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2 05, 2018

Pub Spotlight: McDonough’s Irish Pub, Savannah

On Thursday, December 21, 2017 Savannah, Georgia lost a legend. Billy Lee was a respected and beloved Savannah native. Lee began his career as a United States Marine; proudly serving his country during the Korean Conflict. After attending Armstrong University, Lee entered the insurance business but realizing insurance sales was not his passion he became a well-known publican in the Savannah community owning local bars such as Rascals, Fosters, and Chuckles. Knowing his community clung to its Irish history and heritage, Lee decided to open another pub on St. Patrick’s Day 1987! Just a few squares off the beaten path, or just a few “to-go” drinks away, from the hustle and bustle of tourist traps in downtown Savannah, Lee opened McDonough’s. Lee and his best friend, Robbie Davis (or “Snake”) had a long running joke about who actually named the [...]

10 11, 2017

Pub Spotlight: Zozimus Bar Dublin

Zozimus bar is named in honour of Michael Moran (aka Zozimus), the blind balladeer and poet who in the early 19th century entertained his public in the streets of Dublin. He began each oration with the verse:  Ye sons and daughters of Erin, Gather round poor Zozimus, yer friend; Listen boys, until yez hear My charming song so dear. William butler Yeats wrote of Michael Moran “Nor despite his blindness did he find any difficulty in getting a wife, but rather was able to pick and choose, for he was just that mixture of ragamuffin and of genius which is dear to the heart of woman”. Zozimus bar aims to bring the stories and tales into contempary Ireland through the experience they provide in every taste of their cocktails and food served. The Zozimus bar menu features an expansive collection [...]

28 07, 2017

Tir na nOg Irish Pub in Denmark has expanded

Tir na nOg Aarhus now has two new rooms; The Tap Room and The Merchant Room. The Tap Room is the renovated version of the old bar, and The Merchant Room is a completely new space, double the size of The Tap Room, with different areas and innovative proposals for a wider public as a coffee station or a barber shop. It all started years ago, when Andreas Ruigrok was celebrating both his 18th birthday and St. Patrick’s Day, sharing a couple of beers with his father, who’s from Dublin, in an Irish bar in Aarhus. He asked if they were looking for staff, and fleetingly began working there as a dishwasher. When the place closed, he kept trying his luck, addressing his roots in Irish bars and continuing to work as a bartender in other bars. Soon, he realised that [...]

13 07, 2016

Pub Spotlight: Tir na nOg, Denmark

Beautiful, historic Irish pub in the heart of Aarhus, the 2017 European Culture Capital is also known as “Smiletsby” (Smiling City) but Denmark is mostly known as the happiest country on the planet.  Built in 2004, we have established ourselves as the number one bar of any kind in Jylland. We have created a place that has a true Irish feel, then added a little of our homegrown beauty in Denmark. Add lots of young vibrant people, a large helping of local expats, and a great entertainment venue.  Currently we are in a phase of expansion. For the past 12 years we have held nights with up to 150 people having a traditional Irish experience, but now, in our expansion, we have an opportunity to make another 400 extra people smile every night. We are adding an exclusive whiskey bar [...]

23 06, 2016

Pub Spotlight: Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub Montpellier

Since 1995, Fitzpatrick’s family-run Irish Pub in the beautiful old town of Montpellier, has been delighting customers in the sunny South of France. With their balcony giving wonderful views over the stunning Chambre de Commerce, their pub is a real favourite hangout for locals and visitors alike. They serve creamy pints of Guinness and cold beers as well as a good selection of Irish whiskeys to happy customers. They are hugely passionate about all types of sport and are renowned as one of the best places in Montpellier to watch big sporting events whether that's  football, gaelic, rugby or even cricket! Keeping customers consistently happy is no mean feat. Nicholas Holmes, owner and founder of this family run pub is adamant that innovation and hard work lie behind Fitzpatrick’s success. Despite basking in the sun for more than 20 years, Fitzpatrick’s customer service [...]

