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Kildare's partners with Fenn's Coffee for an amazing cocktail.

We at Kildare’s try to tie our business is as much as possible with other local small businesses so we went searching for a partner to inspire us to create a fantastic cocktail for everyone to enjoy. Fenn’s coffee (formerly Fennario’s) has been a staple coffeehouse in downtown West Chester for over 20 years.

We started out with one of our best selling whiskeys, the Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition and decided to pair it with come of Fenn’s custom blend cold brew. We have come up with a tasty cocktail for any time of year, but it really plays as a cold version of our extremely popular Irish Coffee.

Here is the recipe for you to try is at home too:

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
Caramel Vodka
Crème de Cocao
Fenn’s Custom Cold Brew

Top with Bailey’s infused whipped cream and serve in a whiskey tumbler.

Once known as the beloved Fennario Coffee, Fenn's Coffee focuses on superior roasts, artisan goods, eco-friendly practices, and gourmet beverages. This intimate coffee shop will continue to create lasting relationships with local coffee purveyors and with other businesses in the borough. 

Located in the 100 block of North Church Street, Fennario’s has became a top purveyor of specialty coffees. Justin Wilson, longtime patron-turned barista who was introduced to the location over a decade ago, is now a proud co-owner with James Burke.

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Let us host your fantasy football draft!!

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Its that time of year again! Time for the temperatures to start cooling and more importantly, the start of this year's Football Season! Gear up for your favorite Pigskin Fantasy Draft with Kildares! Let us do the hosting. Open Bar and food for 2 hours, wifi and private Big Screen TV, all for $25 a person.  Come to the place that has the best viewing parties and great atmosphere. 

Send us an email to wckildares@gmail.com so we can get your group set up.

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Need to know how soccer works? Here is our how-to guide for you.

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When Did The Premier League Start?

The Premier League began play in August of 1992. 

The First Division clubs all left the English Football League to start their own league earlier in 1992. The competition format and teams stayed the same as when the clubs were in the First Division, only now the clubs could make more money off TV rights. 

How Many Teams In Premier League?

There are 20 teams in the English Premier League each season. The league started with 22 teams in 1992. The Premier League reduced its numbers to 20 at the start of the 1995-96 season, which has held firm since.

What Is The Premier League Format?

The Premier League uses the fairest way to determine a champion in sports, one that is used throughout European club soccer. Each of the 20 teams plays the other 19 teams twice — once at home and once away — for a total of 38 matches. Three points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw. The team with the most points at the end of the season is declared champion.

Tiebreakers, if necessary, are goal differential and goals scored. If the teams are still tied after the tiebreakers, the clubs have a playoff at a neutral site only if the position of the clubs is required to determine the championship, relegation or qualification for European competition.

What Is Promotion/Relegation And How Does It Work In Premier League?

The three last-place clubs in the Premier League are relegated to the English Football League Championship, the second tier of English football. 

There are no playoffs for relegation — at the end of the season the three teams on the bottom of the table are automatically sent down.

The three relegated clubs are replaced by three teams promoted from the EFL Championship. The Championship, which has 24 teams, also plays a double round-robin and sends the top two finishers to the Premier League automatically. The teams finishing third through sixth enter a playoff. The semifinals are played over two legs each while the final is a single match, usually at Wembley Stadium in London. The winner joins the other two clubs in the Premier League next season.

How Rich Is The Premier League?

The English Premier League makes its teams on average $308.8 million per club in revenue. The only league that makes its teams more money is the National Football League in the U.S., which earns its teams $388.3 million apiece. The German Bundesliga is the next-richest soccer league, doling out $218.6 million per club. 

Who Has The Most Premier League Titles?

The Premier League, like many other European leagues over the last quarter century, has been dominated by a small handful of clubs. Only six clubs have won the league and two of those only won it once and can be considered aberrations. 

Manchester United is by far the most dominant, having won 13 titles over the 26 campaigns. Chelsea comes in second with five while Arsenal and Manchester City have three apiece. Blackburn Rovers won in 1994-95 before the Top Four dominance took root while Leicester City’s win in 2015-16 was one of the greatest underdog stories in modern sports.

Who Will Win The 2018-19 Premier League?

Based on the above list of Premier League titles, one would expect Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City or Arsenal to win. It would be hard to bet against Manchester City, which set all sorts of records in winning the title last year. But no club has repeated as champion since United won three straight from 2006-2009. 

What Are The FA Cup And League Cup?

In addition to league play, all Premier League clubs also compete in the FA Cup and League Cup. 

