Concerts & Clubs / Does it make sense that Chinatown has an Irish corner? Who cares? It rocks, especially at O’Toole’s Irish Pub, which caters to the Irish in all of us with their no-cover, open-every-day bar and small dance floor that fills up whenever Celtic rockers Doolin’ Rakes take the stage.
“Above all, the best thing about our gig at O’Toole’s is the support we’ve been fortunate to enjoy from the ownership, management and staff to do what we do,” says guitarist Jamie Winpenny. A staple of the Chinatown nightlife for eight years, they currently perform every Saturday at O’Toole’s and find their niche amongst a “Hawaiian style calabash family” that are regulars at the bar.
Though welcoming, O’Toole’s does have some party fouls: smoking indoors and one-stall bathrooms (which, I was told while standing in a long line of leg-crossed women, can’t be renovated due to it being a historic building). But those setbacks don’t seem to deter the diehard customers who want to kick back with some cider and cigars.
“People come to O’Toole’s to celebrate big moments in their lives,” Winpenny says. “We love being a part of that.”