We Cater to You: Let Kildare’s Plan Your Festive Party!

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We Cater to You: Let Kildare’s Plan Your Festive Party!

At Kildare’s of West Chester, we’re here to ensure your upcoming party will be a rousing success—and that you’re the holiday hero! Whether you want to hold your festive gathering at our freshly updated pub or serve our delicious offerings at your workplace or home, executive chef Stephanie Gray is excited to design a delicious menu sure to be the highlight of holiday get-together.

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Those who would like to hold a festive party with drinks and light fare might consider platters such as goat cheese, apple and honey crostini or our prosciutto with blue cheese-wrapped dates. Other popular finger foods include a custom order of our pork belly, portobello, crab cakes and deluxe burger sliders. Whatever you have in mind—from a happy hour to a full five-course feast—we have you covered.

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Chef Stephanie takes pride in developing your perfect festive menu. “People generally ask our advice about what they should get when booking parties,” she said. “We really pride ourselves on our ability to customize any party menu to the wants and needs of the people that are booking it.”

Whether you want to take your staff to a holiday lunch or hold dinner for your extended family, Kildare’s of West Chester is ready to relieve the holiday pressure. “We don't want you to stress about anything having to do with the food,” Stephanie added. “We make that part easy; we can accommodate you!”

Stephanie recommends reaching out soon, though, since the key to a successful holiday party is proper planning. “Generally, we need a few weeks to prepare. Since we make everything fresh, we want enough time to can get everything in—we order about a week out.”

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Stephanie’s advice for preparing a delicious party menu? “I like to recommend that people do limited menus. I often create menus for people, and then they rebook because it was so easy for them to relax knowing their guests had a great meal.”

How about the age-old question: To buffet or not to buffet? According to Stephanie, , “In my opinion, buffets take away from the presentation and freshness of the dish, as it can sit for some time in the buffet line. If someone wants a buffet, I recommend dishes that hold up well to being heated for a period of time. Shepherd's pie is a great choice, as are chicken or pork dishes and, of course, pasta.”

This holiday season, tap into chef Stephanie and her Kildare’s of West Chester team’s experience. Contact us now, and we’ll develop the memorable menu that your friends and family will savor this holiday season. Take a look at our catering menu or call us at (610) 431-0770 to chat.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

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Kildare's Running of The Turkeys Returns to West Chester

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Kildare's Running of The Turkeys Returns to West Chester

One of West Chester’s most unique runs is trotting our way!

It’s Kildare’s of West Chester’s eighth annual Running of the Turkeys, where costumed competitors will once again carry frozen turkeys through the streets of West Chester in this one-mile fun run before donating their big bird to John DeBella’s annual Turkey Drop.

Many of the runners take the best costume competition more seriously than being the fastest runner! Previous participants have dressed as pilgrims, Santa Clauses and even turkeys. Runners have been known to carry their frozen bird in innovative ways, too, including in backpacks, wagons and baby strollers. So if you plan on running, be creative! It’s a sight to see, and it’s all happening on Sunday, November 19, with a great post-race party at Kildare’s.

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This one-mile fun run is a race that the whole family can enjoy planning and participating in as a team. Brainstorm with the kids on how to best carry the frozen turkey and get creative with your costumes. Pull out those reindeer ears or dig out that Thanksgiving play costume, dress as a chef or even a mustachioed John DeBella from 102.9 WMGK! Develop your family plan for hoisting or wheeling that turkey through the streets with pride. If you’re not sure about running this year, come on out to cheer on those who are. It’s a festive and colorful run that will have everyone grinning with joy and stir up your Thanksgiving spirit!

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If you’d like to run, show up to Kildare’s at 11 a.m. with your frozen turkey, which is the price of admission. For those who can’t buy a turkey in advance, a limited number of turkeys will be on sale at Kildare’s, so arrive early to secure yours. All turkeys and proceeds are donated to the annual John DeBella Turkey Drop, which will be broadcast on WMGK on the morning of November 21. Last year’s turkey drop delivered almost 10,000 turkeys to area families!

Feeling particularly strong this year? You may want to race in the 100-pound division. Simply show up and carry more than 100 pounds of turkey for special recognition! Last year, five runners carried more than 100 pounds of frozen birds. Burn the calories on Sunday so you feel less guilty consuming all those calories on Thursday.

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West Chester businesses have generously donated prizes that will be awarded for the following categories: Fastest Man, Fastest Woman, Fastest Boy, Fastest Girl, Most Turkeys Carried, Most Creative Carry, Best Holiday Outfit and Heaviest Turkey.

Save the date and start talking up your race strategy today! We hope to see you on Sunday, November 19, at Kildare’s of West Chester. Remember, registration starts at 11 a.m. and the one-mile race takes place at noon.

Good luck to all race participants!

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Photos: Jim Breslin
 

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Four Ingredients You Need in Your Kitchen

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Four Ingredients You Need in Your Kitchen

After a hectic day, stop by Kildare’s of West Chester. We’re always here to provide comfort food with a pint and friendly service. Although we offer takeout meals, we understand that some nights you might just want to stay in, make something simple and put your feet up. We asked executive chef Stephanie Gray to share some tips so that, on those “stay-in” nights, you have everything needed to prepare a simple yet delicious meal at home.

Chef Stephanie recommends that you stock these four simple ingredients:

Sea Salt

Adding a pinch of sea salt to any simple recipe adds an extra dimension. “Sea salt, compared to table salt, provides a better flavor, and I find no salt is needed after the dish is completed,” she explained.

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Salted Butter

Everything is better with butter. When pulling together a simple meal, butter provides a creamy texture. Salted butter also lasts longer in the fridge, since the salt acts as a natural preservative.

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Any Type of Onion

While onions aren’t usually the headliners of a dish, they play a supportive role in bringing out the flavors of a dish. Sliced finely, they add a sweetness and a crunch that elevates a simple meal.

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Good Parmesan Cheese

Pick up a block of quality Parmesan cheese and your life will be changed for the better. Chef Stephanie points out that when freshly grated, Parmesan has a softer, more easily meltable quality compared to the pre-grated Parmesan found on store shelves—and that makes your simple, home-cooked meal even more delicious. Block Parmesan also stays fresh longer.

These four ingredients are versatile and work with whatever else you have in your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator. Chef Stephanie says, “These ingredients can ‘make’ a dish. When it’s late and you need to eat, try this quick idea with a few other favorite ingredients—it’s heaven! Simply choose good olive oil, Parmesan cheese, a few red pepper flakes and pasta. Say no more!”

