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The crown. The mark of royalty. This symbol denotes a tavern with an overall excellence that exceeds the norm.

 The foamy mug marks a specific  feature that is noteworthy.

Normally when a bar goes out of business the location will never again house a tavern. Often the liquor license is sold to a distant entity.  The phoenix marks pubs that have defied the odds and reopened after having been silenced.

Not every pub that says its Irish is Irish but the ones that are and the ones that have great St Patrick's Day events will be identified with this brand.

The screw. The sign of gross injustice or disservice.  AmericanTom believes that people go to their local watering hole to escape their day to day grind and troubles.  In a way, servers and barkeeps are like actors - orchestrating a great play whose cast are their customers. Some of the things that can generate a screw are: great disparity between how regulars and visitors are treated, rudeness or utter incompetence.

Most businesses have a neutral attitude toward motorcyclists.   The HD logo marks taverns that openly welcome those who arrive on scooters.

Inflation sucks. It sucks away your buying power.  If you can still buy a beer for one dollar - you will see this sign.

Seafood is a class of food all by itself.  Clams have little competition - few foods are better when done well and few foods can cause more problems when improperly served. See the clam next to a bar's name and it shows where tasty clams have been enjoyed!

I like Reading, PA. In spite of being Pennsylvania's most dangerous city there are a lot of cool things to do here. One of the best is that "our" beer is back. You can have your big, national (and often foreign-owned) brands.        I  am happy that Old Gus has come home!  Taverns serving this delicious brew will have this icon.

Have a cold one on the deck!

 

AN POITIN STIL (pronounced put-CHEEN)
2323 York Road, Timonium, Baltimore County, MD. 21093  410-560-7900
http://www.thestill.net/

       

5: Grilled Portabella Sandwich with fried onions

 

<3-21-2004>    Looking for Irish pubs in the area I found this bar in Timonium. This is from their webpage: "An Poitin Stil is truly an authentic Irish pub. We like to think of The Stil as an extension of Ireland located in County Baltimore. In creating The Stil, Irish and American architects worked together to consider  every detail in an effort to insure its authenticity The entrance to the Pub resembles a castle. It has wooden doors and heavy steel hinges and is capped with multiple tower clocks that face the four winds. The side of the building is a series of doors replicating actual pub fronts found in Ireland. As you enter the pub through the castle doors, your eyes focus on a magnificent bar area."

When I called to ask about live music I was surprised to hear that they have live bands Tuesday through Saturday. When I asked if they have IRISH MUSIC  I was told, "We really don't have Irish music". Amazing.   They bill themselves as one of the most authentic Irish pubs anywhere and yet they don't have Irish music. Odd. Needs investigated.

<3-12-2005>    Yes, its been almost a year. I know that is shameful but dining at The Stil just before St Patrick's Day is a great time for an evaluation.  Take the time to read the history of their name. 

The Still is visually appealing in it's location along York Rd. It is about a 45minute drive south of York and only a few minutes from the REI store.  The man in the above photo was a member of an Irish group that was meeting there. He struck his cigar-smoking, leprechaun-ish pose with being prodded.

The inside of the restaurant/pub is spectacular with it's themed areas and numerous decorations including Irish antiques and numerous firearms. The smell was enticing and people seemed to be enjoying themselves.  Unfortunately, I had to sit in the "Tack Room" - the newest addition and themed in a horse motif honoring the racing that occurs across the road at the fairgrounds. This location was away from the Irish feel of the rest of the building but required because of the many reservations they had for those tables. The party behind me bitched up a storm about being made to sit in the atrium area but within minutes all of the inside tables were packed.

Our waitress was Tori who was attentive and friendly.  The food is somewhat pricey and the crab cake entree was portioned more for an uppity place than a workingman's pub (although it was excellent in taste and appearance). My Guinness had enough foam on it that small children could have played in it had I spooned it onto the floor. It was a thing of beauty.

Unlike my shocking 3-04 question about their day-to-day Irish music, the plans for their St Paddy's Week event were well posted.  Here is the flyer.

I had a great time during my first visit.  I will be back.

 

LEE'S TAVERN
York Road, Parkton, Baltimore County, MD.

    

1: Lee's, like most MD taverns, sells bottles for take-out    2: Lee's in 2004 is not much different in appearance from...    3: Lee's 1947

 

 

MARYLAND LINE INN
21336 York Rd, Parkton, MD  21120   410-357-5911