Clarke’s Irish Pub on South Beach celebrates 7 years with new food, drink menu

Longevity is rare in South Beach, but one local hangout is getting better with age. On Sept. 5, Clarke’s Irish Pub will celebrate its seventh anniversary with the launch of a new menu and a long-overdue signature cocktail list. Continue reading


Mel Flanagan’s Irish Pub and Cafe marks its fourth anniversary in Rochester: Celebrates with host of specials

It was four years ago that Mel and Walter Belville opened their Irish pub and cafe in downtown Rochester.

In April 2008, the Belvilles purchased the building at 50 North Main St., the former location of Harvey’s Bakery, during a foreclosure auction on their last bid.

“Right after we bought it the economy tanked,” said Mel on Tuesday. Continue reading

Ireland and Italy meet in downtown Erie at Scully’s

As the old saying goes: “The devil invented Scotch whisky to make the Irish poor.”

For Tom Scully, who didn’t have two nickels to rub together starting out, the whiskey and beer served in his family-run bar, Scully’s Pub, has left him holding the proverbial four-leaf clover.

The Scully family is preparing to celebrate 30 years in business. The month of May will be marked with weekly special events, such as a dozen wings at 1982 prices.

The final event is set for Saturday, June 30, with an “everyone’s invited” Scully’s Pub Reunion. “The number of people who worked here over the years, kids who came in faithfully while they were here in college — it’s staggering,” Scully said. “To think of our family alone — it’s going to be a grand event.”

Among the busiest of Irish pubs on St. Patrick’s Day, Scully’s has adapted to downtown changes by continually making the bar a “must-stop-here” place the year’s other 364 days.

Tom’s son Brian vastly expanded the food menu at Scully’s by opening a pizzeria in the pub’s restaurant. What? No Mulligan Stew? No Shepherd’s Pie? “Well, we like to say — Scully’s is where Ireland and Italy meet in downtown Erie,” Tom Scully said, with a wink.

It’s true though. You don’t find many pizza parlor menus listing an Emerald Isle Salad or Killarney Chicken & Cheese Sub.

The weekday lunch buffet is where Brian Scully and his staff get to showcase their kitchen’s homemade mashed potatoes, soups and gravies. Stop in Thursdays for the Italian lunch buffet, all you can eat pizza, pasta and salad for $5.95, including a beverage.

Scully’s is working with a group that will come to be known as the Downtown Erie Historic District. Details aren’t finalized, but plans will find Molly Brannigans, Scully’s, Sullivan’s and U Pick Six Tap House presenting a specific beer, wine or liquor label each week.

For Tom Scully, who’s always filled with a bit of blarney, May and June will hail many great celebrations of the man, his pub and most importantly his family. There may be some late nights, but Tom knows another old Irish saying: “Morning is the time to pity the sober. The way they’re feeling then is the best they’re going to feel all day.”


O’Lacy’s Irish Pub celebrates 15 years

O’Lacy’s Irish Pub is celebrating 15 years of service in Batavia on Sunday, April 15th.

Before O’Lacy’s was purchased in 1995 it was home to Darien Knitting Mill Outlet, then Kent Ewell and Nacy Bachulak refurbished it and opened it as a pub in 1997.

Kent Ewell said for 15 years they have been playing traditional Irish music and serving up food that sticks to the ribs.

“Very good selection of beer, we make our own homemade chips. We serve Sheppard’s pies, we have excellent Rueben’s. The only thing deep fried on our menu is our fish and chips on Friday’s and our potato chips,” said Ewell.

Many don’t understand the why Irish pubs have such a following or what makes them different between your run of the mill bar.

Ewell told WBTA why Irish pubs are so popular.

“Irish seem to have what you would call the gift of gab. I think that that aside from the beer and some of the menu items, I think more or less it’s the atmosphere that creates an Irish pub,” said Ewell.

We can’t forget the one thing O’Lacy’s is known for across the state. In 2010 they were voted statewide as the number one Guinness pourers. Their Nitrogen pouring system creates a smooth Guinness taste.

Source: Ashley Hassett,

The Poet and The Patriot – Santa Cruz’s landmark pub celebrates its 30th anniversary

Chris Matthews was always a big hit behind the bar at his pub the Poet... (Dan Coyro/Sentinel file)

Chris Matthews didn’t make it to see the 30th anniversary of the pub he co-founded in Santa Cruz. The larger-than-life writer, activist and former county supervisor died in the summer of 2008, but his legacy is still writ large in the colorful brew pub the Poet and the Patriot.

