Irish Brigade

irish brigadeThis bar was opened in 1939 and originally named Park Gate (it does face Tyron Park). Barbara, the current owner,  bought the bar 28 years ago and later renamed it the Irish Brigade (after an infantry brigade, consisting of mostly Irish immigrants, that served in the Union Army in the Civil War.) She explained that it was in honor of the Irish hunger strike of 1981, in which ten paramilitary prisoners had starved themselves to death. There is a lot of history in this bar with nicknacks everywhere: one of them being a piece of the USS enterprise, which rests over the door. This bar is a true classic and Barbara is an amazing lady, one of the few bartenders with who you can sit back and talk to like an old friend, after just meeting her for the first time.

Hours: daily 12 pm to 4 am

4716 Broadway, nr. Arden St, NY 10040

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