In the Old Country, the pub was a warm, welcoming place to meet friends and remember the good old days after a hard day's toil in the nostalgia mines. Reap the benefits of days gone by, as well as the modern advances in climate control, with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of pub fare and drinks at Mulleady's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Magnolia.
To avoid being scolded by your complimentary Irish grandma, weigh down your stomach for a night of drinking with a little food off Mulleady's menu. An appetizer of blackberry honey and chevre fondue ($7) or lamb and barley fritters ($8) will jostle a sleeping palate awake in time for some classic pub fare such as the Mulleady's burger (topped with roasted tomato jam and caramelized onions, $10) and grilled mahi-mahi wrap ($10). More robust plates include Irish knockers and colcannon ($13), a dish of pork sausage made exclusively for Mulleady's with colcannon mashed potatoes and porter-braised pork belly (unsurprisingly, it won Seattle Weekly's Best Menu Item Name in 2009). If you're too bashful to order knockers from the zaftig waitress, opt for a traditional Celtic country standby like Guinness lamb stew ($10) from County Longford or shepherd's pie ($11).
Customers looking for a more casual portal to Old World glass-raising need look no further than Mulleady's upstairs second bar, which contains a dark wood interior, stone fireplace, and numerous surfaces where one can place an Imperial pint of draft beer fresh from the tap. Celtic classics such as Harp ($4.50), Smithwick's ($4.50), and "the black stuff" ($5) are all well-represented, but they also rub frothy shoulders with the full-flavored Big Sky Summer Honey ($4.50), florally fragrant Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA ($5), and the deceptively lightweight Quilter's Irish Death ($4.50), which packs a heavyweight's wallop. For an artisanal ale that also facilitates games of Spin the Bottle, order a bottled beer such as Old Ruffian Barley Wine ($10), Fish Tail Organic Amber Ale ($4), and Laughing Buddha Brown Ale ($8). And if you prefer cocktails with a little history, try the Side Car (cognac, cointreau, and lemon juice, $8) or Ian Fleming's spy-satisfying Vesper Martini (gin, vodka, Lillet Blonde, $9).
Though your mates may try to trick you into buying the next round, you'll have the last laugh as happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to midnight) extends the life of your Groupon with $4–$5 appetizers and $3.50 draft beers. One Groupon can be used per table, so invite along your entire trad band and enjoy a day worthy of a densely allusive stream-of-consciousness novel at Mulleady's Irish Pub.
Malleady's Irish Pub & Restaurant earned the affection of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and Gastrolust. Ninety-one percent of Urbanspooners like it, and Yelpers give it four stars. Seattle Weekly awarded Mulleady's Best Menu Item Name in 2009.
- This food is creative and elevated. (That said, even the traditional Guinness Irish stew is the best I’ve tried locally.) – Jay Friedman, Gastrolust
- The food takes a step up, too, with properly light fried halibut and chips, burgers with fig jam and caramelized onions, and plump knockers with cheddar sauce and kale-laced mashed potatoes. – Seattle Weekly
- A giant skylight helps illuminate even the downstairs thanks to the loft configuration of the pub's second story. There are swanky touches -- slate-tile floors, two stone fireplaces and a rich wood bar back -- a marked contrast to the pub's simpler, former self. – Lisa Stiffler, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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