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21. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

There is a great bar (club) in St.Petersbug, Russia! Its a small place which used to be a bomb shelter, the converted the different rooms to differnt things (dancing, lounging, etc).

I would tell you where in St.Petersburg, but I can't remember.. I do not even remember leaving. I would also tell you the name, but alas, I do not remember that either... not sure that I ever did know! Check it out!

22. Posted by drobe (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

please everybody get over this obsession with Irish pubs

what is it with the American and Paddy obsession with these places. I'm a 36yo Australian and i've been to 100's of these places worldwide. They ALL contain tacky folk music, too many closet religious fanatics (catholics), too many wannabe rugby/soccer stars, too many self proclamied "hard men", too much timber, too many green ribbons, and way to many ugly fat women (with small breasts) who actually believe this rubbish :mad

My vote goes to Watergate (Berlin) or Cafe Moscow (Berlin)

peace

23. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting drobe

......They ALL contain tacky folk music, too many closet religious fanatics (catholics), too many wannabe rugby/soccer stars.....

Actually, when the bands aren't playing at the two I meantioned in Montreal, they have normal everyday music - McKibben's more than Hurley's. They'll play rock and sometimes hip hop.

Greg: all things U2 intrigue me....if I make my way to Dublin...I will check that out.

24. Posted by klynch (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y

I drink neat vodka, so for me any bar that serves me my usual anytime during the day without giving me "a look", is an acceptable bar for me. One thing that sucks in Ireland though is the loss of Happy Hour, bring it back, bring it back, pleaseeeeeeeee

25. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

To Drobe:
"what is it with the American and Paddy obsession with these places. I'm a 36yo Australian and i've been to 100's of these places worldwide. They ALL contain tacky folk music, too many closet religious fanatics (catholics), too many wannabe rugby/soccer stars, too many self proclamied "hard men", too much timber, too many green ribbons, and way to many ugly fat women (with small breasts) who actually believe this rubbish"

Get yourself a life mate. Who do you think you are? Talk about pidgeon holing people. Obviously picking the wrong Irish Bars.

26. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Most "Irish" bars abroad are owned by non-Irish people, hence the tendency towards predominantly green decor, pictures of leprachauns, Irish road signs on the walls, etc.

People from various countries open "Irish" bars because they know that they will make money.

Drobe, you're welcome to Ireland sometime to sample the real thing. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. ;) (just dont pick a tourist spot - go to one off the beaten track )

27. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Most "Irish" bars abroad are owned by non-Irish people, hence the tendency towards predominantly green decor, pictures of leprachauns, Irish road signs on the walls, etc.

People from various countries open "Irish" bars because they know that they will make money.

Drobe, you're welcome to Ireland sometime to sample the real thing. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. ;) (just dont pick a tourist spot - go to one off the beaten track )

Ahhh Evelyn, that is what I call a good dose of Irish politeness...

28. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I was reared by a wooden spoon

29. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I was reared by a wooden spoon

LOL You are too funny...

30. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

I do agree with you Evelyn on all counts but I don't like the way people judge Irish Bars without having been in a real one.
Please don't anyone think I have anger management issues - I just cannot stand pidgeon holing!!!