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Dallas Observer - July 2004
Dallas Observer - July 2004
D Magazine - September 2004
Irish eyes are smiling yet again in Uptown. Owner Feargal McKinney has taken over the long-vacant O’Dowd’s space across from Hard Rock Café and infused it with the ale-swilling, tankard-clanking charm of his other two pubs, Old Monk and the Dubliner. If you’re familiar with either bar and grill, then you know what you’re in for: great food and lots of alcohol. Chug your way across McKinney’s exhaustive list of drafts, whiskeys, and ciders, and soak up all of that good cheer with food from Idle Rich’s British Isles-inspired menu: cider-steamed mussels, Guinness beef and mushroom pie, and the best fish and chips in town. Mon-Thu 3pm-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am. 2614 McKinney Ave. 214-965-9926.
Texas Monthly - October 2004
The folks who gave us the wildly popular Old Monk have launched a like-minded watering hole in Uptown. You’ll find familiar dishes like the hearty, filo-covered Guinness beef stew, but the Prince Edward Island mussels have a new formula: They are steamed in cider brimming with diced tomatoes, green onions, and herbs.
Quick Magazine - January 2005
Ingredients: espresso, Stoli Vanil vodka, Kahlua, condensed milk
Notable: Idle Rich Pub owner Feargal McKinney says the idea for the drink came from the “lovely, rich coffee” at Mai’s Vietnamese restaurant (4812 Bryan St. Suite 100).
Get it at: The Idle Rich Pub, 2614 McKinney Ave. (at Boll Street, across from the Hard Rock Cafe). 214-965-9926. www.idlerichpub.com.
Dallas Morning News (Living section) - January 2005
…. Feargal McKinney, Irish by birth, Dallasite for over a decade and co-owner of The Old Monk, The Dubliner and The Idle Rich, has remedies from the Old Country that still work wonders.
“ Older people in Ireland drink a mix of half brandy and half port. It really settles your stomach. But mostly it’s a traditional Irish breakfast, really a big fry-up with sausages, meat and eggs. Black pudding is really good too.”
For those who want to know, “black pudding” is the Irish term for what we call blood sausage, which, like menudo, is an acquired taste.
“ My favorite is kippers [smoked herring], very oily and salty. Nothing better for a hangover. And of course a little hair of the dog,” Mr. McKinney says.
Turtle Creek News - May 2005
How to explain the phenomenon that is Dallas nightlife? Like a secret club that everyone is constantly trying to break into, where the “right” people go and when they go there, it is a nightly search in Uptown to find “the spot.”
The real trick in this treasure hunt isn’t finding the most popular place, it’s all about the timing.
Drive down McKinney Avenue one night, and you’re likely to find a noisy patio spilling over with partiers. The next night the same patio is a barren wasteland.
Not only are you saddled with the responsibility of figuring out which watering holes are of the moment and which are past their prime, you have to know the exact day and time when a bar or club is at maximum capacity.
Turtle Creek People will take you through the ins and outs of each night in Dallas’ most popular neighborhood – where to go, who’ll you see, what to wear, and what time to arrive – and leave. And what better way to kick off the series than with an in-depth look at the most cherished night of the week – Friday? TGIF.
9 p.m., The Idle Rich Pub
Laidback cool ... almost. That’s the Friday night feel at this packed pub, still in its first year. Jeans are the uniform for most patrons, but by no means does that mean that this scene isn’t all about the look.
It’s a great place to start the night before heading off to something a little swankier. The crowd usually reaches its peak shortly after 10 p.m., but to get a coveted bench on the patio, arrive early, because it’s standing room only when the evening really gets going.
If you’re at the bar, you’ll be cramped like sardines, but it’ll give you a chance to eye the good-looking bartenders.
What to wear: Girls, jeans and heels. Guys, nothing sloppy. Who you’ll see: An old college buddy you haven’t seen since graduation. Who to know: Jake, the manager, but don’t mistake him for his look-alike bartender. And, no, they’re not related.
D Magazine - July 2005
Envy | Dallas Life - November 2006
Texas Monthly - February 2007
This pub in Uptown has it all -- good food, service, parking, and room to stretch your legs. Shredded-beef stew, a hearty concoction with a hint of Guinness, wore a golden pastry dome. Prince Edward Island mussels were steamed Belgian-style in white ale with celery, garlic, and shallots. Frites came with a terrific spicy mayo dip that has forever replaced catsup with fries in our book. The lone dessert is a wonderful brownie a la mode topped with dark Belgian chocolate. 2614 McKinney Ave. 214-965-9926.
Envy | Dallas Life - December 2007
D Magazine - D Best
Every time we walk into Idle Rich, we get the warm and fuzzies. The atmosphere is so friendly and inviting, we could stay all night—and we usually do. Belly up to the bar, or get cozy in a dark, high-backed booth, and choose from the extensive selection of drafts, bottles, whiskies, or wines. If you get there early enough—or happen to stop by on a slow night, which is, like, never—take over the dart board or challenge your buds to a game of Bar Billiard. Dress is casual, which means hats and tennis shoes are allowed. Best nights to go: Thursday through Saturday.