The Irish Haven frequently pops up on those internet lists of ‘NYC’s Best Dive Bars’ and ‘America’s Best Dive Bars’. It was also voted one of ‘Top Ten Irish Bars in the World Outside of Ireland’, by the readers of the Irish Times, no less. You may recognise it from Martin Scorsese’s, ‘The Departed’, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon. The infamous cranberry juice scene was filmed there. Here, the drinks are cheap and the stories are free.
Naturally, I perform there as frequently as I can. Sometimes, Matt Hogan, invites me to play there on Sunday evenings. When that happens, I sit opposite the bar, and simultaneously sing, eavesdrop and imbibe for a few hours. With scientific consistency, the first half is mellow and background, then Freddie starts heckling or dancing, or better, both, something else begins to happen in my peripheral vision and it is as unpredictable, bumpy and fun as moonless, midnight sled ride.
It reminds me of busking in Cork City on Saturday night. In a good way.
Once a month in the back room, the pool table is moved to the side, chairs are hauled up from the basement and I host a Big City Folk Song Club. Oh, and it being on a Tuesday, in one of the best Irish bar in the World ( Outside of Ireland) , means it is Taco Tuesday too.
I’ll be there tonight hosting the Big City Folk Song Club. The featured performers are The Neuromantics (E.W. and Phil Harris from the Sky Captains of Industry with Molly Murphy of Maude Gun and Matthew Cranstoun) and A Valley Son ( Trey Powell of Loose Canyons new project.)
8pm, no cover ( Pass the hat/ Pay what you can for the featured performers.)
Free tacos with drink purchases.
Note from the venue: “This week only we are switching it up and tonight is Wings Tuesday! (Tomorrow will be Taco Wednesday) – So much for alliteration this week! Complementary food with your drinks from 6 PM – we run out.”