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Johnny Foley's Irish House

It looks Irish, and it sounds Irish, but while you're here you're most likely to bump into Wisconsinites or Texans who are relishing a cosmopolitan buzz. Johnny Foley's opened about a dozen years ago in the touristy haven of Union Square. It's a favorite lunch spot for downtowners and a prime after-work watering hole. It's got high ceilings, a certain wood-paneled coziness, and something else, too. At Foley's you can blend in with the tourists, perhaps pretend you're visiting another town for a few minutes, maybe get caught up in the freedom and drunken revelry you feel when abroad. Why not go on vacation at home, pretend you are a small-town Wisconsinite enthralled by that city energy we sometimes take for granted? The live music tends to be throwback rock instead of uilleann pipes and bodhráns, but that's part of the charm.

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