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November 9, 2009 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
There's no pub like a Conor McPherson pub. The Irish playwright's award-winner, The Weir, is being given a superb production by Curio Theatre under Gay Carducci's direction. If you have a taste for ghost stories and great gabbers, pull up a chair and listen. Paul Kuhn's scenic design invites us into a cozy little bar somewhere in rural Ireland using an odd little area of the cavernous Cavalry Church. There are photos on the wall: Yeats (we must be near Sligo), the local landscape, the local folks.
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July 11, 1992 | By Alissa Wolf, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Irish Pub, an Atlantic City landmark for 20 years, is more than just a bar. With its warm wood-and-brass decor, collection of antique memorabilia, selection of reasonably priced imported beers, hearty food, friendly service and overall good vibes, it's the next best thing to winging your way to the Emerald Isle. And it's more than deserving of its reputation as a beloved Shore institution. For years, the Pub avoided change, seemingly remaining frozen in time and space.
FOOD
January 4, 1998 | By Elaine Tait, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
After 35 years of working hard at dining unnoticed, I feel compelled to report that I failed at The Plough & The Stars. But the very fact that Marion Ryder, furiously busy tending to a large holiday party at The Plough & The Stars, could look up from her work and spot me as I breezed past on a recent weeknight says something about Ryder and her pub. The Dublin-born Ryder is a hard-working floor manager/partner (with Jerome Donovan and Austin...
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February 6, 1998 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
Win your own pub in Ireland! The Guinness contest, now in its fifth year, sounds like a dream come true. Write a short essay romanticizing the wonders of serving stout in Ireland, compete in a few bar games and the winner gets his own pub in some rustic village on a verdant hillside. Sounds like something out of a Daniel Day-Lewis movie. But get past all that clover and lucky-charm stuff, and you've still got yourself a bar. Fistfights and folk music and crabby waitresses and potato soup - you might as well stay home in Kensington and rent "Riverdance.
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July 16, 1991 | By Alissa Wolf, Special to The Inquirer
Granted, most towns have Gaelic-style watering holes. But, the offerings at the Shore are in a class by themselves. A MCGREAT CAFE. McGuire's Greater Pittsburgh Cafe is a no-nonsense, no- frills Irish bar. The pub doesn't have any special beers on tap. The decor isn't exactly elegant, to put it mildly. There's really not much food, except for a stray ham or cheese sandwich. And the crowd is pretty quiet. But the pub does offer a mean game of darts, a jukebox stocked with all your traditional Irish favorites, Irish folk singers three nights a week - Mickey Boyle, Peter McDonald and Martin Beck - and lots of Irish patrons.
NEWS
September 26, 2008 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
If tonight's presidential debate takes place, an Irish bar in Center City will be in the limelight, hosting Gov. Sarah Palin at a pre-debate party. The Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut St., will open its doors at 5 p.m. to receive ticketed guests for the private function. Paul Lindsay, the McCain campaign's spokesman, declined to release any details about tonight's event, or why the Irish Pub had been picked to host the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee. All Lindsay would say was that Palin, who landed in Philadelphia yesterday, was here to do some preparation for her own debate against Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden Jr. But Mark O'Connor, one of the pub's three owners, said the McCain campaign told pub managers to expect 400 people, a number he said would fit in the tavern's five rooms.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1988 | By Gerald Etter, Inquirer Food Writer
Say hello to Dicey Reilly's, a new pub that is an attractive and welcome addition to Sansom Street just east of Broad. Lunches are fairly priced and the food is not bad at all. The atmosphere is the American version of the Irish pub, and though pizza, hoagies, roast beef and steak sandwiches are not routinely considered Gaelic fare, Dicey Reilly's does offer some alternatives that are at least vaguely reminiscent of the British Isles. For example, there's Cornish pasty ($6.95 and the most expensive menu item)
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY It takes a lot to close the iconic Irish Pub in Atlantic City - before this week, the last time was Hurricane Sandy. But a man who was refused service Sunday afternoon left the pub on St. James Place and had some trouble executing his getaway. Next thing anyone inside knew, his SUV was crashing through the front wall, landing in a heap of brick, old stained glass, and dark wood, denting the wooden bar and brass foot railings of this place just off the Boardwalk that dates back to before Prohibition (but has Foghat on the jukebox)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2012
ON ST. Patrick's Day, nearly every bar pours Guinness and cloaks itself in shamrocks. But is that enough to be an Irish pub? This is no matter for idle pondering while the foam drops from your stout. In fact, it was the central theme of the first American conference of Irish Pubs Global, held in Center City last spring. That's right, Irish pubs now have their own industry association, and why not? Scribble these figures on the back of your beer coaster: $2 million a year in revenues for an average Irish pub, multiplied by 1,200 full-blown Irish pubs in America.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2005 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Eugene O'Brien grew up in the Irish pub run by his family, and Eden offers ample proof that he took a large grain of salt when he listened to the tall bar stories. His play consists of dual monologues delivered by a husband and wife trapped in an increasingly insecure and stressed marriage. While theatergoers have good reason to be wary of yet another dose of Irish fatalism laced with ready wit, Eden has a craftsmanship to its writing and insight that will reward them. The terrain traversed by O'Brien is as well-trodden as the path to the village pub that Billy (Bill Zielinski)
