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Jul 30, 2008 05:34 PM

Baile Corcaigh pub, Detroit

Finally hit the Baile Corcaigh (BY-lee CORK-ee, I believe) pub in Corktown in Detroit today--right there on Trumbull a couple blocks south of what's left of Tiger Stadium. It's an Irish pub run by genuine Irish immigrants, with live music in the evenings. Lunch was on the expensive side but worth it. A friend and I split a big wedge of a cheddar, leek, and onion pie, which was obviously homemade in every detail and just superb. We started off with the Connemara soup, a great homemade cabbage soup. They had, as you might guess, an extensive selection of both Irish beer and Irish whiskey, and where other bars have happy hour, they have melancholy hour. I will definitely be going back for dinner entrees, which are more "Irish" than the sandwiches. They're kind of tucked away over there, but next time you're caught in a long line at Slows (which is when Slows is at its worst, I've noticed), drop down Trumbull and check it out. Currently open Wednesdays through Sundays.

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  1. Thanks, Jim M. I've been meaning to get over there for lunch. It's smoke-free, right?
    Melancholy hour - that's rich.

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    1. re: Summerfield

      "We've also introduced a 'Melancholy Hour' every Wednesday and Thursday at Baile Corcaigh (where your sadness is taken seriously)."

      Didn't check on the smoking, but we weren't asked "smoking or non," and I don't think anybody was smoking.

    2. There was an article about this place Saveur magazine a few years ago. They talked about how the chef had been trained in a top cooking school in Ireland using local ingredients. It has been on my list since, but have never heard of anyone going. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll wait until the fall when I had handle heartier food.

      1. Baile Corcaigh is non-smoking.

        New hours of operation, as of April 1, 2009:

        Sunday - Noon until 9:00 p.m.
        Monday & Tuesday - Closed
        Wednesday & Thursday - 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
        Friday & Saturday - Noon until Midnight
        Reservations are recommended for groups of 7 or more,
        and when there is entertainment.
        "Melancholy Hour" every Wednesday and Thusday at Baile Corcaigh (where your sadness is taken seriously). It will last from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and feature $1 off Irish libations plus complimentary Irish chips.

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        1. re: corktowner

          Now that sounds official!

          I will be checking her out very soon.

            1. re: JanPrimus

              It was just a matter of time. It was a great place, gorgeous interior, but I think they were just a little too upscale for their location.

              Had a wonderful potato-encrusted whitefish there. And Beamish on tap...bummer.