They say the best â€“ and worst ideas â€“ come after drinking. Maybe that's why, after spending almost every night after work in Milwaukee-based Irish bars, Michael Gallagher moved back to Dublin to open a Milwaukee-themed bar.
"One night, after my fifth or sixth pint, it occurred to me that if Milwaukeeans love Irish bars so much, maybe Irish people would love Milwaukee bars, too" says Gallagher. "I canâ€™t believe no one thought of this before. Or if they did, and it didnâ€™t work out, didnâ€™t tell me. I spent all of my drinking money for the rest of my life on this thing."
Before committing to the idea, Gallagher ran the idea past some Irish friends living in Milwaukee and they agreed it was worth a shot. "A shot of Jameson, anyway," jokes Gallagher. "Hey, you want a shot of Jameson?"
Gallagher, who lived in Milwaukee for 12 years, returned to Dublin in late 2014 and plans to open his first Milwaukee-themed Irish bar on Fleet Street in June.
"It was tough coming up with just the right name," says Gallagher. "We had a lot of good ones on the list."
Gallagher says he considered opening an all-Miller beer bar called "Millerwaukee" but decided the concept was ultimately too limiting.
"Plus, Miller tastes like loo water," he says.
He then considered naming the bar "Pat Oâ€™Brienâ€™s," after the Irish actor Pat Oâ€™Brien who was born in Milwaukee in 1899. Oâ€™Brien went on to star in many films including "Some Like It Hot" and was known as the "Hollywood Irishman in Residence."
"Then I remembered there was a Pat Oâ€™Brienâ€™s in New Orleans and I didnâ€™t want to seem like a copy cat," says Gallagher. "But that would have been bloody perfect."
Gallagher says he considered "Liberaceâ€™s Diamond Tap," "Arthur Fonzarelliâ€™s" and "Chaser Nation."
"If thereâ€™s one thing I can thank Milwaukee for itâ€™s introducing me to the chaser with a Bloody Mary," he says. "That shite just doesnâ€™t exist anywhere else."
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