Washington  DC 

        

tom@americantom.com

 

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!

THE DUBLINER
530 North Capital Street, NW   Washington   DC   2001  202-638-6900
www.dublinerdc.com

                 

 

<10-02-2004> One of the "rules" I have for writing this book is that I generally do not review pubs located in hotels. In most cases, these bars are stagnant places of nothingness that only exist for the business travelers who can't get through another night on the road without a drink.

NOT the case with The Dubliner. Attached to the Phoenix Park Hotel, this is a true-blue (green?) Irish pub. Great atmosphere and owned by Daniel J. Coleman, Publican, for 30 years.

The menu has the interesting tale of how this pub was founded and is a bit dated because it mentions that Smithwick's is unavailable in the USA. "Smid-dicks" is still fairly hard to find in the states - having only been available since the Spring of 2004. Next time I will try one although I don't regret choosing their Dubliner Lager.

The 8.95 pure steak hamburger I had for a recent brunch was tasty and came with coleslaw and steak fries.       

Tom Horan has named this establishment the #1 Irish Pub in America for the second straight year. That's saying a lot!!

Live Irish music every evening of the year, next to a DCFD house and the Irish Times - a great location!

 

KELLY'S IRISH TIMES
14 F Street, NW   Washington   DC   20001  202-543-5433  

 

<10-2002> Every year the National Fallen Firefighters ceremony occurs at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Because of the number of firefighters killed on 9/11, the service this year was conducted at RFK.

Washington was full of firefighters from across America and many ended up in the Irish Times. So many that the DCFD parked a rescue truck out front as a backdrop for the many photos that were being taken.

Bagpipers marched through the elbow-to-elbow crowd and everyone was drinking heavily in honor of those who had died. It was a truly unique day - raising toasts with firefighters from New York City to LA.

<2-2007> This from a DC yahoogroup: "I'm not sure how much stock to put into this rumor, but I just saw a post on a message board saying that the Irish Times will be closing its current location and moving to Clarendon":

Here's the post:

After 7 years of being the official bar of DC kickballers, Irish Times will be closing as of Wednesday, February 7th. Our insurance company is no longer able to handle the liability, and as such we will be looking for a location to re-open in Clarendon in the summer of 2007. The gang-related carjacking incident which occurred right outside the bar in our parking lot this weekend did NOT have anything to do with this. We will be open tonight for the Super Bowl, and we encourage all of you to come for one last hurrah. We appreciate your patronage over the years. Slan leat!

A later post went on to say that they were moving next tro Mr. Days' in Clarendon. As if there aren't enough Irish bars in Clarendon anyway (what is the saturation point??)