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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City's Third Irish Pub Opens

Sally O'Brien's, Moscow's latest entry on the Irish pub scene, opened its doors to scores of patrons Friday night, offering up food, fun and plenty of Guinness.


The new pub features two spacious bar areas, one of which serves as a restaurant during the day. Dining will be cafeteria-style, and cuisine strictly Irish, including lamb, potatoes, thick stews and freshly-baked bread, according to Joe Neylon, the manager.


The bar was constructed in Ireland and sent to Moscow by truck to be rebuilt, the reconstruction going on right up to the opening hour Friday night.


Only the Irish can properly run an Irish pub, Neylon said.


"It all revolves around the Irish ethos," he said. "Any other nationality can try to open an Irish pub, but they just don't make it."


Neylon, 30, said an Irish chef and some Irish barmen have been imported. Customers will sing along with the Irish band The Pogues. He hopes to have live Irish music established by St. Patrick's Day, March 17.


Sally's bills itself as an alternative to both the fast food restaurants and the more pricey eateries that have appeared in the city recently.


An entree will be priced at about $8 to $10, he said. The average price of a mixed drink is 25,000 rubles ($5.50), while a pint of Guinness costs 22,000 rubles.


Sallys' owners -- two prominent Irish businessmen -- established Rosie's late in 1993.