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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Dallas, TX (DFW)
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Find that Special Someone (night stand) at Tigín

From behind the taps, our bartenders witness a lot of interesting people-watching and arguably the dating scene generates the best shift fodder. Without question, I consider these bits of weekly entertainment just a little kick-back  - a morale booster, if you will, during some of those 14 hour shifts.

It’s 2015 and dating comes in all shapes and sizes and, more importantly, levels of competency.

Take Monday night for example  – a great night for Pub Quiz, after work drinks with the boss and strategic 1st dates.   I am not exactly sure if this is more rookie or a veteran move, but in any case, if your first date involves drinks on a Monday night, your date is not quite ready to show you to the world. This is a two-way street of course, but I feel like its my duty to tell you this dating truth.


Then there are Friday nights and Tinder.
  Swiping phones & geo-tracking a potential hook up from across the Pub. It absolutely happens.  It’s very James Bond techy-cool for the dating scene but (IMHO) lacks a bit of Daniel Craig smooth. Yes, I just compared Tinder to James Bond.

But this does segue nicely to our next topic — Singles Mixers and Speed Dating  - these are the creme de la creme of the people-watching nights. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT judging these folks for attending these events …only their dating skills. Take note:

#1     Do not wear sun glasses to a bar at night. Ever.

#2     Do not order the Guinness BBQ Wings.  Guys do like to see girls eat real food, but there are plenty of yummy dishes to choose from at the pub that are simply less messy  …unless you want your new fella licking your face on the very first date of course.

#3     Over-consumption. Just don’t do it. Have 1 or 2 and you’ll be Raj -from the Big Bang Theory – cool. Have 4 or 5 and you’ll leave the singles party just as you arrived.

Raj and Penny

#4     Do not order a round of shots called ‘slippery nipple’. It is not clever or cute.  Save boob jokes for your mates.

#5      Do not creep up behind a girl when she is dancing ...says every girl, right?  We all like a bit of craic and things do tend to unfold unexpectedly late night at an Irish pub. I’m just saying that this is a high-risk move that generally results in girl-groups circling the wagon on the dance floor.

I want to be clear though …Speed Dating events ARE a good laugh & a fun way to meet new people  …case in point:

We hosted a Speed Dating event last February and when our events manager, Stephanie, was going through the sheets to set up matches and exchange their contact info, one girl’s sheet read “Left with #6” and the rest of the sheet was blank.  Steph said it best, “high five girl”.

And here’s an actual segue, we really do see a lot of honest-to-goodness love matches and it warms our whiskey-loving hearts.  So many of our own staff meet their partners here as well.

And, to turn things back on us, you might be surprised to find out that new staff will often bring first and second dates to the pub. Can you imagine? It’s like throwing a sheep into the wolves’ den. It’s an industry, rookie lesson and, to our giddy satisfaction, always learned the hard way.

My point is, people do find love at our pub, which is actually designed to make socializing and dating easy and fun. You can mix with the crowd or find a quiet nook in a corner. Plus, we always keep the lights down low, the music up and the drinks flowing.

One of our regulars recently got engaged just this past Friday and, directly after calling her parents, came straight to the pub to share her good news! Not exaggerating. Check the happy couple out:

Fado Irish Pub in RiverNorth

And, here’s a photo of a couple who even got married at the pub:

Fado and dating

This happens too. People meet at Tigín and then they come back to celebrate this monumental occasion with us. And we are so grateful. Our customers, the craic, and watching you all find that special someone (night stand) is what makes our place so special to us. It really is cool to know that as you navigate the dating scene; the good, the bad, and even the WTF, you do so with us.

So when you step outside for that smoke break to build up your courage, or call your girlfriend to rescue you from a date gone bad or try to jump in a cab after last call with a girl so obviously trying to run from you — we got your back. There’s always next Saturday night!

Irish Breakfast blog - Edited

Screw Your Resolution in 2015

Time to say what everyone is starting to think: Screw your Resolution.  Of course, if you have resolved to start hitting the gym more often or resolved to be more active in your community, please don’t “screw it”. These are straight-up positive changes. But, if you SWEAR that this is the year to give up pub grub, bar food and the like, I’m saying, screw THAT. And here’s my argument:

Eat Better.  Don’t give it up, just do it better.  It’s 2015 and there’s just no reason to short-change yourself when it comes to good food and drink. Reason being ~ pub food is simply not the same bar food we were eating even 5 years ago. Yes, you’re in a pub. Yes, the menu consists of burgers, sandwiches, snacks and hearty entrees, but it is definitely NOT the same.

Our pub food at Tigín is fresh, from-scratch, house-made and contains no trans-fats or hydrogenated oils and here’s why: our customers spoke and we listened. It all started quite a few years back. And, to be honest, we were quite surprised about how much people knew about their food and how much they cared. It’s not just the raw food extremists who are jumping up and down about food preparation. It’s our dinner crowd, our younger brunch crowd and even the guys who pop in from the office after work just looking for a decent pint and a little nosh. Nowadays you can go to any city or any (decent or up-and-coming) neighborhood and the food trends all point towards quality food, served up with a fancy craft beer or house cocktail. And, if you really think about it, this broader evolution in the food industry makes really good sense. People who are looking for good beer and a quality atmosphere simply want to be able to eat well too.

