Inspired by the environment of the Irish cottage and its essential hearth, Tigín (meaning small cottage) encompasses both modern amenities and traditional values— Tigín the perfect place to find comfort.

We consider Tigín a different type of Irish pub. We blend the best of the old with the best of the new. Our decor and friendly staff evoke images of the great old pubs of Ireland whereas our style of operating – our music, food, beverages – connects more so with the contemporary pubs and bars of modern Ireland.

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Premiership is back! Who are ya?

Yippee! Premiership starts August 16!

Our Saturday and Sunday mornings are about to fill up with the best excuse to drink Guinness before noon, ever  …English Premier League soccer.

Yep, we’ll proudly open our doors early each weekend for the next 9 months to show live EPL matches.  We also offer prizes with weekly predictor games, a full brunch menu, & drink specials. Football is our thing! We also have set up our own private fantasy league through the Official Fantasy League of the Barclays Premier League ...because we know that this is your thing too.

And, despite the fact that Luis Suarez has made his move to Barcelona and La Liga (a bummer really, he was fantastic to watch last season), there’s some pretty exciting stuff to look forward to no doubt!

**Man United have an impressive new boss, Louis van Gaal.
**Alexis Sanchez transferred to Arsenal
**Cesc Fabregas is now at Chelsea
**Tim Howard remains at Everton (ok, so this isn’t news, but he’s a Legend and I just like talking about him)

And, off the heels of the World Cup summer, we are anticipating some pretty exciting changes at the Pub too. I’m talking about all the new fans …which actually kicked off last year when NBC bought the television rights to EPL.  Point is, NBC did a helluva job educating the average American sports fan and converting them to soccer this past year. The commercials and stories the network produced appealed to hardcore Premier fans and seduced newbies too.  Remember Coach Ted Lasso?  He’s back. It’s great.

The ratings from last year show you hard results but the fans, the guys and gals who adopted English club teams and became regulars at our Pub each week …are all the proof WE need.

Sure, the new generation of American soccer fans may not all be so savvy. That’s ok.  150+ years of culture, stats and history is a lot to cover for a newbie, no matter how many pre-show round ups you watch. I say, make room at the bar and have a little natter.  There’s always someone  “who was there when” and its this kind of banter that makes game day at the Pub great …so, the more the merrier.

Best part, starting September NFL fans will be doing the schooling. Expats and Americans, together in an Irish Pub eating brunch, drinking coffee [beer] watching both kinds of football- on the same day- is what we call a symbiotic relationship.  It’s kinda like those little fish that swim side by side with whales. They both really do need each other. So, to those jumping into EPL this season …go on and pick a team (pick your fantasy team too) and gear up!

Pre-Season Checklist:

1) Gear up (check out our EPL tees from our fancy new store!)

2) Join our Tigin Irish Pub Private League http://fantasy.premierleague.com *Just use code: 1077511-257027

3) Help us help you! If you sign up for our newsletter and/or follow us on Facebook, we’ll remind ya when the big games are coming up too.

4) Watch this short clip of the top 6 goals of 2013-2014 season ...just to wet your whistle. 

Remember …regardless of whether or not you know who won the League in 1993, you just need be able to answer this 1 question on the 1st day of the season ...who are ya?   

Soccer EPL 1  soccer 4 - beers  

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Seasonal Drinks Testing: It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it

I love my job. Not many people can say that and actually mean it. But, a couple of times a year, I REALLY love my job ….it’s about the time that seasonal drinks menu development chatter starts. And, then it happens. I get an email invite with a subject line that reads something to the effect of:

“Invite: happy hour / drinks testing”

We are professionals and there is a A LOT that goes into this process, so I certainly don’t want to minimize the “Research and Strategy” end of things. Our guys work hard on this. The planning begins months in advance, starting informally, digging into the research; reviewing bar trends, restaurant news, as well as our own sales trends. Honestly though, all the feedback we get from our bartenders (the guys on the front line) probably the most important data out there. After all, we learned from them that Fireball whiskey was literally “on fire” a few years back and that Pappy Van Winkle is the stuff dreams are made of. We try hard to learn from everyone.