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April 11, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A CONFERENCE attendee from out of town was sexually assaulted, robbed and forced to go to the Irish Pub by a man he met on a social-networking app on Tuesday, according to police. The 34-year-old out-of-towner connected with the man using GRINDR, which bills itself as a "free gay iPhone App" that uses GPS to help men "find local gay, bi and curious guys for dating or friends. " According to police, the victim, who was staying at the Hilton Home2 Suites on Arch Street near 12th in Center City, invited the man to his hotel room.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY It takes a lot to close the iconic Irish Pub in Atlantic City - before this week, the last time was Hurricane Sandy. But a man who was refused service Sunday afternoon left the pub on St. James Place and had some trouble executing his getaway. Next thing anyone inside knew, his SUV was crashing through the front wall, landing in a heap of brick, old stained glass, and dark wood, denting the wooden bar and brass foot railings of this place just off the Boardwalk that dates back to before Prohibition (but has Foghat on the jukebox)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
ALEXANDER PAYNE wants you to tell him what to make for his next movie. Yes, you. At least that's what the Oscar-winning writer-director of "The Descendants" and "Sideways" said while walking the red carpet for the Philadelphia Film Festival's premiere of "Nebraska" last night at the Prince Music Theater. ("Nebraska" hits theaters Nov. 22.) "Nebraska" captures the spirit of the region it's named for, so I asked him what kind of movie "Pennsylvania" would be. "I don't know the area well enough, but if you or your readers have any stories, I'd love to hear about them," he told me. Yeah, right.
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - The bagpipers were late, but Mayor Leonard Desiderio - decked out in a kelly-green sweater and shaking hands up and down the block - wasn't complaining. After 23 years of hosting St. Patrick's Day parades in a town that prides itself on its Irish heritage, Desiderio was just glad the weather was cooperating. "It's a great parade," he said, as fire trucks, ambulances, and a half-dozen homemade floats positioned themselves on 93d Street on Saturday afternoon.
FOOD
March 7, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from March 5: Craig LaBan: What's been making your dinners, drinks, and snacks happy? My new invention to keep the kids from fighting at dinner? Personal nachos! Made these babies to order - chili for some, black beans for others, hold the salsa, heavy on the cheese - all a hit thanks to those addictive, amazing fresh chips from Tortilleria San Roman in the Italian Market. Are they the best chips on earth? ¡Creo que sí!
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Except for, say, Buckingham Palace, where Olympic cyclists had finished a race the day before, could there be a better finish line Sunday for a one-day bicycle ride than the Irish Pub in this oceanfront city? Then again, could there be a better starting point than, well, the Irish Pub at 20th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia? When was the last time Buckingham Palace opened its doors for an after-party of 1,600 riders, all more than ready after 65 miles and a fair amount of headwinds for a draft of a different kind?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2012
ON ST. Patrick's Day, nearly every bar pours Guinness and cloaks itself in shamrocks. But is that enough to be an Irish pub? This is no matter for idle pondering while the foam drops from your stout. In fact, it was the central theme of the first American conference of Irish Pubs Global, held in Center City last spring. That's right, Irish pubs now have their own industry association, and why not? Scribble these figures on the back of your beer coaster: $2 million a year in revenues for an average Irish pub, multiplied by 1,200 full-blown Irish pubs in America.
NEWS
July 14, 2011
Thirty patrons have posted comments on Yelp.com about their experiences at Downey's, giving the pub a measly 2 1/2 stars. Here's a list of some comments made before the makeover: James B., of Philadelphia: "I really can't fathom the 1 star reviews here and can only assume they are extremely outdated opinions. Downey's is a totally fun place that really stands out from many of the crowded Irish bars in the same area that are full of half-wits, loudmouths and generally drunken a-holes.
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
Decomposing rat carcasses were found in the kitchen at Downey's Irish Pub and Restaurant, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that rodent feces were found there as well. A city health inspector also found fruit flies in the bar and basement on March 16, and evidence of roaches. Downey's, at Front and South streets, was shut down after the three-hour inspection, which turned up 51 health-code violations. "This inspection has revealed that the establishment is not in satisfactory compliance and that current management practices have allowed unacceptable public health or food safety conditions," the inspector wrote in the report.
NEWS
May 19, 2011 | By CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com215-313-3134
OOK, SO MAYBE the Irish Pub doesn't sit exactly on Atlantic City's Boardwalk. But it's just paces away from the Great Wood Way on St. James Place. Besides, it's hard to argue it isn't the coolest place in town. Dating from the 19th century and owned - lock, stock and treasure trove of antique furnishings - since 1972 by Cathy and Richard Burke, the Irish Pub is a living, breathing (and totally accessible) portal to the Roaring '20s, when no place in America roared louder than Atlantic City.
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