would love to, but have my hands full with my newborns and rarely get out.
If you go into a pub by yourself sit the bar. Its the best place to meet people.
Do not give a tip. The barstaff do not expect it.
If you are drinking with an Irish person they buy you a drink, you buy them a drink, no matter what sex you are, or a round if you are in a group. We despise people male or female who accept drinks but do not return the favour.
is it true you leave your money on the bar in the States? It would be unthinkable in Ireland.
I was once an enthusiastic pub-goer loving the atmosphere, conversation and music. During a recent three-week visit to Ireland I only visited a pub once. Two pints of Guinness and a vodka and orange cost 15 Euros. That is the price of the bus fare between Galway and Dublin. Or a meal for two at Sherwood Restaurant in the agriculture mart facility on the Quinn Road, Ennis, County Clare. Or...well, you get the message.
Indeed, the cost of a night out can be steep. I've found the smaller, back street locals are more reasonable in their prices
In Akron, Ohio, it is The Ancient Order of Hibernian's...2000 Brown St, the patrons are all just the greatest, everyone knows yer name, yer kids, yer siblings, and mostly, but not all Cork descent, and there are Italian.s, Slovak, Ukraines, , and the Irish tunes always playing, the hurling club we have, the Ceili band, Irish dancers, Irish language class...1300 members !
1 dollar pints of domestic, $2.50 for the dark stuff...4-7 pm