I guess I’m in the minority when I say I’m really not a fan of ‘Irish’ bars abroad. After all, it’s claimed there are more than 100,000 of them dotted around the world. However, a great many of them are neither run nor staffed by Irish people and often their only nod to Ireland involves walls adorned with assorted paddywhackery and a Guinness tap. Maybe I’m missing the point, but if I go to Amsterdam I want to soak up the atmosphere of a Dutch bar — the same goes for Spain, Australia, Japan, wherever.
ut there’s no denying Irish