I must admit the title is a little misleading; I have a very dim idea of what real Irish is, but O'Regan's is definitely one of downtown-Montreal best kept secrets.
True, the pub is small and has an even smaller street-front. It’s definitely overshadowed by the massive Irish Embassy (the pub) parked right next door. But maybe its small size and the fact that it is overshadowed by its neighbor give O'Regan's (1224 Bishop) its cozy charm, and force the pub to go the extra distance.
The staff is friendly, the beer is good, and there is a small outdoors terrace: very regular, nothing special, not that much extra distance you might think. True, but where it gets hot is the fact that O'Regan's features amazing live music sets. And when I say amazing, I am not exaggerating; I mean really really amazing.
I’ve been to O'Regan's twice, the first time a band played solid rock classics. The second time a band played the best live blues I have ever listened to, no joke here, these guys were astonishing. And because the place is small, the stage is right in front of the main bar. So if your sitting at the bar, when the band plays, they play in your face, they are right there, in front of you at an arms length distance.
For the observant drinkers out-there, pictures of the leaders of the Irish War of Independence decorating the walls complete the Irish feel. And the cherry on top of the sundae, the secret ingredient in the sauce, the Guinness is specially imported straight from Ireland. You can definitely feel it's not a regular Guinness; it is a smoother and tastier beer, the best in Montreal.
Talking about Guinness, seems like the black beer has gained a life on its own; it's become so entrenched in our collective psyche, associated to everything Irish-pub like. True, it is an excellent and different beer. But I also blame that fame on some amazingly successful marketing. And the campaign seems to be going on forever: you know these old advertisement posters of Guinness with an exotic tropical bird, those are genius. And today, the bird and crocodile have been replaced with high-quality director TV ads, that make shitty Coors-Molson ads look like teenager's YouTube videos. To feed the myth, check-out some of these Guinness commercials; I don't know if they are the best, but I like them:
Finally, who's got the brass balls:
PS: If ever you want to spend the Saint-Patrick's Day Parade at O'Regan's, it gets really packed, so forget about it. That is, unless you get in the day before and spend the night there.
And if you're feeling all creatively insightful, and you'd like to leave your comments or add a review about O'Regan's, then just go to our review of O'Regan's, you can comment there.
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Written by Livia on 2016-12-22.
Yes... O'Regans is a true Irish pub, and yes it boasts of the best live music in town.....BUT it also has the VERY best music SESSION in North America....check this Wednesday night gem !