Today, you’re thinking about taking that optimism international. Also, the beer.
So peek inside Paddy O’Fegan’s, soon to be your new after-work gathering spot for cold beer, televised rugby and Irish personality... by which we mean whiskey, slated to open as early as this weekend.
It’s a handsome, no-fuss pub you can appreciate after a hard week(end). You’ll find it under American, Irish and Canadian flags hanging above the door—a tribute to the heritage of the owners and also the international symbol for “whiskey-drinker-friendly territory.”
You’ll see Céad míle fáilte written in stone on the floor, translating to “a hundred thousand welcomes.” Nice, but the bar directly behind it goes one better: there are a dozen draft handles and 25 bottles. Or you can get a Black Irish in Manhattan, which is just what you think it is. Now, that’s a welcome.
To your right, you’ll find what the owners call the “Irish Side”: soaring kelly green walls, cozy booths, a stacked-stone fireplace and a photograph of the Galway market in the 1950s. (Look for Biddy Ward, the legendary “Queen of the Gypsies”—you know the type.) Gather here for international rugby games accompanied by classic pub fare. Or head left—to the “Chicago Side”—for Cubs games and Golden Tee.
You love live sporting events.