Pub de la Chapu
An Irish Pub on Cabo’s Marina (imagine that!)
By Cabo Free Press Writer David Mandich - Updated Aug. 2014
I am not a Cheers sort of fellow. I generally don't hang in bars watching games or socializing. But if I did, after several visits to this establishment over the years I have to conclude this would be my place. I love the dark woody old-world ambiance with the hundreds of beer labels on the back bar wall, the food - well, it's pretty good as bars go and worth a 2nd visit. I especially appreciate that I could park my Triumph motorcycle just outside the door in the middle of the mall.
Pub de la Chapu owner Pedro Valente fell in love with Irish pubs when living abroad. His love affair and fascination was all encompassing down to replicating the old dark wood interiors, gilt framed posters of libations, flags, and quaint old world decor. The pub features a 45’ mirrored back bar, comfortable inside air conditioned seating, outside patio dining, and TV monitors playing everything from sports to Stones and Pink Floyd concerts.
Everyone asks about the unusual name Chapu for an Irish pub. It’s named after Chapultapec Park in Mexico City, former location of Aztec, Spanish, Emperor Maximilian’s, and Mexican Presidential palaces; a military academy; and today, a national museum that should be visited when in the City.
Beer lovers will not be disappointed here. Over 90 brands from the world over are stocked and ready to wet your whistle including old Irish standard bearers like Guinness, Beamish and Smithwicks. The British are welcomed with Bass, Boddingtons, New Castle, Old Peculiar, and others. Mexico’s glory is represented by 15 brews, including the usual suspects (Modelo, Corona, Pacifico etc.), plus less common cervezas like Minerva, Tarro Chico, Estrella and Victoria.
You can circumnavigate the libation globe with scores of brews from Argentina to New Zealand and everywhere in between. You’ll discover that the world has a shared love of beer in common. Cabo’s Canuks can reminisce over a Molson, La Fin Du Monde or Maudite, while homesick Americans in need of comfort food can have their Budweiser, Miller, or Rolling Rock. I started my drinking tour in Peru with a refreshing Cristal, downed a Red Stripe in Jamaica and ended up speaking Tahitian after putting away a Hinano.
Irish and English pubs are not famous for their food, but this Mexican- Irish establishment successfully blends Mexican with continental cuisines. The menu boasts 18 appetizers and an equal number of entrées ranging from Taco Salad, Seafood Pasta, Arrachera Steak to Salmon Almendrado.
Our Camaron Paté was delicate and came with taco chips for dipping. An order of Champinones al Ajillo turned out to be a mushroom sauté in beef broth and red wine with dried ancho chilies, accompanied by fresh rolls and a tub of butter. It was a French classic taken to a higher level. The waiter recommended Pechuga Victoria’s Secret - Spinach stuffed chicken breasts covered with a delicate cheese sauce surrounded by steamed veggies, and a baked potato – all delicious.
The Arrachera Chemita was marinated in red wine, topped with chili’s and boiled potatoes with a side of Queso Fundido (melted cheese.) It was suave and lightly spiced as this famous Mexican steak should be. For a bit of the ‘ol Irish eye in Cabo, Pub de la Chupa is spot-on. Located in Gali Plaza just past Cabo Dolphins on Cabo’s south waterfront.
Find Pub de la Chapu in Gali Plaza, Cabo San Lucas 624) 143-1309 www.pubdelachupu.com Open Daily 10 a.m - 3 a.m, Groups to 90
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