Kildare’s…Get Ready for an Authentic Irish Experience

Mar 2, 2011

By: Krista Doran

kildares_logoIf the many options of where to celebrate and honor the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day has your head spinning, you are not alone. Every bar, club and restaurant is offering some sort of event or specials that you can enjoy. But if you are looking for more than just your average drinking occasion, a true and authentic Irish experience awaits you at Kildare’s.

It all started back in 2003 with the Kildare’s West Chester location. Proprietor, Dr. Dave Magrogan had the idea to create an atmosphere for his patrons that would let them experience a real Irish Pub. That idea has turned into an extremely successful reality, now with 7 locations in the US!kildares_pic
All of Kildare’s Pubs have incredible architectural interiors and state-of-the-art bar & beer systems. I spoke with Director of marketing, Frank Daly who explained “we take a great deal of care into giving our customers a true Irish experience. Everything you see from the chairs, tables and bars to the art on the walls is shipped right from Ireland. We have a huge warehouse of all sorts of items that each owner can choose from while planning the décor with the architects.” But it doesn’t stop there. When they say Kildare’s offers a true Irish experience, they mean it. In Ireland, there are actually 5 types of pubs and they are more than just places to drink – they are social experiences. As you walk through the entrance of Kildare’s you will experience Ireland’s “Shop Pubs”, which can be found in somewhat rural areas of Ireland. This is where a lad or lass can purchase various items such as medicine, stamps and every day essentials in addition to a nice, refreshing pint of beer. As you pass through the Shop Pub, you will then enter the “Victorian Pub”, which is more of an upscale-type of pub that would be found in the capital city of Dublin where literary scholars would take refuge. The “Gaelic” is a tribute to Old World Pagan Ireland, with hand-hewn wooden log chairs and beautiful Celtic murals. The Pub, which in Ireland will be found in more remote areas, is an extension of the home. At Kildare’s, this area is represented by the “Cottage” dining room, where the owner of the home or “publican” would open his doors to friends and neighbors for cheerful hours of drinking, storytelling, conversations and music. Finally, the “Brew Pub” is homage to the Guinness Brewery.
Kildare’s certainly offers great options for drinking but it’s the food that is the main attraction. Kildare’s dishes are distinctly and authentically Irish while keeping American preferences in mind. The food is prepared fresh – nothing frozen. Kildare’s chefs have been training with the best in Ireland and now they are excited to be able to offer the freshest authentic Irish cuisines at all locations. A few of the staple appetizers are the BFG wings that are baked, fried & grilled with a tangy Jameson glaze and served with Bleu Cheese, celery and carrots. The Irish Craic Nachos (Craic is Irish for “Fun”) are actually house-made Potato chips topped with melted cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream and have the option to be served with pulled pork, chicken or seasoned beef. Another Kildare’s favorite are the Boxtys – a traditional dish, common in the Irish countryside, made from a potato pancake that is rolled and stuffed with delicious fillings of chicken, salmon, veggie and their very own Philly Cheesesteak. The dinner offerings are truly authentic. On a cold day, there’s nothing better than Kildare’s delicious Guinness Stew which is a helping of hearty meat & vegetables slowly simmered in a rich Guinness sauce and served over creamy mashed potatoes. Or maybe you will want to try their Bangers & Mash – Donnelly sausages over champ potatoes, served with a whiskey Demi glace and candied onions. There are so many delicious menu items to choose from…appetizers, salads and sandwiches to full entrees and all of them are reasonably priced. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day a special menu will be served for the entire month of March including starters of Colcannon soup and a smoked salmon salad. Entrees being offered are Jameson BBQ chicken tenders, BBQ Burger, Jameson Chicken & Shrimp, Guinness Poached Salmon and of course, Corned Beef and Cabbage. The perfect ending to any meal is Kildare’s creamy and velvety Bailey’s cheesecake YUMMM!
Kildare’s offers great entertainment as well. You can find some of the areas best live bands every Friday and Saturday night and if its DJ and dancing you prefer, every Thursday and Sunday you can shake your Shamrock on the dance floor to all your favorite music. The team at Kildare’s is very focused on their patrons having a good, social time so during the week, there is always something fun going on! On St. Patrick’s Day, the Celtic Rock band, Jamison will be performing at the West Chester location from 9 pm – 1 am. Jamison recently won the title of Best Irish Band at Strangford Lough Beer Company’s international competition! (Please see this story in the In The Spotlight section of the OOT!)

Whether it’s to partake in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities or just a night out with friends, Kildare’s offers authenticity, true Irish tradition and a warm & attentive staff that makes you feel very welcome. With 3 locations in PA: West Chester, Manayunk and Scranton, you will be able to celebrate in true Celtic style. For more information and a listing of other Kildare’s locations in the US, please visit their website at Sláinte!

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