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Day 127—Sunday, May 16th, 2010
Molly's Pub and Shebeen

Okay, tonight there’s three guest stars joining me on the old crawl. Gene Rubbico, his wife Debbie and their friend Terry drove in from Baltimore to spend a few days in Manhattan. Gene’s in the Air Force Reserve and is going to be deployed to Afghanistan nest week for four months and this is duty where there’s no booze available, so I’m honored he’ll will be joining me on my Sunday bar crawl.

These people are serious bar crawlers. When they come to New York they average about 13,000 bars a day and have roughly 27,009 drinks daily, so it’s going to be rough to keep up with these people. Gene’s been crawling bars in New York for years, so I  Iet him pick tonight’s bar. He wisely chose Molly’s Pub on Third Avenue and that decision shows he knows what he’s doing. New York has hundreds of Irish pubs and bars, but Molly’s is the real deal, check out what New Magazine has to say about the place: New Magazine review of Molly’s. Okay, lads and lassie’s, it’s off to Molly’s Pub to meet Gene, Debbie and Terry!

Here we are at Molly's Pub. Looks like a great choice that Gene made.

A nice old-school Irish bar. I don't see Gene, Debbie or Terry, but then I have no idea what they look like, so I guess I'll have a beer and let them come to me.

Here's Nick, the bartender for the evening.

Seated next to me was John, enjoying a beer and some French onion soup. John lives in the neighborhood and is a regular at Molly's. It also turns out that John goes to my home town of Peoria on a regular basis, so maybe he'll turn up in another bar crawl when I go back there.

And here John took a photo of the tradtional wearin's of the Guinness on the head.

And shortly later, I met Gene and his wife Debbie.

And here they are with their bar-crawling buddy, Terry. They had already been to 7421 bars before they met me.

Four bar crawlers in one bar, this could get dangerous!

Gene inscribes a message in the sawdust covered floor.

365 is alive in Molly's!

The brick and wooden walls are lined with Irish photos and knick-knacks.

John and Jonathan had just ordered dinner at one of the wooden booths opposite the bar.

Molly's legendary fireplace.

Jake, Josh, Dave and Saya were enjoying the Sunday night at Molly's.

Gene, Terry and Debbie are still going strong!

Nick works the bar at Molly's Pub.

Here's the spacious back dining area.

Two bar crawlers and two brothers in Bud!

These bar crawlers are catching their second wind. Goodnight everybody!

Review
Manhattan has hundreds of cookie cutter Irish pubs and bars, but Molly’s Pub is the real McCoy. From the brick and dark-stained wooden walls, to the saw dust on the floor to the Shepherd’s pie on the menu, this place is a genuine slice of Ireland in the Grammercy neighborhood of Manhattan. The bar is cozy and inviting and there’s wooden booths opposite for dining and drinking with friends. The wood-burning fireplace is a treat in the winter time.

There’s a full bar and Molly’s pours a perfect pint of Guinness. Harp, Smithwick's, Murphy's Stout and Murphy's Red are also available on tap. In addition to award-winning burgers and appetizers, Molly’s Pub is know for their Shepherds Pie which is a blend of ground sirloin beef, vegetables, and mushrooms with mashed potato topping and then baked golden brown. Other entrees include: Lamb Stew, Fish & Chips, Pub Sausage and Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Pot Pie. Molly’s offers a weekend brunch Saturday and Sunday from noon until four o'clock.

The New York Post declared Molly’s Pub as “New York’s finest Irish pub,” and I can’t disagree. It was great to meet Gene, Debbie and Terry on the crawl and they’re here for a couple more nights, so they just might make another appearance or two. Stay tuned!

Molly's Pub and Shebeen
287 Third Ave (Between 22nd and 23rd Street)
212-889-3361

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Reader Comments (17)

Okay, I love the sawdust on the floor but why? What Irish tradition does that uphold?
Hey remember Ground Round when you could walk in, sit down at a table and throw peanut shells on the floor? That's what it reminded me of. Why? I dunno.

Are you exhausted from this crawl?

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

In regards to your four bar crawlers in one bar photo, you do look kinda dangerous in a freindly kind of way. At least you're not wearing colors as if you were The Warriors or someone like that!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Gene, Debbie and Terry look like such fun and fantastic people. I am so glad that they were able to join you on the crawl.

Molly's looks like such a wonderful bar! I love tha atmosphere, the friendly people and bartenders and the delicious looking French Onion Soup! What a great place!!

A big "THANK YOU!" to Gene for his service to our country.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

Wow, you guys are the supergroup of barcrawlers! And I echo Tiki Bar Susie's thank you to Gene, be safe on your deployment so you can come back home to bar crawl with Marty again!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

It was a great night ! Shouldn't be allowed to have that much fun on a Sunday !

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGene

Here is my big THANK YOU to Gene.. Get home safely!

I like this bar and Nick looks like he probably has some great stories to tell. He reminds me of Harry Dean Stanton.
And this place is soooo making me want to make shepards pie for dinner!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Lover The Wee. Used to play alot of darts there. There's no better place to warm your bones in the winter time. The "legendary" fireplace is just that! Its EPIC.

you shoulda gotten the burger! best thing on the menu.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

it's the super bar crawlers, love it! LOL! be safe when you deploy, gene, nice to see marty helping you with your sendoff.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

Wow. Molly's looks like a really cool Irish Pub! And who wouldn't love hanging out with people like, Gene, Debbie and, Terry ! I am a huge fan of people that drink 735263405858 alcoholic beverages in one day!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

I think the sawdust is to make it easier to clean up the puke of laymen who go in there thinking they can keep up with the Irish but can't. Molly's looks like a great bar. Reminds me of some place right down the street from Kennedy's in Hell's Kitchen where I swear I met a real life leprechaun back in 2004. I'm going to schedule a trip for winter so I can try some of that shepherd's pie in front of a roaring fireplace. Maybe I'll stay long enough to try some lamb stew as well. Sláinte, Molly's! And go mbeannaí Dia duit, Gene. Thanks for your service.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Good to see the "Platoon of Loons" making the crawl together!
Thanks and Godspeed Gene.

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"Platoon of Loons" ........ I love that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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