Day 306—Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Paddy Reilly's Music Bar
Tonight features more guest stars on the old bar crawl. Gene Rubbico is a regular commentator here and part of a bar-crawling team I’ve dubbed, the BBC (Baltimore Bar Crawlers.) The BBC consists of Gene, his wife Smoopy and their friend, Terry. They spent three days last May with me on the bar crawl before Gene had to go to Afghanistan for a tour of duty for the Air Force Reserve. Well, thankfully Gene has returned safely and tonight the BBC are back in town. And I’ve let them pick the bar and they picked Paddy Reilly's Music Bar on 29th and Second Ave. We were originally going to meet around 11:00pm but a dirty little four letter word known as “work” got in the way and it’s almost one in the morning. But being the troopers they are and despite they’ve already visited over 87 bars and had 3,763 drinks between the three of them, they agreed to join me on tonight’s bar crawl. So let’s go say hi to the BBC!
And here we are at 29th and Second Avenue, Paddy Reilly's. Let's step inside.
The bar's crowded up front, but I see some spots at the back.
I find my way back and the lovely bartender Raylene serves me up a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
A long shot of the long wooden bar.
There's tables up front and peanuts!
They feature live music here and on Thursday's they have jam sessions. Here's some Irish musicians jamming away.
Here's Patricia and Jennie who were enjoying the music. Patricia has an Irish dance fitness class that she teaches, check it out here: Celtic Cardio.
And speaking of Celtic cardio, Jenni hops on the wooden dance floor and dances along with the band.
And then Patricia joins in. It's getting lively in here!
And getting caught up in the spirit of things, Niall throws down his spoons and joins in on this impromptu Irish jig.
And the three end up dancing together for the night's closing song. Cue up applause:
Okay, that was fun, but where the hell are the BBC?
Why they're right here! Reunited and it feels so good!
And Terry and Gene join me for a trifecta of the "Wearin' of the Guiness." Three Stooges eat your heart out. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!
And look who else shows up, Clacky and Shannon with the one-fingered salute.
The ABC (Australian Bar Crawl) meets the BBC (Baltimore Bar Crawl) in a showing of international boozing friendship via the 365 day bar crawl.
Clacky and Gene discussing a shared love of the music of AC/DC.
Terry relaxes in the back and flashes the 365 card.
And here's the whole crew, cheers and goodnight, everybody!
Okay, even though I had to work late last night I have to try to get in early today, so once again I’m going to slack and post a review from New York Magazine.
Supposedly, Paddy Reilly's was the first and only all-Guinness draft bar in the world. Today they have nothing on tap except Guinness, Bud and Bud Light. Furthering the Emerald Isle pride, this Irish pub also has Celtic rock on weekends. Dying to show off your uilleann pipe skills? Wednesdays and Saturdays are open-mic; if you’re feeling shy, stop by on Friday to see the house band, the Prodigals.
Thu, 8pm-1am, traditional-oriented Irish music; Sun, 1pm-4pm and 5pm–10pm, and Mon, 7pm-11pm, bluegrass performers; Fri, 8pm-10pm and 11pm-2am, and Sat, 11pm-2am, Celtic rock bands.
Daily, 11am-7pm; $3 domestic drafts, $4 imports, $5 Guinness drafts, $5 well drinks
Paddy Reilly's Music Bar
519 Second Ave. (@29th St.)
Gene shot this video of the Irish dancers at Paddy Reilly's Music Bar. Enjoy!