The Pub

Tin Whistle Irish Pub is a place for community and fun. We are an Irish Pub with traditional dishes like bangers & mash and Irish soda bread and our own invention – the Paddymelt! Angus beef with HP sauce, garlic and spices, grilled with caramelized onions and yellow cheddar. And Chef Karen makes the best Shepherds Pie – ground lamb, carrots, gravy, mashed potatoes…. it’s the best.
Our menu has excellent gluten free and vegetarian options. Sit at our lovely outdoor patio or pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy one of our beers on tap while listening to Irish folk music. Parking? Not a problem. We have 2 hours of free parking in the parking garage. So come see us at 609 E Market St. in the historic Michie Building.Tuesdays-Sunday – open at 11am CLOSED MONDAYS HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY – SUNDAY FROM 3-7:00


The Name

tinwhistle1In 1843, in Coney Weston, a tiny village in England, a farm laborer made a small miracle. This was Robert Clarke, uneducated, hard-working, deeply religious and devoted to his family. He was also very musical. So much so, that when he heard of a new material called “Tinplate,” he obtained some with which to make his own musical instrument. The instrument’s unique “chiff” caused the Tinwhistle to rapidly become one of Ireland’s favorite folk instruments. 165 year later, it remains the favorite instrument of so many musicians throughout the world.

This history inspired the name Tin Whistle Irish Pub. We want it to be your favorite for the next 165 years!


The Owners

When Richard Lange of King Golden Banshee retired, he knew he wanted to open an Irish pub to honor the Irish heritage that inspired his music. He spoke to Jacie Dunkle and a partnership was struck.  Richard’s Irish background includes the Tuite family and features many extraordinary accomplished people, including tin whistle players. Jacie’s Irish background is rather dark. The McEwen Clan were gamblers and drunks, who were wiped out by the Campbell Clan in the late 1400’s. They migrated to Scotland to save the remaining members of the clan, and changed the spelling to McEwan. They became the famous family of McEwan Ale and the ancestors of Jacie’s granny, Agnes McEwan.

Rich weaves a different tale, maintaining that he only thought of the idea when he happened upon the tail end of a conversation Jacie was having with some of the band after King Golden Banshee’s Sunday engagement. “You all ought to invest!” he heard as Jacie disappeared into Fellini’s kitchen. Invest in what? A True Traditional Irish Pub is what. Seemed like a worthy endeavor. Says Rich: “I had never given owning a bar much thought at all up until then. But supposing it HAD been a lifelong goal? Jacie, with a proven track record, would be the ideal partner in such a venture. What’s not to like?”. A few conversations later the Lange & Dunkle partnership was born.

Both stories, of course, are true.

(We gloss over the fact that Rich was in a band with the late Patrick Campbell of Pittsburgh: see above note about what happened to the McEwen clan at the hands of the Campbells…)