February 23, 2015 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - In town for a few days, and not looking for roots or relatives, I'm here for the whiskey and beer. I am, however, accompanied by an intellectually curious and well-bred woman who is my wife, along with our college-age kids. And while she's a pretty good sport, having indulged most of my bad habits for more than 20 years, asking her to spend her only time in Dublin holed up in saloons is a bit much. So to make the trip work, I had to steel up and at least try to generate a healthy interest in museums, churches, and the like.
February 17, 2015
ON AIR, OFF AIR, Josh Innes loves to talk. About his love of radio. Life in Philly. And the '80s sitcom "Coach," which he owns on DVD. Either way, it's the same guy. "Me on the radio is me here right now, and that's what I take pride in," Innes, 28, said yesterday afternoon, sitting at a bar table at Kildare's Irish Pub in Manayunk. "Obviously, when you're on the radio, you kind of ham it up a little bit. I have to say it in a way to get people responding, but every opinion I have on the radio is an opinion of mine," he said.
April 11, 2014 |
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.
January 29, 2014 |
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)
October 23, 2013 |
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.
March 18, 2013 |
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.
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!
July 31, 2012 |
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?
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.
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.