The Irish music is still a draw for the pub. "We had a very popular band here, 'Killarney', who played from 1974 to 2013. They're retired now, but they still come back for St. Patrick's Day and various other events. And we still have live music on the weekends featuring Irish fiddlers that can switch from Irish to pop to rock, so there's something for everyone."
For sports fans, there’s also five big screen TVs and a massive 20 foot jumbo screen that makes the big game “larger than life.”
Eddie and Marv were born and raised in Vancouver and frequented The Blarney Stone as young men. "We got involved in the restaurant business, first owning a chain of restaurants on the Lower Mainland and then buying The Blarney Stone in 2005," recalls Eddie.
The pub itself opened in its historic 1888 building in 1972, owned first by a group of Irish friends and a German builder named Rudi. "The Irish guys dropped out after a couple of years, but Rudi ran it until his death in 1989," notes Eddie. Then came Charles Kelly, under whose ownership, The Blarney Stone enjoys a reputation of being the place to go for college and university students for a raucous time on the weekend.
"This place still gets a crazy on the weekends," says Eddie. "But, now we notice we have a slightly older demographic; it's like our clientele is growing up with us. Now our crowd is more mainstream, although we still get a lot of Irish ex-pats for Irish sporting events or for the good food and music."
When Eddie and Marv took over, they did substantial renovations. "We cleaned it up and added a new kitchen," says Eddie, "but we still have all the handmade furniture and the original brick and wood. We've also got a mezzanine, which makes us pretty unique amongst the Gastown pubs."
The new kitchen enabled Eddie and Marv to offer a more extensive menu. "Chef Mike Carter is brilliant," notes Eddie. "He can cook up traditional Irish food like Irish stew or sausage and Colcannon and then he's equally at home with pizzas or Cajun chicken quesadillas."
The Blarney Stone can also accommodate weddings, corporate events, "and just about any white table cloth service really," says Eddie. "We offer a good, relaxed, non-pretentious atmosphere with friendly staff. The Blarney Stone is an Irish pub and any good Irish pub is like a community centre. That's what we offer."" >
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