In 1997, Philip McCabe was researching a theme for the anchor restaurant of his showplace hotel, The Inn on Fifth. For a second generation Irish-American whose forefathers hailed from County Cork, his inspiration was a natural. Irish pubs were having a heyday in Europe, and as McCabe recalled the great times in pubs of his Boston youth, he decided he had found the perfect theme.
To gather fresh ideas, he embarked on his first trip to the Emerald Isle ~ a pub-crawl with a purpose. He visited all of Ireland’s most famous ~ including Brazen Head, the oldest surviving pub in Dublin.
Drinking in, literally, all of Ireland’s rich history, he began planning how he would recreate this exciting environment to share with Naples. The trip proved a rousing success. Upon return, and with the help of a veritable army of artisans from Dublin, McCabe’s Irish Pub and Grill was born.
From the shell of the circa 1951 Nation's Bank that now houses the Pub, all that remains is its vault, which serves as a private dining room complete with original steel tumbler door. Demanding authenticity, McCabe ordered rich mahogany panelling, moulding and doors milled to order in the Republic.
Historic details like tin whiskey signs, old bank notes, a County Kerry fiddle, etched glass window panels, converted gas lighting fixtures and countless bric-a-brac were hunted down at estate sales, auctions and even junk yards throughout the hills & dales of lreland.
The Pub's crowning touches are hand-stencilled and faux-painted walls based on delicate old-world designs.