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IAMA Bar owner in Dublin and its St. Patrick's day.

Hey, it's Paddys day again. So here I am. We are a small independent bar operating on Thomas Street in the Liberties area of Dublin City. The Thomas House bar has been under our management for 8 years now. I suppose this reddit thing has become a tradition at this stage. I'm here to answer your questions so hit me with your best shot!

Gar. The Thomas house pub.

**Answers are short because in in work. But keep them coming. Interesting questions get interesting answers.

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March 17th 2019
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egwene17

Oh my god I thought I just read wrong.

My best friend and I have been to your bar last November/December and came in 15 mins before you closed down, we actually stayed for another 2 hours and chilled with your employees. By that time we we‘re quite drunk and could not bear to come back the next day because it was just too embarrassing. I talked to I think your door guy Connor about the UFC fighter Connor McGregor and he told me that Connor McGregor was not a nice person which lead me to ask in the UFC subreddit about it. Turned out that was true. But this night really made our weekend and I will always look back and just laugh. It’s a great bar with really cool people!

Whoops I didn’t ask a question and my comment got removed:

So how is Connor doing? And could you please let your team know that they are awesome? Thanks


bombidol

I'll let him know!

Portarossa

I'm here to answer your questions so hit me with your best shot!

I see what you did there.

What's a drink that you personally think is underrated -- a sort of hidden gem that doesn't get the love it deserves? If you had to impress someone with something that they'd never tried before, what would you put in front of them?

(Best of luck for the rest of the day, and thanks for answering questions!)


bombidol

Powers gold label whiskey. All day.

kelctex

I’m American and my birthday is today, so I’ve always embraced the kitschiness of the US celebrations. But now that I’m older, I need to buckle down and focus on the more important things in life... so what’s your recommendation for the best whiskey (whisky?) for beginners?


bombidol

Powers gold label

Cakes2015

I live in Boston and the drinking crowds are completely insane/obnoxious. Everyone thinks they’re Irish. On a weekend like this bars make the whole weekend a green celebration. What’s it like in Ireland on this day? Are there a lot of shenanigans or are people typically over the hype?


bombidol

It's just international Irish day. Tourists everywhere

_notpennysboat

What places do you recommend near your bar?? I’ll be in Dublin for the first time in two weeks and definitely want to stop by as I love these AMAs every year.


bombidol

Drop in here and we will point you in the right direction

Strawberry_Chores

I had a quick visit back to Dublin last Christmas after emigrating a few years ago, and thought it was crazy that they had like a cupcake shop on Thomas St. Would not have expected that at all.

Do you think the place is being gentrified? For better or for worse?


bombidol

100% it's on the up. I feel like it's more being brought into line with the rest of the city more than gentrification

ThatUKCook

How many pints of Guiness will you sell today? And why is Smithwicks an underrated gem?

Edit: this is now a Smithwicks appreciation comment chain!


bombidol

Smithwicks isn't as underrated as MacArdles!

Bassmingo

Why don't you let Jay handle the AMA for once? Everyone knows he's the best barman the Thommo has....


bombidol

He's not even the best keg lifter we have. Let alone barman.

Innovativename

Do you prefer busy nights like tonight or more chill nights?


bombidol

Somewhere in the middle where everyone including the staff are enjoying themselves

CrankItMan1

Do you look forward to St. Patrick's day every year or panic as it starts to come closer?


bombidol

I hate it so much

_Stripes_

How do you feel about Teeling whiskey reviving the distilling in Dublin?


bombidol

It's great. More and more opening now.

dametime69

Gday, In your experience where are the most troublesome/annoying tourists from? - also where are the friendliest/best tourists from? Good luck and thanks for the AMA!


bombidol

English stag/bachelor parties

EinsteinNeverWoreSox

Hi, man with really nice beard. What's your least favorite drink (both to serve and drink?)


bombidol

Any sort of shitty shot like baby Guinness or car bomb. Most of the time I just say we don't do em

Saru2013

Do you remember having a lock in, after a Dropkick Murphys gig in Vicar St 5 or 6 years ago? I was there, was an awesome night


bombidol

Lock ins are illegal so I have no idea what you are talking about...

barafundlebumbler

Why is the Guinness not so much cheaper in Dublin? I'm outside Belfast and if I paid those prices in Belfast for a pint, I'd freak out haha


bombidol

Excise taxes

the_black_minister

What's the ratio of people drinking to have fun and drinking to black out?


bombidol

They all start out having fun..

EliteReaver

How do you understand someone from Donegal?


bombidol

By dividing the accent by Northern Irish and multiplying by aquaman

mklipka

Do you get more foreigners or Irish on average? And does that change in St. Patrick’s day?


bombidol

Way more tourists this time of year

Test-Sickles

I was told when in Dublin to go to the Brazen Bull pub. Why is that place such a big deal?


bombidol

The brazen head. It's a really old pub. Mostly for tourists

Stupid_Shade_Of_Blue

What is best kind of customer you can hope for on a day like today?


bombidol

A quiet rich one

KevinAkey

What was last year like?


bombidol

Not as busy as the year before. Paddys day is for tourists now.

