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STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS POH

Prior to our recent staff pilgrimage to visit the truly important landmarks in our nation’s seat of power on the Potomac, namely, the DUBLINER IRISH PUB and CAPITOL CITY BREWING COMPANY, I hadn’t spent any significant tavern time on this turf since the first term of the Reagan administration. And as it is now, our country was then suffering through a harsh winter and a recession that was described as the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. A wave of de-regulation led to a crisis in the financial sector. In 1983 a total of 49 banks failed, surpassing the depression era record of 43 set in 1940. Housing, steel and the auto industry also experienced a severe downturn, and it was even suggested that General Motors might not survive the decline. But that was then…and being somewhat the political activist, I convinced my friend Casey that we must take our concerns to Washington.

The Dubliner Pub in Washington DC as seen in American Public House Review
A surprise snow and ice storm crept up the eastern seaboard the morning we left Newark, New Jersey on a southern bound Amtrak Metroliner. Four hours later we emerged from Washington’s Union Station to find a city crippled by nature’s hoary clutch. The streets were mostly devoid of human and vehicular traffic, and the pellets of ice driven by a ferocious wind made walking virtually impossible. My loosely contrived plan to corner then Speaker of the House, Thomas “Tip” O’Neill at his favorite D.C. hangout, Matt Kane’s Bit O'Ireland, so that he could pass along my thoughts to the president would have to be abandoned. Thankfully though, there was another equally inviting Irish pub just one block from the rail terminal.


A souvenir t-shirt at the Dubliner in Washington, DC as seen in American Public House Review
DESPITE THE HUMOROUS CARTOON ON THEIR TEE SHIRT
THE DUBLINER TRULY IS A FAVORITE HANG-OUT OF POLITICOES
AND THEY REALLY DO NOT WANT IT TO CHANGE . . . NEITHER DO WE


For the next several hours Casey and I indulged our mutual affection for Guinness Stout, and THE DUBLINER as a matter of course pours an outstanding pint of “The Black Stuff.” On that particular afternoon our public servants were conspicuously unavailable; but our affable Irish host behind the bar provided pleasant company, judicious counsel and a couple of drams of poteen from a care package sent from home. It was grand experience, and while we were unable to do anything about our national recession, we had found a wonderful way to ward off our own personal depression.

On another bone chilling afternoon almost three decades later, I would once more walk into this revered Washington establishment. And once again in the midst of economic upheaval a new president would be promoting a new political philosophy and a fundamental change in the way we govern. As I consider the true nature of such proclamations, I find myself increasingly grateful for those things that remain constant….good friends, and great pubs like THE DUBLINER, a superb place to weather the storm .  .  . "and to sink your sorrows and raise your joys!"




The bar at the Cubliner in Washington, DC as seen in American Public House Review
THE BAR ITSELF IS IDEAL FOR AN IRISH PUB


The dinin room at The Dubliner in Washington, DC as seen in American Public House Review
THE DINING ROOM ABOUNDS WITH CASUAL CHARACTER
AND TASTY TRADITIONAL IRISH FARE AS WELL


Taps at the Dubliner in Washington, DC as seen in American Public House Review
THESE TAPS DISPENSE LIQUID TREASURE FROM THE LAND OF
THE LEPRECHAUNS (ALSO FROM OTHER LANDS)


Fine Malt Whiskies at the Dubliner in Washington, DC as seen in American Public House Review
AND HIGHER KARAT JEWELS AS WELL

Editor’s notes:
•    The part about me going to Matt Kane’s in order to seek out Tip O’Neill might just be a slight embellishment of the facts.
•    Look for an upcoming article about Capitol City Brewing from our Creative Director – Ed Petersen
•    Click on the poteen link for a special treat.




Sign at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Washington, DC as seen in American Public House Review
THE DUBLINER




THE DUBLINER RESTAURANT AND PUB

 

NUMBER FOUR "F" STREET NORTH WEST
at the intersection of F Street and North Capitol Street

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  20001


(202) 737-3737



www.dublinerdc.com



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