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James B., of Philadelphia: "I really can't fathom the 1 star reviews here and can only assume they are extremely outdated opinions.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.
July 14, 2011 |
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.
May 19, 2011 |
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.
October 20, 2010 |
LONGTIME REGULAR Pat Burrell didn't show up at the Irish Pub (20th & Walnut) when the Giants battled the Phillies last weekend. But Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped at the bar briefly yesterday at the start of the NLCS Game 3. Corbett is a Pirates fan but said that as long as the Pirates don't play the Phillies, he roots for the Phillies. Christie, from North Jersey, is a Yankees fan, but is supporting the Phillies against the Giants.
June 24, 2010
THREE YEARS ago, Chief John Timoney told me a whopper. The former Philly and Miami police commissioner said he was involved with an annual bike trip that raised money for police charities (that part was true), and I'd have no trouble making the journey if I'd enlist. Timoney made it sound like I'd be surrounded by bicyclists who were more partial to baskets and banana seats than Spandex and sprints, so I said yes. I made it, cursing him for most of the 65 miles we pedaled from Philadelphia to Atlantic City.
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.
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.
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.