OyeYouDer

Good luck to you, friend! Upstate NY, here, and I've no desire to leave my couch this day. How's the weather?


bombidol

Sunny and windy

crank1off

I'm watching the live stream of Temple Bar, when does the public BJ's and barfing usually start?


bombidol

Around six

_bobby_tables_

A snooty Irish-American told me that Irish in Ireland do not go out getting shit-faced on green beer, but treat the day as the religious holiday that it is. Are there more Irish in church today, at the pub, or both?


bombidol

Very few Irish people go out today

RedEveningHope

What’s your funniest memory of St. Patrick’s day?


bombidol

Them fucking snakes

hotmetalslugs

The first time I went to a Dublin pub, years ago, I didn’t know that one apparently doesn’t leave tips at the bar.

I was pointed at and laughed at by the bartender. “Look at the Yank, lads!” and so forth.

Why was getting free money given in good faith taken as such a personal affront, and is it still that way?


bombidol

Tips are appreciated but not required.

DanielSanCarter

Man I miss Dublin. Want to hire an American with zero skills and potential? :p


bombidol

Yeah sure

futdashuckup

Do people really care whether you choose to order Bushmills or Jameson?


bombidol

Not really. They are both wrong

DDawn19

How do you feel about Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale? Had it while I was in Dublin last month and it’s now my favorite beer of all time.


bombidol

We sell it!

Eoin_McLove

How many Americans will you have served by the end of today?


bombidol

All of them

PraiseMelora

How does the celebration on St Patrick's day compare to Arthur Guinness day?


bombidol

It's close

backdoortender

In the US St Pats is one of those amateur night events, meaning you get all the people who rarely drink come out and get shit-faced. Is it the same way over there?


bombidol

Exactly the same

Vetrolic

Have any bar staff gotten so drunk on Paddy's day that they've had to be sent home?


bombidol

Never ever

P0LM0DSCEN50R

What do you think about the possibility of a hard border between the republic and northern Ireland?

Here in the states we are hearing that the troubles could start again. Do you get the same feeling there?


bombidol

Fingers crossed for no hard border.

Ungiphted

How much Guinness do you order before hand?


bombidol

About triple a normal order

silvio_burlesqueconi

Murphy's or Guinness? Lyon's or Barry's?


bombidol

Guinness and Barry's

pjfrank

What do you think about Guinness's new Baltimore production facility?


bombidol

Great news

tyrael98

What do you Mainly serve? Guinness?what snacks are typically served during St Patrick’s day?


bombidol

Stout, lager and cider mostly today

AcidicPaper

What’s your worst customer story?


bombidol

There's a few. A guy attacked me one night while I was djing. That was no fun.

mrshredwards

Does anyone over there actually eat corned beef and cabbage?


bombidol

Yep. Not a lot though

kdot_10

How many kegs will you go through?


bombidol

I'll tell you at the end of the night

bro-en_-eyboard

What kind of music do the tourists want to hear?


bombidol

I'm djing later so I don't give a shit. They'll take what I give em!

bedarje1991

Which tourists are your favourite?


bombidol

Canadians.

ImMechakucha

Do you find tourists respectful enough on St. Patrick's day ?


bombidol

Most of them are fine

KyleReese35

Craziest thing to happen in your bar on SPD?


bombidol

Mostly people passing out or sleeping to be honest

NotFromThe780

Is green beer acceptable or frowned upon in Ireland?


bombidol

Fuck Green beer

st_owly

Favourite Irish beer I should look for next time I'm over? I prefer pale ales to stouts.


bombidol

Anything by Yellow belly

joanimacaroni

I appreciate your AMA every year. It’s become a tradition for me. I’d love to visit someday but I don’t drink brown liquor. Would it be frowned upon to drink vodka there???


bombidol

Absolutely not. We are big fans of vodka too

GS_246

How do you handle people that ask for an Irish Carbomb?

(Because I know people are stupid and I want to be the first to ask this question today.)


bombidol

Make it and sell it

sadmoon666

I’m across the road in Kennedy’s. Should I pop over?


bombidol

If you want. Doors are open!

prex10

Best beer you got on tap?


bombidol

St Bernados

photoguy8008

Are you wearing green? Or are you serving green beer?


bombidol

Fuck no.

phalyn13

Hey! I was in Dublin in November and stayed at the Harding, wish I had known you were right down the street!
Anyway my question is: how does Ireland support SO many pubs? Is there a high turnover rate? We spent most of our time in Galway and Dublin, but it seemed like there was a pub on every corner!


bombidol

Drinking is the national sport.

Groover_McSpooker

I'm honestly curious after seeing a couple comments in here talking about it, but is Teelings really that huge for Dublin? Kathleen Teeling was my great grandmother and just this past year my ma decided to finally tell me that we had a family distillery, not to mention one that makes some of the best fucking whiskey I've had. I'm super curious as to how huge of a deal it actually is.


bombidol

Teelings is a big deal yeah. Very popular visitor centre and tours etc

polyverse17

Is there a Holiday that only Irish folk know about that's always a good time and doesn't bring out the tourists?


bombidol

Sunday

poppin-pocky

What's your opinion on small village pubs dying out?


bombidol

It's a terrible thing, but so is drunk driving.

mjdunlop8

Do people generally prefer EPL or League of Ireland? What teams are most popular?


bombidol

I know nothing about football. LoI is very popular though

marshsmellow

Man, used to have some mad craic in the Thomas House back in the day, dancing on tables, the whole 9. Does it still get like that these days?


bombidol

Unfortunately yes.

