The "Irish" Pub
How did the Irish pub become a popular theme for bars in these United States? I can only think of one demographic group which it seems would be sympatico with the Irish, and they aren't, because the Irish are white.
On weekend nights when I have nothing planned I usually pop out for a couple drinks after dinner. I usually go to a college bar. You know, the kind of place with the front end of a Volkswagen beetle from before the 1967 model year sticking out of the wall above the bar (I can't date it more specifically without seeing the rest of the car). This place also has a bartender who is a dead ringer for Randy Quiad. Randy makes a lousy martini, but a great Manhattan.
But I had been there Friday night, so last light I went to an "Irish" pub. You kow, the kind of place with paneling, and designs from the Book of Kells on the wall, and dim lighting, and a bartender with an incomprehensible accent, and depressing music. Oh, and let's not forget: Over-priced drinks.
And to attest to the authenticity of the decor of this particular "Irish" pub, there were a set of bag pipes trapped against the wall by a small, empty cigar case. I guess the cigar bar fad went the way of the value of technical stocks.