Wishing Well Irish Pub: Wishes for a fun evening come true at friendly pub

Special Correspondent

It's more than the luck of the Irish keeping the Wishing Well Irish Pub a successful enterprise. Reasonable prices, good entertainment, affable employees and an eclectic atmosphere keep the clientele coming back.

As the evening aged on a recent Friday, the nightspot grew more crowded both inside the two-story structure and on the patio. Most of the customers were twentysomethings. Visitors introduced themselves to one another and cheered on the entertainers as they played Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam covers.

Usually, live music Fridays and Saturdays centers on American rock. Sundays, an Irish band fills plays the early evening hours. Mondays are open-mike nights, when customers share the stage with local musicians. Special musical events such as Saturday's Hot Rod Show are monthly occurrences. The band appears again 8 p.m. July 30, Aug. 13 and Sept. 17.

The stage is set in a raised square, with room for several performers. It occupies a corner of a room with red walls, faux plants and trees, a brick wishing well, many high-top tables, a back bar, and stairs leading to an upper level containing a pool table. Pool players can look down on the action below, not missing a beat.

The kitchen, open until 11 p.m. weeknights and about midnight on weekends, is visible from the downstairs area. Food is good and reasonably priced. Although Irish-inspired offerings such as shepherd's pie ($7.95) and Irish beef stew ($8.95) are available, other items such as a delicious chicken quesadilla platter ($7.95) are well worth trying. Cocktails start at $4; a glass of Robert Mondavi Woodbridge wine is $5, and draft beer (Guinness, Harp, Magners, Boddingtons, Bass) is $4 for 16 ounces, $5 for a 20-ounce glass.

Nightlife news Tonight: Enjoy jazz and blues performed by local artist Billy Bones during the 7-11 p.m. City Jam, a time when the Palladium Plaza at West Palm Beach's CityPlace, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., comes alive with some of South Florida's best musicians (561-366-1000). Take along a chair or blanket and join Marino's Latin Band and Salsa Dancers at free outdoor event featuring singing and dancing at 7 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 433 Plaza Real, Boca Raton (561-368- 8445).

Saturday: Attend the Caribbean Street Party celebrating the opening of Jumby Bay Grand on Main Street at Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter (561-627-2799). Find live entertainment and island music by the Coral Reef Review on the street as well as an open-air market and island food from the center's newest restaurant.

Sunday: Take family and friends to the free Sunday at the Meyer concert featuring the Eddie Michaels Quartet 6-8 p.m. at Meyer Amphitheatre, at the foot of Clematis Street at Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach (561-659-8007).

Wednesday: Find the rock band Angus Bangus playing 7-11 p.m. at Boston's on the Beach, 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach (561-278-3364).

Thursday: Check out the Coconutheads, a band playing island music 7-11 p.m. at Riviera Beach's Crab Pot, 386 Blue Heron Blvd., under the bridge at South Singer Island, (561-844-2722).

Joan Brazer Durante is a freelance writer based in Plantation. Please fax news concerning local entertainment events and performers to 954-835-2347, e-mail jbdurante@aol.com or mail to Joan Brazer Durante, Entertainment Department, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2293.

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