24 March 2009

Lone Tree

Like most of the world's cities Munich has a selection of Irish pubs to choose from. The Old Irish, also known as the Irish Folk Pub, was Munich's first, opening in 1977. Tucked away in a quiet side street in Schwabing, it's a pub for locals rather than tourists.

One of the more unusual features is the 'Guinness tree' growing up through a grating in front of the pub. According to the explanation in the window this is a variety of the Ailanthus Altissima species that was found growing in the St James's Gate area of Dublin where the Guinness brewery is located.

However, I have found no other references anywhere to the 'Guinness tree' so I suspect someone is having somebody on. It's a nice story though.

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