The next stop on our historic tour of culinary Detroit is in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Corktown. Founded by metro Detroit’s vast Irish-American population, Corktown is home to many traditional Irish Pubs, none more steeped in tradition than the Old Shillelagh. So what characteristics do all Irish Pubs share? What makes a bar worthy of calling itself an Irish Pub? Despite the onslaught of bars around the city calling themselves “Irish Pubs” around St. Patrick’s Day, a true Irish Pubs must strictly follow a couple of strict rules.
- The “plastics” rule: If, around St. Patrick’s Day, a bar has any sign of green plastic shamrocks, green plastic cups or anything green and plastic for that matter, it is not a true Irish Pub.
- The “green beer” rule: Similar to the “plastics” rule, if, on St. Patrick’s Day, a bar serves any type of green beer that is not Miller Lite, the bar is not an Irish Pub.
With that said, few places in Detroit can proudly bear the name “Irish Pub”, but of those that do, one of Corktown’s favorites is The Old Shillelagh. John Brady and Charlie Taylor opened the Old Shillelagh in February 1975 and the pub quickly became a success. The third generation of Brady’s now runs The Old Shillelagh which has since been expanded to include a second floor. A rowdy hangout year-round, the pub is packed to capacity from open to close during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Since its opening almost 35 years ago, the Old Shillelagh has remained true to its Irish roots by hosting authentic Irish bands, a large Irish (and non-Irish) clientele and, of course, corned-beef sandwiches. A trip to Detroit simply isn’t complete without a visit to The Old Shillelagh, whether you’re Irish or not., This traditional Irish Pub has phenomenal food, an incredible beer selection, a lively, fun atmosphere, great live entertainment 7 days a week and to top it all off, a fantastic friendly and attentive staff. It is one of Detroit’s true culinary gems.
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