedge neighborhood staple for grabbing a pint and catching up with friends, old and new. Dan Caverly is the owner, and the friendly face you occasionally see behind the bar as well. Caverly’s has perfected the American/Irish pub feel, the first time I walked in I was immediately reminded of many of the pubs that I would frequent when living in Boston; the dark wood furniture, no frills decorations, just a place where you can sit and have a beer and a whiskey (or whisky, let’s not fight about the spelling) and relax. Dan was kind enough to answer a few questions about Caverly’s, the South Wedge neighborhood, and Guinness.
What made you want to open the bar in the South Wedge area?
I thought the South Wedge was a neighborhood that was moving in the right direction. There weren’t any Irish pubs in the area so I thought my bar would be a good fit.
Did you always want to open a bar?
I wanted to open a bar since I was in my late twenties, but it wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I was able to make that happen.
What is your favorite thing about owning a business in the South Wedge?
The Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) has been great to work with. I couldn’t ask for better neighbors than Little Venice, Equal Grounds, and Vail Automotive. Also, many of our customers live in the South Wedge area.
What is your favorite drink?
Powers Irish Whiskey
Does Caverly’s have a signature drink?
What do you think keeps your regular customers coming back?
There’s a strong bond between the staff here and our regulars. Many of these friendships go back to when the bar first opened. I think our regulars realize how much the bartenders and I appreciate them and I think that feeling is mutual.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the South Wedge?Mise en place and The Beale make up about half of my diet. I’ve become good friends with John and Evvy who own Solera over the years so I try to get down there once a week.
Do you live in the South Wedge?
No, I live in the 19th ward, but I spend most of my time in the South Wedge.
What is your favorite thing about being a bar owner?
Hanging out with the friends I’ve made at my bar over the years.
What is your least favorite thing about being a bar owner?
Dealing with people that can’t have a few drinks and still behave themselves.
What bar do you like to go to besides your own?
There’s quite a few. I spend way too much time in bars. I guess that’s the Irish in me.
10 Questions 4 Dan Caverly
1) What’s in your fridge right now?
Just tuna steaks and a few beers
2) What book is in your bathroom?
The President’s Club
3) What album/CD can you listen to over and over?
Flogging Molly “Within A Mile of Home”.
4) What is your least favorite sound?
Most pop music.
5) If you could pick any person, alive or dead, to have dinner with, who would it be and what would you eat?
My grandfather Caverly who I never had the chance to meet. It wouldn’t matter what we ate but I would want to have a Guinness with him.
6) If you could pick any place in the universe to travel to, where would it be?
7) What terrifies you?
Heights and the thought of Justin Bieber having a long career.
8) What food do you avoid?
I try to avoid fried foods but I do have a weakness for very hot chicken wings.
9) What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?Sales.
10) What profession would you not like to do?