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Of course, if you want to feel like a chef in your home kitchen, you need the right tools of the trade. Chef Stephanie recommends that everyone keeps a few staple tools on hand. Her top choices:

A Zester

The secret to adding a pinch of citrus to your simple meals, a zester allows you to safely skim a bit of a lemon peel (or lime or orange peel) to add some zing.

A Microplane for Grating Cheeses

Since you’re going for the good block Parmesan cheese now, invest in a quality grater. Finely grating your cheese brings out all that melting goodness in a way that slicing cheese with a knife just can’t do. We prefer a small microplane with a comfortable handle.

A Good Pair of Tongs

Simple dishes are often tossed together, literally, and so you’ll want to use a pair of tongs. Whether mixing a pasta, a salad or a pasta salad, you’ll create a more evenly distributed mix and spill less of your dish on the counter when using the correct tool.

A Quality Chef’s Knife

How sharp is your chef’s knife? Is it versatile enough for thinly slicing garlic or piercing a large squash? A quality chef’s knife is a must-have in the kitchen. Your knife should be so sharp that you don’t have to apply too much pressure to pierce the skin of a tomato. The old adage that a sharper knife is safer than a dull knife is true.

There you have it: four key ingredients and a few essential tools to keep in your kitchen! Jot down what you need so you have these items on your next grocery list. Of course, we hope to see you at Kildare’s soon, where we love to cook for you, but on those nights you need to escape the world and chill out at home, you’ll be all set.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Jim Breslin

Featured photo: Bigstock; all other photos: Pixabay

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To Go: Kildare's Full Menu Makes Inspired Takeout

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To Go: Kildare's Full Menu Makes Inspired Takeout

In search of quality food without the cooking hassle? We just happen to know where you can get an excellent gourmet meal to go in West Chester—Kildare’s of West Chester! Our elevated pub fare is the natural choice when you want fresh food without firing up the stove and doing the dishes yourself. Just order online or by phone and pick up.

Whether you’re looking for a solution to fill your ravenous family on the way home from work or seeking a clever change-up for a romantic stay-at-home night in, our menu has something for you. We use fresh ingredients (sourced locally, when possible) and prepare dishes with the same care we use to make our family’s homemade meals.

The best part (besides the food)? Takeout also includes our weekly specials, which range from blackened salmon cobb salad to grilled chicken tacos with chipotle strawberry sauce and black bean corn salsa.

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Be the dinner hero with go-to crowd-pleasers such as burgers or cheesesteaks and feel free to add pork belly or rashers on your burger, or choose steak, chicken or portobello for your cheesesteak. Our famous wings are perfect for football games on the weekend, too!

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Want the full Kildare’s dinner experience at home? Try Chef Stephanie Gray’s next-level entrees, including pesto salmon on Israeli couscous topped with tri-pepper salsa; Shepherd’s pie, the ultimate Irish stew finished with crispy fried onions, grilled New York strip steak slathered with a dried cherry demi and accompanied by mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables and so much more!

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For a workday (or any day!) lunch, lighter options such as a salad or a Goat Cheese, Apple & Honey Toastie hit the spot.

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Pro tip: Arrive a few minutes early for pick up and visit with our friendly bartenders for a drink. Nothing beats a hearty meal with the family or in front of the TV—your choice—after enjoying a Japanese Whisky or a craft beer.

Digging Kildare’s vibe? A reminder that we also host on-site parties in our many beautiful rooms! We can offer buffets as well as customized, limited menus for small and large parties. Bringing inspired food home to your friends—or bringing your friends to the party at Kildare’s—is easy when our expert kitchen is at the helm. Give us a ring or order online!

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.


Jay Breslin

Photos: Kildare's of West Chester

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From Lord of The Rings to The Simpsons: Why Kildare's is Your Trivia Headquarters

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From Lord of The Rings to The Simpsons: Why Kildare's is Your Trivia Headquarters

We regularly host live entertainment at Kildare’s in West Chester, and one of the most exciting events is our recurring trivia night. At least once a month, we gather with friends and guests around must-play games that go perfectly with our great food and all-encompassing drink selection. Get ready for five rounds of questions based on television shows, movies or book series as teams compete for the chance to win cool prizes!

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We Quiz on an Array of Subjects

We host trivia nights across a span of genres, from Lord of the Rings to The Simpsons. The inner nerd inside of us demands diversity, and our trivia nights follow those eclectic tastes. In the past, comedy-driven nights have proven hilarious and engaging while fantasy trivia matches have resulted in fierce competition between brainiacs. Whether you’ve read every line of The Fellowship multiple times or can recite every episode of season 3 of The Simpsons, there’s a trivia night for you!

Drinks Flow

If you have partaken in a competitive night of trivia, you know drinks are a must. At Kildare’s in West Chester, we have something to please every palate, with more than two dozen draft beers and ciders. For something a bit more thought-provoking, our long list of whiskeys from around the world is sure to offer something familiar and classic next to something new and unheard of.

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Prizes for Winners

On to the good stuff! We love to reward the teams who display the most knowledge in their field (or interest!). We work hard to gift our winners with something special that plays off the evening's theme. Past prizes have included a Game of Thrones flag and a painting of Seinfeld favorite, Kramer. Since gift cards are the gift that always fits, expect to see those being handed out, too. We plan to award first place a $50 gift card, plus other prizes related to the theme; second place a $25 gift card; and third place a $15 gift card during September's Trivia Night. Plus, we will also give out a $25 gift card to the person best-dressed as related to the theme! Bonus: On the night of, the cost of a ticket will be given back to you in the form of a gift card.

Our next trivia night will take place on Tuesday, September 19, and feature Lord of The Rings, with questions based on the whole series! Reserve your team by purchasing a ticket here. RSVP and invite friends here. Teams are to be no more than six people. Get more information here. Will you be the one team to rule them all?

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.


Jay Breslin

Photos, top to bottom: Kildare's; Bigstock; Kildare's

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Kildare’s Fresh Face: Grab a Drink, Check Out Our New Look

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Kildare’s Fresh Face: Grab a Drink, Check Out Our New Look

Those dining outside at Kildare’s of West Chester this summer have taken notice of our newly painted storefront—a striking black with rich gold accents—and our welcoming “heartthrob” red front door. Now, we’re working on exciting renovations that open up and brighten the interior space, while maintaining the Irish charm you’ve come to expect. We’d love for you to stop by for a pint and see what we’ve been working on!

To start, our entrance across from the hostess station has been painted bright yellow and will soon be a showcase for community photos and plaques, including photos of the Kildare’s Little League team.

The most impressive update has taken place over at the long bar in the room on the right side of the restaurant. Regulars will recall that the bar had been split into small sections by large partitions, which made it difficult to catch views of new potential friends that might be sitting only a few bar stools away. These partitions have been removed, opening up the space beautifully, giving those on bar seats a spectacular view of the entire room. “Part of going to a bar is people-watching, so this opens it up so you can see the whole space,” owner Dane Gray recently explained. “The bar is more open and inviting than ever.”