BavarianE34

Do you drink on the job? Ever had an employee get a little too wasted during their shift?


bombidol

Not usually. Sometimes near the end of a shift you might pull a pint to sip on

KieRanaRan

Do you get many Glaswegians coming over?


bombidol

I don't speak Martian so it's hard to tell where they are from..

RufMixa555

What are the 3 things that an American tourist in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day should NOT do.

For example, I was visiting a bar in the UK and I ordered an "Irish Car Bomb" (which is a drink in the States, not at all thinking about the words that I was using and the history behind them) I got an extremely frosty response from the bartender and he refused to wait on me for the rest of the night. Can't blame him, it was ignorant of me. Are there other things that tourists have a tendency to do without thinking that they should avoid?


bombidol

Rules are the same the world over. Be respectful to the staff and the customers around you. You arent to know about local culture until you have experienced it.

caitlinruthless

How many people a day do you get telling you they’re ____% Irish?


bombidol

Plenty of em. It's fine though.

Kangar

Honestly though, does Irish Music start to get on your nerves after a while?


bombidol

Big time.

hyperdream

Out of all Irish cuisine, what would you most describe as magically delicious?


bombidol

Raw potato

Sasquatch_krunch

Would a liqored up Sasquatch be able to fight 10 drunk leprechauns?


bombidol

Easily. Squatches for life.

ErikLabroo

You uh... alright? But actually, got any crazy stories?


bombidol

Dude ate a dead lizard once

[deleted]

How does it feel knowing no matter how good your whiskey is, it will never be Scotch?


bombidol

It feels good knowing I'll never have to drink diluted smoke juice. Fuck scotch.

CUNTRY-BLUMPKIN

Jameson, Powers, Teelings, Tulamore, Bushmills?


bombidol

All the above. But mostly Powers.

jerkwad_152

Mayonnaise or mustard?


bombidol

Neither

guivi7

Do you like being a batman?


bombidol

It's alright. Wish my parents were still around to see it

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bombidol

Powers John's Lane whiskey

dsquard

How do you end up owning a bar?


bombidol

Long story. Short version is that I worked as a promoter and DJ here for years and ended up taking the lease.

ObsidianOrangutan

What percentage of the clientèle is local vs American tourists?


bombidol

Today it'll be 90% tourists

Nori_AnQ

How many beers does your avarage costumer consume?


bombidol

700000

g0_west

Is Ireland facing the same problem of pubs closing as we are in England? How's business generally?


bombidol

In general business is solid. It can always be better.

mattroo88

Are you any good at street fighter?


bombidol

I am shit hot with Ken

baklavatime

It’s my birthday today! Usually there are inevitable meltdowns and fist fights every year. Have you had to kick people out or call an ambulance?


bombidol

Very rarely. People tend to head into a pub have one or two and walk off to another.

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bombidol

Not yet. It's early though.

MeddlinQ

I always toy with the though of going to Dublin on Paddys day (Czech guy here). If I do next year, will I encounter only drunk people or is that day as atmospheric as I imagine it to be?


bombidol

Just drunk people

dandano64

Powers is great and all, but what about the newer Irish whiskies? Seems to be some more expensive stuff available the last few years. Any favorites for an Irish single malt?


bombidol

I like roe & Co a lot

SubjectiveHat

Can I get a jack and coke?


bombidol

Yes

bigfatpup

What do you think of Conor McGregors Proper 12 whiskey?


bombidol

I haven't had it yet. I assume it's piss.

Ed_Radley

Any suggestions or recommendations of food or alcoholic beverages for those of us in areas without Irish pubs to visit today?


bombidol

Just do your own thing!

Randyjewman

I heard mad tales about " Thomas the Skank Engine" nights from years ago. They were extreme by the sound of it. Can you confirm ?


bombidol

Neither confirm nor deny

burweedoman

What’s the scene like? Rowdy? Crowded? Music?


bombidol

We haven't even opened yet

UNMANAGEABLE

Sorry for the late question. In the US, restaurants and bars claim that they operate with extremely tight margins, and still they say they can’t afford to pay anything more than minimum wage.

With this in mind. Are pubs like yours in a similar situation? Or are there reasons why things are different for you and your pub?


bombidol

We pay above minimum wage but margins are very tight in general

younotyew

What's your favourite Irish drinking song?


bombidol

The noise the pint makes when it's being topped up

YoBuckStopsHere

St. Patrick's Day used to be more of a religious holiday in Ireland. When did the country really embrace the party aspect of the day?


bombidol

It's been a tourist day for as long as I remember to be honest

hyp3rj123

How much more alcohol (percentage) is consumed today compared to a busy Saturday night?


bombidol

It's like two or three Saturdays rolled into one

omega_ix9

What is your reaction when a tourist orders an Irish Car Bomb drink?


bombidol

One of thanks for their money

InternetAccount00

DO YOU REMAIN INTACT?! PLEASE ANSWER.


bombidol

Still intact

LegendaryCelt

Being in the Liberties area, do you get much trouble? Also, what do you think of Liberties whiskey?