2 06, 2016

Pub Spotlight: The Irish Village, Dubai

Since its opening in October 1996, The Irish Village has always been looked upon as a small piece of Ireland in the heart of Dubai.  Designed in the form of a typical Irish village street, its authenticity comes from the use of Irish materials, such as Liscannor stone, and craftsmanship used in its construction, all of which have been imported from the Emerald Isle.  Employing over 24 Irish staff and serving traditional Irish food, The Irish Village is part of Dubai Duty Free’s Leisure Division and has great support from Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and George Horan, President. In fact, The Irish village concept was the brainchild of Colm and the street façade includes the Ballinasloe Post Office, a nod to Colm’s birthplace. To bring another touch of Irish authenticity, a life-size bronze sculpture of three traditional Irish musicians [...]

17 05, 2016

Pub Spotlight: Scholars Lounge Rome

Situated just off Rome’s central Piazza Venezia, Scholars Lounge can boast to be the most famous bar in Rome. Started in September 2005 by Declan Crean and Celestino Cucchiarelli, the bar has become a staple of nightlife in the Eternal City. Crean is no stranger to bars, having pulled his first pint in his uncle’s bar "The Vicarstown Inn", in Co. Laois at age 12 and having worked in bars in Dublin, Hamburg, Milan, Paris, Basel and Rome. The Largest of Rome’s  Irish bars, Scholars is now Italy's most successful. This is due to its welcoming Irish staff, location, food (served seven days till midnight), weekly gigs (also some of which are flown over from Ireland - The Wolfe Tones played 2 nights at Scholars in September 2015), karaoke, pub quizzes and sporting events, which are shown live on the [...]

27 04, 2016

Pub Spotlight: Toners Pub, Dublin

Toners Pub located on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin is a short walk from both the Grafton Street/St. Stephens Green area and the Aviva Stadium. It is one of Dublin’s oldest and most famous pubs frequented by Dublin’s literati (including Patrick Kavanagh & W.B. Yeats). Not much has changed in the main bar since it opened in 1818 as a bar and grocery shop. The original features in the pub take visitors back in time, including the old stock drawers behind the bar, the brass bar taps and flagstone floors. There are a lot of old memorabilia and curio in the old glazed cabinets which are great to look at over a pint. In 2012 a new addition to Toners opened, namely the large beer garden out the back. It is a very popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike. [...]

4 04, 2016

Pub Spotlight: Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Atlanta

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, with two pubs in metro Atlanta, was chosen “Irish Pub of the Year” by the Irish Pubs Global Federation last year in Dublin, Ireland. Speaking to Irish Pubs Global, Ron Wallace, a former UPS executive and one of the founders of Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub said “We were absolutely thrilled to receive this coveted award and recognition by our peers in the industry as the ‘top dog’ of all Irish pubs.” “When we opened our first pub in Milton (a suburb of Atlanta) in 2009, authenticity was one of our top goals,” explained Wallace. “We wanted to create an environment that was warm, friendly and authentic to the Irish pub experience. When you walk in the door, the atmosphere is such that it feels like it’s been there for many years.” No detail was [...]

2 03, 2016

Pub Spotlight: The Bridge 1859

Good food, a unique drinks offering and warm cosy atmosphere is what one can expect upon visiting The Bridge 1859 in the heart of Ballsbridge. In a place where Bellamy's bar once stood, the building has undergone a major transformation both inside and out by the new ownership. The bar is owner operated by Noel Anderson who is also partnered by Irish rugby internationals Rob Kearney, Sean O'Brien, Dave Kearney and Jamie Heaslip. The bar is one hundred metres from Leinster's home ground and event centre the RDS and three hundred metres from the Aviva Stadium. The Bridge has a unique drinks offering in their Pilsner Urquell Tank Beer system which allows them to serve fresh unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell. The beer is delivered straight from the cellars in Plzen, Czech Republic and pumped into four 500 litre tanks. The beer [...]