Mickey's Favorite Bands and Pubs

During Mickey Mulligan's travels, many different pubs have provided a pint, and many different bands have provided a tune.  This page is dedicated to all of those hard-working individuals, whether musicians, pub owners, managers or bartenders who provide their fans and patrons with the smiles and laughter that make the world a fine place to live.  Mickey Mulligan and The Travelers are in no way endorsed, supported, paid off or buggered by any of these pubs or bands.  Likewise, Mickey Mulligan and The Travelers are not trying to say these are the only or the best pubs and bands out there; they just happen to be some of Mickey's favorites.

Pubs


Moonshine Gulch Saloon
Rochford, South Dakota

This saloon originally opened in the 1870s during the Black Hills gold rush, and has been in more-or-less continuous operation since that time.  It is located in a town with a population of twenty-five (depending on the year ) and is run by Betsy and Roy Harn, and frequented by some of the finest and most interesting folks you'll ever meet.  Painting by Jon Crane.



Paddy O'Leary's Irish Pub
Pensacola Beach, Florida

Owners Gary and Sťamas are usually drinking right along with their patrons, which just adds to this hole-in-the-wall Irish pub, located right on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  With Guinness on tap, friendly bartenders and waitresses, live music, and only a short walk to the beach, it is no wonder that patrons continue to return night after night and year after year.


Rooney's Public House
Stafford, Virginiaa

Paddy and Helen run this family-owned favorite among Marines from Quantico Marine Base in northern Virginia.  With its distinct character, historical military photos adorning the walls, and some of the best grub around, this is one of the finest watering holes around.  Only an hour or less south of D.C., it's actually tucked into a mall off exit 143 on I-95, but don't let that fool you!



Hemingway's

Beaufort, South Carolina

This hole-in-the-wall, located just across the park from the Intracoastal Waterway in the basement of an old bank, is the watering hole for many of the local characters of the Beaufort, South Carolina area.  Owned and run by a couple of Aussies (appropriately surnamed Foster, but of no relation to that disgusting brew) they provide excellent food and entertainment.


O'Malley's 1842 Pub

Weston, Missouri

This pub is on the site of the oldest brewery west of the Hudson River, established in 1842.  The brewery was located on the surface, with six underground cellars for the storage of beer.  Three of these cellars have been converted to the pub, on three different underground levels.  The O'Malleys serve a fine pint of Guinness and pub food within this amazing historical setting.

 

 


Hemingway's

Beaufort, South Carolina

This hole-in-the-wall, located just across the park from the Intracoastal Waterway in the basement of an old bank, is the watering hole for many of the local characters of the Beaufort, South Carolina area.  Owned and run by a couple of Aussies (appropriately surnamed Foster, but of no relation to that disgusting brew) they provide excellent food and entertainment.


Tom Giblin's Irish Pub
Carlsbad, California

Owned and run by Ned Giblin, this pub was named after his grandfather, who once ran a pub back in Ireland.  Their food and drinks are all Irish in origin, and the pub provides musical entertainment, including, often, from Ned himself, who is a fine guitarist and mandolin player.  Located in southern California, it is a handy drive for anyone stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Mo & O'Malley's Irish Pub
Norfolk, Virginia

This cozy hole-in-the-wall is a great spot to enjoy live Irish entertainment from a variety of performers almost every night of the week.  It was the first true Irish pub Mick discovered after moving to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  Their pub fare will more than satisfy your  hunger, and they'll pour a fine pint of draught Guinness to satisfy your other desires.


 

The Bier Garden
Portsmouth, Virginia

Owned and run by an immigrant family, this authentic German restaurant would otherwise seem an unlikely spot for Mick to play or hang out.  But the authenticity of their German dishes, the friendly service, and of course the over 300 varieties of beer to choose from have made this one of Mick's favorite establishments.  Enjoy the actual bier garden any season of the year.

Old Shillelagh
Detroit, Michigan

This pub is located only a few blocks west of the Henry Ford Renaissance Center, which is just north of the famous Detroit Mariner's Church.  Many of the locals frequent this pub, along with area students, and live entertainment is provided frequently during the week by Irish singers such as Billy Dixon and Terry Murphy.  Stop in for a pint if you're in the Detroit area.


Morrigan's Irish Pub
Okinawa, Japan

This pub, located in Ginowan City on the island of Okinawa, is where Mickey Mulligan first put together the band The Travelers.  It opened in March 1999, after the successful first year of the first Morrigan's, located in Yokosuka on the mainland.  It serves up a strong pint of Guinness, and a wide variety of fine Irish food, and there is live entertainment.

Bands


Two Pot Screamers
Okinawa, Japan

This traditional Irish band was formed by the talented duo Jonathan Chai and Daryl Craig.  Their forte is Irish session music, played on the fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle and concertina.  They frequently have other musicians sitting in to play the piano accordion or various percussion instruments.



Molly's Revenge
Santa Cruz, California

This is an outstanding four-piece Celtic band composed of multi-talented musicians that play instruments ranging from the banjo and bouzouki to the Scottish Highland Bagpipes and tin whistle.  Their mixture of Irish drinking songs and traditional jigs and reels will keep you coming back for more.


White Sands Panhandle Band
Pensacola, Florida

Named after the White Sands of Pensacola, this twenty-plus year old band has changed musicians over the year, every one of them  with extreme talent.  They play mostly bluegrass with quite a few selections of country and folk music as well.  Their lightning fast rendition of Orange Blossom Special is beyond belief.

Martin Marron
Norfolk, Virginia

Martin is a lively, accomplished entertainer Mick met while playing the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  Martin has travelled extensively, playing his vast repertoire of Irish folk songs and displaying his comic wit throughout the U.S. and Ireland.  His live CD in Norfolk with fiddler Charlie Austin is a must have.


Greg Camp
Kansas City

Greg and his fellow musicians play a fine mix of upbeat country and blues, with Greg's unmistakable raspy voice belting out the lyrics.  They have been playing in the Kansas City area for many years, and have shared the stage with such musicians as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Clint Black, David Allen Coe and Steve Miller.


Bob Reeder

Kansas City

Another solo artist, Bob plays not only countless traditional Irish tunes, but many of the tunes that have become popular in American Irish pubs as well.  He has a faithful following of fans who frequent the pubs at which he plays.  He sings his tunes backed up by his talented playing of numerous instruments.

 

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