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Swave N. Deboner Irish theme pubs - dead ? (39) RE: Irish theme pubs - dead ? 06 May 05

I love a good Irish pub. We've got a few here in the greater Washington D.C. area. Some really try to maintain an "authentic" atmosphere, and some have let that go by the wayside. There's Pat Troy's Ireland's Own in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, where the barman know's what a "Smiddicks wi' a Guiness top" is. The music is always Celtic (mostly Irish and Scottish folk music). They serve a decent Irish breakfast, too; 2 Eggs, Irish bacon, black pudding, white pudding, sausage (Irish style), fried tomatoes, beans, and brown bread. I'm not sure about that being a "typical" Irish breakfast, but it's right tasty. Then there's pubs like Murphy's Grand Irish Pub, also in Old Town. Usually full of pissed (drunk) jarheads (Marines), mixed with a few yuppies. It can be good fun, but most of the crowd in there wouldn't know Irish music from Reggae. They think "The Unicorn" is the greatest Irish song ever written.

Here's a plug for my pal, Vincent Quinlan. (You may know of him from the "Celtic Folk".) Vinny gigged at Irish pubs and folk clubs up and down the east coast for more years than he cares to admit. He always swore one day he'd open his own place. One night during a session break, he had an ephiphany. He took a napkin and roughly sketched out the interior of the pub he was picturing in his mind and stuffed it in his shirt pocket. Some time later, He showed it to an architect. Vinny finally realized his dreams and is now the proud proprietor of the Castlebay Irish Pub on Main Street in Annapolis, Maryland. His place is pretty much just as he'd drawn on that napkin. If you're ever in that neck of the woods, stop by for some good craiq, warm hospitatlity, great grub (he serves a wicked she crab soup)and, of course, good Irish tunes.

Go here to see his website.



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