I was very impressed by it.


bombidol

I went to the launch and drank none of it, only Dubliner whiskey. It also hasn't been offered to any pub in the Liberties that I know of. I was also the only person from a pub in the Liberties at the launch. I wish them the best and the bottle looks great but the first place they should be pushing liberties whiskey is in the Liberties.

Seand102

Have you seen my friend? Last name Jass, first name Hugh?


bombidol

Hopefully. Tell em to come see me.

tolman8r

I've heard a lot of pubs in the UK have been closing down of late. How's business for y'all and your competitors? Better for you than the competition, I'm sure.


bombidol

Because we are an alternative music bar our competition is limited. But yeah there are a lot of bars closing all over the country.

Reedy99

Were you busy for the rugby yesterday as-well? Was sat next to a few Paddys in the stadium, great laugh.


bombidol

We don't show sports. We are a hideaway for people who don't watch em

WakeupDp

Do you guys actually get mad that us Americans call it patty’s?


bombidol

A little.

reinmainbtw

What's your craziest customer story?


bombidol

A regular named Toner stood up on the bar and ate a dead lizard once.

Greeio

Have you always worked in bars or had different jobs as well? If the latter, what was the best?


bombidol

This was the first bar I'd ever worked in. I was a promoter and DJ for years before. Still am I suppose.

Gleason2007

How many hours a day do you hours a day do you hours of the day do you day hours of the day of the hours do you. How many Americans ask if you have ever met a leprechaun?


bombidol

This hurt to read

tipandring410

I'm a bartender in a major resort town and have become so jaded. I find myself saying things to customers I never would have said a couple years ago. How do you keep a good attitude towards guests? Or do you just let the asshole flag fly?


bombidol

Let your flag fly.

uReallyShouldTrustMe

No offense but arent you like....swamped with work?


bombidol

We haven't even opened yet. 2pm.

BoOGer_onMyBOob

Is it rainy today? What makes a typical Irish day? Did i tell u i loove wishkey wkishey wiskey whiskey?


bombidol

We all love whisky

Audibledogfarts

what is a beer that us Americans should know about but don't because its local to you?


bombidol

Yellowbelly porter. 10/10

BullKitty

Is losing to Wales in the 6 Nations impacting today's celebration?


bombidol

No idea

henchy91

Have you seen Conor McGregor yet? If yes, is he laughing manically and doing that walk?


bombidol

God I hope so

Dolancrewrules

You ever serve a devout IRA member or devout loyalist?


bombidol

Probably

Skulltcarretilla

What will you do when it’s time to clean?


bombidol

Clean.

cateml

Do you get annoyed about how a billion $/£/€ brewing company co-opted not only a festival but also basically branded itself all over an entire city? (I know that has always really frustrated about Dublin, I don't really know why, but it does.)


bombidol

If it makes money for the the pub. I'm in. As bad as that sounds. Staff need wages, bills need paying.

Aido_Playdoh

Any free pints going?


bombidol

Only for me

BasicThuganomics

Yo I used to frequent Thomas House quite a bit! I love this spot.

Question: Of all the local bands that have played a gig at your bar, who is your favourite?


bombidol

Local bands? There's been so many I honestly couldn't pick out. Maximum respect to anyone to start a band and play live.

Def_Not_A_Llama

How do you feel about the inevitable group of guys singing the chorus to ‘Come Out Ye Black and Tans’?


bombidol

I join in

StinzorgaKingOfBees

I really enjoy Irish Rebel songs like "Come Out Ye Black and Tans." Are those popular in Ireland or are they bad taste considering the history?


bombidol

Popular here

Cuspidx

Why no tracksuits after 7 PM?


bombidol

No tracksuits ever.

RightHandFriend

In The Boondock Saints, one of the characters said, "Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's day". Do any non-fictional Irishmen share that sentiment?


bombidol

Americans do

el_moustache

It doesn't sound like you have an Irish accent.... what gives? Also, do you serve any food dishes? And what is the most popular on this day?


bombidol

We don't do food. It's a nightmare. I think most staff here would eat a boiled baby by 8pm they'll be that hungry.

_Zev

Have you seen anyone cosplaying as a leprechaun?


bombidol

There are thousands of them here today

famousaj

How fucking cold is it?


bombidol

Middlin

DarkoMilicik

What is the best time of year to come visit Dublin? Is there a time when the weather is still decent but tourists are not all over?


bombidol

June

SeveredOblivion

Does this St Paddys day feel any different with the looming fallout of Brexit fast approaching?


bombidol

Nope.

Falcon_Pimpslap

Have you ever had to run someone out of town for spelling it PaTTy's day?


bombidol

Twice!

pinniped1

How much does the rugby add to the festivities? Is it just dialed up another notch or is it just biz as usual?


bombidol

No idea. I pay no attention to it.

masterblaster219

What craft beers do ya have on tap? I'm down the road :)


bombidol

Don't make me type all that

faelek

hey there!

- together with friends we're looking to visit Ireland next year for St Patricks. We have 2 options available - would you recommend Dublin or Cork? Are there any differences in the celebration etc?