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The front space of the right room pays homage to soccer teams from the United States and the UK. One wall is painted in the colors of Dane’s favorite team, Liverpool, with the team’s logo and team phrase “You’ll never walk alone.” A framed large-screen television hangs across from comfortable seating, providing a cozy niche when watching soccer games. Another wall is painted in the colors of the Philadelphia Union, with a framed autographed jersey anchoring the space. Dane and executive chef Stephanie Gray have also recently framed Pele and David Beckham jerseys, among others, that will be hanging on the walls soon.

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While Kildare’s is a popular space for watching soccer games, the bar is also known for hosting a mix of rock-androll and Irish bands, so we’ve updated the back of the restaurant to reflect our passion for live music.

On the back wall, next to the music stage, artist Jodie Schaffer has painted an impressive mural that displays an Irish band in full jam. A bearded man shuts his eyes in concentration as he blows the tin whistle and the fiddle player looks up at the sky. They are accompanied by the squeezebox player and a man playing a bodhrán. When you stop to admire the mural, we recommend also turning to your right to examine the stone pillar, a fascinating trompe l’oeil.

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Those heading to the restrooms will want to check out the walls plastered with colorful flyers featuring iconic rock ‘n roll acts such as The Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, David Bowie and John Lennon.

As the evolution at Kildare’s continues, we’ll be updating the ceiling above the left bar, and removing a partition to open up the seating area right past that bar. Plans are also underway to renovate the quaint back dining area into a charming Irish cottage, and the back deck is getting a makeover. We invite you in for a pint and some classic food, and hope you’ll enjoy the ever-evolving feel of Kildare’s!

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.


Jim Breslin

Photos: Jim Breslin

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Premier League Soccer Starts Now with a Weekly Crossbar Challenge at Kildare’s!

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Premier League Soccer Starts Now with a Weekly Crossbar Challenge at Kildare’s!

Premier League Soccer Starts Now with a Weekly Crossbar Challenge at Kildare’s!

The start of the Premier League soccer season is finally upon us! After an intense summer of games, including The FA Cup FinalChampions League FinalFIFA Confederations Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup, we are geared up for the fiercely competitive matches ahead.

To get in the true spirit of the season, we at Kildare’s in West Chester are hosting a weekly Crossbar Challenge. The rules are simple: if a player takes a shot and it goes off the crossbar (the top bar of the goal post, not the vertical posts) during the weekly game of our choosing, then everyone gets a free drink! Have you ever been more excited for missed goals? Join us to watch the game for your chance to win.

The Premier League season will get off to an exciting start, especially after the dust from several trade deals settles. Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho will be one to watch, as it seems Liverpool will hold on to him after rejecting a bid of 100 million euros from Barcelona. Last year, Coutinho scored 14 goals and spent 6 weeks out with an ankle injury. Reigning champs Chelsea will look to retain their title as league favorites, and Manchester City will look to become a powerhouse after making several expensive additions to their team. With big names coming at such high prices, it’s safe to say that the stakes have been raised. This may be the most excited we’ve ever been for a Premier League season!

WEEK 1

Friday, August 11

2:45 p.m.: Arsenal vs. Leicester City

Saturday, August 12

7:30 a.m.: Watford vs. Liverpool

10 a.m.:

Chelsea vs. Burnley (Crossbar match of the week)

Everton vs. Stoke City

Southampton vs. Swansea City

Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield

West Brom vs. Bournemouth

12:30 p.m.: Brighton vs. Manchester City

Sunday, August 13

8:30 a.m.: Newcastle vs. Tottenham

11 a.m.: Manchester Utd vs. West Ham

WEEK 2

Saturday, August 19

7:30 a.m.: Swansea City vs. Manchester United

10 a.m.:

Bournemouth vs. Watford

Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion

Leicester City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion

Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace

Southampton vs. West Ham United

12:30 p.m.: Stoke City vs. Arsenal

Sunday, August 20

8:30 a.m.: Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United

11 a.m.: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea (Crossbar match of the week)

Monday, August 21

2:45 p.m.: Manchester City vs. Everton

WEEK 3

Saturday, August 26

7:30 a.m.: Bournemouth vs. Manchester City

10 a.m.:

Chelsea vs. Everton

Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City

Huddersfield Town vs. Southampton

Newcastle United vs. West Ham United

Watford vs. Brighton and Hove Albion

12:30 p.m.: Manchester United vs. Leicester City

Sunday, August 27

8:30 a.m.:

West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City

Chelsea vs. Everton

11 a.m.:

Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Crossbar match of the week)

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley

WEEK 4

Saturday, September 9

7:30 a.m.: Manchester City vs. Liverpool (Crossbar match of the week)

10 a.m.:

Arsenal vs. Bournemouth

Brighton and Hove Albion vs. West Bromwich Albion

Everton vs, Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City vs. Chelsea

Southampton vs. Watford

12:30 p.m.: Stoke City vs. Manchester United

Sunday, September 10

8:30 a.m.: Burnley vs. Crystal Palace

11 a.m.: Swansea City vs. Newcastle United

Monday, September 11

2:45 p.m.: West Ham United vs. Huddersfield Town

WEEK 5

Friday, September 15

3 p.m.: Bournemouth vs. Brighton and Hove Albion

Saturday, September 16

7:30 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs. Southampton

10 a.m.:

Huddersfield Town vs. Leicester City

Liverpool vs. Burnley

Newcastle United vs. Stoke City

Watford vs. Manchester City

West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United

12:30 p.m.: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City

Sunday, September 17

8:30 a.m.: Chelsea vs. Arsenal (Crossbar match of the week)

11 a.m.: Manchester United vs. Everton

WEEK 6

Saturday, September 23

7:30 a.m.: West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

10 a.m.:

Burnley vs. Huddersfield Town

Everton vs. Bournemouth

Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace

Southampton vs. Manchester United (Crossbar match of the week)

Stoke City vs. Chelsea

Swansea City vs. Watford

12:30 p.m.: Leicester City vs. Liverpool

Sunday, September 24

11 a.m.: Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United

Monday, September 25

3 p.m.: Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion

WEEK 7

Saturday, September 30

7:30 a.m.: Huddersfield Town vs. Tottenham Hotspur

10 a.m.:

Bournemouth vs. Leicester City

Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace

Stoke City vs. Southampton

West Bromwich Albion vs. Watford

West Ham United vs. Swansea City

12:30 p.m.: Chelsea vs. Manchester City (Crossbar match of the week)

Sunday, October 1

7 a.m.: Arsenal vs. Brighton and Hove Albion

9:15 a.m.:  Everton vs. Burnley

11:30 a.m.: Newcastle United vs. Liverpool

 

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Jay Breslin

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Try Japanese Whisky

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Try Japanese Whisky

Japanese whisky has been on the rise over the past decade, receiving international acclaim for the beverage’s balance and several distillers’ careful attention to detail. While scotch and bourbon tend to reign in the states, brands such as Suntory and Nakki have made their way onto American shelves and our menu.

