May 12, 1998 |
The essays must have clinched it, said Trevor O'Driscoll, because, quite frankly, his dart-throwing wasn't too sharp. "I came in second to last on that," said the 22-year-old Montgomery County native who, as of yesterday, is the proud new owner of Finucane's Pub in Listowel, Ireland. He won the pub, the liquor store next door, and the four-bedroom apartment over the bar in what has become an annual contest sponsored by Guinness, the Irish beer company. He is the fifth American in five years to walk away with the keys to an authentic Irish pub because of the contest.
October 28, 1994 |
Delilah's Dolls, the Conchester Highway nightclub whose topless dancing spurred pickets, lawsuits and ultimately a court injunction, is about to be replaced by an Irish pub. Grogan's Pub could open as early as tonight, said operator Michael Grogan, 58, of Brookhaven. He said that he had signed a five-year lease for the property and that his Irish-style pub would include televised sporting events, a game room and weekly live music. "I'm not going to do anything like they did," Grogan said, alluding to the topless acts at Delilah's.
April 18, 1993 |
Brittingham's on Germantown Pike is more than just a seafood restaurant and Irish pub. It's a piece of history, in continuous use since 1743. Some swear that the place is haunted. Legend has it that the devil himself used to peer in the window whenever there was any card-playing going on. Then there are the stories about how the place was a watering hole for George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette and their platoons of Continental soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Brittingham's, now observing its 250th birthday with events throughout the year, was called The Trooper at its birth.
September 26, 1997 |
A new plan would return the spirits of the past, both sentimental and alcoholic, to an aging Richboro landmark. A Warrington man hopes to open an Irish-style pub in the Spread Eagle Inn after the oldest part of the 19th-century building is moved to make room for a gas station. Insurance agent Brian Sheehan outlined his pub proposal to historians Wednesday, after they received official word from Amoco of the oil company's plans to move the Spread Eagle 300 feet from its current location at Almshouse Road and Second Street Pike.
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 17, 1999 |
So you dream of someday owning your own pub. And not just any pub, but a pub in Ireland, the very place that defines pub-ness for the rest of the world (Britain excluded). You dream of doing nothing more strenuous than pulling the silky black Guinness from the tap, leaving you plenty of free time to play rugby and chat up the local colleens, when you aren't partying with your American friends, who come to visit you often, slack-jawed in wonderment at your good luck. Such things really do happen.
September 19, 1996 |
What's in a name? When it comes to competing Irish bars and restaurants in Center City, a name apparently is worthy of a knock-down and costly legal battle. So much so that owners of the two Irish Pubs on Walnut Street this week filed suit in federal court against owners of a new tavern, the Irish Bards, at 2013 Walnut St. The "Irish" in the Irish Bards has to go, the lawsuit insists, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition. The Irish Pub at 2007 Walnut St., now in its second decade of dispensing stouts and whiskeys and lamb stews, happens to be "one door down," about 60 feet away from the Irish Bards, which opened last November and advertises itself as "Philadelphia's First Authentic Irish Bar and Restaurant.
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?
May 6, 1987 |
It's nearly 11 p.m. A young man in a suit pulls into a parking lot at 20th and Walnut. He calmly asks directions, then thanks the attendant. Self-control now ends. And Perry Atheneos, 28, the computer salesman, reverts to Perry Atheneos, 18, the party animal. "OOOOOOH WHEEEEEE," he cries, racing across the street to a townhouse with an enclosed porch and a line of people out front. "There it is. " It, these nights, is the Irish Pub. This Rittenhouse Square bar has achieved such a cult status among the city's clean-cut, just-want-to-have-fun crowd that it has now added official Irish Pub sunglasses and beachtowels to its T-shirt line.
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.