The Real Thing

May 2018

“Authentic,” says Martin Lynch, the co-owner of John Martin’s Irish Pub. “Everything here is authentic. That’s important.” By everything, Lynch means, well, everything. The menu is true Irish pub grub (like bangers & mash, above), the beer on tap is Harp, the bar’s wood is from the old country – even the floor in the so-called print room is from an old Irish church.  

We tested his premise on the last Saturday night in April, the evening each month when they play traditional Irish music. Sure enough, the band was singing “I lost my heart to the Galway girl.” And sure enough, the couple next to us knew all the words. Or was it the Harp? 

Bangers and mash