Raise a Glass
Market Street Public House offers a bit of Irish on the Shore
By Manning Lee
Photos by Maire McArdle and Stephen Walker
Bartenders Brandon Sullivan and Ethan Robbins are ready for the pub’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration
Isn’t it a funny little “miracle” how each year on St. Patrick’s Day everyone’s a little bit Irish? Even if the Irish ancestry is nine generations removed, for the day, everyone is Irish. As the luck-of-the Irish would have it, a great spot in Denton — Market Street Public House — is this year’s official St. Patrick’s Day meet-up spot on the Shore.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day is a special day for the pub. It is both their fourteenth anniversary, as well as the first anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown. “It takes on special significance. Because of our supportive customers, we’ve survived the pandemic. This year, St. Patrick’s Day marks the beginning of new opportunities for us,” said Brian Tyler, owner of Market Street Public House.
The celebration takes place on Saturday, March 13. They start in the morning with green eggs, green beer, and delicious buttermilk pancakes for breakfast. After breakfast, they will kick off the rest of the day with live, traditional Irish music mixed with Bluegrass. They serve green beer all day long with their ‘kegerator,’ a repurposed school bus with nine taps parked outside for the day. As the weather allows, they have activities such as tricycles races, corn hole, shuffleboard, and a ping pong table. As the evening festivities get underway, there will be a classic rock ‘n’ roll band on stage.
Even though March 17 is always fun, what makes the pub such a great place to meet up the rest of the year is a combination of so many things.
“We’ve discovered that people come from Annapolis to meet friends who live at the beach. We are the perfect midpoint for people to meet on the Shore. In the summer, everyone loves the outdoor dining, and they love our live music,” Tyler said.
Having come to Denton sight unseen, Tyler built his career starting and running world-class nightclubs in Georgetown and the United Arab Emirates. Upon returning to the States, his determination and true grit assured his dream of owning a pub would be a hit. He knew all the bits and pieces of what it took to create a winning business. He put it all together to his own specifications and came up with the restaurant/bar that he’d always imagined.
“At the bar, we have 50 different Irish whiskeys, as well as a variety of ryes and bourbons. Such a variety gives our customers a world-class experience considering that we live in such a small town like Denton,” he continued.
“Our approach to food is that we take a simple idea and make it just a little bit healthier. We focus on serving fresh foods like oysters and hand-breaded fresh cod and chips. We cut up 200 pounds of Idaho potatoes a day,” Tyler added. “My personal favorites are the Asian Chicken Salad with a Szechuan ginger dipping sauce and the Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad.”
New to the pub is the music room with a stage. Bands come each weekend on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The room, originally the showroom for Ford Model T’s in the ‘30s and ‘40s, feels like a night under the stars with the lights hanging from the ceiling.
Tyler converted the upstairs into mini bed-and-breakfast suites/apartments, containing well-appointed one-bedroom junior suites with stainless steel and granite kitchens that can be found on Air BnB and VRBO for between $95 and $120 a night. These suites are perfect for those who are planning ahead for a safe and fun night out on the town.
The Market Street Public House is a great part of Denton’s natural charm. Even though the early days of last year’s pandemic slowed the pub down almost to a grinding halt, loyal customers supported Tyler and the pub and kept it afloat. With that loyal customer base, it assured Tyler that Denton loves the Market Street Public House he created and that it will be around for years to come.
Market Street Public House is a multi-room complex filled with surprises through every doorway. Offbeat art and signage plus a human-sized mannequin of St. Patrick himself add unexpected charm at this fun-filled establishment. Generous menu offerings like Irish baked potato soup, fish and chips, and corned beef sandwiches do not disappoint!
Market Street Public House
200 Market Street
OPEN Tuesdays - Saturdays 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. lunch and dinner
Sundays - 12 p.m. - 8p.m. lunch and dinner Closed on Mondays
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$95 - $129 per night
2 one-bedroom apartments