We pride ourselves on carrying the best whiskeys around, and several from Japan rank among the best we’ve had. If you’re looking to try some, look no further than Kildare’s of West Chester. Here are our top reasons why you need to try Japanese Whisky.

1. It’s a Fresh Take on Scotch

Whisky production came to Japan from Scotland in the early 1900s, and is still produced using quite the same methods. Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii is widely accepted as a leader in the Japanese whisky industry, being one of the first to produce and sell it on a mass scale. Japanese whisky is generally made with the use of barley imported from Scotland, distilled twice using pot stills and laid to rest in oak barrels until deemed ready. Different flavors come from the selection of barley, the type of barrels and the age of the whisky, all of which the Japanese have experimented with to create their own twist on whisky to suit their palates. Blends of whiskies made at different distilleries may also be blended to achieve more complex liquids. Also, Japanese whisky has kept the same spelling as its Scotch counterpart—with no “e”.

2. It's Critically Acclaimed

Japanese whisky flew under the radar in the American whiskey scene for most of the 1900s until Suntory’s Yamazaki was named whisky of the year by Jim Murray in 2015. Now, distilleries like Suntory struggle to keep up with demand, and consumers will go to great lengths or pay top dollar for a single bottle. Murray said, “People were shocked when I gave Yamazaki the award—until they tasted it. Then, they saw it was not the affront to Scotch they first thought and something truly extraordinary.” Yamazaki is widely thought of as the best Japanese whisky around, and is credited with putting Japanese whisky on the map.

3. It’s a Taste of Japan

Distilleries such as Suntory go into great detail about the water, climate and people that produce their whisky, and claim that the mixture of all three is what makes their production unique. The fresh rivers of Japan have been kept crystal clear, and the area’s moist climate is ideal for the extended aging of whisky. Furthermore, the type of oak used plays a big role in the finished product. Suntory’s website reads, “When whisky is allowed to age in Japanese oak (Mizunara) over long periods of time, the wood imparts a distinctively mellow bouquet that evokes aromatic trees found in Japan.” Like many of the best beverages in the world, Japanese whisky stirs up images and feelings of the place where it is created.

4. It's Versatile

Part of the reason whisky has caught on in Japan is thanks to a campaign led by Suntory promoting the consumption of highballs. Rather than drinking whisky neat or on the rocks, serve it in a glass with sparkling water and ice. While not the best method for noticing all of the subtle flavors in the whisky, this method is great for enjoying a casual beverage and getting an overall feel for the liquid. If you enjoy the concoction, try the whisky on the rocks or neat to see what deeper flavors you can uncover. Highballs are also a great way to enjoy whisky with a meal, as the flavors won’t overpower the dish.

Japanese whisky is a welcomed guest to the worldwide whiskey party, and provides some much-needed excitement in the world of spirits. Japanese producers are raising the bar for quality around the world and giving consumers everywhere more options when it comes to their drink selection. Next time you’re here, try out a Suntory. We offer whiskey flights for you to test your palate, and can mix you up a great highball if that is more your speed.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.


Jay Breslin

Photos: Kildare's

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Top 4 Ways Kildare’s is The Go-To Pub (According to Our Guests!)

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Top 4 Ways Kildare’s is The Go-To Pub (According to Our Guests!)

The most rewarding aspect of running a pub is playing a part in gratifying people. We love becoming friends with our guests and take pride in pleasing everyone who walks through the door. The smiles and laughs we hear every day speak volumes and make us proud to do what we do, but it’s even more powerful when you hear it directly from a regular. Here are the top ways Kildare’s of West Chester is the go-to pub, according to our guests.

1. COMFORTABLE CULTURE

One of the most important aspects of a pub is its culture, and we are happy to hear our guests’ informed feedback. One regular at the pub, Tony Neil, grew up in England, and his family ran a pub for a number of years. He notes how Kildare's is “as close as you come to the English or Irish pub as a place to meet and socialize.”

Another regular (and Tony’s wife), Sharon, said, “We have really gotten to know Brad, Shaun, Phil, Dave and, of course, Dane. You can go to a lot of restaurants and bars to have a meal or drinks. But what makes the difference with Kildare's is you get to know others in the pub, whether they are staff or customers.” She added, “We talk to others about sports, news, travel, music—whatever we share an interest in.”

2. FANTASTIC FOOD

Our elevated pub fare ranges from the Irish classics to the modern favorites. There is something for everyone’s palate, whether adventurous or modest. Sharon says, “We like the soups, Shepherd's Pie, chicken tenders, burgers and loaded fries, but the Buffalo Wings are my go-to favorite.”

3. OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITIES (FOR FUN!)

At Kildare’s, we also liven it up with music, giveaways and charity auctions. Sharon explains that “Kildare's often participates in fundraising events for various causes. It may be hosting a 5K race, or having a cover charge for open bar and snacks with proceeds supporting a charity.” In one instance, the infamous Heady Topper made an appearance as an item in an auction. Sharon said, “The bartender, Brad, won the auction for that special beer and then shared it with others, including Tony.”

Sharon and Tony seem to be blessed with the luck of the Irish, actually. During a separate event, we held a raffle for a television. The two knew to stick around for another drink, and after a few names were called with no winner present to claim the prize, Tony’s name was called! Sharon said, “Persistence paid off!”

4. DIVINE DRINK

Our drink menu boasts a range of beers from both our backyard in Chester County and across the pond in Europe, as well as an extensive selection of ciderswhiskeys and cocktails. Variety allows our guests to spice it up and go with whatever suits the moment. Like ourselves, Sharon and Tony like to relax with a cold pint. Sharon said, “We generally order traditional beers, but they offer a good selection of craft beers.”

Stop by to pay us a visit and see for yourself. We’re confident we can please you with a beer, lead you to your new favorite whiskey and fill your belly with a hearty meal. You’re sure to make some friends, and maybe you’ll even win a TV while you’re at it!

