Shamrocks,leprechauns and in-house brews lure Puneites to the new microbrewery in town
Launched just last month,The Irish Village goes against most stereotypes in good ways and otherwise. From what we have seen of other Irish-themed places,we walked in expecting to be bombarded with green and Irish motifs such as shamrocks and leprechauns. There is a little bit of that right at the entrance a tiny green shamrock-shaped sign pronounces the pathway as Shamrock Avenue and a leprechaun dancing merrily on a wall mural points the way inside.
But its a completely different story inside with barely anything that says Irish. We had hoped to see a snug décor,low ceilings and walls plastered with cheeky signs. In contrast,The Irish Village comprises vast stretches with a few tables dispersed across. And while there are a few funny drinking posters,the walls is lamentably bare.
There are three sections in the microbrewery and pub the air-conditioned section comes first,the covered smoking area and bar comprise the next section,while the outdoor section is the largest. In the first,the lights are comfortingly dim and mellow,and the DJ plays a pop/rock song list from his corner station. Behind him,theres a wall painting depicting the Beatles,a nice tribute to the band,but perhaps the pub would have been better served by featuring Irish artistes. All in all,this section feels more like a family restaurant.
The smoking section is covered overhead and on three sides. One side faces the outdoor section and is covered with a sheer fabric screen. Opposite the screen lies the bar,which has numerous gleaming beer taps,serving in-house brews. The microbrewery has four signature brews,all of which have common Irish names Lager O Reilly,Wheat O Mullins,Ale O Connor and Stout O Sullivan. There are plaques that give brief descriptions about each,with a humorous touch.
Of the four,the lager and the stout seem to be the definite favourites. While the lager is light,fruity and summery,the stout carries the flavour of roasted and slightly burned coffee and but is otherwise mild on the alcohol. There are also a number of beer cocktails on the menu. The prices are affordable as compared to other microbreweries in the town. The food menu is diverse with fish and chips,bangers and mash,Boxty burger and Irish Horse burger. However,the food is pretty mediocre. The saving grace: The Irish Village is located in Koregaon Park,which makes it the first microbrewery to be located reasonably within the city limits.