March 13, 2008 |
AH, ST. PATRICK'S Day. Pub crawls, yards of green beer and bowls of mushy corned beef and cabbage If that's not your idea of fun, you're in luck. At many local bars and restaurants, the holiday traditionally celebrated as a raucous rite of spring has gone upscale. This means that if you love to paint shamrocks on your cheeks, pile obnoxious plastic green beads around your neck and get in line outside your favorite taproom at 6 a.m. for your chance to chug dyed Miller Lite, you may find yourself in the minority this year.
September 28, 2007 |
THE LONG-shuttered space at 17th and Green where Cuvee Notredame once delighted is finally open for business. Jeff Keel of Bishop's Collar and James Stephens of the Black Sheep and Dark Horse formed their own partnership to create St. Stephen's Green. While the name may be ser- endipity- Stephens, an owner, located on Green Street and the original St. Stephen's Green is a historic park in Dublin, Ireland - the pub needs time to work out some inconsistency in the kitchen.
October 2, 2006
TO NIKKI Carter (letters, Sept. 27, "A mother's angry cry") about the state of the black community: I can't agree more. Bill Cosby said the same thing, but the NAACP shouted him down - the very people supposed to make a difference. The government can't stop the crime or lack of caring about anything. The solution starts at home, then on our block, then in the neighborhood, the town and the city. It isn't even really a case of race, it's about right and wrong. How did students start going to school for everything but learning?
March 12, 2006 |
What it is: Sligo, an Irish pub in Media. What we like about it: This pub - a tribute to the rugged County Sligo on the western coast of Ireland - just celebrated its first anniversary. It offers tasty Irish and American fare that adds to the smorgasbord of ethnic cuisine in this county seat. Enjoy the Irish music and warm up with savory seafood chowder ($4 a cup; $5.50 a bowl). Lunch fare on a recent weekday included tempting specials such as fresh oysters for $8. Like its namesake, Sligo, which means City of Shells, is known for its seafood and oysters.
March 6, 2005 |
The sixth child of a fiddle player from Donegal and an accordion player from Tyrone who met at a Ceili dance, John McGillian seemed destined to be an Irish musician. He grew up in a household filled with Irish song and began playing traditional Irish button-key accordion music at age 6. These days, McGillian spends almost every Sunday performing at The Plough and The Stars, an Irish pub in Philadelphia. "It's traditional Irish dance music. No words, all tunes," McGillian, 30, said.
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)
December 26, 2004 |
Irish pubs are nothing new, but one place in Ambler, the Shanachie, is about as authentic a place as I've ever seen. Or should I say, "Irish restaurant, I hardly knew ye. " The Shanachie (pronounced SHAN-ih-kee) opened in October in a former retail store opposite the historic Ambler movie theater. Its authenticity comes only partly from its role as a stage for live Irish music, and its hunter-green, dark-wood pub decor. The restaurant goes through about 30 cases of potatoes a week, but that, too, is only part of the story in this literary-theme restaurant (shanachie means "storyteller" in Gaelic)
February 23, 2003 |
Every neighborhood in America, it seems, has an eatery like Brittingham's Irish Pub: cozy, noisy, crowded, and crammed with memorabilia. Two things - one, if you see Irish food and Irish music as part of the same world order - set Brittingham's apart. You can get great-tasting fish and chips here, but also such chophouse standards as juicy burgers topped with bacon and Thousand Island dressing. The setting is somewhat old-hat, too, beginning with - pardon the pun - the hat-check girl.
January 1, 2003 |
The Restaurant and the Bar, a 20-year-old West Chester institution and a pioneer in the borough's downtown revitalization, will be sold and converted into an Irish pub, scheduled to open by May. The current owners, Gus and Rosemary Correa, said they were selling the establishment because their son, Carlos, did not want to take it over. Gus Correa, who will continue as owner of the D-K Diner on East Gay Street, would not be specific on the sale price but said it would be more than the $1.6 million he paid for it five years ago. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of January, includes the three-story building and its liquor license, an office, and five apartments.
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"?