The FA Cup is the oldest national soccer competition in the world, dating back to 1871. It includes the top 10 divisions of English football in a tournament. The Premier League clubs join in at the Third Round Proper. Arsenal holds the record for most FA Cup titles with 13.

The League Cup, currently named the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, is a similar tournament but for clubs in England’s top four tiers. It dates back to 1960 and Liverpool’s eight titles stand as the most of any club.

What Is The Champions League And Who Enters From The Premier League? What Is The Europa League?

The Champions League is Europe’s top club competition, featuring the top clubs from each league in UEFA. In England, the top four clubs from the prior season are entered into the Champions League. Read all about the Champions League and how it works here.

The Europa League is Europe’s second-tier competition. The fifth-place team in the Premier League is automatically entered into the Europa League while the other two spots go to the winners of the FA Cup and League Cup. If those cup winners are already in the Champions League or Europa League, the sixth- and/or seventh-place Premier League clubs are entered into the Europa League. 

What Does The Premier League Winner Win?

In addition to a nice trophy, the Premier League winner receives a hefty chunk of prize money. Last season, Manchester City took home $52.2 million in prize money for a total payout of $201.9 million. Second-place Manchester United actually took home more money overall with $202.35 million because it appeared on TV more often. 

Who Has Scored The Most Premier League Goals?

Alan Shearer owns the record for most Premier League goals ever with 260 for Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers. Wayne Rooney is second with 208. 

How Do You Watch Premier League.?

Kildare's is open for each and every EPL match so you can watch them all live with us. We offer 14 tv's and a projector screen for you soccer viewing pleasure. Bringing your kids? If you are shy about having them in the main bar area, we have just installed a TV in our dining room so you can now bring the whole family. We also have a new breakfast menu with Kids options like cereal and Eggo waffles.

When Does Premier League Season Start?

The 2018-19 season begins Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, when Leicester City takes on Manchester United. The remaining clubs open their season on Saturday, Aug. 11, or Sunday, Aug. 12.

When Does Premier League Season End?

The final matches of the season will be held concurrently on Sunday, May 12, 2019. 

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Kildare's Summer BBQ Menu

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Nothing says summer time like a good old BBQ.  Lucky for you we have taken the hard work of cooking out of the equation.  We started a BBQ Menu which includes chicken, brisket, ribs and pork.  Not only are these items all cooked low and slow but they don’t all taste the same.  48 hour brined chicken, tangy brisket, slow cooked ribs and fresh pork butt cooked until falling apart tender.  In addition to these items we offer sides such as Mexican street corn, mac and cheese, coleslaw or corn bread just to name a few.  Now here is the fun part….you pick a choice of meat and 2 sides.  Whatever you want.  You can seriously come in every day and not have the same thing twice.  The only thing that would be the same every day is the fact that you will be licking your fingers its so good!  See you all soon and happy summer!

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Kildare's Earth Day Initiative 4/22

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Did you know 500 Million plastic straws are used everyday in the United States? Many of those plastic straws end up in our oceans, polluting the water and harming sea life. If we don’t act now, by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh the fish.

What is Kildare's going to do to help and how can you help?
For Earth Day this Sunday, we will be switching all of our straws over to durable, biodegradable paper straws. The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of plastic that goes through the restaurant as waste. You as our guests can also help by requesting no straw in your drinks.

Why make the switch?
I did some math and In Kildare's last year, the volume of plastic straws that we went through pushed close to 300,000. Growing up in Australia, I have always been very environmentally conscious but as a culture, especially recently, we are often caught up in convenience and costs. 

I was recently inspired to learn that the entire United Kingdom is contemplating banning plastic straws throughout. Learning that in our one pub, one item was used that often and then when you look at the impact that one place can have on the environment is quite overwhelming. Hopefully we will have enough support from our community that we are able to make the switch permanently.

Perhaps we can start a trend throughout the area. It’s a small thing for us, our waitstaff, and our customers to do in order to leave our environment much better off.

The difference between a biodegradable straw and a plastic straw is that instead of taking years to begin to break down like a plastic straw, leaching plastic chemicals into the environment, a biodegradable straw can break down within 180 days if subjected to the proper conditions. The straws themselves are made of products such as starch based resins, corn and bamboo; all inexpensive and renewable products.

We already know that plastic bags and soda can rings are bad for the environment and end up in the ocean. Few people realize that straws are among the top 10 items found during beach clean ups and can do so much harm to seabirds, turtles and other marine creatures.

As an item of convenience for the vast majority of us, we believe refusing the single-use plastic straw is the easiest and simplest way for everyone to take action today to address plastic pollution. If we all take the pledge to refuse single-use plastic straws we will see a significant decrease in the number of straws found during coastal cleanups.

