Update: Paddy O’Shea’s has announced lots of free stuff for the launch party. 8 PM: Welcome frozen margaritas and giant pizza; 9 PM: Ten big bottles of sake plus Japanese snacks from Izakara Fukurou (customers will now be able to order Izakara Fukurou food at the bar); 10 PM: A keg of Zeffer cider and of Stone IPA; 11 PM: 30 bottles of Prosecco; and 12 AM” Jameson shots and goodies.
Now I can finally post on something that I never thought would happen, namely, Paddy’s expanding into the space next door that for a decade-plus has been a series of sub-par bars and restaurants and lulled me into believing that was Situation Forever.
Yes, it happened: the perpetually packed Paddy’s took over that visibly vacant venue and the official launch party is this Friday. Here are ten things to expect from the expansion aka Paddy’s East.
- The Paddy O’Empire will now have an extra 200 square meters of space, including a balcony.
- That balcony will have leather (fancy!) sofas and tables and can be reserved. In other words it’s a V I o’P area.
- The number of screens will increase by 50 percent — from 16 to 24 — including a huge new one.
- Paddy’s East can be isolated for parties or when two hugely popular sports events conflict, like the finals of curling and hurling.
- It will also have a bar that can reached from outside, meaning less squirming through the crowd to fetch drinks.
- A new beer system was imported from the U.S. and that will mean “extremely fresh beer”, says co-owner Paul Rochon. Expect 11 beers and 3 ciders on draft on that system.
- Along with dishes from Ganges, Baozza and Paddy’s, patrons will be able to order from Japanese restaurant Fukurou upstairs.
- Speaking of kitchens, expect a full revamp of Paddy O’Shea’s own, with a menu available in time for the Rugby World Cup.
- New toilets! That means a fresher cleaner experience when you need to Paddy O’Pee or O’Poo.
- Finally, says Rochon, “two times the craic.”
There is more, including plans for wall zones dedicated to sports teams sponsored by Paddy’s, but the ten points above a pretty good start, eh? Check it out this Friday.
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