Visiting an Irish pub is like stepping into James Joyce's Ulysses without dealing with molemen, teenage detectives, and heavy-handed NASCAR references. Read the CliffsNotes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional Irish and American Cuisine at Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant and Bar. If you use this Groupon on a Saturday or a Sunday, you will receive a free pint of Guinness.
Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant and Bar's owners, both hailing from Ireland's Carrick-on-Shannon, have infused the eatery with Emerald Isle authenticity, including four themed areas designed after modern and traditional Irish bars, traditional Irish dishes complemented by freshly baked Irish breads, and 20-ounce beers. Start at the hand-carved mahogany and oak bar with a 20-ounce Smithwick's Irish ale ($5.95) and a scotch egg—hard-boiled with pork sausage and deep-fried with a seasoned breading ($5.95)—before settling down at bench-style mahogany tables. For full-fledged meals, the Dubliner burger hides Irish cheddar cheese, corned beef, and a fried egg under a freshly baked potato bun ($12.95), and Irish stew soaks leg of lamb in beef broth, pearl onions, and root vegetables ($12.95).
Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant and Bar's walls reverberate the sounds of rugby matches that play on 12 flat-screen televisions, live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the voices of a group of children discussing Samuel Beckett novels.
With owners transplanted from the Emerald Isle, Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant and Bar is riddled with authentic Irish flourishes. The furniture, for example, was all imported from Nugent and Gibney Ltd in Ireland. Up to 500 people gather around the hand-carved tables, feasting on Icelandic cod battered with Harp Lager and burgers crowned with corned beef. Kathleen St. John of the Denver Post notes that the selection of food stands out among a sea of Irish pubs: “Katie Mullen's menu is intensely Irish, but that doesn't mean bland corned beef and cabbage.” In the kitchen, chefs combine diced lamb, veal demi-glace, and fresh herbs in slowly roiling pots of irish stew.
The fare fills the 11,500-square-foot interior with revelry, the clatter of silverware reverberating through four themed rooms: the Victorian bar, the Shop bar, the Pharmacy bar, and the Gaelic bar. Lights dangle from marbled and copper-paneled ceilings, and dark-wood and stone accents surround diners in each room. The same stonework, along with curlicues of wrought iron, warms in the sun around the large outdoor patio. On the weekends, live musicians strum their guitars and rock through ballads about how many pairs of sunglasses you should be wearing.