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Bar and food photos: Kildare's; other photos: Tony and Sharon Neil


 

 

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Celebrate Our Two-Year Anniversary with Drinks for A Cause

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Celebrate Our Two-Year Anniversary with Drinks for A Cause

We’re happy to announce our second anniversary! On Thursday, July 13, we’ll celebrate with an open bar, live music and a special beer from Levante Brewing Company. But just as important—and near and dear to our heartsis we’ll be raising money for a great cause We’ll honor our good friend, Erica Griffiths, and her 40th birthday, and will donate a portion our anniversary celebration’s proceeds toward her battle against stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

Come mark two years since we signed on the dotted line, spend some time with our owners Dane and Stephanie Gray (who is also our chef!) and Tom Farnesi, and check out how Kildare’s of West Chester has changed since we reopened the doors.

First, that special beer! We teamed up with local favorite Levante to brew an unfiltered mango IPA just for the pub. Dane, along with team members Bradley Loftus, Phil Scanlon, Bill Monteith and David Schaeffer, brewed the beer with the Levante crew at their Carter Drive location. It’s full of fruity hops and absolutely delicious, and we can’t wait to share it with you during the open bar!

The pay-at-the-door $20 open bar includes beer, wine, spirits and a delicious spread of food from chef Stephanie. Five dollars from the open bar sales will be donated to Erica, on top of the tips earned by our guests' bartenders and mutual friends Jamie Stanek and Sandy Davis Arnell. Come drink, chat it up with our lively bartenders and tip them extra for a good cause. The open bar runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Catch Seamus Kelleher of Blackthorn, who will perform from 6 to 9 pm.

We invite you and all of your friends to come celebrate our birthday and a worthy cause on Thursday, July 13. Join us in our Irish pub and make a difference for one of our good friends.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Jay Breslin

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4 Reasons Hard Cider is Booming—And Why You Need to Try It!

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4 Reasons Hard Cider is Booming—And Why You Need to Try It!

Cider has been a go-to choice over beer for centuries, stretching back to the first English settlers who found apples near our shores. Although interest waned a bit when German and Eastern European immigrants landed with a fierce love for brews, time has put hard cider on the rise and in our bars and restaurants once again. In fact, it’s becoming a phenomenon across America.

Another quick history lesson: We’ve seen the fast rise of big cider brands with ownership in the craft beer industry, followed by the growth of smaller, local-centric cideries. According to a recap of CiderCon 2017 in DRAFT, “dollar sales of craft cider were up 39 percent from 2015 to 2016 at off-premise retailers,” meaning grocery and convenience stores. What’s really exciting is “craft” represents “local, regional and smaller cider brands.” At Kildare’s of West Chester, we see proof every day that local brands are coming on strong.

Just as people like to shop for local cheese, produce, meats, wine and beer, so, too, are more craft beverage-savvy drinkers seeking local ciders. In Pennsylvania, we see a welcome shift toward local production thanks to established names such as Stone & Key and Jack’s Hard Cider. According to a study conducted by Carla Snyder, agricultural and marketing educator at Penn State, 18 percent of consumers tried cider for the first time because it was produced locally. At Kildare’s, we hear you, and we pride ourselves on a rotating list of hard ciders that includes several of Pennsylvania’s own.

Here are the top four reasons cider is booming—and why, if you’re not already a fan, you should grab a sip soon.

1. New Ingredients Shake Things Up

Cider has been around for centuries, since the Greeks and Romans perfected its production. Originally created by fermenting all the fruit from the orchard that was not sweet enough to eat, cider has since evolved into a craftier industry. Since the beverage evolved in Europe and was subsequently brought to America, there has been more experimentation with the types of apples and other ingredients used. Using crisp apples, especially those grown in the Mid-Atlantic region, alongside spices such as cinnamon or wild yeasts can yield tasty new beverages. Substituting apples for another fruit, such as pear or peach, can also put a new spin on classic cider. Try Stone & Key’s Untamed Cider, fermented with wild yeasts, or Jack's Hard Cider’s Peach Cider, made with Adams County apples and peaches.

2. An Emerging Alternative to Beer (For the Beer Lover and Beer Skeptic, too!)

Cider is gaining most of its traction within the craft beer market. Drinkers are analyzing their options, examining the health benefits between different alcoholic drinks and realizing that most ciders are easier to drink and lighter than beer, in addition to being gluten-free. Offering a healthier option along with a new array of flavors gives American beer drinkers more reasons to explore craft cider. Nowadays, it’s especially exciting to see cideries work to create beverages in tune with the American palate by adding hops and spices, such as Jack’s Hard Cider's Dry Hopped Cider.

3. A Growing Amount of Curious Drinkers

DRAFT indicates that the American cider industry is supported by “18 million cider drinkers, who spent $1 billion in 2015.” It also notes that “if all hard cider sales were grouped together and compared to beer, they would be the second-most successful beer category behind IPAs and ahead of seasonals.” This shows that people are willing to give cider a try, especially as an alternative to their normal beer.

4. All-Natural and Sourced Locally

While some of the big brands have grown astronomically over the past decade, most craft cider brands are growing slowly and naturally within their communities. With strong ties to local farms and purveyors—sometimes more so than local craft brewers—cider producers are very conscientious about their business’s resources and the effect they have on their surroundings. All in all, American drinkers also seem to enjoy the idea of their drink being produced in a sustainable manner in their local community. Try Kurant’s Bees, made with locally sourced and responsibly harvested honey.

Looking forward to future growth, DRAFT points out, “Jon London, head of marketing for Boston Beer Co.’s cider division (Angry Orchard), says he assumes a 15 percent growth rate for cider over the next five years, which would put cider at 2 percent of beer sales by 2020.” Those quickly growing numbers, paired with the fact that DRAFT is now consistently writing cider articles, should draw your attention to this crisp beverage. 

While the big brands are well and good, be sure to explore the growing number of local and regional cideries (and ask about less-sweet, but satisfying, options, too). The Mid-Atlantic is a beautiful area and great for growing apples, especially the kind needed for quality cider. On our shelves, we happily rotate ciders from Kurant, Stone & Key and Jack’s. We also carry classics such as Strongbow and Magners, along with American ciders from out west.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.  

Jay Breslin

Photos, top to bottom: Ed Williams, Michele Kornegay, Lauren Turton

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Why Every Town Needs an Irish Pub

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Why Every Town Needs an Irish Pub

In Ireland, pubs are as important to local communities as churches. With origins as a meeting place for beers and casual conversation, Irish pubs grew to become extensions of their communities and reflections of the fun-loving culture.

The Irish brought these pubs to America—and it’s no surprise that they’ve become destinations for revelers of all nationalities. It’s also no surprise that we feel every town needs an Irish pub! Check out our top four reasons why.

