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The Bog

Twentieth birthday bonanza: The Bog


The Bog began its legendary history as the home of the Irish in February 1999 on Cashel Street, where the Guinness flowed and the craic was mighty.

 

The Bog

 

The Bog is known worldwide for the best pint of Guinness in town, traditional Irish music, friendly staff and hearty food.  Not long after its inception, the Guinness 100 Pint Club board was born and the 17.17 Club introduced. ‘Table 15’ was formed as a base where the locals would hang out, with many a story told and a few scoops of Guinness shared.

John Julian aka ‘JJ’ or ‘The Sheriff’ as he was known, would make sure the pints of Guinness were up to scratch and the names were placed on the board straight.  Not forgetting Peter O’Donnell who would keep staff on their toes and give a finger salute when he wanted another pint of the black stuff. On the topic of legendary locals, there’s no forgetting Chris O’Neill, who has been drinking at The Bog for just over 19 years.

 

The Bog

 

Those lucky enough to meet the OG resident know her as ‘Ma’, a fierce woman, seasoned Guinness drinker and great friend. Unfortunately, due to the devastating February 2011 earthquake, The Bog had to shut its doors, reopening in March 2014 at 50 Victoria Street.  The original Guinness boards were salvaged and still hang proudly in the corner of a small section of the bar, famously known as ‘The Old Bog’.

The Bog will be celebrating an important milestone when it turns 20 years old on Sunday 24 February this year and it’s guaranteed to be a good one lads.  With a week full of entertainment, taking us back to 1999 with original-priced pints and live music, including the original Irish Jam Session with the Jamesons and Black Velvet Band.

 

The Bog

 

During the week there will also be an Irish themed quiz night, performances from The Southern Cross Irish Dancers and bag pipers, spot prizes, Guinness and Jameson giveaways, and much more. So grab your family, friends and paddy caps and head down to The Bog Irish Bar from Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 February for the big 20 year birthday celebrations.

 



 

The Cranford Alehouse

A Top Spot: The Cranford Ale House

If you’re heading north down Cranford Street, there’s a great place to stop in for some great food, spend time with friends, and enjoy a beverage or two at 305 Cranford Street.

The Cranford Alehouse

The Cranford Ale House ticks all those boxes and more. Frequented by locals who take full advantage of the spacious garden area on sun filled days, the friendly staff provides a great atmosphere for the many events.
From Quiz night on Monday, two for one steak night Tuesday, Kids dine free on Wednesday, shout your mate on Thursday, ‘Fish, Chips and Pint for $20’ on Friday, Weekend Roast on Saturday, and Sunday Live music from 3pm, there’s no day of the week that doesn’t have a reason to drop in.
It’s great to see that this top spot supports local sports teams, and even better that kids can eat there for $12 a plate! Functions can hold up to 80 people comfortably, so if that farewell, birthday, or family doo is stressing you out, why not let the team do all the work and provide great food, location – and even do the dishes! There’s plenty of parking too.
The schnitzel has a lot of fans, but at 350g, the giant ribeye steak is sure to please too. With a menu full of favourites, there are plenty of great reasons to take another look at Cranford Ale House. It’s fresh and friendly, so we suggest you drop in soon.