From the Dublin House in Red Bank to the newly opened Tipperary Irish Pub in Lakehurst to Kelly’s Tavern in Neptune City there is no shortage of places to enjoy a nice pint of Guinness on a warm day.
The Dublin House in Red Bank
Walking into the Dublin House is like walking into any pub in Dublin, Ireland, and that is the way that owner Sean Dunne, a native of Monaghan, Ireland, likes it.
“What makes it an Irish Pub is Irish hospitality,’’ Dunne said with a smile. “Irish hospitality comes in a pint glass or a short glass with Irish whiskey.’’
Located in an early Victorian building that once was known simply as “the House on Monmouth Street,’’ the Dublin House is a place to eat, drink and enjoy your Irish side.
Pictures and painting of various Irish historical landmarks line the walls of pub, giving it an old Irish Pub feel. The menu, developed by head chief Conor Powell, features a variety of Irish favorites includes sheppard’s pie and fish and chips. The fish and chips is beer-battered cod filets served with chips served with malt vinegar and lemon tartar sauce.
“It feels like home,’’ Dunne said. “We wanted to make it as close as we could to home.’’
Dunne said that one thing that sets the Dublin House apart is its connection to Ireland.
“This is an authentic Irish pub because a lot of the staff was born and raised in Ireland,’’ Dunne said. “I think that is the one main thing that makes it a true Irish pub. One brogue follows another. Our bartender has a Limerick accent, you talk to another person and they have a Belfast accent. I’m from Monaghan, we all have that accent. They bring that Irish warmth and hospitality to the place.’’
Tipperary Pub, Lakehurst
Despite being open for a month, the Tipperary Pub has developed a following.
The pub, the brain child of golfing buddies Mark Callazzo, Ray Perez, Al Coladonato and Steve Silverstein, features a variety of Irish-themed meals, including a traditional Irish breakfast: two fried eggs, two bangers (sausage), a boxty (potato pancake) and a roasted tomato.
“I always loved going to Irish pubs, and we thought that the area needed it,’’ Callazzo said. “I’ve been to Ireland on golf trips and loved it. I love the idea of people having a comfortable place for to go and have a good time. That is what we are trying to do here.’’
The pub also features 53 different types of whiskeys.
Kelly’s Tavern in Neptune City
For the last six decades Kelly’s Tavern in Neptune has been a staple of the Irish bar scene at the Shore. The family owned and operated business started in 1949, when Ed and Mabel Kelly bought Rudy’s Twin Boro Tavern across the street from their current Route 35 location.
“Like in Ireland, it’s all about family here,’’ said Kevin Kelly Jr., manager of the tavern. “There are generations of families that keep coming back.’’
The staple of the menu is Kelly’s corned beef platter: lean corned beef served with cabbage, boiled potato and rye bread. The menu also features fish and chips.
“It’s a dish that keeps bringing people back,’’ Kelly said of the corned beef platter. “It’s one of our best sellers.’’
Source: Nicholas Huba, dailyrecord.com