Sunlit Water

June 25, 2006

Drinky Drinky Fight

Filed under: Urban Living — by teofilo @ 10:17 pm

There sure are a lot of Irish pubs in this city. I was walking down the street today and there seemed to be at least one on every block. While I was pondering that fact, I came upon a trio of middle-aged women, one of whom asked me if I knew where "the Irish pub" was. I responded that there were a lot of Irish pubs in the area, but while I was talking one of her companions mentioned the name of the particular Irish pub they were looking for. I happened to have just passed it, so I pointed them toward it and continued on my way.

I remember my dad when he was in Spain telling us about all the Irish pubs there; they were apparently the latest trend. That was about six years ago. Is this an example of a European trend arriving in the US a few years later? I don't know how long these pubs have been here, but I doubt they're very old. Has anyone else noticed this? Is it a nationwide phenomenon?

In other drinking-related news, later that same trip I finally found a place that sells beer by the sixpack. I am now content.

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4 Comments »

  1. You’re right, it’s all pretty new. According to this Slate article, the trend apparently started in the early 90’s–there’s a whole organization that sets up franchises, and will even provide an “authentic” Irish bartender.

    Comment by Matt F — June 26, 2006 @ 12:48 am |Reply

  2. I recently read an article about this. Apparently there’s a big Irish company that collects lots of Irish tchotchkes and designs Irish-pub-looking buildings that can be exported to every city on the planet. Then they find Irish people to own and run those pubs so they will be Irish run-and-owned. It’s like how MacDonald’s is an attempt to provide the same recognizable experience the world over; you know when you go into an Irish pub in San Francisco that it will have the same architecture and tchotckes and accents as an Irish pub in Kansas City or Cleveland. I think it hit its exportation height in the late 90’s when everyone’s backs were turned.

    Comment by A White Bear — June 26, 2006 @ 12:51 am |Reply

  3. Oh shit. Matt F got to it just before I did. Sorry for repeated info.

    Comment by A White Bear — June 26, 2006 @ 12:52 am |Reply

  4. Huh. Interesting. That article explains a lot.

    Comment by teofilo — June 26, 2006 @ 1:52 am |Reply


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