On Saturday, friends of Matthews, regulars at the Poet and just about anyone with a love for all things Irish will come together to celebrate 30 years in business, adjacent to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Cedar Street in downtown Santa Cruz. It’s almost guaranteed that there will be plenty of toasts.

At the center of Saturday’s event is a performance by the Bad Boys a cappella doo wop group, which has an intimate relationship with the Poet. It was the group that Matthews started and led for several years.

“We would do this thing called ‘New Jersey Nights,’” said longtime Bad Boy Bobby Bishop. “Most of us in the group through the years were originally from New Jersey. We’d have open mike competitions and Barbra Streisand or Frank Sinatra look-alike contests. It was a whole lot of fun.”

Tim McCormick, a limited partner in the business at its founding and now its co-owner, was also part of the group. “Everybody would come as your favorite ‘Sopranos’ character,” he remembered of New Jersey Nights.

The Bad Boys even got the mayor of Trenton, N.J., to visit on New Jersey Night.

Also performing on Saturday will be the Celtic band the Wild Rovers, and a local band called the Knock Off.

The original idea of Matthews was to open a pub similar to the establishments in Ireland, a place where working-class stiffs could rub shoulders with professionals. He cultivated a particular kind of audience, steeped in union activism and progressive politics. An Army veteran and founder of the Bill Motto Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars 5888 in Santa Cruz, Matthews, in the years before opening the Poet, had served on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors representing the Watsonville area, after being appointed to the post by then [and current] Governor Jerry Brown, who had been known to visit the Poet.

Bishop said that when the pub first opened in 1982, it was not a college crowd. “It was more working-class and progressives, artists, hippies. These days, I’d say, it’s a good 70 percent a college crowd now. The old dinosaurs just don’t come around much anymore.”

“He followed the idea of what a pub actually is,” McCormick said. “He wanted it to be the center of the community, a lot like they are in Ireland.” In many countries, including the early days of the United States, pubs were where politicos would unwind and cut deals, artists would gather to bring a different perspective on the issue and normal folks would keep things down to the earth. It was this vision, said McCormick, who owns the Poet with Sean Brookins, that Matthews was after in the Poet and the Patriot.

Matthews published a volume of poetry in the 1970s and, 20 years later, he wrote “A Flag to Fly,” a play about Irish soldiers who deserted a U.S. battalion during the Mexican-American war of the 1840s to fight on the side of Mexico. The play was staged in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and in Ireland.

Matthews also presided at the Poet as the resident provocateur. “He always wanted everyone to feel at home,” said Bishop, well-known for his Bobby’s Can Cooking barbecues. “He just loved talking politics. He loved talking about Irish tradition, and he was always looking out for people less advantaged than he was.”

Source: Wallace Baine,

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Denver Celebrates 15th

For the 15th consecutive year, Fadó Irish Pub and Restaurant located downtown at 1735 19th St. is once again throwing the biggest outdoor St Patrick’s Day festival in Denver with a full week of St. Patrick’s Day festivities and a trip give away for 2 to Ireland!
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, located in downtown Denver at 1735 19th St., will host the largest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day festival in Denver. Events are scheduled from Sunday, March 11 through Saturday, March 17 for Paddython 2012, a week-long session and celebration of all things Irish.

The week-long celebration includes a charity event for St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Friday, March 16, and Denver’s largest outdoor festival on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, during the 50th Annual Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The day-long Paddython of Irish festivity features the best mix of Irish music, food and entertainment Denver has to offer.
Pre-sale tickets available on-line now!

Paddython 2012 signature events:

Friday, March 16 – Charity Event, Bottomless Stella Happy Hour, That Eighties Band
Doors are open at 11 a.m. to all ages with a limited menu. After 5 p.m. the party is exclusively for those 21 years old and up.

St. Baldrick’s Charity Event: Fadó Irish Pub to donate 20 percent of food sales, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Be a hero for kids with cancer. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer while requesting donations of support from friends and family. The goal this year is $225,000 and Fadó Irish Pub will donate 20 percent of all food sales during the event.

