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Traghaven is seemingly pulled from another time and place. It’s beautiful in a way pubs can be and the care that owner Gerard Hurley puts into the atmosphere, food and drinks make it feel like a community pub in the truest sense. “It’s the essential West Cork pub experience,” says Hurley, who hails from Ireland’s largest county. A regular haunt for locals, travelers and of-age Bard students, the pub’s new draw is the excellent food, prepared by Chef Christopher Murphy. The bar menu is straightforward but elevated by great local ingredients. There’s an Irish Burger with Dubliner cheese and stout onions ($15), and the Pig Candy Burger with thick-cut bacon, fried onions and BBQ sauce ($15), but there are also vegetarian options and less ordinary sides like a balsamic marinated portobello sandwich with arugula pesto and sundried tomatoes ($13), and roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans and capers. There are also well-executed pub mains like a half roast chicken ($16) and steak frites ($20). Hurley has a few head of cattle on his small homestead farm nearby and all the beef served at the pub is from his herd (really). This is a whiskey pub and Hurley says he has the biggest selection of Irish whiskey in the United States: there are 70 options behind the bar.
66 Broadway, Tivoli, NY
Hours: Tuesday—Sunday, 5 p.m.—1:30 a.m.