1. It’s about camaraderie, not being Irish

While the mention of an Irish pub may stir up images of Celtic crosses and pints of Guinness, that’s not all there is to see and enjoy. Centuries ago, public houses popped up to fill people’s natural need for a space to casually converse and drink with peers. After a long workday, these watering holes became a meeting place for the working class to hang with friends and forget their troubles. While the idea of an Irish pub has drastically evolved since its inception in the early 1100s, you favorite pub is instantly recognizable by the laid-back patrons of all nationalities found within.

2. It’s a place to escape

Regulars tend to frequent traditional Irish pubs. With friendly banter between bar staff and customers, the vibe at Irish pubs is much more laid back than most American bars. In Irish pubs, bartenders and drinkers can be buddies and talk about anything freely, from the weather to sports to local chatter. It’s not only a place where people can forget their troubles, but a place where they can find an escape in new people and new friends sitting next to them at the bar. In fact, in traditional Irish pubs, it may be considered rude if you join a group of friends and do not buy a round of drinks.

3. The hearty food is representative of the culture

While Irish pubs are marked by Irish cuisine, a true Irish pub will adapt to its surroundings. Irish pubs didn’t always serve food, but the ones who did always made sure guests left with a full belly. Large portions and generous entrees sourced locally please patrons (and go great with a pint). At Kildare’s in West Chester, we serve classics such as Shepherd’s Pie alongside new spins like our Irish Craic Nachos, always made fresh.

4. You can count on great drinks

This one seems obvious: A great Irish pub serves up great drinks that go beyond pintsWhiskeys are a must, but so are seasonal cocktails and coffee, plus ciders. Those friendly bartenders we mentioned will point you in the right direction, and knowledgeable servers will help you pair your meal with just the right libation. Toast your friends—old and new!

At Kildare’s in West Chester, we love putting new spins on our Irish roots. Our menu is composed of Irish classic and modern favorites, we show soccer or rugby on the telly whenever possible and host live music and entertainment several nights of the week.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.


Jay Breslin

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Stephanie Gray on How a Chef Transforms a Meal

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Stephanie Gray on How a Chef Transforms a Meal

When we go out to eat at a restaurant or a friend’s house, we often form our own ideas of what the meal will be like before the plate hits the table. The vision we’ve developed comes from countless past meals—good or bad—and impacts our thoughts (and hopes!) on the upcoming experience.

For longtime chefs, that experience is amplified. When chefs get the rare chance to step out for even a casual meal, they bring their long history in the restaurant business to the table. Chefs devour the menu and—understandably—start to ruminate on how they would present each dish.

Our executive chef, Stephanie Gray, explains, “After being in the business and cooking for so long, you build a dish in your head from what you see on the menu. You have a preconceived notion of how it will look, smell, taste and how it will be presented. Sometimes I envision the same dish, and sometimes I’m surprised. And that’s when exciting, new recipes can happen.”

Stephanie says, “The differences in execution and presentation can be endless, so going out to eat is fun for curious and engaged cooks. It’s a delicious way to find inspiration. And remember: All a chef wants is to be cooked for. We spend our entire lives cooking! There is a sense of relaxation in letting someone else create a meal for you.”

News flash: It isn’t always the entree that steals the show. Sometimes it’s what served along with the main that turns out to be the showstopper, because the accompaniments are where chefs can get extra creative and jazz things up. Stephanie explains, “I always order based on the side dish, which is something I started doing when I was attending the Culinary Institute of America because we did the most amazing things with potatoes and starches.”

At Kildare’s of West Chester, we’re particularly proud of our tomato jam and Guinness caramelized onions, all made fresh in-house (of course!). Served on select burgers to complement an array of flavors, these condiments are crafted to create a memorable experience of a seemingly ordinary dish. Other plates that are spiced up with our own creative flair are our blackened mahi mahi with grape and kiwi salsa and our pesto salmon served with Israeli couscous and a tri-pepper salsa.

“I have a huge repertoire of culinary memories, all of which can be used for inspiration in future dishes,” Stephanie explained. “It’s like a slideshow of food going through my head. It’s the weirdest thing in the world, seeing what slides come together to make the dish. You go through your inventory until a dish pops together—and it always does.”

We invite you to stop in, pull up a chair and be inspired by one of our meals. Don’t forget to check out the side dish first!

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Jay Breslin

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Get Your Football (Soccer!) Fix with Kildare’s

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Get Your Football (Soccer!) Fix with Kildare’s

Soccer is a year-round affair at Kildare’s, and we’re ready for an exciting time of year. The FA Cup FinalChampions League Final, FIFA Confederations Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup are all taking place within weeks of one another, while the closer-to-home, USA Men's World Cup Qualifiers are taking place and the Philadelphia Union’s season is in full swing.

We’ll have every game on, and we’re especially looking forward to watching Arsenal and Chelsea duke it out in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, May 27, at 12:30 p.m. Only a week later on June 3 at 2:45 p.m, defending champions Real Madrid will look to hold on to their Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) title against their spirited contenders, Juventus. These matches are not to be missed, especially alongside a glass of whiskey or a pint of Guinness.

FA Cup Final: Saturday, May 27

12:30 p.m.: Arsenal vs. Chelsea

UEFA Champions League Final: Saturday, June 3

2:45 p.m.: Real Madrid vs. Juventus

Later in the summer, teams from around the globe will compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. There are a number of high-profile matches to look out for, and the Cup Final will conclude on July 2. Following the FIFA Cup, teams from North America will compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup throughout July. With games taking place throughout the Caribbean and the States—notably nearby at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey—this is especially exciting for American soccer fans.

The Gold Cup Quarterfinal will be at Lincoln Financial Field on Wednesday, July 19, and the finals will conclude in California soon after, from July 22 –26. Find the full schedule for the FIFA Confederations and CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals below and join us to catch the games!

We are ecstatic about these games that draw huge crowds from around the world, but we’re also excited to go to Philadelphia Union games throughout the season. On Wednesday, July 26, join us as we travel to the picturesque Talen Energy Stadium to watch the Union take on their rivals, The Columbus Crew. The bus leaves Kildare’s at 5:30 p.m. and the game is at 7:30 p.m.Get more information and register here!

