Inside the bright-red façade of Murphy’s, wood-paneled walls and antique lanterns give off a cozy ski-lodge vibe—until framed photos of martyred Kennedys and the owner’s Gaelic family remind one that this is a traditional Irish pub. An exceptionally long wooden bar fills most of the narrow space, providing plenty of seating, while six flat-screens, plus a huge projection screen at the end of the bar, take care of the football hooligans on hand. When there isn’t a big game on, incongruous top-40 pop songs provide a soundtrack for the diners in the candlelit back restaurant area and for the locals drinking up front. If you’re into daytime drinking, Murphy’s peddles a great “Recession Buster” lunch special: a burger, wrap or sandwich and pint of Bud or Yuengling for $10. And if that’s not early enough, happy hour starts as soon as the bar opens—at 10am.
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