The Irish greet tragedy with a smile and a beer. Throughout a history rife with difficulty -- from the potato famine to occupation to a less-than-friendly welcome at Ellis Island -- the good people of the green isle have survived and prospered, thanks mostly to their unmatched penchant for merriment. Its an understatement to say Irish people know how to party.
You dont have to wait for St. Patricks Day and you dont have to be Irish to join in the drowning of weekday sorrows at John Martins. Every Thursday night, popular Irish folk duo Grand Auld Time plays a variety of toe-tapping, beer-glass-clanking, fiddle-heavy Irish drinkin tunes. The bar serves half-price Bushmills to ensure the crowd sings along, even if they dont know the mostly unintelligible lyrics. Complete the theme with dinner -- the joint offers an incredible Irish burger with Dublin white cheddar cheese and bacon. Get jiggy with it tonight at 9:00. Call 305-445-3777, or visit www.johnmartins.com.
Thursdays, 9 p.m., 2007