The History of Irish Pubs, Part 1

Sepia photo of an Irish pub in DublinPub culture in Ireland has a long history full of camaraderie and friendship, and pubs have been a social and community center. The Irish pub is not only a place to drink, but a place where people can meet friends, neighbors, and create new relationships in a casual atmosphere.

The oldest pub in Ireland was established in the 10th century and resides in Athlone, County Westmeath. In the 19th century, Irish pubs needed to adapt to the declining spirit sales and developed a “spirit grocery” system. Pub owners would combine their business with other business aspects, such as a grocery or hardware store. This trend continued until the introduction supermarkets and grocery store chains in the 1960s.

Irish pubs first began serving food in the 1970s and have been associated with a variety of great writers in Irish culture. James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Oscar Wilde have all written stories centered within an Irish pub. Irish pubs are also a host of great music experiences, and their inclusive atmosphere allows musicians of all types to come together and play for customers.

Irish pubs can create a pleasant atmosphere between friends and strangers who visit. If you are looking for a pub in La Grange, IL, with the look and feel of a traditional Irish pub, visit Kenny’s Irish Pub today.