In the name of all that is good and holy in this world, please do not order an Irish Car Bomb this weekend.
For the uninitiated, an Irish Car Bomb is a drink made up of Guinness Stout, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson’s Whiskey. The whiskey and cream are poured into a shot glass, then dropped (liked a bomb) into the pint glass of Stout.
INTROIBO AD ALTARE DEI!
It must be chugged quickly, otherwise the concoction will curdle. It tastes the same coming back up your throat as it does going down, so it’s like getting two drinks (or six) for the price of one. It’s very popular with the post-collegiate Erin Express crowd, right around this time of year. They also like to scream after each drink like it was their first drink, ever.
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If you’re the kind of person who gets a hankering for Irish food and a proper pint, St. Declan’s Well, a University City newcomer (from the people behind Bridgewater Pub) offers both. The menu is made up of bar food like Texas nachos (hey, it’s a college campus) and Irish staples—the latter being St. Declan’s stronger suit. The pub steak, shepherd’s pie and bangers-and-mash were all big hits on my early visit, and with these prices—entrées range from $11 to $18—they’re not going to have any problem getting butts in the seats.
St. Declan’s Well
3131 Walnut Street
Saint Declan’s Well opens tonight at 3131 Walnut Street. The Irish bar is situated at the base of the Left Bank building and will feature 19 macro, micro and imported beers on draft plus a full bar. The bar is open for lunch and dinner with weekend breakfast starting soon.
Saint Declan’s Well [Official Site]
Saint Declan’s Well in Ireland
The Left Bank apartment building on the Walnut Street bridge in University City is losing Tria Wine Room this week. But it looks like it will be getting Saint Declan’s Well. Billed as an Irish-American pub and restaurant, Saint Declan’s won’t replace Tria but rather Trophy Bikes, which has moved on to Northern Liberties.
No further details are available right now. We’ll keep you up to date though.
The Ranstead Room’s Irish coffee is brewed with La Colombe coffee, Jameson Irish Whiskey and topped with house-made whipped cream.
So it’s that time of year again. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and I, proud Mick-American that I am, will be spending it the same way I have for the past decade: locked up in my house, pretending to be German.
Or Italian. Or Vietnamese. Or whatever is required to assuage my weird guilt over not spending the day hanging out in one of Philadelphia’s hundred Irish-y pubs, drinking watery green-tinted Budweiser and getting arrested for assaulting a police horse.
Now, I have been known to enjoy a drink or two. Or seven. My natural habitat is the dim confines of a bar, my elbows up on the long oak, a pint at hand. I can remember happy St. Patrick’s Days past when I whiled away entire weekends in this manner, drinking my fill and laughing myself hoarse among friends and strangers.
But lately, St. Patrick’s Day has become a bit darker and a lot uglier. Always a drinker’s holiday, it’s morphed from a slightly debauched celebration of all things (vaguely) Irish to something more akin to a localized public disaster. When your holiday reflexively comes with a line item in the city budget for riot police, you know that something has gone very wrong.
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Despite objections from the City Planning Commission, Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association and Philadelphians with Couth (we made that up, though we’d totally join), Finnigan’s Wake is indeed getting its rather humongous outdoor decks over Spring Garden Street thanks to City Council. But that’s not all! The bar is also annexing Bodine Street next door for a walkway.
Finnigan’s wins battle for massive balconies/street takeover over neighborhood opposition [City Paper]
Finnigan’s Wake [Official Site]
This Saturday Fadó is hosting an outdoor “St. Practice Day” festival. The outdoor festival begins at 11 a.m. and closes Locust Street between 15th and 16th Streets. There will be live dancers and Irish music throughout the day. At noon, Ireland faces Scotland in 6 Nations Rugby. Irish food, Guinness and Irish whiskey will all be available. Admittance is $10, minors are not permitted.
Advanced tickets can be purchased online.
Fadó [Official Site]
Drew Lazor goes out in search of the proper English/Irish breakfast of as much fried food as he can muster. He manages to visit eight different spots as he learns what makes a perfect fry-up.
Among the restaurants and bars tried:
- British Chip Shop (Haddonfield)
- The Dandelion
- Hibernia Deli & Coffee Shop (Drexel Hill)
- Ida Mae’s
- Irish Coffee Shop (Upper Darby)
- Pub & Kitchen
Full Loaded [City Paper]
We really feel that there is a backlash against St. Patrick’s Day this year. In fact, we are pretty certain we’ve received more press releases bragging about non-St. Patrick’s Day events than actual St. Patrick’s Day happenings on the 17th.
Either way, we like a fun time, so here are some of the best offerings, for the proud to be Irish, for those watching the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, or for the rest who just want to celebrate Thursday.
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