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. What would our oceans be without marine life?
(source: Communication with Chris Wilcox, CSIRO, primary and contributing author to both studies cited)

What’s equally as bad, perhaps even worse is that when plastic does make it into the ocean it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces known as “microplastics” rather than biodegrading or dissolving, which poses great threats to marine life including fish.

I hope that together we can start to make a difference in our community.

Dane...

 

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3 Ways to Use Kildare's Gift Cards

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3 Ways to Use Kildare's Gift Cards

At Kildare’s of West Chester, we have the gift you’ve been looking to give! Whether your friend or family member loves hearty Irish fare, excellent craft beer or sipping whiskey, the Kildare’s Gift Card is sure to please and easy to order — either online or here at the pub.

And while a Kildare’s gift card is the gift that always fits, we thought you’d want to consider these three reasons to give the gift of Irish cheer!

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  1. What better way to make someone’s birthday special than with a Kildare’s Gift Card? The guest of honor can enjoy a favorite pint or our authentic Irish food such as bangers and mash, Shepherd’s pie and Irish breakfast. As birthday gifts go, this one’s a winner that will be long remembered.
  2. For 2018 college graduates, a Kildare’s Gift Card is an excellent way to congratulate them on their hard work and the big transition. West Chester grads will love using their gift card, whether it’s for a post-graduation dinner with extended family or a weekend celebration with friends.
  3. Say thank you to a volunteer or teacher! Whether you are looking for a team gift for the basketball coach or a personal gift for your child’s music teacher, a Kildare’s Gift Card is a perfect way to show your appreciation. Say thank you to that person who has made your family’s life easier or mentored your child over the past few months. Pick up a gift card and suggest a trip to Kildare’s to watch a sporting event on our big screen, listen to live music or celebrate with our happy hour specials!
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The Kildare’s Gift Card comes in plenty of denominations. Try a $25 gift card as a small token of appreciation, or surprise that family member with a $200 gift card to make the night a true celebration with family and friends. Recipients can check the balance of their gift card at any time on our website.

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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You Dine, We Donate!

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You Dine, We Donate!

Is your nonprofit organization looking for a unique fundraising idea?

Kildare’s of West Chester is excited to offer our “You Dine, We Donate” program. Contact Kildare’s on behalf of your nonprofit organization and schedule a night for friends and fans to come out for a meal, and we’ll donate a percentage of your participants’ dining bill to your organization.

Here’s how it works: You choose a night, Sunday through Thursday, that works for your organization and call us at Kildare’s. We’ll confirm the night and forward you vouchers to pass out to your supporters, family and friends. You distribute the vouchers and encourage them to dine at Kildare’s on the designated night. We’ll collect the vouchers and donate 10 percent of their dining bills (excluding alcohol) to your organization!

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If your organization is sports-related, such as a soccer club or baseball team, we may be able to arrange your meal when your favorite professional sports team is being broadcast so you can watch the action on our big screen. If you have other ideas how to make your fundraising night at Kildare’s unique to your organization, let us know. We’re happy to help!

At Kildare’s, we value the work of nonprofit organizations in our community and would love to work with you. Dates fill fast, so call (610) 431-0770 and chat with either Dane or Stephanie Gray, or contact us online, to organize your own fundraising night at 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.

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Kildare’s Exclusive Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey has arrived in West Chester!

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Kildare’s Exclusive Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey has arrived in West Chester!

This past July, members of the Kildare’s team traveled to the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Ky., to learn about the history and craftsmanship behind single barrel bourbon whiskey with distiller Booker Noe, the grandson of Jim Beam. During their visit, Kildare’s owner Dane Gray, manager Mark Tarzwell and bartender Colton Luciano did a blind taste test of three whiskies that had been aged in different oak barrels. After testing each one and comparing notes, the three hand-selected barrel #5132 from Warehouse I-4 to become a Kildare’s exclusive whiskey.

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Dane said, “We chose this barrel because of the aroma. It’s older aged, and has a nice caramel butter off the nose.”

“We sipped from several different barrels,” Mark added. “This whiskey has a smooth taste and that nice burn at the end. It can be enjoyed straight up, or with a little ice or water.”

After the Kildare’s team had tagged its barrel, the distillers at Jim Beam directly transferred the 120 proof whiskey from cask to bottle. The barrel has yielded 108 bottles of exclusive whiskey, and the first batch is available for sipping at Kildare’s of West Chester right now.

