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Who knew?

Here I am, sitting in a pub that’s an exact copy of an Irish pub that dates back to 1702.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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My neighbor Chris got these HH fish tacos, for $3.48

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Does life get better? Delicious - and a deal?

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More in an upcoming Tin Fork.

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