Choices for St. Patrick’s day

By John Owen | Mar 15, 2012

Yogi Berra voiced an objection when some of his Yankee teammates suggested a popular site for  dining and drinking.

"Nobody goes there any more. It's too crowded," Yogi explained.

Brian Taylor has roots in New York, but he must not have been a Yankee fan.  Because he persists in opening drinking establishments that are too busy to be popular.

Recently my wife and I viewed an early show at the Edmonds Theater.

Then we sauntered over to Jack Murphy's Irish Pub for a refresher. We scored the last two seats in Brian Taylor's place and  I had to resort to a few hockey jabs to place an order at the bar.

An hour later we passed Daphne's wine bar on our way home.  The joint next to the theater has room for about 12 people, but often attracts twice that many, by the nifty execution of Brian's Law. Everybody goes there.  Because it's too busy.

If you don't believe me, check out Jack Murphy's Pub on St. Patrick's Day when a popular Irish rock band, Whiskey Galore, will be playing.

Of course, the whole town is jumping on Saint Patty's Eve.

Rory's always attracts lively crowds for this event.  So does Rory's other presence on Main Street, the Very Taki Tiki Bar and Grill. With a name like that, guess they must be shanty Irish.

Mick Finster's on Highway 99 has the right name, but a limited Irish atmosphere.

American Brewing Company in Harbor Square will have special events for the evening and will feature an oatmeal stout.  Around the corner is Gallagher's U-Brew.

But, for the first time, the event can be celebrated in Edmonds  in an authentic Irish pub.

I am told that the storefront on Fourth Avenue once housed the piano studio owned by Rick Steves' father.

And it is right across the street from Steves' Europe Through the Back Door travel outlet.

Presumably, Jack Murphy will have a next door neighbor, although Bill the Butcher has been promising a grand opening in Edmonds for over a year.

Brian Taylor and his wife, who own Daphnes' wine bars in Edmonds and Fairhaven, spent a couple of years in County Cork before returning to Edmonds to open their own Irish pub.

I don't know how they selected the name but it appealed to me because a late San Diego sports editor of my acquaintance was so highly esteemed that the city's sports facility was designated Jack Murphy Stadium.

Eventually the city went for the bucks and sold naming rights to the stadium to Qualcomm, although some San Diego natives still refer to the facility as "The Murph."

Everybody goes there, because it is too crowded.

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