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RestaurantIAMA Bar owner in Dublin, Ireland on Paddys Day!

Mar 17th 2017 by bombidol • 42 Questions • 7096 Points

It's that time of year again! I think this will be my third year doing this. I am the owner of The Thomas House, situated in the historic Liberties district of Dublin. It's paddys day, one of the busiest days of the year. I'm here to answer your questions and keep you up to date on what's happening here. Ask me anything!

Proof at http://www.twitter.com/thomashousedub

Ill be posting pictures throughout the day and evening to Instagram at el_bang_gar

Q:

Hey man, Fellow Irish pub employee here, quick question: Do you let your staff partake in a bit of the drinking on this day or nah?

A:

A little later on in the evening. But usually we wait until the shift is finished so we can actually enjoy a drink.


Q:

In your opinion, what is the best city in Ireland to celebrate St. Paddys in, other than Dublin?

A:

Ive heard Galway is great fun today


Q:

Usually it is but today it's a monsoon out there.

A:

Here too


Q:

Do people just turn into Father Jack by the end of the night?

A:

Some go full werewolf yes


Q:

Is it true that some of Dublin's great pintmen have been known to put away thirty pints or more in a day?

A:

Some sportsmen, yes.


Q:

Your most hardcore regular, what is he putting down on the average day?

A:

About 12 Guinness and 10 whiskeys


Q:

Is your bar typically full of native Irish folks legitimately celebrating a holiday or silly tourists asking for green beer?

A:

It's 80% tourists today. We don't do the green beer thing. That's mainly a US thing I believe.


Q:

How much quid for a pint of Guinness today

A:

Same as always 4.80


Q:

Do you ever sneak a quick drink whilst on the bar?

A:

Always


Q:

How did you open a bar? I want to work on and dream of opening a bar.

A:

50% luck and 150% hard work.


Q:

What are you doing on Reddit answering questions on St. Patrick's day?

A:

It's a tradition now


Q:

Does the Blarney stone bring a tear to your eye?

A:

Yeah, cause it's Fucking freezing over there.


Q:

Can we clear up the Irish Car Bomb issue? Do you guys find that drink order offensive? Is it called by a different name in Ireland?

Anyway, good luck today! I hope people tip well.

A:

I never had one until I visited the states so I don't think it was ever really a thing here. We make them from time to time. I personally have no problem with the name. Some might though.


Q:

Ha, my sister ordered one on St Patrick's day in Dublin and got shouted down.

A:

Like I said, depends on the pub you are in.


Q:

How is the behavior of the people in the bar on St. Patricks? The peoples go too crazy?

A:

Most people are fine. It's a weird day, no one stays in one pub for too long. They have a pint or two and head off to the next one. There are always the people who drink too much and get sick. The street are lined with vomit already and it's only 1pm


Q:

I've been told St P's is more of an American drinking holiday, and isn't celebrated the same way in Ireland. Elsewhere here you answered that the bar is 80% tourists today.

What do the Irish do to celebrate the day then, if the revelry is mostly an American thing? Or have I got it wrong somehow?

A:

Irish people generally bring their kids to see the parade then go home. The city centre isn't a pleasant place to be at night for paddys day if you are Irish.


Q:

As a local I wonder, how have you noticed the area change since you took over the pub? How about your clientele? Still the same mix of NCAD day drinkers and blow in tourists?

A:

There's more and more businesses in the area too


Q:

Do you prefer two tone or third wave ska? Any favorite bands?

A:

Im on the fence about Ska because I'm burnt out on it. But I like The Specials and heavier stuff like Voodoo Glow Skulls


Q:

Which do you like (personally and Irish folk generally) like better, beer or whiskey? (Also is that the right spelling? I've also seen it spelled with no e)

A:

Beer would most likely be more popular but a LOT of people are crazy about whiskey these days


Q:

Do you have any American beers in your pub/bar? If so, what?

A:

A bunch. Lagunitas, Ska Brewing, Founders, Sierra Nevada and loads more


Q:

How do you have time to do this ama today?

A:

Multitasking and staff.


Q:

I'm not big on drinking, so would probably avoid St Paddy's Day. So here's a general question, what are your 'must see/do' items if someone was to come over on holiday?

A:

Rent a car and drive the west coast. Belfast is great as is Galway and Cork.


Q:

Good afternoon lads! Lovely to see you back for another AMA! If I get over that way one day, can I buy you a beer?

A:

Never say no to free beer!


Q:

Hello! I've never been to Ireland, but it's right at the top of my wish list.

Did you see the picture of this terribly poured pint of Guinness in Vancouver, Canada? http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.4026095/how-a-vancouver-pub-annoyed-an-entire-country-with-a-poorly-poured-pint-of-guinness-1.4026625 How does it make you feel?

A:

Makes me feel weird inside


Q:

My wife and I will be in Dublin for our anniversary the last week of September. We are taking a tour of Ireland but it starts and finishes in Dublin. Any advice on the best places to eat? (I normally wouldn't ask a bar owner but I saw you say that you didn't serve food so I didn't feel as bad asking)

A:

Any type of food in particular you are looking to try ?


Q:

Is your username a lord of the rings reference?

A:

In part


Q:

What's your favourite bit about the celebrations?

What's your least favourite?

Do you do anything special at your bar for the celebration?

A:

Favourite thing is meeting new people and making money! Least favourite is crazy drunk people. We just open then doors and operate as normal to be honest


Q:

Would you please send beer? We are having a terribly cold and boring Friday. My office mates would appreciate it.

A:

On the way.


Q:

Hope you're enjoying the holiday! You don't do the green dye thing, but do you have any on hand in case someone wanted it? Also, most amusing thing someone has ever done whilst in your pub?

A:

Ate a lizard


Q:

How do you actually have time to do an AMA today? My wife works at an Irish pub (in the states, not even Ireland!) and on a day like today, or parade day (they are on different days for some reason) there is no way any employees or the bar owner have time to do something like a reddit AMA.

A:

I'm the owner. DO WHAT I WANT!


Q:

How do you feel about someone calling you a 'cunt' as a term of endearment?

A:

I feel good about it


Q:

20 Bulls Each reunion when?

A:

2020BULLSEACH


Q:

I'm drinking tequila and smoking some green. Does that count as celebrating St. Paddy's day?

A:

100%


Q:

As an American, how much to the Irish not like us during this time?

A:

We love Americans


Q:

Is the weather as bad in Dublin as it is here in Galway? It's actually putting me off leaving the gaff!

A:

It's shite. Stay at home


Q:

Are you watching cheltenham? if so you irish are crushing it today!

A:

Too busy to watch today


Q:

Holy crap. I lost an adidas jacket at your bar four years ago today. Any chance someone has found it by now? I flew back to Boston at 8am the following morning so I couldn't come back when you reopened ... small fucking world.

A:

Chances are it was found and went to a new home


Q:

How do you feel about the us vice President greeting your dignitaries with a "top of the morning"?

Ps i am a us citizen and i am embarrassed by our leadership

A:

A fool talking to fools talks foolish.


Q:

In your opinion, do we really need a holiday to encourage the Irish to drink?

A:

This is the closest thing we have to a National day. Like Australia Day or the 4th of July. The drinking is a side effect of the celebrations.


Q:

How many leprechauns have you caught today?

A:

34


Q:

How many fakers do you get?? Tourists with terrible Irish accents??

And where do you hang them??

A:

No fakers so far


Q:

Dropkick Murphy's

Yay or nay?

A:

Yay for the first 2 albums. Nay for the rest.