January 14, 2001 |
I have yet to find an Irish pub that didn't claim to draw the best pint of Guinness. But the handsome new Black Sheep on South 17th Street may not just be bragging. Over the years, I've heard talk of wooden kegs versus steel, special basement cold rooms, state-of-the-art cooling towers, pure nitrogen infusers, and hotshot bartenders whose stout was so creamy they could sign their names in the foamy head. I had also heard of old-country doctors prescribing pints for iron deficiency.
March 11, 1988 |
To drink green beer, or not to drink green beer: That is the question many revelers must ask themselves on St. Patrick's Day. Although Celtic celebrators can find a slew of pre-Paddy parties in the week leading up to the celebration on Thursday, most traditionalists prefer to hold out for the Real Thing - when the green is also plentiful in the cash drawers of local pubs. A popular draw with Center City workers almost any night of the year, the Irish Pub (2007 Walnut St., 568-5603)
March 16, 2008 |
The Irish have a word for it: craic. It means fun, good times, being silly. Combine a little craic (pronounced crack) with failte (fall-cha), meaning welcome, and you have the two biggest reasons people love to kick back in an Irish pub. Since St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, it's probably too late to celebrate the feast day of Ireland's patron saint in some of Dublin's 1,000 pubs. But don't let that stop you from toasting the holiday. You don't even have to leave Philly.
December 17, 2000 |
Ten minutes is not enough time to have a pint in an Irish pub. So President Clinton ordered only a half-pint of lager when he stopped in at Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's regular watering hole in Dundalk, Ireland. Clinton was touring Ireland at an American fast-food pace during the last official visit of his administration. These days, Ireland is the exception to the justifiable European criticism of the Clinton administration's failings in global negotiations, ranging from the establishment of criminal courts to global warming.
March 18, 1993 |
It's official: With 21 games remaining in this seemingly endless season, the 76ers have run out of excuses for losing. "I have nothing to say," guard Hersey Hawkins said after last night's ugly, 94-89 loss to the Washington Bullets, the Sixers' 18th loss in their last 21 outings. "I've said it all before. This game was nothing new or different. "We've had a million excuses for why we've lost games. If you guys (reporters) come up with a new one, let me know. " Hawkins then was told that coach Fred Carter said the Sixers lacked the "will to win. " "Have we used that one before?
January 22, 1993 |
The poster at the rear of the small, nearly empty room, a place that might be a down-at-the-heels Welsh country church or the cheap lodgings of an old trouper with a story to tell, reads "The Fantastic Francis Hardy, Faith Healer. One Night Only. " Just the facts. The room is the setting for the four monologues that make up the whole of Brian Friel's Faith Healer, which opened Wednesday and runs through Feb. 14 at the People's Light & Theatre Company. And the poster, with its flat, unadorned statement of Who and When, provides virtually the only information that will go unchallenged in this fascinating, enigmatic play.
March 8, 1986 |
If you'd like to meet the next crop of scientific whiz kids, take your brood and head for Temple U.'s Mitten Hall, Broad and Berks, where the winners of the George Washington Carver Science Fair and their creations are on exhibit. Some of these smarties - 150 in all from grades 7-12 were vying for 65 medals and other awards - are going to go on to the Delaware Valley Science Fair next month. The exhibit is open today from 9 a.m. to noon. KIDDIE MOVIES An eight-week Saturday children's film series opens today at the Museum of Art, 26th and the Parkway.
December 23, 2000 |
Editor's note: The following piece appeared in only one edition of The Inquirer on Dec. 17. We thought it was good enough to rerun so more readers could enjoy it. Ten minutes is not enough time to have a pint in an Irish pub. So President Clinton ordered only a half-pint of lager when he stopped in at Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's regular watering hole in Dundalk, Ireland. Clinton was touring Ireland at an American fast-food pace during the last official visit of his administration.
March 6, 1992 |
For those who feel that St. Patrick's Day is too grand a holiday to be limited to one day or even one weekend, once again the Erin Express will be getting a jump on the big celebration - observed officially on Tuesday, March 17 - by hitting the "Green Route" tomorrow and again next Saturday. The course of the Green Route takes celebrators to and from a number of saloons (Irish in fact or Irish in spirit) in West Philadelphia and Center City. Five buses will transport folks along the route between 2 and 6 p.m. Reservations are not required and the service is free.
August 19, 2002
I WAS GREATLY saddened by the death of former Daily News columnist Jack McKinney. Jack and I helped found the American Friends of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in Philadelphia in 1969. We were introduced by mutual friend Vince Conlan, a tall, rugged, good-looking Irish patriot who was perhaps best known as the driver for Sean South when that storied Irish patriot was killed during an IRA raid in the 1950s. (Is there an Irish pub anywhere that has not featured the ballad "Sean South of Gary Owen"?