Murphy’s Law gets pub culture right in Mannheim
My search for unique Irish fare in an authentic environment led me to a place just outside of the main train station in Mannheim.
A two-minute walk brought me to Murphy’s Law Irish Pub, and one of the most genuine Irish pub settings I have experienced outside of Ireland.
Walking in, the first thing you notice is the old-world feel of the dark wooden bars and tables. The furniture looks as though it has a thousand stories to tell. The standard pub decor includes just about everything Guinness.
What really excited me about Murphy’s Law was the selection of ciders and lagers, and the combinations that they offered. A black and tan, a black velvet and other Guinness-based mixes ensured I was in the right place.
The menu has the usual burgers, chili and other things that the typical traveler likes. But the section for Irish dishes should be your destination.
The two best things on the menu that I ate were the full Irish breakfast and the fish and chips.
The full Irish, priced at a flat 10 euros, has eggs, Irish bacon, sausages, baked beans, mushrooms and toast. The only problem with this meal is that it is only served until 3 p.m., so get there early.
The fish and chips was just as filling as the breakfast and rings in at 10.80 euros. My plate came with two large pieces of fish and underneath those was a sea of thick-cut fries. Splash on some lemon, malt vinegar and salt, and you are ready to dine.
Everything on the menu is reasonably priced at around 8-11 euros. There are plenty of options, from burritos to burgers, soups, salads and appetizers for those who want to pick up their food while watching football (soccer for the non-European natives).
I’d recommend pulling up a stool at the bar and having a chat with the staff, or grabbing a seat with friends at one of their huge tables, or sitting by the window to watch people while sipping on an Irish whiskey.
Address: Kaiserring 10, 68161 MannheimHours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.Prices: Entrees average $11Dress: CasualWebsite:murphyslaw-mannheim.comPhone: 0621 1563925