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The Irish


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The Irish opened on March 16, 2017, with the interior undergoing a complete renovation — the bar was
formerly West Cab.

What do you name an Irish pub? The Irish, obviously.

In the space formerly occupied by West Cab, the West Glen bar underwent a complete renovation before reopening on March 16, 2017. The Irish celebrates its one year anniversary this month, and the bar plans to celebrate in style for the occasion and go even bigger the next day for St. Patrick’s Day. There will be DJs and live music both nights, as there is every Friday and Saturday night.

“A lot of people who come in who haven’t been in since it’s been West Cab are astonished. They can’t believe that they’re even in the same bar,” bartender Haley Bryant says.

While the interior of West Cab was bright and splashy, The Irish goes in the opposite direction. A darker color scheme with stained woods and a fireplace presents a comfortable, lived-in vibe. Customers can take a seat on what might be the biggest and plushiest high top bar stools in the metro, warm up next to the fireplace and play board games or get cozy in one of several booths. The bar doesn’t have a kitchen but does have free popcorn and pub
mix. Those with a bigger appetite can bring in outside food; Bryant notes next-door neighbor Coach’s Pizza
is a favorite of customers.

“We created a really good old pub feeling. When you walk in, our decorations and the way we have everything set up, you just think of one of those old, small pubs, which really helps with the Irish atmosphere — on top of all the whiskey we have,” she says, laughing.

Whiskey is the most popular libation at the bar, and many specialty drinks contain it. Jameson Whiskey is especially popular during the bar’s daily happy hour, when all drinks are $1 off from 3-6 p.m. Smokers can rejoice at The Irish, where an almost fully enclosed smoke-friendly patio offers heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Cigars, cigarettes and “anything you’ll need to go with it”can be purchased. The patio also offers a full bar, flat
screen TVs and Golden Tee Golf.

“Our customers love it,” she says. ♦

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