“The Irish pubs I used to work in abroad were nothing like the bars I would go to back home. They were basically a room where Irish and British people could watch sports,” recalls Philip Smith, who co-owns the Wolfhound together with his wife, Fay MacCorquodale-Smith. “I always knew that when I opened my own place,it wouldn’t be an Irish pub; it would be a real pub from Ireland, with an emphasis on music, conversation and good food.” When he and his wife finally fulfilled their dream, they chose a beautiful 17th-century building in the heart of Haarlem to house their gastropub.

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