BY: KALEIGH LAURINO
Entering the Auld Dubliner is like being transported straight into Ireland. The dark wooden and brick walls are cluttered with vintage posters, Irish memorabilia and a huge countdown clock to St. Patrick’s Day. A friendly staff welcomes you into this overly themed restaurant bar with a smile and a beer in their hand, hoping that you will join in with the rest of the crowd. The Auld Dubliner is bringing the best Irish bands to Pine Street every Sunday this month. Starting October 7, bands like Them Bearded Men and The Whooligans will rock the Auld Dubliner with the perfect blend of Celtic sounds to knock your glasses together.
An Auld Dubliner favorite, The Whooligans, don’t apologize for who they are. It’s all in the name. Their timeless Irish pub songs and ballads bring out the best and worst dance moves in its crowds. Lead vocalist, Ed Bell, brings the sounds of Van Morrison and Bluegrass together in perfect harmony to keep the crowd rocking and drinking. “If you don’t like our music, keep drinking and you will eventually,” says Bell. Watch Matt Brislawn keep the crowd mesmerized with his insane talents on the mandolin and fiddle. This band will keep you entertained with not only their music, but with their bold personalities. The Auld Dubliner draws a crowd of all ages, and The Whooligans brings everyone to their feet to enjoy their traditional and nontraditional tunes.
If you are not 21, don’t fret. The Auld Dubliner offers their “Traditional Irish Session” for people of all ages to enjoy the sounds of Ireland. You can do your best Irish jig to the sounds of the bands fiddle and banjo while you enjoy a brew or biscuit.
This authentic Irish pub offers a variety of premium draft beers along with an above-average menu to fit the theme of an Irish feast. Their menu is full of traditional dishes from both coastal and southern Ireland. Beef and cabbage, corned beef boxty and shepherd’s pie are just a few of their many delicious Celtic dishes.
The shepherd’s pie is a hearty blend of ground beef and lamb cooked in a Guinness beef broth complimented by carrots, peas and onions. As if that wasn’t enough, it is topped with a thick layer of browned mashed potatoes. Paired with a Guinness, this classic Irish dish is a definite must try at the Auld Dubliner.
If you’re not looking for a big meal, the Auld Dubliner offers many starters to enjoy. Irish soda bread, steamed mussels, and banger wontons are just a few of the many delicious “social beginnings” on their menu. Buttermilk dough is used in making the bread leaving the taste doughy and delicious. Sprinkled with garlic, this buttery bread is the perfect snack to munch on while enjoying the nights band.
The Auld Dubliner offers fun and traditional bands at no charge to its customers. Most bands kick off the night at 10 p.m., but on some Sunday’s, the “Traditional Irish Session” starts at 4 p.m. for audiences of all ages can enjoy the Celtic tunes. The Auld Dubliner is the perfect spot to get away from the Second Street bar scene and enjoy a nice dinner while listening to the fun traditional and modern sounds of Ireland. Check the Auld Dubliner Facebook page for show dates and times.