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Pubs, taverns, bars, cantinas, and all sorts of drinking establishments are as unique as they are countless. A lot have interesting stories to tell in their architecture. I'm sure that each city and country has drinking establishments that give a little slice of the culture, from the pubs of Ireland to the pubs of England and all throughout Britain, to the cantinas of Mexico, and beyond. Let's see what your favorite places, or any places that you've seen, are like.

Since interiors can sometimes be as interesting or even more interesting than exteriors, show us what your favorite places look like inside as well.
 

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Here's a couple places that I like going to:

Catharine Rooney's is an Irish pub-style bar on Delaware Avenue in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington. Trolley Square, centered around the Delaware Avenue & Dupont Street intersection, is the bar district in the city.









Catherine Rooney's opened up a second location on Main Street in Newark, just in time for the 2010-2011 school year (Newark is the home of the University of Delaware). The restaurant is in an old mansion that was recently used for offices. Like their original location, the owners of Catharine Rooney's tried to make their place look as authentic as possible to an Irish pub.





 

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I'm sure people will contribute some nice photos of their favourite pubs!!! There are some beauties in the UK that we would love to see.
By the way, how old is the building that Catharine Rooney's pub is in? It looks early 1800's but hard to tell. Could even be older!
 

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I'm sure people will contribute some nice photos of their favourite pubs!!! There are some beauties in the UK that we would love to see.
By the way, how old is the building that Catharine Rooney's pub is in? It looks early 1800's but hard to tell. Could even be older!
The one in Wilmington is not too old, compared to other parts of Delaware. The neighborhood was developed between the 1860s and 1880s, and the rowhouse is from that time. I would put it closer to the 1880s than the 1860s based on the dates of similar-looking houses. The one-story sections are either from that time or the early 1900s, and have been significantly altered over time.

The Newark location is in the old Bank of Newark Building, which dates to 1845. Link
 

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Oh, okay, thanks for the info!!! It was the Newark one I was thinking of... I'll post some pics of pubs I like to go to. First, here is one of the oldest pubs in Canada, The Angel Inn, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Interestingly, when it was built, Niagara-on-the-Lake was named Newark, too! It was later changed. It was built in the late 1700's, but burned to the ground in 1812 when we were invaded by American troops. It was rebuilt in 1816 and has been open for business ever since:





bangers n' mash:



The rest are all here in Toronto. This is my favourite pub, The Artful Dodger:













The Crown and Dragon, which has the best wings in Toronto:



 

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The Duke of Kent, which is absolutely lovely inside, but they wouldn't allow me to take pics inside. Shame, because it is the best chain pub in the city:



The Fox and Firken:



The Unionville Arms (an old Victorian pub up in a far flung suburb of Toronto)



Pie n' Peas:





The second oldest pub in Toronto, from 1849, The Wheat Sheaf:



Two Irish pubs on the Danforth: Allan's and Dora Keogh:







 

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One of my very favourite hangouts, a lovely Scottish pub on College Street near Ossington: The Caledonian. Best pub food in town, and some of the loveliest staff:



Fish n' Chips, and you should try their mouthwatering Haggis:





The oldest pub in Toronto, from 1833: The Black Bull:





The Firken on King:



Flynn's of Temple Bar:



The "Irish Embassy" pub:



One of my favourite Irish pubs, PJ O'Brien's:





A French chain pub, The 3 Brewers (Les 3 Brasseurs):



where they make the most amazing Flamms (Tarte flambée):



Fionn MacCool's, and next door a Belgian pub BIER MARKT :









another of my cosy hangouts, The Spotted Dick:





Ribs:



and for dessert, of course, Spotted Dick!! :eat:









The Duke of Gloucester, where I've whiled away many an hour:









a pub I used to like, but no longer do:



Pub in the gay village:





chips n' curry sauce:



and I guess that is more than enough!! Probably too many, sorry... :cheers:
 

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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. Toronto and the rest of Southern Ontario have a long history of this style of pub, going back to our colonial roots. The reason they remain so popular to this day is clear to anyone who has ever been to a British pub; they are just so darn cosy, fun and friendly. You strike up a conversation with anyone beside you at the bar, or can just curl up in a chair by the fire and read a newspaper. No matter how cold or hot is outside, a pub is just the best place to meet people, a few pints and a guaranteed laugh or two! Every pub has some interesting regular "characters" that liven up the place, and are part of the furniture.
If you come to visit, Orange Alert, you will be made most welcome! :)


So, come on everyone! Post some photos of bars, or pubs that you like to go to! Let's see what they look like all over the world! :cheers1::cheers::wave::drunk::rant::colgate::dance2::booze::scouserd::speech::cheers2::rock:
 

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A couple I investigated this weekend:

Bar Wellington:





and an older Irish bar downtown, McVeighs:













It's unusual in that most other Irish pubs here veer away from historical politicization in their artwork and memorabilia:



was fun to visit. There was a group of about 20 young Irish youth wandered in and started a bit of a party:

 
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