Sure, we all moan and groan about the fake relocated British and Irish taverns. But its not because of the relocation so much as they are bad fakes. Once in a while they work just fine like the Old Triangle in Halifax. So why isn't there more of that? Why not a Norwegian fisherman's bar in Texas or a Munich beer hall in New York? Oh, someone's trying that one:
Maß-craving Manhattanites will soon be able to quench their thirst for Bavarian brew when the world-famous Hofbräuhaus opens a branch in New York next year, the brewery’s director said in an interview published Sunday. A contract should be signed by summer, after which the Munich brewery will build out a miniature version of the famous beer hall in New York, with space for 150 to 200 guests, brewery director Michael Möller told news agency DDP...The Manhattan Hofbräuhaus isn’t the first to reach American shores, there are also branches in Las Vegas and Pittsburgh, as well as six other beer halls in the US, Dubai, China and elsewhere. Möller said he had hoped to open a larger beer hall in New York with place for up to 500 drinkers, but high real estate prices in the city would make the project too expensive.
Why should I care? Pete Townsend asked that very question when he sang "5:15". But that's not really why I should care about Munich beer halls popping up. Why I care is because I once back in 1984 or so spent half an evening in a place called "The Old Munich" in Montreal which was this bizarre Franco-Canuck-Teutonic blend of a two level beer hall with long benches sing a longs and a rotating circular stage in the middle. I recall watching down from the balcony as a lederhosened oom-pah band played and we drank Labatt 50 out of dimpled litre mugs. The place probably could have sat 300 or more and on that Friday night was packed. It was a gas. It was right on Saint Denis, reeked like a Maritime working Joe's tavern and was part of a decent bar crawl. It just happened to have, you know, an oom-pah band on a rotating stage.
Why should all the purveyors of faux Irish get all the immigration visas? Imagine a real Munich beer hall with real Munich beer, food and music and sweaty fun in your town - is that so wrong?