The bar at Bruxelles

The bar at Bruxelles
Canon PowerShot S95

I suppose any pub in Ireland is, by definition, an Irish pub. This one’s in Dublin. I was surprised all over Ireland by how much Irish pubs were not that different from American pubs, except most pubs in Ireland have far fewer TVs.

Margaret walked up to the bar with her camera to get a close shot of the Guinness taps. She was busy trying to be all artistic when the bartender asked, “Would you like to come ’round and pour one?”

You didn’t have to ask Margaret twice! We’d done the Guinness tour the day before so she already had the technique down. I photographed her doing it with her camera (so who knows where those images are), and then that pint went out to whoever ordered it.

This moment was probably the highlight of our time in Dublin, the kind gesture of a quiet Irishman for a couple of Yanks on holiday.

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single frame: The bar at Bruxelles

The bar at a pub in Dublin.


16 thoughts on “single frame: The bar at Bruxelles

  1. David Winskill says:

    Cracking picture. Almost dead centre, on the bar, two pints of the Black Stuff ..”resting”.
    Tradition had it that in the days when pubs would re-open at 5.30 (after the afternoon closure) barmen would furiously start pouring Guinness in advance of the early evening rush.

    Mine’s a pint.

  2. Nice story, nice memories.

    Unfortunately, from what I read you’d be unlikely to get as warm a welcome at the minute. I think the whole world is hoping that someday soon we can all return to how things were.

  3. For an authentic Irish Pub experience outside of Ireland, I recommend you visit Manhattan. And I’m not surprised they invited your wife behind the counter.

    I was at a group event at an Irish Pub in New Jersey. The owner had the actual bar table shipped in from an old pub Ireland. There was a bell hung behind the bar that the bar staff would occasionally ring. The barkeep must have noticed my fascination with the sound. Shortly, I was invited behind the bar to ring the bell. I rang it with delight.

    I later found out that ringing the bell was acknowledgement when someone gives a big tip.

  4. Roger Meade says:

    I was studying that photo much enlarged because there is so much in it! On the protrusion of the wall between the two barmen is a giant bottle of Tullamore Dew upside down to be drained by a spigot. Just great. And the menu items shown on the overhead signs make my mouth water. I would love to visit that place some day. Thanks Jim.

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