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all photos: Shauna Alexander

When I got word of a brand new “traditional with a twist” Irish Whiskey Public House opening (tonight) on 19th street, I knew I had to take Shauna, the proud 1st generation Irishwoman that she is, with me so as to test drive every level of authenticity we could possibly test in this place.

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What we were looking for:

  • more than one kind of aged Jameson (apparently only the protestants drink Bushmills and well….)
  • proper malt vinegar to pour over everything, but especially fries (or chips, as they call them in the old country)
  • pretzels, potato cakes and assorted other Irish carbs that work well at absorbing Irish Whiskey
  • and a staff that is both knowledgeable about the facts mentioned about and friendly

We are happy to report that inside the very flatteringly lit multi-level bar rooms on 1207 19th street (where Porter’s used to be) we found all that and so much more, including:

  • delicious, heavy on the whiskey cocktail selection
  • over 50 different kinds of Irish Whiskey in house (7 of which are Jamesons, aged up to 18 years)
  • a solid beer-on-tap list (including, naturally Guinness, but also favorites like Harp and Flying Dog)
  • some very hearty small plates
  • and a brunch menu that seems tailor made to help you deal with the aftermath of everything I just mentioned above.


Plus, there is a taxidermied fox greeting you at the entrance that is both hilarious and scary (just like all the best bar animals should be), and apparently about to be a source of a naming game where the winner will get a rather substantial bar tab for their christening efforts. Nothing not to like.


To sum up, I’ll just quote Shauna as I was pouring her into a cab several Shamrock (kahlua, baileys, whiskey all together at last) cocktails later: “I think I could just move in here”


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