Gittin-Yer-Irish-On! March is Pub Month!

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By Priscilla Speicher The Pineapple Contributing Writer Ever notice how every town you go to in America – and pretty much in Europe as well—you will find an Irish pub? This is not only because the Irish enjoy wetting their whistles…it’s also because the Irish people are extremely social and hospitable. Pubs just go perfectly with their attitude and lifestyle. They believe in raising a pint with a friend after a hard days work. I’ve been to Ireland and saw the sparkle in their eye when their friend sat down beside them; heard the lilt in their voice when they loudly stated “Slainte” to one another. They truly love their neighborhood pubs. Of course we have some great pubs around Delray Beach. Here I’ll list these pubs and you can check them out at your leisure, if you haven’t already been. What better month than March to visit your local Irish pub? And it’s only fair to include the English pubs as well. 😉 After all, both have comfort food and crisp ales to please your palate. We’ll start with a landmark pub in Delray Beach, O’Connor’s, located just off 2nd Ave. and NE 2nd St. in Pineapple Grove. The unofficial town meeting hall, where conversations about all sorts of current events and Delray Beach news gets discussed at picnic tables on the sidewalk. You almost can’t go in there without seeing someone you know. And you can count on good live music on the weekends. A plus for me is the friendliness of the bartenders. There is another lively, fun Irish pub in town. Located in what I call “Delray South” – the sometimes forgotten side of our wonderful village. Just a few blocks south of Linton Blvd. on Federal Highway you will find Tim Finnegan’s Pub. With a spacious dining room and nice long bar, this place can hold a crowd. Three or four nights a week they have great musicians and bands, including Irish music at times. The food is really good–I recommend the Shepherds Pie and the Curry Chicken. Pub-lovers will also enjoy the Blue Anchor…an ENGLISH pub, and another Delray Beach landmark. This was the first bar I walked into upon moving to Delray Beach 13 years ago. My eyes lit up when I saw all those taps featuring European beers and microbrews. Can you say “Four dollar pints at happy hour?!” The food here is good too – try the blackened prime rib sandwich. If you care to venture south, there are several Irish pubs in Boca Raton. The Irishmen on Boca Raton Blvd. – a neighborhood, local’s pub. The Dubliner in Mizner Park – blending tourists and residents together in a welcoming, friendly space with indoor and outdoor seating and great live music. The Wishing Well on Mizner Blvd. – cozy and less hectic than the Dubliner, with yummy food and a good beer selection. Lastly I have to mention the Lion & Eagle English Pub on N. Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton – nothing to look at, but long on true local bar- ism and realistic charm. Yep – if it’s pubs you seek, life is good in Delray Beach.