I love Irish pubs. No matter where you are in the world, if you spot an Irish pub, you can walk in and expect a certain degree of familiarity. They'll have Guinness and the bartender will have an Irish accent. The decor will be dark woods and they'll be playing Gaelic music. It's as if Ireland has some kind of 'bartender abroad' program where they rotate people through locales around the world. I naively assumed everyone like Irish pubs until a friend refereed to them as 'The McDonalds of drinking.' Only now does it occur to me that maybe he thinks McDonalds is Irish since it's kind of an Irish sounding name. McDonalds.