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup: June 17 to July 2

Saturday, June 17

11 a.m.: Russia (RUS) vs. New Zealand (NZL)

Sunday, June 18

11 a.m.: Portugal (POR) vs. Mexico (MEX)

3 p.m.: Cameroon (CMR) vs. Chile (CHI)

Monday, June 19

11 a.m.: Australia (AUS) vs. Germany (GER)

Wednesday, June 21

11 a.m.: Portugal (POR) vs. Russia (RUS)

3 p.m.: Mexico (MEX) vs. New Zealand (NZL)

Saturday, June 24

11 a.m.: Mexico (MEX) vs. Russia (RUS)

11 a.m.: New Zealand (NZL) vs. Portugal (POR)

Sunday, June 25

11 a.m.: Germany (GER) vs. Cameroon (CMR)

11 a.m.: Chile (CHI) vs. Australia (AUS)

Saturday, June 24

11 a.m.: Mexico (MEX) vs. Russia (RUS)

11 a.m.: New Zealand (NZL) vs. Portugal (POR)

Wednesday, June 28

3 p.m.: Semifinals: To be determined

Thursday, June 29

3 p.m.: Semifinals: To be determined

Sunday, July 2

8 a.m.: Play-offs for third place: To be determined

3 p.m.: Final: To be determined

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup:July 7 to July 26

Friday, July 7, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey

7 p.m.: French Guiana (GYF) vs. Canada (CAN)

9 p.m.: Honduras (HON) vs. Costa Rica (CRC)

Saturday, July 8, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee

4:30 p.m.: USA vs. Panama (PAN)

7 p.m.: Martinique (MTQ) vs. Nicaragua (NCA)

Sunday, July 9, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

7 p.m.: Curaçao (CUW) vs. Jamaica (JAM)

9 p.m.: Mexico (MEX) vs. El Salvador (SLV)

Tuesday, July 11, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m.: Costa Rica (CRC) vs. Canada (CAN)

10 p.m.: Honduras (HON) vs. French Guiana (GYF)

Wednesday, July 12, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida

6:30 p.m.: Panama (PAN) vs. Nicaragua (NCA)

8:30 p.m.: USA vs. Martinique (MTQ)

Thursday, July 13, at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado

8 p.m.: El Salvador (SLV) vs. Curaçao (CUW)

10 p.m.: Mexico (MEX) vs. Jamaica (JAM)

Friday, July 14, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas

7:30 p.m.: Costa Rica (CRC) vs. French Guiana (GYF)

10 p.m.: Canada (CAN) vs. Honduras (HON)

Saturday, July 15, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

4:30 p.m.: Panama (PAN) vs. Martinique (MTQ)

7 p.m.: Nicaragua (NCA) vs. USA

Sunday, July 16, at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas

6 p.m.: Jamaica (JAM) vs. El Salvador (SLV)

8 p.m.: Curaçao (CUW) vs. Mexico (MEX)

Wednesday, July 19, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia

6 p.m.: Gold Cup Quarterfinals: To be determined

8 p.m.: Gold Cup Quarterfinals: To be determined

Thursday, July 20, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

7:30 p.m.: Gold Cup Quarterfinals: To be determined

10 p.m.: Gold Cup Quarterfinals: To be determined

Friday, July 22, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

9:30 p.m.: Gold Cup Semifinals: To be determined

Saturday, July 23, at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California

8:30 p.m.: Gold Cup Semifinals: To be determined

Wednesday, July 26 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California

9:30 p.m.: Gold Cup Final: To be determined

As always, keep up with our sports schedule here. We play all soccer and rugby games no matter what time of day! Our pub’s Irish atmosphere, extensive drink list and homemade meals shine most while a rowdy crowd is getting into a good game of soccer. Come experience it for yourself!

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Jay Breslin

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Try This: Spring Into New Cocktails at Kildare’s

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Try This: Spring Into New Cocktails at Kildare’s

To welcome spring, we’ve added irresistibly refreshing seasonal cocktails to our extensive menu. These drinks will cool you off as you feel the sun shining on Gay Street while taking in a lazy weekend in West Chester. If you know our bartenders, you know you have to stop in to try new favorites like the the Cucumber Cool.

Made with locally produced Bluecoat Gin from Philadelphia Distilling, the Cucumber Cool is also dosed with St. Germain, club soda and of course, cucumber. Soft and easy to drink, it’s like an alcoholic cucumber club soda. A similar fruity and bubbly beverage is our Pomegranate Spritzer, made with locally produced Revivalist Gin, mint liqueur, pomegranate juice and club soda.

Try another fruity sip with our Spring’s Orchard, made with Absolut Pears, Peach Schnapps, Down East Original Cider and ginger ale. A complex mesh of flavors meld into one with notes of apple and ginger. Similarly light but flavorful is the spring take on the Moscow Mule—The May Mule! Made with Tito's Vodka, housemade lemongrass, ginger syrup and ginger beer, this drink is a superbly refreshing spin on a classic.

Finally, we have our White Sangria, made with a delicate blend of Pinot Grigio, limoncello, peach and housemade lavender simple syrup. A mix of subtle flavors produce something more than the sum of its parts, with floral and fruity notes abound. This is definitely one to enjoy in the sun.

On Sundays, enjoy half-priced drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight and try your voice out with live band karaoke with Element K. We don’t judge!

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Jay Breslin

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Make Kildare’s Your WCU Graduation Headquarters

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Make Kildare’s Your WCU Graduation Headquarters

Graduation is just a few days away, West Chester University graduates! As you search your options for a celebratory meal, we invite you to consider West Chester’s only authentic Irish pub. With a bounty of satisfying meals, a wide selection of libations and a family-friendly atmosphere, we are confident there is no better place to commemorate this rite of passage.

Commencement may not be until Saturday, but the party is starting early at Kildare’s. On Fridays, we offer $3 Victory pints and host live tunes. On Saturday, specials continue with $3 Stella Artois pints to accompany your tasty and satisfying meal. For you Sunday graduates, we have $4 Guinness and half-priced drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight, as well as half-priced appetizers from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Join us to end the party on a high note!

Our weekly drink specials taste great with our hearty entrees. With options from Shepherd’s Pie to Irish breakfast and fresh burgers, there is something for everyone. From our own experiences eating corned beef and cabbage with loved ones, we know that meals can be central to memories. We also know that those special moments are worthy of careful attention to quality and service.

Whether you reach for a whiskey or a cocktail after commencement, we hope to see you here! Don’t forget that we have outdoor seating in addition to our spacious, decorative dining rooms. Congratulations, graduates!

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Jay Breslin

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Whiskey Flights 101

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Whiskey Flights 101

As an Irish pub, we stock a wide selection of whiskey from around the world. To help guests wade their way through our diverse list, Kildare’s of West Chester is excited to introduce our whiskey flight menus.

Flights are an efficient—and tasty!—way to test a few beverages and decipher similarities and differences between the chosen drinks. Exploring several varieties in one sitting allows you to educate your palate on the flavors contained in different whiskeys and choose your new favorite. For example, some barrels may lend heavy notes of caramel or spice, while others impart flavors of oak and peat.

This is also a great way for novice whiskey fans or those thinking about trying it for the first time to sample without a huge commitment. A flight of several quality whiskeys allows you to explore the possibilities without breaking the bank. We invite guests to try one of our flights, and encourage them to make their own selections with custom flights.

