An Irish Pub that opens the week of St. Paddy's seems like a no-brainer, or at least a great destination for turning yourself into one. Turns out, one such pub is opening this very day: JJ Murphy's.
The latest Irish ish from the pub-master behind O'Donovan's & Lola's Lake House, plus Asian-fusion lounge Jake O'Connor's (just kidding, that's also a pub), Murphy's has refitted the National Market Center space vacated by The Club with a copper-topped bar, barnwood stage, and hanging whiskey still, all in an effort to bring "the Irish back to Blaine", so prepare to lose the one thing you have going for you, South Bend. As you may have been able to already hypothesize a priori, they've got a slew of Irish whiskeys (from the big boys to slightly craftier stuff) and a whiskey martini they call the "Wee Laddy", as well as 12 shiny taps with American-label stuff like Fat Tire and Summit EPA, and deeper Irish cuts like Kilkenny to supplement the more obligatory Irish drinks like stouts and guava-tinis (again, just kidding... there are only apple-tinis). And because everyone knows you're actually at the pub for a sit-down dinner, they've got grubbiness like shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, and potato soup, plus lobster & shrimp pot pies, and a flat iron steak sandwich called "The Bookmakers", so bet everything that you'll eat it immediately, then do so before its thugs can break your legs.
To up the celebration, JJ's stage will host live acts every night this week (after that, it'll be weekends only), starting with tonight's Wild Colonial Bhoys, who clearly had enough drinks to think adding the "h" was a no-brainer.
Published: March 12, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
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