- how different Dublin is compared to normal day? could you shed the light for just a commoner who never had opportunity to be in Ireland in that time? is it worth it ? ;)

- on your bar fb page you wrote 'This is it. The weekend that irish people hate, tourists love and bar staff fear ' - is it really that bad? is it just a total chaos? together with my friends we'd really want to see how it is in real but seeing such posts make me double-think that hehe

cheers, good luck today


bombidol

It's not real at all. It's very oriented at tourists. Both Dublin and Cork are great cities and worth a visit.

RuffledFeathers411

How do you react when someone orders a “car bomb”?


bombidol

Make it and sell it

Replyafterme

What do you want to do forever, or is this it?


bombidol

I want to live on an island populated by dogs.

DankMemesBlake

Are there frequent bar fights on this day usually?


bombidol

Nope. People are out having fun

sirkerrald

My buddy is heading over to Ireland as part of a trip next month. What non-touristy/off the beaten path things do you recommend checking out in Dublin?


bombidol

Come into us and we will give you a list of places to hit up

TwingoIngo

when was the first pint ordered today?


bombidol

Guinness

m4SsR3zz

what's currently playing on the jukebox?


bombidol

Run the jewels I think

Mrfrunzi

I bought canned Guinness stout here in the states. Why the hell is the head so heavy?! How should I pour this? I'm going at a hard angle on the pint but it's all head.

Although, it is still a delicious thing. Maybe I should just enjoy it.


bombidol

Nice slow pour and give it time to settle

mrenglish22

How many times have you been to America?

Are there any beverages you think Americans should be drinking that they aren't?

Anything that Americans drink that you think more Irish (or Europeans in general) should be drinking?


bombidol

I've been to America at least ten times. Barry's tea.

butch81385

Yesterday my Irish band played three shows totaling about 8 hours of music. I will probably be dead for a few days. How long will your recovery be after a crazy day like today?

Also, wanna fly a 6 piece band out to play at some point? Or for cheaper a trio? While almost all members of both have been to Ireland multiple times, none of us have ever played music there


bombidol

I'm working until Thursday so I'll just die then.

friendlyghost_casper

It's nice that you keep this tradition! Thanks for that! If you didn't have work on this day/evening what would St. Patrick's day be like, for you?

Cheers


bombidol

As its a Sunday I'd expect it to be quiet enough

HereForTheBanHammer

Do you remember what it's like to be sober?


bombidol

Kinda

-Bk7

do you guys eat alot of corned beef and cabbage on st pats or is that an american thing?


bombidol

When I was a kid it was a thing, but nowadays I think it's just become a stereotype

whiskyismymuse

Any particular Irish whiskey I should try instead of Jameson?


bombidol

Powers

Javs24

Does the fact that you cater mostly to tourists help the fact that you've been operating for 8 years?

Follow up question: How long do you plan on doing this for?


bombidol

We cater to everyone. It's just that this time of the year we deal with a lot of tourists. I'll do this until I can't do it anymore.

Howamidriving27

Why is "Patty's Day" such a faux pas? How does St. Patrick's day get shortened to "Paddy's" and not "Patty's"?


bombidol

Cause paddy is short for Patrick here usually

RudeTurnip

Are all of these orange arrows upsetting?


bombidol

Only if you are driving

JimmyTwoTimesFour

How many drunk English people have you wanted to punch during your shift?


bombidol

Zero

vinnymcapplesauce

You said "Paddys day is for tourists now," so you're getting overrun by snakes again? :D


bombidol

Big time

shnigybrendo

Will you get a lot (or any) tips today?


bombidol

Hopefully.

axisofelvis

Why do so many people support the Roman Catholic Church on this one day? Do you feel the Roman Catholic Church is an organization that should be celebrated?


bombidol

It's transcended that by now. But no religious institution should be celebrated

anhonestmoose_

Do you guys find it annoying when people come to your bar and brag about their Irish last name and some obscure connection to Ireland?

I worked at an Irish pub in Newfoundland for a few years and this was pretty frequent (and super annoying). Everyone's wearing tweed blazers and flat caps screaming their last names at eachother over pints of Guinness in an attempt to be the most Irish person in the room, even though we all have Irish roots. Is it like this in Ireland? And do the Irish fucking hate us for going around telling everyone that we're Irish?

What's your biggest seller that's not Guinness, Jameson or Bailey's?

Also good luck to you and your staff tonight, I still have nightmares about working the bar on Paddy's Day.


bombidol

Honestly. Theres nothing wrong with celebrating your roots. Especially this time of year. It gets a bit old when it's all directed at you but you know what? That's the job.

GaymoSexual

How do you have the time for an AMA today of all days?


bombidol

Staff

mdyguy

What's your best customer story?


bombidol

I have so many I could write a book. Dudes eating lizards, setting their dicks on fire etc

shankliest

Do you think the EU should give the UK an extension on brexit?


bombidol

Haven't they had long enough?

