Pat O’Brien’s is both wholly unremarkable and multiply rare: an Irish bar that is neither performatively Irish, nor packed with cops, nor unfriendly to patrons of non-Hibernian complexion. A Bronx bar sufficiently far from Yankee Stadium that no goons in imperial pinstripes threaten the peace. An establishment blessed with an unofficial buyback policy so generous that prudence sometimes demands the bartender’s generosity be refused. There is a jukebox, and its library is perfectly adequate. There is a pool table and a dartboard, and they are often free. This is a place where you are likely to fall into conversation with the person on the stool next to you, or the bartender, or both, and where if you do not wish to do so that is quite all right too. It is a chill and unprepossessing bar where sometimes they serve free sandwiches, and I think we can all agree that we need more of those in these dark times.
28 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx
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