Tasting craft whiskeys straight up or neat is ideal to fully draw out their complex flavors, which stem from unique malts and barrel-aging techniques. Very softly spinning the whiskey around the glass and picking up on aromas is the first step in detecting its rare properties. Sipping the whiskey and slowly swirling it around your mouth should introduce deeper flavors that were apparent in the aroma. Finally, you may detect a slight burn from the alcohol as the liquid dissipates over your tongue.

What you sense in the whiskey should lead you to conclusions about the types of whiskey you enjoy. Do you prefer the smoky peat flavors apparent in many types of Scotch, or do you enjoy exploring the varying levels of oak, vanilla and leather that different single barrel whiskeys deliver?

Our single barrel flight illustrates the different effects barrels can have on the liquid, while custom flights can take you on a journey around the world. To kick off our new whiskey flight menu, we are offering flights—ranging from $13 to $27—for 25 percent off every Wednesday. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about whiskey and get through the middle of the week.

Stop by for a relaxing evening as you educate your palate! Our friendly bartenders are here to help and share their knowledge for your tasting enjoyment. Make sure to ask them for more details and their own recommendations.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

Jay Breslin

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Let Loose with Dueling Pianos Every Final Friday of the Month at Kildare’s

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Let Loose with Dueling Pianos Every Final Friday of the Month at Kildare’s

One of the true signs you’re in an authentic Irish pub is the engaging music. We host live music throughout the month, including the latest sensation sweeping the area: dueling pianos. Catch fast finger work and dulcet tones every final Friday of the month from 8 to 11 p.m.

Brian Aglira manages The Philly Keys, and is often on hand at Kildare’s of West Chester for our dueling piano sets. Skilled pianists show off masterful musicianship by performing any and all crowd requests. He explains, “It’s all requests; we just leave it up to the audience. We play everything from hip hop to jazz to country, and we’re able to cover about 90 percent of what the audience throws at us.”

With a music library that spans a range of genres, Brian and company never disappoint. While they provide the sounds for the party, Brian says the party is what makes it worth it. “If the crowd is having a good time, then it is a good show. I love playing the crowd-pleasers like ‘ Piano Man,’ ‘Sweet Caroline,’ ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and ‘American Pie’—all those kinds of songs.” When the crowd is engaged with the show, as they so often are in our Irish pub, those songs make for one hell of a good time.

Join us to watch two members of The Philly Keys fulfill crowd requests every final Friday of the month. The vibe goes great with friends, a glass of whiskey or a brew, and a few appetizers. Dueling pianos is also a great occasion for a night out; they’ll help you celebrate an event by performing a special song or light-heartedly roasting the person of the hour.

View our full event calendar, and be sure to stop by to see if you can stump The Philly Keys with your request.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub. 

Jay Breslin

Top photo credit: Photography by Ramy

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Chef Stephanie Cooks for a Cause: Team CMMD Food Fight 5

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Chef Stephanie Cooks for a Cause: Team CMMD Food Fight 5

Food Fight 5 is upon us, and we are ecstatic for this elegant, charitable competition hosted by Team CMMD. Our executive chef, Stephanie Gray, will be participating once again after battling it out at Food Fight 3 in 2015. This year’s event will see seven chefs facing off to make the ultimate dish falling under the theme Fire and Ice.

Team CMMD is involved with various activities to raise money and make a difference in the lives of those fighting cancer—and their families. The foundation started in 2013 as a small group of people who had a goal of raising $15,000 for the American Cancer Society. After raising $65,000 by their initial deadline, Team CMMD has continued to raise money through events such as the upcoming Food Fight and the Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

Stephanie will be competing against David A. Schorn of Harvest Seasonal Grille, Steven Sturm of Firebirds, Paul Mingrino of Limoncello, personal chef David Walti, MacGregor Mann of Junto and Barry Sexton of The Opinionated Plate. Quite the list of local elites, but we are confident Stephanie will take the cake with her 20 years of experience in multiple styles of cuisine. It will be a competition for the books, and the goal is to raise $100,000 so Team CMMD can continue to provide direct financial assistance programs for local cancer families struggling financially in the wake of this disease.

More than 200 guests will congregate at Radley Run Country Club on March 25 to enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company and spirits from The Revivalist Botanical Gin, along with a gourmet meal. The night will also feature live music from guitarist Zach Brown and magic from entertainer Chad Juros. Check out a recap of Food Fight 3, featuring Stephanie.

Stephanie isn’t the only Gray involved with Team CMMD. Our general manager, Dane, will be joining the the team as a runner in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Support him with a donation as he and his Team CMMD “mates” aim for the $250,000 mark.

The run is May 7, and Dane will be prepared. He said, “I’ve started training already. I play soccer and I play racquetball and do jujitsu. None of those are 10-mile runs by any stretch, but it’s my goal. I can run around the restaurant all day, but 10 miles in a straight line will be a new experience and challenge for me!”

Kildare’s in West Chester is looking forward to being represented in the Food Fight 5 and in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run as a member of Team CMMD. Learn more about this local foundation, and by all means, donate directly to Team CMMD to support local families facing this disease.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub. 

Jay Breslin

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Catch UEFA Champions League Soccer with Real Fans

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Catch UEFA Champions League Soccer with Real Fans

Things are getting heated in the UEFA Champions League as we approach the finals, and Kildare’s of West Chester is the perfect place to watch the madness unfold. Teams from across Europe have battled it out to make it to the quarter finals. Only eight teams will go on to compete starting in April: Barcelona, Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City, Monaco, Juventus, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid. It is shaping up to to be quite an exciting quarter final that will lead into the semi-finals in May and the finals in June.

We’re excited about the upcoming high-caliber competition—in addition to what’s become a madcap Irish holiday at our pub. Our owner, Dane Gray, is an active soccer player and looks forward to these tournaments. “Ultimately, the best teams in Europe play an entire competition against each other,” he said. “As far as quality of the teams and the players goes, it doesn’t get better than the UEFA Champions League.”

A lot of buzz surrounds the competition in our area in general, but especially because a local favorite is in the midst of it all. Dane explains,“ Christian Pulisic, from Hershey, is on Borussia Dortmund, which is one of the best teams in Germany. He’s only 18, but has been overseas playing soccer for a few years now; he might already be the best player on the U.S. men’s team, too. He’s fantastic!”

No one does soccer like Kildare’s! Keep an eye on our schedule and plan to join us for some authentic Irish grub and a cold pint. If you’re looking for something different—yet tried and true—we recommend the Irish classic combination: Guinness and Jameson. They go together so well when paired with the clamor of crowds eager to watch their teams.

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub. 

Jay Breslin

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