McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

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!



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