The Trinity takes Irish authenticity to new heights
Even if you've never been to the Emerald Isle, you can trust that when an establishment takes measures of ambience, cuisine, music and Irish libations to such extremes, you're likely experiencing the next best thing to actually being there.
Such is the case with the Trinity Irish Pub & Carvery, which, positioned behind a glass-enclosed elevator in the middle of the third floor and adjacent to an extravagant spiraling staircase, might be considered the centerpiece of The Pier at Caesars' restaurant sector.
Lavishness abounds inside the Trinity, but practically nothing is new. Rather, both dark-wooden bars, the shelving stacked with knick-knacks of nearly every sort, the stone fireplace in the center of the main dining area, the planked hardwood floors and the tin ceiling were all salvaged from demolished buildings in Ireland. The gaslight chandeliers common to Irish pubs are replicas (or at least refitted with electricity), and the carvery from which so many gastronomic delights are produced is brand new, but the rest was imported and reconstructed by an Irish construction company specializing in such work.
It's proper to do as the Irish do when in the next-best-thing to Ireland, and the Trinity gives you such tap choices as Smithwick's Ale, Harp Lager, Guinness Stout, Magner's Irish Cider, and Blue Moon, Stella Artois and Yuengling lagers. Bartender Chris Paisley has mastered the technique of branding little designs on the heads of every pint of Guinness he pours. His specialty would seem to be shamrocks.
"The key to serving Guinness properly is to fill the glass about three quarters of the way and let it settle," he explains. "Then you pour the rest, and by moving the pint around you can design whatever you want."
The Trinity offers a 4-6pm happy hour Monday through Friday in which mini pints (10 ounces) are $2, and a special "pub grub" menu (mini pot pies, mini shepherd's pies, mini sandwiches) is just $3 per item. On a recent Saturday night Paisley and his fellow barkeeps were donned in black T-shirts with "We have pot," and in slightly less conspicuous lettering, "and shepherd's pie" printed on the front.
Live music emanates from a small stage area that is cleared of seating around 10pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fridays are usually the acoustic guitar sounds of Johnny's Cousin Steve, and on Saturdays it's a duet called Adam and Johnny.
"[Adam and Johnny] play everything from Dave Matthews to Ben Harper to even Michael Jackson on acoustic guitar," says Paisley, who grew up in Northfield. "Plus they play a lot of their own material and will be releasing a CD soon. They're excellent musicians and a lot of fun to watch."
On Sundays Trinity features the music of local guitarist and singing sensation Patty Blee. There will also be a group making an appearance soon called Blues Shift, which fuses acoustic guitar with bongo music.
Trinity's full menu is served until 11pm, and entrees are priced from $15 (pan-roasted Atlantic salmon with lemon-butter sauce) to $28 (for a 12-ounce rib eye steak with grilled wild portabella mushroom sauce). There are daily specials from the carvery, and all appetizers and pub grub are served until 2am.
Trinity's eclectic menu is prepared under the auspices of executive chef Martin Doyle, who also oversees the culinary operation at Trinity's sister property at The Pier, Sonsie.
Trinity, Sonsie and the sports bar Game On! constitute a Pier triumvirate owned by the Boston-based Lyons Group. The literal translation of Trinity is "a union of three often closely related individuals."
The Trinity Irish Pub & Carvery
Address: The Pier Shops at Caesars, 2100 Atlantic Ave. and the Boardwalk (located on the third floor); 345-6900
Hours: 11:30am-3am Sun.-Thurs.; 11:30am-4am Fri.-Sat.
Details: Trinity's full menu is served until 11pm, and a reduced menu until 2am. A 4-6pm happy hour takes place every Mon.-Fri. Live acoustic music is offered most weekends beginning around 10:30pm. Trinity is adjacent to a recently opened, upscale food court called Piazza Di Giorgio Café, and is one of three Lyons Group properties located on the upper level of The Pier. The others include Sonsie and Game On! See www.trinitypubac.com
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