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Old 03-16-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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There's always every Saturday....
Every Saturday is like a regular party for adults. Halloween and St. Paddy's are theme parties for adults.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:04 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Sometimes they are called "Pub in a Box".
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:27 AM
 
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Yes! This always seemed very back-handedly racist to me, actually. Sometimes they even play country music or pop at these places, and it's at that point that I quickly escort myself out the door. The best "Irish bars" would be those in established Irish/European n'hoods with no windows or fancy decor and a sign that simply says "Pete's"....or something in that nature.
Since when were the Irish a race?

I mean, is Outback Steakhouse "racist" for their portrayal of an Australian restaurant? Is P.F. Changs "racist" towards the Chinese?

Cheesy, sure. Racist? Really??
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:50 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Nothing says Irish like Waka flocka flame blasting from the jukebox
Isn't "Waka Flocka Flame" the name of an Irish folk song?
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:02 AM
 
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Every Saturday is like a regular party for adults. Halloween and St. Paddy's are theme parties for adults.
Halloween used to be for kids. Perhaps Easter can be converted to a theme event for adults as well....
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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Halloween used to be for kids. Perhaps Easter can be converted to a theme event for adults as well....
east eggs stuffed with adult things.... like shots. Make it happen
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Lefty O'Doul's in San Francisco is definitely one of them. It's named for an Irish-American baseball player, but positions itself as being an "Irish bar." It's not. My Irish coworkers took me to the Irish Bank; liked that one a lot more.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:24 PM
 
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You can find Irish-themed bars all over the world--it's not just a US thing. I went to an Irish pub in a seaside resort town in Morocco once--a few drunken Brits added to the atmosphere and it was nice to find a place selling Guinness and Murphy's, but it was basically just an overpriced bar. Seen Irish pubs in Japan, Thailand, Chile, and so on. I think there's even one in Dubai. It's a popular theme--just like I've seen Tex-Mex bars with tequila and tacos in random locations in Europe.

There's still somewhat authentic Irish bars left in the US--but outside of the Northeast maybe, there aren't many Irish immigrants still arriving on our shores. Most Irish-Americans assimilated and dispersed throughout the suburbs years ago, except for places like Boston, where you might found Irish neighborhoods that have been around since the 1800s. Even the places that try hard to really play homage to Irish culture--that might have Irish music or Irish beef stew and soda bread a good choice of Irish whiskeys are for most part just theme bars--but at the same time they can be enjoyable. You might have Irish(and British) ex-pats who hang out in those spots or work there or an Irish owner, but for the most part it's not as if you have some blue-collar Irish clientele going there. And there's old Irish bars in New York or other cities that were once working-class Irish pubs, that are now basically standard bars. Anytime you see Irish nachos on the menu at an Irish bar, you know they're really not that concerned with their image of Irishness--though most people are just happy to find a place to drink Irish whiskey and stouts.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I found some Irish bars here in São Paulo, which was surprising. I was going to try to make it to one until I saw they were charging a R$70 as a cover and a pint of Guiness was R$18. I realized I don't need to be in an Irish Pub to be Irish...I just need to look at a picture of my liver. I can safely say I was probably one of the only people of Irish heritage out that night haha.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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What's funny is that Guinness actually has a marketing team ready to help people implement the proper theming and concept of "Authentic Irish Pubs".

Irish Pub Concept by Guinness, pub owners, franchise opportunity

Including how to pick the proper name for your Irish pub:

Irish Pub Concept by Guinness, pub owners, franchise opportunity

And if you're not convinced, just remember that the Authentic Irish Pub market in the US has a lot of growth potential.

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Today, investors are taking the concept to a number of new kinds of locations, including airports, casinos and hotels. Marriott International, the largest hotel operator in the country, opened four authentic pubs within a year in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Three of the pubs replaced existing bars and have already shown "compelling growth" relative to the operations they replaced, says Brian Yost, Vice President of Beverage for Marriott. Yost adds, "We're ecstatic with performance to date."

The U.S. has just one-third the number of traditional Irish pubs that exist in either Germany or Italy today, leaving plenty of investment opportunity. Are you ready?
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