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Old June 5th, 2011, 01:58 AM   #41
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Bourbon Street Blues Company, New Orleans (on the right in the exterior picture).








Just a few of the other bars on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.


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Old June 5th, 2011, 09:37 AM   #42
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I love the "Caution: Flying Beads" sign! hehe..
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Old June 11th, 2011, 02:54 AM   #43
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Here's the Irish Bank, an Irish pub-style bar on Mark's Lane at Bush Street in San Francisco. The bar is on the edge of Chinatown and actually shares the ground level of an old lowrise building with a Chinese bar.






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Old June 14th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #44
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Great pics of Kyoto! Thank you!
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Moody's Pub in Chicago:







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Old June 24th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #46
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Discovered a new pub last Monday, in the basement of the 1897 Gooderham Building (which we affectionately refer to as The Flatiron Building). It is a chain pub, but much friendlier than most chain pubs I've been in:











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I have no idea what ad was on tv when I snapped this shot, but no....
it wasn't a porno movie!















and they have a nice outdoor patio, too!

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Old June 25th, 2011, 05:06 PM   #47
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My favourite coffee place/bar on the Gold Coast, Australia... Black Coffee Lyrics

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I am getting thirsty just by browsing this thread.
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Discovered a new pub last Monday, in the basement of the 1897 Gooderham Building (which we affectionately refer to as The Flatiron Building). It is a chain pub, but much friendlier than most chain pubs I've been in:











the menu cover:





I have no idea what ad was on tv when I snapped this shot, but no....
it wasn't a porno movie!















and they have a nice outdoor patio, too!

Awesome pics, thank you friend!
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Old June 27th, 2011, 03:48 AM   #50
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Awesome photos TB. You've really made me want to check those places out. Maybe the owners of those pubs should be paying you for advertisement?
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It all comes together now. Firkin is the chain's name, and they individualize each location's full name, correct? I always wondered why there were these "Fox & Firkin", "Churchmouse & Firkin", "Firkin & Barrel", etc in Toronto and even in other parts of Ontario.
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Yeah, Firkin is the 'brand' so to speak, but they personalize it for other locations. There's a Swan & Firkin in my neighbourhood.

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Old June 28th, 2011, 04:54 AM   #53
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Thanks. When I was in Toronto a feww years ago, I wondered why so many pubs had Firkin in their name. It was just a coincidence to me at the time (and until now) and I thought it was bizarre that all of these business owners picked similar names for their pubs.
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There are a few big pub chains (Firkin, Fionn MacCool's, Gabby's, etc...), and they range from blah to quite authentic, but I still much prefer the independent pubs. Less "corporate", and no ghastly uniform with those awful name-tags to wear behind the bar. When you are here, we can check out any pubs or bars you like! You may want to see The Real Sports Bar, just because it is so mindblowing in its excess.
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Is this chain only in Canada?
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No, the Firken name is used in most English speaking countries. It came originally from a UK chain started in 1979 by Firken Brewery. In the UK, pubs are often owned by breweries, unlike here where they are all privately owned except for the small brewpubs. That chain went bankrupt long ago, but there are still pubs in the UK with the Firken name. The Firken chain in North America is Canadian, and was founded here in Ontario in 1987, and are widespread throughout Ontario and especially in Toronto. There are some in the US, but instead of "Firken" being the second word in the name (ie: "The Firkin & Fox" instead of "The Fox and Firken". Apparently there are even some pubs in Australia, unconnected to this chain, that use the Firken name.
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The Firken chain is a decent chain of pubs, and makes a good effort to make the pub look at least remotely authentic. I think I prefer the "Duke" chain, locally.. (ie Duke of Wellington, Duke of Devon, Duke of Somerset, Duke of Kent, Duke of Richmond, Duke of York, etc.....). Maybe a little more authentic, in general. I think I prefer the food from the Duke chain.
Still, the best by far are the independents, like The Artful Dodger, Dora Keogh, The Spotted Dick, The Caledonian, PJ OBrien, The Bedford Academy, etc...etc.. and there are some very good brewpubs in Toronto, too!
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Toronto seems to be a very interesting place.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 05:34 AM   #58
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I wonder why that is... I'm from the West myself, originally, and they just don't seem to be as popular outside of Ontario, and maybe in the Maritime provinces or in Victoria, too... but I don't know about that.
They have a fair number of British/Irish style pubs in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but they're not as prevalent as they seem to be in Ontario. It's a little strange considering that the Maritimes is the most ethnically British Isles part of Canada. The younger generation especially tend not to go to those British/Irish style pubs in favour of trendier watering holes like the Economy Shoe Shop below:

Personally, I like them both.

The Economy Shoe Shop, Halifax

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Nice pics! Inviting looking watering holes...
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