Sunday, March 10, 2002

A new pub joins St. Patrick's Day party

By Polly Campbell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Where to celebrate on St. Patrick's Day:

        Claddagh Irish Pub opened at Newport on the Levee Monday, giving the Tristate another Irish restaurant-pub.

        Of course, they go all out for St. Patrick's Day. Go for the music, or go for the beer, or go looking for someone wearing a “Kiss me, I'm Irish” button. You might even go for the Irish stew, but everyone understands that's not the main attraction.

        Here's a sampling of festivities around town:

        • The Dubliner, 6111 Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge, will put up a tent in its parking lot and celebrate 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Next Sunday, it will open at 8 a.m. and go until 2 a.m. There will be live music, the McGing Irish dancers, the restaurant's full Irish pub menu indoors and a limited menu outdoors: shepherd's pie, fish and chips and chicken wings.

        The Guinness “gig rig” will be there pouring brews, such as Guinness, Harp, Bass and beers from Ireland's Cowling's Brewery, including O'Hara's stout.

        For music, Liam's Fancy and Kate and Tim Murphy will play Saturday night. Next Sunday, it will be Celtic Core, Murphy's Law, Liam's Fancy and Wiley Dew. No cover. 531-6111

        • There will be a tent outside at Jack Quinn's Restaurant and Irish Pub, 112 E. Fourth St. in Covington, too. They will be celebrating 11 a.m.-2 a.m. next Sunday.

        There will be an $8 cover charge for the live music in the tent. The line-up: Liam's Fancy, Murphy's Law, Knocknagael and the house band, Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters. There will be a limited menu, including Irish stew and corned beef wraps. No reservations. (859) 491-6699.

        • Claddagh is inside Newport on the Levee, so it will have no tent, but there will be live entertainment Friday, Saturday and next Sunday nights, including Roger Drawdy, Silver Arm and Celtic Core.

        There will be a full lineup of Irish pub food, including steamed black mussels, Galway Bay clam chowder, Irish style smoked salmon, corned beef and slaw sandwich, corned beef and cabbage, lamb chops, and shepherd's pie.

        This is the third location for the pub; others are in Indianapolis and Columbus. (859) 581-8888.


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