May 14, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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We'll check out one of New York's oldest, chillest and most authentic Irish bars on this night when we head uptown to the Upper West Side for after-work drinks at the Dublin House. This meetup will be a joint event with my other group, Old New York Bars.
The Dublin House was opened as a speakeasy in 1921 by Irish immigrant John Carway, occupying the first floor of a late-19th-century townhouse that's now on the city's register of historic places. Since the bar looked like a residence from the outside, it was able to stay open through Prohibition. The bar has seen a lot of changes in its UWS neighborhood, good and bad, but remains a constant, known for its quiet, genial and friendly atmosphere, bereft of the tacky bric-a-brac that dominates many modern Irish pubs. It retains an old-school vibe with wood-paneled walls, matching wooden bar stools and linoleum tile floor.
The Dublin House's iconic green-and-gold neon sign, in the shape of a harp, is a work of art and as legendary as the bar itself. The sign was hung shortly after Prohibition ended in 1933 and Carway bought the entire building. It was the first thing sailors saw when docking at the 79th Street Boat Basin a few blocks away. Long-time bartender Mike Cormican, also an Irish emigre, now owns the bar and still works behind it at least six days a week.
Though the Dublin House has never served breakfast, it opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays and always has, to cater to those customers who need a drink or two BEFORE work. We'll stick to after-work drinks for this meetup.
Meet around 6:30. The bar doesn't serve food but outside food can be ordered in. See you there!