Thank goodness the Irish have spread their culture around the world for others to enjoy. Because of that, one can go to Lilly Mac’s, in downtown Sunnyvale, California, to experience Ireland.

From the outside, Lilly Mac’s looks like a traditional Irish pub: the exterior is simple and nothing is flashy to draw the eye. A menu is also on display for people to take a look and be tempted to enter the doors.

Once you enter the doors, the traditional feeling is the first to greet you.  It is dimly lit and dark, wooden tables and chairs surround you.  You instantly feel at ease as you are engulfed in its homey environment.

The bar is to the right and it is at the bar that you also order food. The menu has many options to choose from. If you want to experience the pleasure of Ireland, they have bangers and mash, fish and chips and Irish stew. If you are not in the mood for some Irish food, their menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads.  All at a reasonable price.  I thoroughly enjoyed the fish and chips! You definitely get your money’s worth.

To go with your meal, there are a variety of beers and drinks to choose from.  An Irish bartender can help you decide which drink to choose.  Of course the Irish classics, Guinness and Smithwicks are on tap. Also on tap are Newcastle, Blue Moon and Fat Tire.  I kept with my good friend Smithwicks. If you are not in the mood for a beer, they also have a full bar, so your favorite cocktail is not far away from you. Of course the best time to enjoy a drink is during happy hour, which at Lilly Mac’s is from Monday- Friday from 3 pm- 7 pm.

There are plenty of tables and chairs in which to enjoy your drink and meal.  And there are also many items in which to entertain your eye. The pub has five televisions that showcase sports games. Each sport has its own television, so decide what game you want to enjoy and pull up a seat. I am going to enjoy the Sharks’ game.

Though the sports might be American, there are traces of Ireland at the pub. On the walls there are Guinness advertisements. Guinness is known for being an advertisement genius and they get that reputation from their creative ads. Recent artists have taken famous Guinness ads and made them their own. Their works are displayed on the wall.

As the night rolls, more people enter the pub to be transported to Ireland and the pub offers many ways in which to enjoy the treasure of its motherland.  Every Sunday evenings are filled with Irish music.  After one gets familiar with the Irish music, on select Tuesdays, they can try their luck with Irish dancing. The other days of the week are filled with pub quizzes, karaoke and live bands.

There is a lot to enjoy at Lilly Mac’s and I would highly recommend that you check it out.  Lilly Mac’s and downtown Sunnyvale offers something different for your weekend, or to cheer up your mid week slump. 

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