When we put our seasonal drinks menu together the process goes something like this-

Step 1: Settle on a theme, which usually revolves around the season we’re planning for (ie. vodkas are fashionable and mixable, fresh made is vitally important, simple ingredients the staple)

Step 2: Partner with 4-5 vendors who are charged with bringing their best, newest ideas to the table

Step 3: TEST DRINKS

Step 4: Narrow down the drinks and decide on the names.

You may surprised to learn that execution or glassware is never a deterrent for us as it relates to drink selections. Of course every bartender loathes the frozen cocktail, but if it was our THING, you’d see it on our drink menu too. Consider Irish coffee. Ever see how many steps are involved in that sucker? Imagine how awkward the glass for that concoction is to stack. Now think about how many of those we make every day.  How do they all fit behind the bar? “The glass matters” is a thing for us, so we found a way. Because, Irish coffees are absolutely what we do and there isn’t a time of day that you won’t see one going across the bar.

Warm, comforting, delicious, perfection….
Bushmills Irish Whiskey and brown sugar in hot coffee, topped with fresh cream and cinnamon swirls.

Irish coffee

OK, so back to the PROCESS. Obviously there is one step in there that is just too much fun. The Testing. It really is an afternoon of work that could make an accountant cry. I told you how it starts- with the email invite- but in the background a bit of work has gone into making this afternoon of sampling go smoothly- people running around to find ingredients that may not yet be in season, carrying bottle after bottle of stuff no one’s seen before. Setting up scoring sheets, inviting VIP’s – the logistics are a little daunting.

Luckily, my services are needed for basically the fun stuff (the sampling) so when I show up I just see a buffet of ingredients; such as glasses, waters, liquor, various jiggers and other mixing essentials as well as straws, dish towels (its a messy affair to be sure) and a lively bunch chattering away, more than happy to be called up for their services.

 Drinks Sampling

Happy Hour Testing goes down like this:

a Host

- ie one of our fabulous industry friends who’s worked up some drink ideas based on previous needs and wants from the menu theme (see planning steps above). Usually they’ve consulted with the nation’s hottest mixologists to see what people are drinking in New York, London, Tokyo and Los Angeles. Sometimes it matters. Sometimes it doesn’t.  Trends can start anywhere. Funny thing is, sometimes the oldest recipes are the hippest -for example bitters are all the rage right now. These guys are fantastic and, trust me, they know what the are doing.

Recipe books

- so we know what goes into each of the 8-10 drinks we are sampling. It’s always amazing how things change when they are blended.  Sometimes the best sounding things don’t work and the wackiest combinations are the most sublime.

Score sheets and pencils

- this is where you give your opinion of whatcha like, don’t like and why. Each drink, including the potential name is documentented. My handwriting skills may diminish somewhat as the task progresses, but fortunately, that’s someone else’s problem.

The Testers

We usually have a variety of people from work as well as friends of people from work. We always want to have a good mix of guys AND gals. This is important.  Men and women drink differently, though that is changing. It makes sense.  Men and women process alcohol differently. It’s basic physiology-not politics.  What’s interesting though is that the sexes are starting to come together. For example, more women are drinking whiskey and more men are drinking fruity.  Which brings us to…

Straws- lots of Straws.

And, we get down to business …. We use straws to taste. The idea is to dip the straw into the cocktail and hold the liquid in with the suction from your finger covering the top end -just like you did with your milk when you were a kid. If we like it, then we usually take a healthy swig (just to be sure). Then, we score and describe. Too tart? Not enough lime? Need more sparkle? All goes down on the ratings cards.  Sometimes we tweak recipes on the spot and try again. Everyone has an opinion. But, it is always interesting because with spirits being of such high quality these days, you usually know from a first taste if there is something to work with.  Less is always more.  Still, everyone has an opinion and feedback is encouraged.

So that’s it. Not bad, eh? And, the best part …that is just one vendor! One drink! Yep, we get to do this over the course of a couple of weeks for up to 6 cocktails. AND, we also test beer! Oh joy!

