Central Florida Irish pubs to host UCF watch parties
Dublin, Ireland will be the home of the UCF Knights and the Penn State Nittany Lions for the first football game of the season in the Croke Park Classic Saturday.
For the Knights who will be in the UCF area this coming weekend, The Central Florida Future has compiled a list of several Irish pubs and participating restaurants around Orlando that will be hosting watch parties for the game.
Raglan Road Irish Pub
(1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista)
In Downtown Disney, the pub will open its doors at 7:30 a.m. to display the 8:30 a.m. game on its big screen TVs in two of its main rooms.
Alan Delahunt, the general manager, said the restaurant will be serving its brunch menu with various breakfast items that it normally would not be serving on a Saturday.
A full bar will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. for watch party attendees.
The restaurant currently has more than 140 people booked for the 8:30 a.m. kickoff, and will be expecting a few hundred people for the game.
Delahunt said his wife, a UCF alumna, will bring other UCF alumni to watch the game as well.
"Immediately after the game, we're actually starting our Great Irish Hooley, which is going to be a big Irish festival," Delahunt said. "We've got over 40 musicians from Ireland, loads of live bands and live Irish dancing that will start at noon."
A face painter will come in at 7:30 a.m. with black and gold paint.
The Irish festival will have the best of Irish music and entertainment
The festival will be held through Sept. 1.
"It's just going to be a whole lot of fun," Delahunt said. "It's going to be a crazy day of watching football and Irish partying."
The Harp and Celt Irish Pub and Restaurant
(25 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando)
The restaurant on South Magnolia Avenue will also be catering to those who wish to enjoy the game live from Ireland.
Sheila Toale, a bar tender on duty, said the restaurant will be serving Irish breakfasts and some beer specials.
Toale said its Irish breakfasts will consist of bacon, sausage, eggs, black and white pudding, mushrooms and toast.
The brunch and lunch menu will also be available for customers.
The doors will open at 8 a.m., and Toale said the restaurant is already expecting a lot of people to come in for the game.
(544 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park)
Fiddler's Green in Winter Park will also be televising the football game.
Gigi Speltz, the manager, said the restaurant will be serving Irish and American breakfast, brunch and its regular menu starting at 8 a.m.
A big screen TV will display the game in a room that seats about 40 people.
Speltz said if the turnout gets to be bigger than imagined, a projector screen can be pulled down in the main room for easier viewing.
Hagan O'Reilly's Irish Pub and Restaurant
(16112 Marsh Road, Winter Garden)
Opening its doors at 7:30 a.m., Hagan O'Reilly's Irish Pub and Restaurant will serve beer, wine and wells at happy-hour prices.
Egan Pillay, the manager, said there will be breakfast and a full menu in the morning.
"The staff that's working will be wearing UCF colors, and we will be displaying black and gold around the restaurant as well," Pillay said.
Pillay said the restaurant currently has about 60 people on reservation.
(951 Market Promenade Ave., Lake Mary)
Liam Fitzpatrick's in Lake Mary will open at 8 a.m., serving promotional items and doing some giveaways with prizes, such as UCF T-shirts.
Brad Plummer, the assistant manager, said there will be a happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Plummer said the restaurant has doubled the serving and bartending staff for the event, and that UCF posters are already surrounding the restaurant.
"We're planning on a big crowd. Typically we're not wrong, so we definitely expect to see a lot of black and gold," Plummer said.
For UCF fans on campus, SGA will be hosting a campus watch party for the Ireland game in front of the CFE Arena at 7 a.m.
The watch party will feature a pep band, cheerleaders and appearances from other varsity athletic teams.
To see more watch parties, see our complete list: A complete list of watch parties in Central Florida