Bologna Celtic Druid Irish Pub
About Celtic Druid Irish Pub
Situated in a little side street just in front of Piazza Maggiore is where one of the first Irish pubs in Bologna was born. It was inaugurated on Monday 12th of June 1995, and by all accounts was immediately adopted as one of their own by the locals.
The Celtic Druid name itself is derived from a folklore figure – the ‘Druid’ – that was said to have colonised the whole of Europe, but in particular Ireland.
This pub was literally made and designed in Ireland by the ‘Irish Pub Company’ and transported here. Many of the items on display are not only Irish in nature but are in fact an important historical record of Irish culture. For example, the Guinness advertising, often humorous, to this effect, and official pub notices reveal how far we have come from pubs just being a mere social scene to serious business on a global scale.
Located inside one of Bologna’s ancient palazzo, its mahogany interior and old setting reflects a ‘days gone by’ period of Irish pubs. This ground floor too, demonstrates a typical layout whereby clients drank in a ‘lounge-bar’ comprised of a long bar counter and various cubicles, so that friends could mix or stay in their groups however they desire.
Of course, as in most Irish bars, here too, you can find Guinness, Harp, Kilkenny, Cashel, Cider and many other typical beers, liqueurs and spirits.
Upstairs is billed as one of the few public places customers can smoke inside. A special ventilation system permits the bar to operate in this way.
Customers here vary greatly in age, gender and profession – just as expected of a typical Irish pub, and where everyone is made to feel welcome.