And, here is a drink from the 2014 summer drinks menu that came about from exactly this process:

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The Berry Good
American Harvest Organic Vodka, agave syrup, freshly muddled strawberries, sparkling wine

As a side note, you’ll also find Crabbie’s Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer on our summer drinks menu. This is a dangerously tasty drink, served over ice with a slice of orange.  During testing though, folks got creative and, in the end, we found that there are a variety of spirits that mix well with Crabbie’s, notably peach schnapps (hello!) ….and, you can’t go wrong with a nice Kentucky bourbon.

Crabbie's Orange

Not a bad day at the office, right? So, what do you think about joining us next go-round?  We’d sure love to have you so be on the look out. We will have more details soon about how you can be on the team for the next go around this Fall!

INSTAGRAM CONTEST: In the meantime, follow us on Instagram @tiginirishpub and let us know what cocktails you are loving this summer (one of our signatures or your own seasonal faves –just gotta be at the pub).

Be sure to tag #tigingram  **We’ll be rewarding winners each Monday with Pub gift cards through the end of August.

 The Berry Good

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My World Cup Hangover

After any good binge, there’s always that dreaded feeling of regret. You know it, right? It’s an irrational, melancholy take-over that (for me) so often happens after a great night out with friends and one too many.  Could be my age (yes, it’s because of my age) but I always wake up entirely too early and feel the loss.  And, it just never syncs up.  Even if I had spent the previous night (how I intended) staying up late, laughing, and sharing stories with good friends. Always …the next day, it hits. Whoomp. Back to reality.  Everything ends.

For the past month, I have done little else besides talk about, read or watch soccer. I was on a World Cup binge and now I am paying the consequences. Granted, I do work for an Irish Pub so it is technically my JOB to behave this way …it doesn’t make it any more normal though. And lucky for me, as a fan of the sport and the spectacle, the World Cup was everything I hoped it would be;  world class soccer, sensational stories on and off the field and an exceptional showing by the US Men’s National Team AND the American fanbase.  And, despite a skeptical press, Brazil was a great host while Germany, the complete team, proved to be the consummate champions in the end.

TEN SECOND TIME OUT: Just 1 last replay of the Mario Götze goal here.

Yet, just like a great night out (but TIMES 20) its now over and I am left with a massive hangover that absolutely requires a remedy…wet the hair of the dog. Pronto.

First, I’ve got my reliable go-to in the summer, the MLS, which is host to national heroes Dempsey, Beasley and Beckerman (to name a few). And it’s certainly nice to see them back and scoring goals (well, specifically Dempsey scoring goals for Sounders FC)

But, if like me you need something a bit ‘stronger’ for your World Cup hangover cure, luckily we now have the International Champions Cup - sponsored by Guinness (bonus!).

From July 24 – August 4, you’ll get a sorta random mix of eight teams representing the Premiership, SuperLeague Greece, La Liga, and Serie A in 2 groups.  Although it is random, the teams are top class to be sure.  Now, I do feel a bit badly for the players that their summer is cut short (ok, not really) but this mini soccer tourney affords us American fans the opportunity to see the best in the world in our stadiums, namely Denver, Chicago, DC, Philadelphia and Miami. I have tickets to Charlotte and, I am not going to lie, Suarez up and leaving the EPL for Barcelona FC (and 128 million dollars) is a stinker. I am though still pretty stoked to see Liverpool FC take on AC Milan nonetheless! Every self respecting soccer bar will be showing these games live …because the ICC is like a nice Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning.  It will sooth our heads as we countdown to the start of the EPL season.  On August 10, Arsenal take on Manchester City in the annual Community Shield. Then, on August 16 we have a full day of games starting at the crack of dawn. And, that’s when we fall off the wagon again. Hard.

Btw – fair to say Everton FC is going to sell a few extra Howard jerseys this year, right? And, I couldn’t be more happy for Tim [Brand] Howard …he’s legend and he’s getting paid.

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