Along with the first shipment of bottles, Dane also took delivery of oak-aged barrel #5132, which he has dropped off at Levante Brewing Company. The plan is to age a yet-to-be-named beer for an exclusive release at Kildare’s next fall.

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Kildare’s has over 120 bottles of whiskey available daily — something for everyone. “We have a nice selection, from basic shelf to high end,” Dane stated. “We have Johnnie Walker Blue and Jameson’s Vintage.” Dane also confided that Kildare’s has secured a few bottles of rare Pappy Van Winkle through the latest state lottery. Learn more about its Rare Whiskey Release on January 31.

The Kildare’s Exclusive Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey is available now only at Kildare’s in West Chester. Mark noted that a few customers have already enjoyed a pour of the exclusive whiskey, noting one regular called it “fantastic.” He added, “We have a reputation for our whiskey selection, so I’m not sure how long these bottles will last.”

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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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7 Reasons Every Day is Special at Kildare's

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7 Reasons Every Day is Special at Kildare's

Every day is festive at Kildare’s of West Chester! We have specials every night of the week, so we have you covered whether you’re planning a girls’ night out or a happy hour for your officemates. Our happy hour runs Monday through Friday, with $3 drafts and half-priced appetizers at the bar from 5–7 p.m., plus daily drink specials and entertainment late into the night. And that’s just the start!

Mondays

Mondays can be a shock to the system — that’s why we ease you into the work week with 22-ounce Yuenglings for only $3 starting when the doors open until midnight. If you don’t make it for happy hour, half-priced appetizers return from 9–11 p.m. — perfect to nibble on with your buddies while watching Monday Night Football, soccer or whatever else is on the big screen. Feeling competitive? Form your own team and compete in Quizzo with Big Mike starting at 9 p.m.

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Tuesdays

Our Tuesday specials and musical entertainment are just what you need for a night out! Pop in for happy hour and half-priced apps, plus $3 drafts from 5–7 p.m. Stay and enjoy $3 Kronenbourg Blanc pints from when we open until midnight, or $2 well drinks and $3 Captain Morgan drinks from 10 p.m.–midnight. Into car sing-alongs? Then order up more half-priced appetizers from 9–11 p.m., and test your musical knowledge by playing a few rounds of Bar Bingo, Music Trivia or Name That Tune by Bradley Hendrix. Check out upcoming themes on our Facebook events page.

Wednesdays

You’ve made it through Hump Day, so it’s time to celebrate with with your coworkers! You might originally come out for our half-price happy hour appetizers from 5–7 p.m., but you’ll stay for our $3 pints of Downeast Original Blend cider pints from opening until midnight. If you’re hanging later in the night, half-priced appetizers return from 9–11 p.m. We’re also pouring $2 Miller High Life and $3 Pinnacle drinks from 10 p.m.–midnight. Whether you’re celebrating that workplace promotion or just another week’s survival in the jungle, this is the night to sip some whiskey — Wednesdays are 25 percent off all whiskey flights all day.

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Thursdays

Remember when you and your college buddies started the weekend on Thursday night? Call up the old crew and meet at Kildare’s for our half-price happy hour appetizers and $3 drafts from 5–7 p.m., with live acoustic music from 6–9 p.m. Relive that college past by sampling our $5 bomb drinks from when we open until midnight.

Fridays

Who cooks on Fridays anymore? Schedule your date night at Kildare’s and come out for $3 Victory pints from open to midnight, plus half-priced appetizers at the bar from 5–7 p.m. On some Fridays, enjoy acoustic tunes from 6–9 p.m., and other Fridays listen to a live band from 8 –11 p.m. Our dinner menu has something for everyone, so whether you’re craving a Kildare’s deluxe burger, pork tacos or blackened mahi mahi, you’ll leave satisfied on Friday night!

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Saturdays

Kildare’s of West Chester opens early for those who love English Premier League footballers so they can follow all the action. Check out our schedule to see if you should set the alarm to cheer your team on while enjoying $3 Stella Artois pints starting from when the doors open until midnight. Perhaps you’re carting around your own soccer star on Saturday and want to stop in for a bite to eat between those tournament games. Whatever your budding talent’s activity — basketball, hockey, dance, music lessons — Saturday afternoons at Kildare’s family-friendly pub are are meant for you and your loved ones.

Sundays

Brunch is the best! Our $5 Bloody Marys from open to midnight will smooth out your morning, or try one of our half-priced drinks from 10 a.m.–noon while catching up with old friends. Can’t bear to see the weekend slip away? Stop in on Sunday night to nosh on our half-priced appetizers from 9–11 p.m., and croon a tune onstage during karaoke, which runs from 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

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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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.

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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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