The Scottican likes all things Scottish, even if it’s not based in Scotland. Seriously, you should see me nerd out when I see anything Scotland-related when I’m out and about; I’m sure I embarrass people all the time.
A while ago—very pre-lockdown—I met a friend in Bethlehem, PA and we stopped in McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar for food and to walk around the wee shop connected. And you can bet I made an ass out of myself, taking pictures of all the Scottish-themed things on the wall and nerding out over menu items!
It makes my soul sing when I’m surrounded by so much Celtic stuff. And I really liked The Red Stag Pub. I’d visited the gift shop once before, but this was the first time I got to eat there. Bonus: You can get breakfast ANY TIME OF THE DAY and that always wins points with me (a big reason why I’m a fan of diners).
I’ve included a few pictures below of some of my favorite things to see while I was there. Close up of the chalkboard that had standing stones on them, with Gaelic around the sun, though I believe it was Irish.
Also, connected to the pub is a little gift shop called Donegal Square, which features a lot of gifts and trinkets to buy, including clothes, jewelry, and even different foodstuffs common to Britain. I was so excited to see the Ogham alphabet featured on some pictures available for sale.
Just thought I’d share a quick entry about some Celtic-themed things in the US for any Americans looking to connect to Scotland closer to home. It’s not exactly like being in Scotland, but it can keep us a little more connected. Plus, with lockdowns and businesses struggling, it’s a good opportunity to give a shout-out to a business that could probably use some support!