BEST IRISH PUB - 2005
Authenticity is everything with an Irish pub, so sorry, Minneapolis. Nobody does the Irish thing like St. Paul. The Liffey is located in the heart of the city's downtown, in a hotel, next to a sex shop and pizzeria, and, after a few Guinnesses, it can sometimes feel like a stop on some Bloomsday tour or another. Located in the Holiday Inn-River Centre, the Liffey is more like a train station than a pub, but with all those hard-drinking pug-faced St. Paul lads and lasses swaying to the sounds of Tom Dahill, Saint Dominic's Trio, or the Sweet Colleens, and looking like they just got off the boat, it can make you hanker for a home you never had. "The pipes, the pipes are calling," indeed.