Little_Blue_Shed

How many more pints do you reckon you have left in you? Or is it a falling off the barstool night?


bombidol

100

jeremythelee

Is it blasphemy over there to say you don't like stouts? I tried a Russian imperial the other day and halfway through I needed a break. That's a real man's beer. Also thoughts on sour beers or goses?


bombidol

I hate em too.

rubbingsonisracing

Does it annoy you when people call it St. Patty’s day?


bombidol

Not anymore. Call it whatever you want.

joeyracer

Is the crazy Dublin real estate market squeezing small business owners out as well?


bombidol

Big time

[deleted]

I'm part Irish and wanting to celebrate the day properly. What booze should I get to get the proper Irish hammered?


bombidol

Whatever you like yourself. Don't give in to the stereotypes

Vonziggledorff

American of Irish descent here, is it true that St. Pats was a religious holiday that we fucked by turning it into a debauchery of green beer and flashing tits?


bombidol

100% correct.

thesladeo

Your thoughts on American's and "Irish Car Bombs"?

*Edit for autocorrect


bombidol

Whatever. Its a drink. And a delicious one.

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bombidol

Yeah I think so. Generally you are well liked. Your credit cards are a pain in the arse though.

Eoin_McLove

You mentioned your favourite whiskey is Powers John Lane. As a fan of Scotch diluted smoke juice, I haven't tried much Irish whiskey outside of the basics (Jamesons, Bushmills, Teeling). What else would you recommend?


bombidol

Try out the powers range. Give Roe & Co a shot too.

OzTm

What happened to Messrs McGuires, The Waxy Dargle and The Quill? I leave the place for 5 minutes and you guys close down all the good places.

Admittedly the Waxy was a bit of a shit hole - but we fucking loved the Quill. Such a tragedy.


bombidol

Quill is still sitting there rotting

mongoosemaker

How are you doing this AMA?


bombidol

With my brain and fingers

ura_walrus

Is this a chore for you?


bombidol

Not at all. Just juggling actual work and this!

LudovicoSpecs

Is it still primarily a religious holiday for Ireland? Do people still observe it? I remember reading once that the devout go up Mount Kilpatrick on their knees to mark the occasion.


bombidol

Nah. It's not religious anymore

RythmicBleating

Who's more annoying, UK bros or US bros?


bombidol

All bros

joec024

How does the average Irishman feel about Conor McGregor?


bombidol

It will really depend on the person. I for one respect his ambition and effort over the years. However he has really let the nation down with his personal actions recently.

trunglefever

What are your specials?


bombidol

A ska band from the UK

ultranothing

How do the locals treat Americans?


bombidol

Surprisingly well actually. All visitors are welcome.

peoplearecool

Appreciate the AMA but why do it if you are just going to give stilted responses? Some people are asking open ended questions qnd you just say one word or o e quick line.


bombidol

Only to the repeated questions

sensualcephalopod

Hey Man, my fiancé and I are eloping to Ireland next *year - any non-touristy recommendations for us?

Also congrats on another successful AMA!

*Edit- forgot to say when haha


bombidol

Drop in and we will talk.

AnonymousJoe12871245

I actually realised It's St. Patrick's day earlier today and I thought it didn't make sense "cause that barman always do an AMA".

To ask a question, What is your preferred drink after a long day of work?


bombidol

Pint of stout and a powers

steveisblah

I’m an American who’ll be visiting my cousins in Dublin this summer. I figure at some point we’ll go to a bar. Is there anything I should know in advance? Things not to say or ask for? Irish drinks or cocktails I can’t get anywhere but in Ireland? Also, I love stout but I’m not a huge Guinness fan. Is that something I should prolly keep to myself?


bombidol

Not at all. Drink with you like

Theopholus

How often do you get bar fights? How do you respond when one breaks out, and what's the fallout to your business?


bombidol

Honestly it's a very very rare thing for a fight to break out. This place is very self policing. You gotta separate them and get one out while holding on to the other. No point it putting both out at the same time. It'll just kick off outside.

equestrian123123

Have tourist ever ordered an “Irish car bomb?” If so, how did you handle it?


bombidol

You make it then sell it

jmviehmann

Late to the party but I've been trying to look this up for a while and can't get a straight answer. What do you call an Irish car bomb drink in Ireland? I know its pretty offensive to name a drink after something like that so what's the alternative name?


bombidol

We call it the same but it's not popular here. Only ever ordered by Americans.

Randyjewman

Being across the road from Vicar Street and getting many pre gig drinkers coming in has there ever been an act playing you've hated so much you've thought fuck it lets just close so we don't have to deal with their fans ?


bombidol

I'd do it for Damo dempsey if I could. His music itself is great but a lot of his fans are terrible people.

robcampbells

What is your favorite Irish beer, how does Guinness compare to others?


bombidol

Guinness is king of them all. There are some killer new beers though

ilovepinknips

Is it true people get served when they shout “SERVICE” at the bar? Or is it some bs those fooking peaky blinders came up with?


bombidol

Anyone shouting at staff will be led outside by the ear

marekPTA

Why do the best Irish punk bands come from America?


bombidol

Cause you haven't heard the Irish ones

lacks_a_soul

I am heading to Dublin on Wednesday. This will be my first time across the pond from California and I absolutely can't wait! I have been making notes of places to check out so I'll add you to it and try to stop in. Should I ask for anyone in particular for great service? JK😁


bombidol

I'm working weds so you'll see me.

