November 9, 2009 |
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.
July 11, 1992 |
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.
January 4, 1998 |
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...
February 6, 1998 |
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.
July 16, 1991 |
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.
September 26, 2008 |
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.
November 18, 1988 |
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)
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.
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)
January 15, 2005 |
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)