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 $20, you get $40 worth of authentic pub fare and drinks served with an Irish accent at The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach.
Though each Auld Dubliner storefront is lettered in the same size-300 Irish Gaelvetica font, it must also meet the stringent level of pub authenticity required by co-owner and Gaelic strongdrinker David Copley. A native of Limerick, Ireland, Copley might share a dirty poem if you ask nicely, but he's more likely to tell you that every part of his pub's polished wood and brass décor was designed and crafted in Ireland and transported piece-by-piece to its new American home. The Auld Dubliner's oaken ornamentation of barrels, bar counters, hefty wood tables, faux-oil lamps, and Guinness posters galore makes it easy to tuck right into a menu of toothsome Erin edibles such as shepherd's pie with ground beef and lamb, baked with mashed potatoes ($12.95), or the for-more-than-St.-Patty's-Day corned beef and cabbage ($12.95). Other fare that comes with a shamrock stamp of approval includes the traditional boxty (a potato pancake) stuffed with delights including Irish bacon and melted cheddar ($13.95) or Atlantic salmon with shallots and tarragon ($13.95). Slightly haute-seared classics strut their stuff as well, including Angus-beef pub burgers ($9.50), a seared tuna salad with Asian coleslaw ($12.95), and the mega-vegetarian ploughman's sandwich with grilled eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and pretty much everything else that grows from the ground on ciabatta with horseradish mayo ($8.95). For a finish as sweet as a "yes" from Molly Bloom, the Irish-whiskey crème brûlée adds a twist to a traditional dessert by turning it into crème brûlée.
As befits a good Irish pub or bad Irish church, The Auld Dubliner is equipped to meet the debauching needs of its local clientele with a full array of Harp, Boddington's Pub Ale, Magners Irish Cider, and, of course, "the black stuff" issuing from its taps pint by Imperial pint ($5.50–$6). The Auld Dubliner also summons its lineup of Jameson, Bushmills, Tullamore Dew, and more to concoct Irish specialties that include Irish coffee, Nutty Irishmans (Baileys and Frangelico with cream on the rocks), and the solid, soapy-tasting Irish Spring. Savor a beer, a bite, and a festive fugue of obscure literary references with your fellow one-eyed citizens, all "tanks" to today's Groupon to The Auld Dubliner.
This deal is good for dine-in and carryout at the Long Beach location only. You must purchase at least some food with this deal in order to use it on alcohol.
- Awesome atmosphere during the day. I've brought my kids on a Sunday afternoon and they dance to the traditional music. A bit loud at night for this oul' wan, but still entertaining and almost, pub like.
– KellyR1863, Zagat
- I can appreciate a good Irish pub and this definitely does it for me. They even serve good food that is reminiscent of a pub in Ireland.
– Roxana C., Yelp