Kalkaline

Why does it take so long for me to get a drink? It's not like you guys are busy or anything. (This is sarcasm, FYI)


bombidol

Do a backflip

Pauliester

Is your Guinness vegan?


bombidol

All of it is now.

Crumpykins

I’m visiting Dublin in a few weeks time and staying nearby Thomas Street, mind if I stop by?


bombidol

Of course. Come on up and see us.

nofunallowed98765

Way too many comments and I’m sure someone already said this joke, but if I drop in and say I’m from Reddit can I get a free pint?


bombidol

Fuck no

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Do you have good corned beef and cabbage?


bombidol

No food served here. I'm sure a few places have it on the menu today.

Aarxnw

Is there a St Patrick's day bonus for staff?


bombidol

Yep

Ajfergy

People drink a ton in America for St Paddy's day, how is it over there and what's the profit like?.


bombidol

It's busy here.

Impossible-asset

Is it basically just one of those "oh yeah it's another day" holidays, akin to something like "flag day" or "president'day" where nobody really pays too much attention to it over there?

Because in the states, everyone gets batshit crazy about it... for instance last year I went to a Pub and there was a Korean guy wearing a green hat and matching suspenders shouting into a microphone in the worst fake I-stole-this-Irish-accent-from-movies-where-the-actors-were-trying-to-sound-irish-but-were-obviously-bad-at-it accents, while giving a Saint Patrick's Day toast, as he held and swirled a glass of Chardonnay...


bombidol

It's a big national holiday. Maybe not quite as over the top as the states but it's a big deal

Sigma1977

Is that South African guy still scamming money off people on the streets of Dublin?

Or the dutch guy who was sneaking his way into hostels, pretending to be staying there to steal phones and laptops?


bombidol

Probably

CausedAlarm

What's the worst interaction with drunk patrons you've had around this time of year?


bombidol

Getting punched

Phillyboishowdown

What’s your views on the American celebrations supposed to celebrations in Ireland?

Edit: I meant to say “opposed” instead of “supposed”


bombidol

They are OTT but fun looking. I experienced Chicago once and Detroit twice for Paddys. Both were different but interesting

Skystrike7

How do you feel about half the people here reading your responses with Jacksepiceye's voice in their head? And is it annoying when Americans imitate an Irish accent for the holiday?


bombidol

I hope that's the case

memedealer22

do you have any fun drunk guy stories?


bombidol

Millions

Jonshock

Has anyone ever died at your bar?


bombidol

Not that I noticed. One dude pretended to be dead once though.

sublevel3

Before Daniel Craig, who played the best Bond in your opinion?


bombidol

I like Dalton for some reason

imnotwitty

I've got a 12 hour layover in Dublin in a week on my way to Frankfurt, can I buy you a coffee or pint or both while I'm there? I want to thank you for your service 😅


bombidol

Drop in and say hello!

stirstirs14

What’s your personal opinion on Clontarf 1014?

It’s easily my one of my favorite cheaper whiskies but not too many people I know will try it.


bombidol

Never heard of it. And I live in clontarf.

TotallySFWAccount

Single or multiple measures of Jameson for Irish Coffee?


bombidol

Irish coffee is an abomination

Saholio

While it makes perfect sense that this would be a very heavy tourist season, what time of year does that seem to slow down the most?


bombidol

Once winter hits its nearly all over

newsdaylaura18

I’m from NY and will be in Dublin Tuesday. Can we stop in for a pint?


bombidol

Absolutely

AllanKempe

Scandinavian here. What's St. Patrick's Day? (I only know that you pour green color in your lakes and rivers.)


bombidol

That's America. We just drink all day here

Nefilim777

How's Kev doing?


bombidol

I have him cleaning the toilets. So he's happy.

is-numberfive

do you have kilkenny on tap? how wide spread it is in general in Ireland?


bombidol

We do have it. It's not super popular. It should be though. Great pint.

Adrian_Mang

What is the most awkward thing you've seen occur between 2 people in your pub?


bombidol

I've seen some awkward tinder dates. And by some I mean lots.

motley1014

How do you deal with people that get too drunk/sick in your bar?


bombidol

It's part of the job unfortunately. Clean em up and get them out the door.

EYazz

Drinking, violence, destruction of property. Are these the things we think of when we think of the Irish?


bombidol

Hopefully.

PhasmaFelis

You said "independent bar," and I realized that here in the US I've never heard of a bar chain. There are restaurant chains that have bars, but they're really not the same.

Does Scotland have branded chains like that? Or do you just mean that you're not owned by a corporation that owns multiple different bars?


bombidol

Both. This is our only bar. There are large companies and people that own multiple bars, then there are chains.

TangoJokerBrav0

Smithwicks red, or Guinness for you?

Just got home from Ireland last week. Beautiful country, great beer and food.


bombidol

Guinness for me

galwegian

How is Conor McGregor's Proper 12 whiskey selling?


bombidol

At the start it was impossible to get but it's available now in a lot of places

XXX-XXX-XXX

Do Irish really give a flying shit? Or is it just American tourists that care?


bombidol

It's a nostalgia thing for irish people.

Wiggles_fig

What are you drinking to deal with the endless hooligans passing through yer pub?


bombidol

Way too early for me to be drinking

meatystocks

Top of the morning to you my friend. May the beer flow like a wet waterfall and the Shillelaghs stay locked up until the late evening, if at all.

