~ Denver, Colorado ~
Write up coming soon ….
~ Denver, Colorado ~
Write up coming soon ….
Farrington’s Pub of Temple Bar
* 28 Essex St E * Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland * 01 671 5135 * http://www.thesmithgroup.ie/farringtons/index.html *
A late night meal with some friends after a crazy road trip around Ireland found fellowship, cheers, and relaxation at the Farrington’s Pub in Temple Bar. Even though we arrived late to the upper restaurant/bar and was just about the cease food serving, they found patience to take care of us as most of our party settled in on the Traditional Irish breakfast for dinner. A very pleasant pub mixing style of a Victorian bar with elements over 120 years old downstairs and a modern comfortable lounge on the 2nd floor, this unique pub is located in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar district and is named after the character “Farrington” in Jame Joyce’s “The Dubliners”. The pub is open mondays through thursdays from 10:30 to 23:30, and fridays and saturdays from 10:30 until 2:30, and sundays from 12:30 until 23:00. In addition to pub dining, they have luxury accommodation available in 5 ensuite bedrooms upstairs.
An interesting find while browsing through the candy section of the local ‘convenience’ store … i discovered the ‘Yorkie Bar’. This one was branded ‘Not for girls’. So I had to investigate. The Yorkie Bar is put out by Nestlé and is available throughout at least England (I’ve never seen it in Ireland or the United States). This particular chocolate bar was originally branded by Rowntree’s of York which lends the name. This bar was originally developed for inclusion in British military ration packs brandishing the alternative slogan “It’s not for civvies!”. Eric Nicoli in 1976 used cheap cocoa from Rowantree’s favorable futures market to launch Yorkie, producing the bar in York and Norwich. Just as Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Bar was aimed at men, so too did Nestle have to produce a chunkier alternative. This is where the slogan “It’s Not For Girls” came from – which of course caused controversy even today as being sexist and distasteful. To address this, they made a special edition wrapped in pink that was for girls that hit the shelves in 2006. There are variants available from ‘raisin and biscuit’ or ‘honeycomb’ flavors as well as an ice cream produced. The original bar was composed of six chunks of chocolate with each chunk featuring one letter from the Yorkie name – but this has since been reduced to five with ‘Yorkie’ written in full on each piece.
the Ritz Grill
* http://ritzgrill.com/ * 15 S Tejon St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * (719) 635-8484 *
The Ritz grill is a popular ‘older crowd’ bar and dance place in downtown Colorado Springs. Often frequented by 80’s cover bands and other live acts, the Ritz is a full scale restaurant and bar. They often throw themed parties like “Fat Tuesday”, “Halloween”, and “Xmas parties”. This visit on 11/15/2010 was a fundraiser for the Haiti Earthquake survivors. The food is very food. Though this visit I only came a drinkin’ vodka n’ club soda. Good service, friendly staff, fun times. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.
Oscar’s on Tejon
333 S Tejon St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2001 * (719) 471-8070
Oscar’s in downtown Colorado Springs – is a fun little bar and grille right off the main drag where great meetings occur for happy hour and fun/frolick. It’s also one of Colorado Springs’ infamous locations for Oysters and being one of the few Oyster Bars in this desert/mountainous/ land-locked oasis. In fact, they bill themselves as an Oyster Bar. Oscar’s Oyster Bar and Baithouse is owned by a husband/wife team – Phil and Ashley Duhon. Bringing speciality from livlihood in Louisiana, one can find a unique cooking style for the Rockies. Proud of their menu offerings of steak and seafood, you won’t go hungry with the fresh food they have to offer. A festive bar location with live music over the weeekends, a friendly staff, and good potent drinks …. you’ll be pleased. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
* Weißgerbergasse 25 * 90403 Nürnberg, Germany * +49 911 2406611 * www.hallertor.de
A pretty happening bar in the old town district where cocktail specials are abundant during their late happy hour and some quite tasty concoctions. My favorite was “the swimming pool”. The waittresses were charming and very helpful, friendly, and good service. Around 10 or 11 they start Karaoke in the back which got quite crowded, and I’m not sure it was just our gang. Good times. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
* 962 Manitou Ave * Manitou Springs, CO 80829 * (719) 685-5503 * www.hmsancientmariner.com
A pretty large pub/bar in the heart of historic Manitou Springs that locals state specializes in Cajun cuisine, with a seafood restaurant decoration, this full stocked bar offers sandwiches, salads, steaks and seafood and are open everyday for lunch and dinner. They also offer quite a bit of selection from the infamous Marilyn’s pizza next door. Thursdays they have open mike nights, and live music on most fridays and saturdays. Good service, though when crowded a little slow. Friendly festive spot in Manitou Springs. The evening of March 6th, had great and friendly service from a really nice waittress, and good food – going for the catfish poboy and fries. Rated : 4 stars out of 5.