Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Kilkenny west: The 300-year-old happy hour!
Here I am, sitting in a pub that’s an exact copy of an Irish pub that dates back to 1702.
The original, Tynan’s Pub in Kilkenny, Ireland, was refurbished about, oh, a century ago, and that’s what they say we have right here at Dublin Square Irish Pub (554 Fourth Avenue, Gaslamp, 619-239-5818), a board-for-board reproduction of the real thing.
Plus, they say this horseshoe bar I’m sitting at inside is a replica of what was known as the Tynan Bridge House Bar, from the 1800s. This bar was built in Ireland from Irish oak and shipped out. How great is that?
Actually, what is totally great is the happy hour deal I’m eating: three sliders for just under $4. They’re decent-sized, totally a meal in themselves, and the closer is they come with a kind of curry mayonnaise you can pour on if you want to. Oh man. I want. It gives the sliders a hint of India that’s totally scrumbo.
Devaney pours me a Guinness ($5, happy hour). Says there’s a secret to pouring it: Hold the glass at 45 degrees and stop at three-quarters full to let all the nitrogen bubbles rise for a minute or two, then finish it off.
It does go great with the sliders.
I mean, I’ve walked past this pub a zillion times, Friday nights, mostly. Just presumed it was big-money tourist trap. But all the customers around me are locals. Devaney, says one guy, a teacher, has been coming in for 12 years. Every day.
There’s lots more happy hour food. And a bunch of characters, sitting in an Irish pub that’s so near to the real thing, you find yourself talking in a brogue.
My neighbor Chris got these HH fish tacos, for $3.48
Does life get better? Delicious - and a deal?
More in an upcoming Tin Fork.
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