Nearly 325 people will have their heads shaved at the event at Fadó this year. Those shaving their heads will be enthusiastically cheered on by crowds of friends, family, doctors, nurses, children and others who have been touched by cancer in hopes to further awareness that pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children, is terribly under-funded.

Get involved and either shave your head, volunteer, eat or donate, but give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. Click here to learn how to be a shavee, support a team or donate in general.

Bottomless Stella Happy Hour Party: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy bottomless glasses of Stella and enter to win prizes and giveaways. That Eighties Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. to rock guests down memory lane.

A few of the kids being honored by the event:

Kohl was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma and it was all because of a football injury. Kohl took a hit from a football helmet to his right forearm. It just so happened that the helmet landed right on the tumor which caused it to swell up which lead to the doctor visit and diagnoses.

Kohl went through a bone transplant and a year’s worth of chemotherapy and is now cancer free.

Chase will turn three this year and was diagnosed with Stage 2 Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on Jan 27th. Less than a month prior to that, he was taken to the doctor for abnormally large lymph nodes on his neck.

Chase is currently undergoing an intense chemotherapy treatment schedule. The doctors feel positive that he should be in remission in 30 to 60 days; however, he will need chemo treatments for three years due to the type and aggressiveness of this cancer.

Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Party and 50th Annual Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Fadó Irish Pub is at the heart of the 50th Annual Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade route and doors open at 7 a.m. Start St. Patrick’s Day with a pint of the good stuff, a traditional Irish breakfast until 10 a.m. and a side of sports.

Featured on the big screen will be6 Nations Rugby with the final 3 matches of the tourney including Ireland v England at 10am.

The doors to the outdoor Paddython open at 10 a.m. with a $10 cover charge. After 5 p.m. tickets are $15. Family fun will be had until 5 p.m. with children’s games and face painting. Starting at 4 p.m. only those 21 and older can participate in the festivities. The festival menu is available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

At 10 a.m. rock out to the sounds of over 10 hours of local Irish music and entertainment featuring Brian & Brendan Clancy followed by Big Paddy, The Indulger’s, Celtic Steps (Traditional Irish Dancers), Colorado Youth Pipe Band and Never mind the 90s

Please note no outside food or beverage and no bikes. Event entrance is at 19th and Wynkoop.

More information is available at
Tickets can be purchased at

Fadó is using the hashtag #stpatricksday2012 on Twitter.

Weekday Paddython 2012 events schedule:

Sunday, March 11 – Pre-Paddy’s Day Eurosport Weekend and Runnin’ of the Green
Doors open at 8 a.m. for brunch and then the games begin With English Premier League Soccer action and live 6 Nations Rugby.

The 23rd annual Runnin’ of the Green starts at 10:15 a.m. just steps from Fadó Irish Pub. Proceeds go to Volunteers of America to help the very young, the homebound elderly and women and children that are victims of domestic violence. Refuel after Denver’s classic Irish jog or watch and support participants from the patio.

Monday, March 12 – Pre-Paddy’s Day traditional Irish Session
An Irish Session is an informal gathering at which people play traditional Irish music. The party starts at 8 p.m. and ends whenever the jiggin stops.

Tuesday, March 6, 13, 20, 27– Fado Beer Tour sponsored by Heineken
Every Tuesday in March, four different beers will be featured. Grab your Fado Beer Passport and drink your way to giveaways and gifts. Those who purchase and enjoy each Fado beer on the passport will receive an “Open Your World” beer tour t-shirt.

Wednesday, March 14 – Pre-Paddy’s Day Irish Idol Karaoke
Warm up the old vocal cords for Irish Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy whiskey tastings from Tullamore and Glenfiddich and prizes sponsored by Tullamore Dew.

About Fadó Irish Pub and Restaurant
Fadó is an authentic Irish pub that was originally designed and built in Ireland and shipped to Denver. Fadó serves more Guinness than any other Irish pub in Denver, all of which is to the highest standards. All of our Guinness comes straight from St. James Gate, Dublin, Ireland.

Fadó (pronounced fuh-doe) Irish Pub and Restaurant opened in Denver in 1998 and, is distinguished by its genuine Irish hospitality, quality and craic (pronounced ‘crack’, a uniquely Irish form of fun). Fadó has been voted ‘Best Of’ by a number of local and national publications.