What’s on the supper plate tonight?


bombidol

A bag of crisps and whatever people bring in

SadOccasion

How often to people think they're having the craic with strangers but are just acting the maggot?


bombidol

We called them people mutants. Folk who impose themselves on other people without invitation. Usually found changing seats every ten mins and looking at people longingly for attention. 100% of a time a dude on his own.

ShankKunt42

How many Irish car bombs have you served today?


bombidol

Zero. Not really an Irish thing

nmgoh2

Do you dye your beer green?


Rocky_Road_To_Dublin

How are the roads leading into your city?


bombidol

Rocky

patsharpesmullet

You still got the mame arcade machines? I've not been in since I moved out of Thomas Street a couple of years ago. Loved stopping in for a couple of pints and a round of metal slug. Have a good one horse.


bombidol

It's still here. The video cable broke though and I haven't had time to fix it yet.

SeekingMyEnd

How on earth do you have time for this AmA today?


bombidol

Having the correct amount of staff on helps

TrapperJon

My brother and sister are visiting Dublin right now. Wonder if I could get them to stop in? If so, how do you feel about pranks at the expense of tourists?


bombidol

I'd never prank a tourist. They saved their hard earned money to visit the country and then decided to drop in to us.

therealsix

2 questions...

What's you opinion on Slane Whiskey? I'm in Ireland next month and won't be too far from their distillery, is it worth a visit?

And were definitely stopping by your bar when we're in Dublin, you need anything from the States?


bombidol

I've yet to try slane

guitarburst05

Opinions on Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale?

I think that’s the best beer out of your great country. Tough to find here, but it seems it’s gained popularity in Canada. Hoping it continues to gain momentum.


bombidol

It's not super popular here but we sell a decent amount of it.

RomanCatholicCrusade

How do you feel about how the holiday is celebrated in America?


bombidol

Do your thing.

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bombidol

Get blowjobs and sleep.

a1hd

Roughly what percentage of people drink Guinness there? Is it a tourist thing or do locals really think it’s the best beer made? Or is it a general misconception.


bombidol

Gunness is by far the most popular order all year round

unpill

Do you do anything special for the holiday? or is it just business as usual but a bit more hectic


bombidol

It's a case of making sure you have the correct amount or staff on and stock in. It's basically a day long Saturday night.

katjoy63

have you ever been to Chicago to celebrate the holiday? If so, what are the differences you've seen?


bombidol

I've been to Chicago for it yeah. The parade there was bigger and it was mayhem on a larger scale than here.

Zabrinu

Was there a point in time where tourists didn’t rule this day in Ireland? If so how long ago would you say and what was it like when there were less tourists?


bombidol

In the 80s and early 90s it wasn't so bad

lukealex

Guinness or Murphy’s?


bombidol

Guinness

evanosuil

Tiocfaidh ár lá?


bombidol

It might.

pradeepkanchan

Whats the nuacht these days? Are there Garda everywhere?


bombidol

Just in town

HoneyBader115

How annoying are the people that order car bombs?


bombidol

3/10

are-a-crazy-human

How many expected Guinness to be served warm?


bombidol

None I hope

Wulfwinterr

Liverpool or Man City?


bombidol

Neither

NotForYourStereo

What's a better name for an Irish Carbomb?

My fiancée's family is Irish and hates the name because of how insensitive it is, so we've taken it calling it a 9/11 (kinda tongue-in-cheek) or an Irish Creampie.

Are they even a thing in Ireland, or is it more of a Americanized thing?


bombidol

They aren't really a thing here to be honest.

Saint_me58

How do you have the time for this AMA?


bombidol

Staff and pints

sykeero

What is your favorite beer?


bombidol

I like a lot of Belgian beers but I'm partial to a decebt American pale ale from time to time. St Bernados apt 12 is a top one for me.

EddieViscosity

Has Conor McGregor ever stepped into your bar, or have you ever seen him in the neighborhood?


bombidol

He has been here before yeah. Seemed like a good guy at the time.

Pedropeller

In Canada many bars colour a lager green in celebration of St. Paddy's Day. Is this common in Ireland/your establishment?


bombidol

Never ever seen it here in Ireland.

zoglog

Are partiers crazier when it falls on a. Saturday?


bombidol

It doesn't really matter.. Most people are off work tomrrow so it's just another weekend night to them.

mmmmmmtoast

Do they tip?


bombidol

Hopefully!

Kerastes

Is proper 12 actually any good ?


bombidol

No one knows!

DiscardUserAccount

Greetings from Oklahoma City! Are you having live music at your bar? If so, can you post some videos?


bombidol

We do live music but not this evening

Aynono

How many minors and underaged people have you caught?


bombidol

A few. You have to be vigilant with these things. One wrong move can be big trouble

Rope_on_a_pope

What’s your personal favorite Irish whiskey? Not overly expensive though.


bombidol

Powers John's Lane. Powers 3 swallows is really good too.

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bombidol

They will start commenting.

steak_tartare

Not sure how to put it, but from afar, the impression I have is St Patrick’s is more an Irish-American thing. Is it?


bombidol

Kind of.

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