Irish eyes have the ability to smile, making them evolutionarily superior to Swedish ears, which curl up into balls when they hear predators approaching. Let your ocular lights shine with today’s Groupon to Dublin Square Irish Pub located in East Lansing near the MSU campus. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of dinner fare and drinks.
- For $5, you get $10 worth of lunch fare and drinks.
Boasting a hand-carved mahogany bar, stunning stained-glass windows, and artifacts culled from the historical St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin Square bathes customers in the essence of Ireland like a tub full of Lucky Charms. The menu blends American bar favorites with authentic Irish specialties. Salute great canines of the past with the corned-beef-stuffed dublin hush puppies ($6.99), or submerge muttonchops in the irish beef dip ($8.99). A bevy of burger options includes the barbecue with irish bacon, with a generous slab of Angus beef slathered in green-apple barbecue sauce and cheese, then adorned with irish bacon ($8.99). Or stay green with a veggie panini, a combo of cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, onions, olives, mushrooms, and cheese on toasted ciabatta ($7.99). Match your meal with one of the 19 craft beers from the full bar, including Guinness, or chase down the Dirty Leprechaun, a mischievous mix of Bailey’s, crème de menthe, Kahlua, and vanilla vodka that warms bellies like an embrace from a bashful rainbow.
The grand exterior of Dublin Square’s 72-year-old edifice—formerly a post office—belies the inside’s warm, welcoming vibe and friendly, lingering ghostmaster generals. Sports fans can gaze adoringly into the jumbo HDTV screen, while music lovers lap up live entertainment. Check the website for the event calendar, daily specials, and happy hour happenings.
Dublin Square Irish Pub & Restaurant
In 2006, the founders of Dublin Square Irish Pub & Restaurant followed through on their longtime vision of bringing a small piece of their homeland to East Lansing—literally. Much of the pub's interior decor was gathered or built in Ireland then transported some 4,000 miles to its new home in Michigan. That includes the hand-carved mahogany bar, which was reassembled on-site by the same craftsmen who built it across the pond, where the wood would otherwise have toiled in obscurity as an ornate armoire.
Surrounded by these Irish relics, the pub's visitors can truly celebrate the craic—a term for the camaraderie and good cheer that abounds in a welcoming pub. They can also dig into classic Irish dishes, such as bangers and mash, a dish consisting of locally made Irish sausage, crispy haystack onions, and a side of Guinness mustard. The menu honors American favorites, too, including New York strip steaks and pizza. All of these meals come together over rounds of drinks that range from draft beers to international wines.