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Get thee to the pub — and make sure it’s Irish


March 16. 2013 11:09PM

By - jsylvester@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6110






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So the parades and the big run-up are over. You’ve marched your marches and worn your green and perhaps even performed an Irish jig or two. Maybe you’re already in a more Easter sort of mindset. But, lest ye forget, today is St. Patrick’s Day.


And seeing as Irish pubs in the greater Wilkes-Barre area have proliferated in recent years, what better way to celebrate the day than with an all-Irish, all-the-time pub crawl?


We’re pointing out 10 local pubs (in alphabetical, not preferential order) that are not just Irish on March 17 but serve Irish food and pour Irish drinks drinks year round and are owned — at least most of them — by someone with Irish blood coursing through the veins. Hence, you can put these Old Sod-style hotspots on your list for an Irish pub crawl any time of year.


1. CAREY’S PUB


Where is it? 147 Division St., Kingston


What makes it Irish? Decor and atmosphere. It bills itself as a neighborhood bar, “where good friends meet and new friends are made.” Sounds Irish enough.


Best Irish food on the menu: Ham and cabbage


Best Irish pour: Guinness (And don’t forget, when it comes to this favored brew, it’s all about how you pour it.)


Call: 718-1818


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2. CAVANAUGH’S GRILLE


Where is it? 163 N. Main St., Fairview Township


What makes it Irish? From the name to the food and drink to the Irish step dancers, bagpipers and acoustic trio who will entertain today, it’s all pretty green.


Best Irish food on the menu: Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots


Best Irish pour: Guinness


Call: 474-1050


Open today? 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.


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3.CRISNICS IRISH PUB


Where is it? 189 Barney St., Wilkes-Barre (The former Barney Inn)


What makes it Irish? With an owner named Mark Flaherty, the shamrock and Irish flag decor, all the green paint, the menu and Irish martinis, is it necessary to ask?


Best Irish food on the menu: Shepherd’s pie. “We sell a lot of it,” Flaherty said. (More than one little bird told us it’s simply to die for here — and not at all dry.)


Best Irish pour: Irish martini, which Flaherty said is made of creme de menthe, Irish Mist and half and half. “It comes out green,” he said.


Call: 823-5199


Open today? 11 a.m. today to 2 a.m. Monday


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4. DUGAN’S PUB


Where is it? 385 Main St., Luzerne


What makes it Irish? Owner Charlie Dugan, food and drink and the decor


Best Irish food on the menu: Irish pipe bombs, a.k.a. spring rolls stuffed with shredded cabbage, Swiss cheese and corned beef then flash-fried and served with Thousand Island dressing, only available the two weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day


Best Irish pour: Guinness


Call: 283-0153


Open today? 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.


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5. FIDDLER’S GREEN IRISH PUB


Where is it? 259 E. State St., Larksville


What makes it Irish? One of the owners, John Pike, is an Irishman from Boston, and one of the favored drinks is the Irish car bomb.


Best Irish food on the menu: The homemade fish and chips is the favorite, but the Reuben sandwich is very popular, said chef/partner Wayde Post.


Best Irish pour: Guinness and the “Irish car bomb - half a pint of Guinness and three quarters shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey, and you float Baileys (Irish Cream) on top,” Post said.


Call: 714-3220


Open today? Noon to 2 a.m. The Wyoming Valley Pipe & Drum Band will entertain at 6 p.m.


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6. FLAHERTY’S EATING


& DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT


Where is it? 275 Zerbey Ave., Kingston


What makes it Irish? Irishman owner Jerry Flaherty proudly noted today is the establishment’s 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.


Best Irish food on the menu: A toss-up between shepherd’s pie and Irish stew, Flaherty said.


Best Irish pour: Guinness with a shot of Jameson Whiskey and a shot of Baileys, an Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur


Call: 714-0977


Open today? 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.


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7. KEENAN’S IRISH PUB


Where is it? Ramada Inn, 20 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre


What makes it Irish? The name, decor and drinks


Best Irish food on the menu: Well … Here’s where things get dicey. This list contains mostly burgers, fries, wings and cheesesteaks. But the woody look and dark interior have a decidedly Irish ambience.


Best Irish pour: Guinness


Call: 824-7100


Open today? No. (Bummer. How about that for a wee bit o’ Irish irony?)


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8. MURPHY’S PUB


Where is it? 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville


What makes it Irish? Owners Eric and Jen Murphy, the food, the drink and the atmosphere


Best Irish food on the menu: Shepherd’s pie, homemade beef-brisket sandwiches with horseradish mustard on soda bread, traditional ham and cabbage and Irish beef stew.


Best Irish pour: Guinness. (Are you sensing a pattern here?) “You can’t go wrong with Guinness,” Eric Murphy said.


Call: 287-8685


Open today? 11 a.m. today to 2 a.m.


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9. ROONEY’S IRISH PUB


Where is it? 67 S. Main St., Pittston


What makes it Irish? Owner Gene Rooney, its menu and drinks


Best Irish food on the menu: Guinness Irish stew, Yuengling-battered fish and chips and ham and cabbage, only available at certain times of the year, and chicken curry.


Best Irish pour: Guinness


Call: 602-0419


Open today? 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.


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10. SAINTS & SINNERS, AN IRISH PUB


Where is it? 112 Center St., Pittston


What makes it Irish? C’mon, it advertises itself as an Irish pub where everyday is St. Patrick’s Day and where menu items are named after famous Irishmen, such as former Pittston Mayor Joe Keating (potato pancakes) and former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian (fresh dough pizza).


Best Irish food on the menu: Perhaps the half-pound Blarney Burger?


Best Irish pour: Guinness. “We blow through it,” said bartender Danielle Pieczynski, who also works at Brews Brothers and other establishments owned by brothers Andrew and Michael Partash.


Call: 655-9295


Open today? 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.


 


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