TAKE A SUMMER HOLIDAY IN DINGLE AT THE BARDS
The popular Irish pub will reimagine their menu this summer, inspired by Dingle, a surf town on the coast of Ireland known for amazing food and drink
I’d traveled to Dingle simply because a friend who loves food told me, “I’ve just been to the most amazing food town.” To which I said, “I thought you were in Ireland.”
– Michael Ruhlman, Saveur magazine, March 2017
From Memorial Day (5/29) through Labor Day (9/4), escape Philadelphia without ever leaving town: take a Summer Holiday in Dingle with The Bards. Beginning on Monday, May 29, the enduringly popular Irish bar will transport guests to Ireland’s premier surf break, the tiny town of Dingle, with a playful menu of contemporary coastal Irish fare, plus fun new cocktails and shooters perfect for the hottest days (and nights!) of summer.
“Say ‘Dingle’ to any surfer, and they’ll immediately know the famed break off the Irish coast; our summer food and drink specials bring that same sunny, laid-back atmosphere to the heart of Center City,” says General Manager Colin Vickery, who worked closely with new Chef Francisco Lara and The Bards’ bar team to develop the limited-time-only Holiday in Dingle Menus. “The coast of Ireland is home to some of the world’s finest seafood and shellfish, as well as tender lamb, fresh vegetables and fragrant herbs that are perfect for a summer menu.”
Inspired by Dingle’s world-class food and drink offerings, as featured in a March 2017 Saveur article about the small town, Vickery and Chef Lara worked together to add a fun Dingle-inspired slant to the bar’s already-popular offerings. Using authentic, imported Irish ingredients, the Holiday in Dingle Menu brings exciting new warm-weather flavors to the bar, such as:
- Fire-Roasted Lamb Kebab (click for photo), marinated in wild Irish herbs with lemon, olive oil, onion, tzatziki and Gyngel’s romesco, inspired by Irish chef Skye Gyngel’s own recipe
- Irish Rarebit (click for photo), toasted marble rye crostini topped with Irish cheddar, Coleman’s mustard, dill pickle and young sprigs of dill, perfect for warming up after a day spent catching waves in the chilly north Atlantic
- Mahi Mahi Tacos, a perennial surfers’ favorite the world over: lemon-cilantro marinated mahi mahi with pickled vegetable slaw, spicy aioli and fresh cilantro on corn tortillas
Other staples of The Bards’ menu, such as Shepherd’s Pie and Full Irish Breakfast, will remain available throughout the summer to complement the lighter Dingle fare.
The lively bar will also update their cocktail menu, adding summery twists on well-known drinks:
- North Atlantic (click for photo), an Irish variation on the Dark’n'Stormy, with Kraken black rum, Jameson Caskmates whiskey, ginger beer and fresh lime
- Friday Farmers Market, named for Dingle’s famed weekly market: house-made summer fruit-infused Stateside vodka with agave nectar, fresh lemon juice and soda water
- Shot in the Dark, a rotating sweet liquor shot made with house infusions, perfect for steamy summer nights ($3 each); the first featured Shot in the Dark will be Red Rum (click for photo), Cruzan rum and a top-secret blend of fruity liqueurs that Vickery perfected over a summer working at a dock bar on the Chesapeake Bay
Since taking the reins at The Bards in early 2016, Vickery has worked with owner Paddy Whelan to modernize and refresh the Rittenhouse landmark, known for serving Philadelphia’s best pint of Guinness. Whelan debuted The Bards in 1995 on an otherwise quiet block of Walnut Street; today, the neighborhood is home to critically acclaimed restaurants alongside lively bars. The Bards offers an unusually authentic Irish experience; owner Whelan resides in Ireland, but frequently travels to the States to visit The Bards and its two sister bars in Washington, DC. Thanks to a subtle makeover by Vickery, including fun strings of lights in the airy front dining area and comfortable high-top tables towards the fireplace at the rear, The Bards is as comfortable and welcoming as ever, known as a beacon of genuine Irish hospitality in the middle of bustling downtown Philadelphia.
About The Bards…The Bards is open daily for lunch and dinner, from 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday until 2 a.m. nightly. With multiple flat-screen televisions and comprehensive sports programming, it is among the city’s best places to catch a game, including all English Premier League matches. A jukebox and a MegaTouch add more playful reasons to visit, along with a friendly clientele and warm decor that channels the bar’s namesake, with portraits of famed Irish writers and hardcover books adorning the walls. The front dining area mimics an Irish courtyard, with cottage facades, leafy plants and windows that open wide onto Walnut Street, while the rear is cozier, with a candlelit fireplace and lengthy wooden church pews that offer an ideal place for groups to gather. Famed Quizzo master Johnny Goodtimes hosts a weekly Pub Quiz Night on Thursdays beginning at 9 p.m., and the bar also frequently puts on fun, interactive beer-focused events, showcasing their 20 draft handles, many devoted to local craft beers. Known for more than 20 years for tasty pints of Guinness, The Bards has also earned a reputation under Vickery’s leadership for reliably delicious pub fare, including Chef Lara’s tempting weekly specials, alongside a thoughtful selection of local and Irish craft beers and whiskies.
Full menu and additional hi-res photos are available upon request.