At Tigín, we do understand that most folks would know us for our beer first. Sometimes it’s just one beer, <Guinness>, and we’re flattered, really. We get that food can be an after-thought with Tigín.  Man, if I had a dollar for every “you guys serve food?” comment. Or, a quarter for every time I heard “I didn’t realize your food was so good” …I’d be doing alright for myself.   It really shouldn’t come as a surprise though that we care as much about our food menu as we do our beverage menu.  How could you know that we spend thousands of dollars on our state of the art draft system, taps and glassware?

Quality and the little details really matter to us. We have the best HDTVs available so that our sports fans catch every play on game day. And our cutting edge sound system ensures that the craic is mighty come Saturday night.  So you shouldn’t be surprised, should you, that our corned beef and our sausages (with our own recipe) come from a 3rd generation butcher out of Vermont. Or, that our lamb is cooked for over 4 hours at low temps to ensure that it is fall-off-the-bone tender. That our fish is wild-caught. Or, that daily we bake our own Guinness and cheddar bread and all of our soups are from-scratch. Even our honey mustard sauce is made in-house with an imported UK condiment, Colman’s Mustard.

Times have simply changed. People care about what they are eating, even when it’s “pub grub”. So, I say, screw your resolution and just resolve to eat better.

   potatoes   prep 2  garnish prep 1Lamb Lamb searing on the grill   Lamb Dip  Pulled Lamb French Dip Lamb Topped Chips - Edited Lamb Topped Chips  Irish Breakfast blog  Irish Breakfast

batter boxty   Traditional Irish “Boxty”roasted red pepper sandwich Pub Soup and Sandwich

prep 5    Pub Soup

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Colmans Mustard      colmans mustard   HP sauce

Boxing Day MUFC

Boxing Day Games ~ A Christmas Tradition

One of my favorite (adopted) holidays of the year is Boxing Day, which is celebrated in the UK the day after Christmas. To catch you up, Boxing Day is a secular holiday that dates way back to the Middle Ages. Much of Europe and Canada acknowledge it as a national holiday as well. In Ireland though, December 26 is called St Stephen’s Day or Feast of St Stephen, which is a religious holiday to commemorate the patron Saint himself.   In all, its fair to say that its a day that pushes the limits of food and alcohol consumption …in the best way possible.

I’ve been to England well over a dozen times and spent at least half that many celebrating Boxing Day and I’ve never gotten a straight answer as to what we were actually celebrating. So here it is; according to wikipedia, its a holiday when tradesmen, those highly specialized, skilled service people such as carpenters, barbers, repairmen, bartenders and cobblers (yes, they still exist) would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers. So considering how far the tradition dates back, I probably should have questioned my father-n-law when he told me that Boxing day is “a day to get all your rubbish out to the recycling”.

Sam Smiths

He always enjoys winding me up, so whether he actually knows the real answer or not is ok, because he certainly knows how to celebrate the day just the same. Properly …with beer, food, family and, best of all, soccer.

That’s right, Boxing Day is a HUGE day for soccer in England.  Since most of the country is enjoying a Bank Holiday, there’s a full slate of games lined up in England. Take a look at this fixture list. It’s stacked.

Chelsea v West Ham

Burnley v Liverpool

Everton v Stoke

Manchester United v Newcastle

West Brom v Manchester City

Arsenal v QPR

Boro v Nottingham Forrest (Championship yo!)

In England, the kick off times are at noon, 3pm or 5pm (GMT) so there’s a legion of soccer fans who will enjoy a lazy morning (perhaps get their recycling done), hit the pub and, if they’re lucky, make their way to the stadium to watch their home team play.  Historically, Boxing Day home games always play in front of near to sell out crowds.  It’s simply a great day out with your mates or the family, regardless of where your team is in the table.  It’s just that kind of day.

Expats won’t get to march to any stadium to watch soccer here on Boxing Day in the States of course, but I feel safe to speak for at least a few of them when I say, a Pub like Tigín is the next best thing. I have watched the Boxing Day games at Tigín many times and its always a lazy, carefree day and a festive good time. And even though its not a Bank Holiday, St Stephen’s Day / Boxing Day (or simply the day after Christmas for us Yanks) DOES fall on a Friday this year.  This means that many folks will squeeze a long weekend out of it.  Friday Brunch anyone?

Footy fans atl french toast    Soccer fans Dortmund  Pool fans   service with a smile

Now, before you get your knickers in a twist, I’m not discounting how important this day is to the Irish at all. We are in fact an Irish Pub and St Stephen’s Day in Ireland is a very special, family day too.  But if you walk into our Irish Pub on December 26, you will find a wonderful melting pot of expats from all over the world and Americans. The point here is that a good bunch of them will have come down specifically to watch the Boxing Day games.

So while players from the other European leagues take a break at Christmas time to rest, the leagues in England will take to the field.  And, despite the ongoing debate, I selfishly hope this doesn’t change.

I used to jokingly state how grateful I was to know a few Brits so I had an excuse to celebrate Boxing Day.  Nowadays, it’s clear by the amount of Europeans and Americans at our Irish Pub on December 26, soccer fans in the States have all the excuse they need.

Scarves Annap    Irish Breakfast

Heineken cheese dip
Full brunch menu, including Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, craft beer and cocktails available on December 26. Please check the website for menu, specials and open hours.

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