No blarney: Downtown pubs celebrate St. Patrick’sA La Carte
March 15, 2020
Story By: Brandon Bosworth | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Tucked away in the Dillingham Transportation Building on Bishop Street, Ferguson’s Pub offers hearty bar food in classic, elegant surroundings. Founded by the late John Ferguson, the pub has been co-owned by legendary local restaurateurs Don Murphy and Danny Dolan since 2012.
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Ferguson’s Pub will only have one item on the food menu on March 17: Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders ($8), served up fresh with a side of potato chips. The sliders will also be available at Murphy’s Bar & Grill.
On regular days, Ferguson’s Pub offers up savory sandwiches like the Hot Pastrami Classic ($11), served on toasted rye with plenty of melted Swiss and spicy mustard — along with chips and a pickle spear. “It’s our most popular sandwich,” says Murphy, who also owns Murphy’s Bar & Grill. Not in the mood for a sandwich? The Charcuterie and Cheese Plate ($17) is a meal in itself, loaded with pepper salami, sopressata, prosciutto, capacolla, cacciatore, boursin, havarti, smoked Gouda and aged sharp cheddar.
While the famed St. Patrick’s Day block party was canceled for the ﬁrst time in 33 years due to COVID-19 concerns, Murphy’s Bar & Grill will still be celebrating the luck o’ the Irish on March 17 by offering two special items for curbside pick-up: Corned Beef and Cabbage with Red Potatoes and Veggies ($15), plus Irish Whiskey Cake ($5 per piece). These amazing items will beneﬁt a great cause, as all proceeds will go to Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Advance orders are encouraged, with pickup available between 11a.m. and 7p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at Murphy’s Alley on Nuuanu Avenue, between Merchant and King streets. For more information, look up Murphy’s Bar & Grill on eventbrite.com.
As for canceling the St. Patrick’s Day block party, Murphy says, “It was the right thing to do, (but) we’ll be back next year!”