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The Snug Bar :
The Pewter Tap Inn is a 16th century public house with oak beams, it was originally a coach house on route to Dublin before the Athboy Brewery Company took over management, renowned for its friendly atmosphere, its hearty food menu, its plethora of Irish ales & spirits, where dialogue about politics and religion are banned, but conversation of Irish sports and harmless past-times are permitted.
The Snug Bar is a cosy little annex to the main bar, always with a blazing wood fire, every Friday night it gets a bit rowdy because its Folk Night, when the local bands play traditional Irish music, there is a slate where you can drink on credit, but beware of the Brewery owners, the Mac Caba brothers who like their debts paid and their slates wiped clean.
There are old tales that The Pewter Tap was an old grocery store that use to sell ‘potcheen’ that was distilled in the backroom, that is now The Snug Bar, The Pewter Tap has been the pillar of the community since the 18th century, where great words of pathos have been spoken, or over-indulgent words of bathos, depends on your point-of-view.
The Pewter Tap is also renowned for welcoming outsiders, drawing strangers, tourists and extra-terrestrials into the conversations of the locals, creating a melting pot of casual social conversations, behind the bar there is an array of wooden barrels of Indian Pale Ale & Guinness, but if Bushmills & Jamesons are your tiple, there’s the longest optic of bottles you will ever see.
There’s a gentle play-list always in the background of Irish jigs, reels and folk ballads with bagpipes, fiddles, drums, flutes and penny whistles to help create the atmosphere that is the Pewter Tap, I purchased a pint of frothy of IPA, – as I spied my fellow amateur historian Beric warming himself by the fire, with a copy of the glossy archaeology magazine ‘Dig For Ireland’. ‘By Balor’s beady-eye, its over to you Beric !’
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