The secret to the success of Riverdance is the dancers' Irish diet, which makes them light on their feet and heavy on their arms, keeping their bodies perfectly balanced. Satiate your center with the help of today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pub grub and drinks at Muldoon's of Carmel. In 2009, Muldoon's was named the Best Neighborhood Bar by local CityVoters. You may use one Groupon per table or two for tables of four or more.
Upon arrival at Muldoon's, customers are struck with a feeling of classic Irish hospitality that’s as warm as it is inadvisable to swim to Ireland as an escape from loan sharks who are actually sharks. Muldoon's menu features traditional Irish fare and creative appetite-whetters such as skewered fried cheese (served with marinara, mustard, and mayonnaise sauce for dipping, $7.50) and Irish pizza (nacho chips topped with sausage, green onions, diced tomatoes, green peppers, and melted jack and cheddar cheese, $7.95). Graze like a bucolic lamp on lush Irish greenery with a char-grilled chicken salad (chicken atop fresh greens, cheddar and jack cheeses, tomatoes, and green onions, $8.50), or happen upon an out-of-town Hawaiian salad (char-grilled chicken, pineapple, mandarin oranges, Chinese noodles, tomatoes, and cheese, $9.50); just help it find its way to your belly. For dinner, enjoy the savory potatoes of the motherland with an individually portioned shepherd's pie baked with savory beef, carrots, peas, corn, and onions and topped with a creamy crown of mashed taters ($9.95). Or, pair some suds with the golden-fried Dublin fish and chips ($10.95).
Stroll up to the neighborhood pub's brick facade and grab a seat at the handsome wood bar, where deep-chocolate wood panels extend up to the ceiling behind the potable potions, cocooning patrons in the comfort of darkness, wood, and beer. Wee ones can wash down their bangers with an IBC root beer ($2.75), whereas adults are sure to take pleasure in a pint of Muldoon's draft beer (from $3.75). The pub's tap includes Coors Light, Killian's, Harp, Guinness, Smithwick's, Bass, Stella, Fat Tire, and Blue Moon, as well as a monthly featured brew.
Indianapolis CityVoters voted Muldoon's Best Neighborhood Bar of 2009, and Indianapolis Monthly featured Muldoon's breaded-tenderloin sandwich as one of the city's best cheap eats. Five Yelpers give Muldoon's 3.5 stars:
- The Original Muldoon's of Carmel fries up one of our favorite tenderloin sandwiches, a crisp, juicy portion that's just the right thickness... – Jodi Wright, Indianapolis Monthly
- Cozy environment..GREAT original live music and food that tastes like your mama made it! Thank you Muldoon's for being home away from home! – yoyoyo1, CityVoter
- If you haven't tried the Irish pizza, you are missing the best appetizer in town. – Pooh1945, CityVoter
- Best Tenderloin and Fried Cheese in town by far!! – gdunc, CityVoter
The staff members at Muldoon's attribute their success to the craic, a term that they say describes the atmosphere of fun and fellowship often found in a true Irish pub. That laid-back vibe has paid off: Muldoon's has been crowned Best Neighborhood Bar by CityVoter for four years running. Washed down with an extensive beer selection, the hearty food menu stocks such Irish classics as shepherd's pie, Irish beef-and-potato stew with Guinness broth, and hand-breaded fried-cod fish ‘n’ chips. Chefs also prepare more local favorites, such as a classic Midwest breaded tenderloin that, in accordance with tradition, looks kind of like Abraham Lincoln's profile if you squint. Meanwhile, guests can cozy up by the fireplace to listen to live music or admire the antique cash register at the bar.