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British Open Pubs

The Open is no ordinary championship. Why watch it in a plain old American bar?Here are nine British and Irish pubs that will prove ideal for tipping a pint or downing a hearty breakfast as the world's best golfers brave the elements across the Pond July 20 through 23. As for drinking before noon, remember: It's much later at Royal Liverpool.
—Connell Barrett

BOSTON
DOYLE'S CAFE
3484 Washington Street; 617-524-2345,
All the Irish trappings are on tap at this 124-year-old tavern—wooden booths, tin ceilings, murals of Ireland, framed pictures of Kennedys. Cozy up to the bar and order the house specialty, eggs Bellange: corned-beef hash with a poached egg on an English muffin with hollandaise. Be sure to bring cash; credit cards aren't accepted, although there is an on-site ATM.
9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. daily

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
BIG BEN BRITISH PUB & RESTAURANT
801 Providence Road; 704-334-6338
Recently transplanted from Florida, it has already earned "Best Fish and Chips" honors by the readers of The Charlotte Observer. Big Ben lives up to its name with a Laura Davies-worthy breakfast of Danish back bacon, bangers and baked beans as well as a variety of English pint bottles on offer at the bar. There's also such American fare as wings and potato skins to wash down with imports Boddingtons and Tetley's English Ale.
10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily

CHICAGO
ELEPHANT & CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT
111 West Adams Street; 312-236-6656, elephantcastle.com
If you can't miss a minute of coverage, the Scottish and English expats at Elephant & Castle, which opens promptly at seven, will keep you company. Three screens will show every hack from knee-high heather while you chase plates of spicy bangers with imported ales like Newcastle Brown and John Courage.
7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily

MIAMI
CHURCHILL'S
5501 Northeast Second Avenue; 305-757-1807, churchillspub.com
Don't let the locale throw you—Churchill's is bona fide Brit. Managing partner Mike Toms recommends starting with their traditional English breakfast, but he also offers authentic Indian Curry. Official opening time is eleven, but Toms will open early on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. to welcome golf fans, who can watch the Open on a fifteen-foot pull-down screen that makes Ian Woosnam big as life.
11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily

NEW YORK CITY
THE RED LION
151 Bleecker Street; 212-260-9797, redlion-nyc.com
"The troubles" are history in an Irish-owned English pub that draws thirsty regulars from both islands. The bar will open half an hour before ABC's weekend coverage begins; catch the action on two large-screen TVs or any of three smaller sets perched above the mahogany bar. In addition to a full English breakfast for $10, the bar stocks more than thirty ales and beers.
Open 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily; opening at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday during the British Open

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
LUCKY BALDWIN'S
17 South Raymond Avenue; 626-795-0652, luckybaldwins.com
Los Angeles-area expats feel at home in this brick-walled pub, which boasts a bangers-and-bacon heavy breakfast, five TVs (with satellite feeds) and oceans of ale flowing from fifty-eight taps. Co-owner David Farnworth plans an 8 a.m. Sunday opening, "earlier if a Brit's in the lead." So, see you at eight?
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
THE FOX & GOOSE PUBLIC HOUSE
1001 R Street; 916-443-8825, foxandgoose.com
Housed in a handsome former glass-and-paint factory with twenty-foot ceilings, Fox & Goose has an airy feel. Regulars are quick to line up for grilled eggs, bangers and Pub Marys made with dry vermouth.
7 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
O'BRIEN'S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT
2941 Main St.; 310-396-4725, obriensonmain.com
Expats flock to this West Coast mainstay for hearty plates of black and white pudding, rashers, eggs and grilled tomatoes. If the sixty-inch Sony screen shows a nobody spoiling your office pool, there are fourteen Irish whiskeys to blunt your sorrow.
5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

WASHINGTON, D.C.
HAWK 'N' DOVE
329 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast; 202-543-3300, hawkanddoveonline.com
Finding a prime perch for viewing is easy as shepherd's pie with sixteen TVs, including a vast pull-down screen. The American menu (bacon-and-eggs brunch; burgers-and-fries lunch) has one old-world standby: crunchy, well-seasoned fish-and-chips.
10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Note: Article updated from July, 2003 publication.

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