Last Sunday was St. Patrick’s Day. So what did we do to celebrate? We went to a couple of pubs, including The Clarence, on North End Road and May Street. We actually wanted to go to a different pub, but when we showed up they wanted us to pay for a cover charge. Neither one of us was happy about that so we moseyed down the street and spied The Clarence.
When I walked in I wasn’t too impressed. It’s a little run down.
However, I felt comfortable there. The people were having fun. We ordered two pints and the bartender gave me some shamrock to pin on my vest. That won some points. Not only that, they reduced the price for Guinness as part of the celebration. The other pub was charging a cover charge. Right away my initial reaction to the pub disappeared and we decided that we would be back. We hung around for a little and watched two older chaps play pool. That was entertaining.
However it was time to wander again since I was hungry for lunch. We said when we left we’d go back someday. I had no idea we would be back later that night. When dinner time rolled around The Better Half mentioned that The Clarence was serving bacon and cabbage. I crinkled my nose. I’m not a fan of cabbage and I envisioned a plate full of cabbage with sprinkles of bacon. However, I lost the battle. We wandered back to The Clarence. This time we noticed something. There were two sides. We were on the side with the pool table. Through the bar we saw some people in the back with hats on.
We made our way to the other side, through the door marked Gentlemen. I was a bit hesitant since I wasn’t too keen on wandering into the toilet. Luckily there were two doors and we ended up on the other side of the pub. It was lively. People were playing music on the jukebox and were dancing. The bartender gave us free hats. We ordered some beer and cabbage and bacon. I was surprised when we were served a huge serving of ham, potatoes, and cabbage all for four pounds! What a deal!
All in all we had a fantastic time. And we will be back. Even though this isn’t the nicest pub we’ve been to, I have to hand it to The Clarence. They made us feel welcome. The food was simple and good. The beer was cheap. And I loved the atmosphere. We won’t forget this St. Patrick ’s Day for some time. I give the pub 4 stars for the atmosphere. On our way home we walked by the pub that was charging a cover. It was practically empty. Serves them right.