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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:26 am | Updated: 3:16 pm, Mon Jul 22, 2013.

It’s an infamous, historic good time.

The Irish Pub on St. James Place is an Atlantic City landmark, first opened as a hotel at the start of the 20th Century and still going strong. Once a notorious speakeasy during Prohibition, it is now a neighborhood bar and restaurant on the first floor below the old-time hotel. If you’ve never been, come to experience a part of the city’s past, and stay for a beer and a bite in the comfortable, casual environment.

Come out, whoever you are

The pub never closes, and there always seems to be some sort of characters inside, no matter the day or hour. During the day, you might see families enjoying lunch or dinner. At night you’re likely to have a lively crowd around the bar or at the dining room tables, and in the early morning expect the people there to be even livelier, with plenty of patrons heading there after partying at one of the casinos.

Summer starts early in Ireland

There is a cozy outside patio with its own bar that opens during the summer at The Irish Pub, but there also is an enclosed part that is open year-round and permits smoking. The outdoor patio also opens on certain days when the bar is expecting big crowds, such as St. Patrick’s Day, when some Jameson whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream provide all the warmth needed.

Expect more than meat and potatoes

The pub serves food from six different menus that vary by the day and time, with regular lunch and dinner menus plus a Friday happy hour menu, weekend menu, a panini menu and a late-night, “Midnight Madness” menu, with all sorts of items for $3, such as a corned beef on rye sandwich, a crab cake melt and a sesame Asian noodle salad, as well as 50-cent wings. Whether you’re heading out for an inexpensive, low-key meal or just anything decent to fill your stomach after a long night of drinking, they have something ready to satisfy you.

Join them in a birthday toast

While the original building was constructed in the first few years of the 20th Century, Cathy and Richard Burke bought it and turned it into The Irish Pub in 1972. The pub will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, with events being planned throughout the summer. Check out the pub’s website or follow it on Facebook to stay up-to-date on what they’re doing for its anniversary.


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