From Bob Brandt's Web Site

Personal: Why is it that Irish are great drinkers, while Irish Bars suck so much?

When I first came to Ireland, the first tourist attraction I wanted to see was an authentic Irish Pub. Well I got over that real quick! Don't get me wrong, I still go to bars and pubs, but that has more to do with my alcohol dependency issues rather than liking the institution.

Horrible Service

I will admit that because I use to be a bartender I may have high expectations of how things should work... I will also admit that since bartenders don't get tips they have no incentive to be a little better then what will get them fired... But even with those excuses, I have to say that serve in Irish Pubs is crap!

Very Expensive Drinks

The drinks in Ireland are ungodly expensive! I remember my first time in an Irish bar. I walked in thirsty for some "Good" Irish beer. Walked up to the bar and looked at the taps to see what they had... (Heineken, Carlsberg, Budweiser, Miller, Coors, ... ) I thought, "hell, I came all the way to Ireland for beer I could have gotten in Chicago". then I saw the price list. The beer was TWICE as expensive as it is in Chicago! 5 bucks for a Pint!!!

Lack of Beer Varieties

Let me start off by saying that I am a Guinness man, so as long as they have Guinness I don't care! BUT, I am adding this in because of all the shit I hear every day about how crap American beer is. Of course they are talking about Miller and Bud (which are in EVERY single Irish bar as Premium Imports) They have no idea what a MicroBrew is and much less how great they taste. And they themselves only have a few beers which are available at EVERY SINGLE DAMN pub! Absolutely NO variety! But I'm a Guinness man so no problems.

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