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Kelly's Irish Times: Good beer, outside seating.....but.....
This is one of two adjoining 'Irish' pubs just round the corner from my hotel. There wasn't a huge amount of eating choices in the immediate area (apart from the 'food court' within Union station) so I ended up eating here twice. I'd have tried the 'Dubliner' next door, which did look a nicer place, but it was heaving every time I walked past (I think my first comment explains the second).
Kelly's is long-established and, like many US 'Irish' pubs has lots of bits & pieces on display inside. I didn't stay inside because the air con was simply too fierce for me. I checked with the barman that it was ok for me to sit outside and be served (rather than get my own beer and walk outside, which is the norm in the UK and Ireland), then took myself off and sat at one of the outside tables. It was quite early on a Monday evening and there were three other groups of people at the tables. And I sat...and sat...and sat. The member of staff whooccasionally came out to serve the other groups seems overwhelmed and it was impossible to catch his eye. In the end one of the adjacent groups did the job for me (I was very appreciative) and I ordered a beer (Sam Adams, very nice) and the 'special' of a fish sandwich.
The fish sandwich eventually turned up. I had not really expected it to be a chunk of battered fish in a bun, but there we go. Served with fries and a bit of salad, It was adequate, it was edible and it cost 9USD (just over 5GBP at the time of writing this).
My second visit was one borne of despair, because I could find nowhere else to eat that night. Service was a bit quicker, the beer was good again and I chose the Caesar salad starter at 6USD. It was mostly a plate of lettuce leaves, with a few strands of grated cheese (Parmesan??), some croutons and dressing. It was edible.
Not somewhere to go for food, imo, but quite a good spot for people-watching while you sit with a beer at the outside tables.
They have regular music nights too.
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Kelly´s Irish Times: Quite good pub food and beers
It was said to be Irish, but it looked quite American in our eyes. Of course some Irish things as decorations and Guinness served. But it didn´t matter, we just choosed it because of the location and they had some food. The other option would have been to eat at railwaystation, witch we didn´t want to do. (Or at another "Irish" place next to this, but it looked like more expensive one).
We were quite disapointment we didn´t get to amy local craft brewery restaurant we had had in mind. We simply run out of time. Luckily the weither told about some local micro brewery beers and we had 4 pints, all different witch he suggest. They were quite goo all of them. Couldn´t choose witch one I would want and witch one my husband, so we shared each!
We did also eat, since we hadn´t eaten anything else than brownies with cup of latte at Georgetown (where we didn´t find any other "not expensive" places than Starbucks..)
I had some sort of chicken burger and my husband had a bagel staffed with ham and some other things. Both hot and served with fries. The hamburger and the bagel were quite good actually! Too bad that the fries were boring, allmost like in fast food places. But we ate them also, since we were quite hungry.
The chicken tasted good, it was spicy, not just salt and pepper-style.
Favorite Dish: I think my portion was called this (copied from the menu): Smoked Chicken Kaiser
I would order it again, if I would visit this place. Witch I wont..It was good, even though the "boring" fries. My husband also loved his bagel-bread, witch I didn not find at the menu.
The local beers were good!!
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Kelly's Irish Times: And right next door to The Dubiner...
Kelly's Irish Times was a great place to go because it is stripped of all the superficial 'irish bar' kitch. This place is large with double high cielings and an awesome bar sporting decorations in the form of police and fire department badges from around the world. There are also some interesting photographs as well as political memorabillia. I went on a quiet night, so I don't know if they have entertainment. I did like the 'dive bar' feel that this place had. Just dirty enough to feel like your not being too pampered.
Favorite Dish: B-E-E-R!
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